I was surfing the internet, looking at mid Vancouver Island mines, (closed historical sites). I found an interesting page offering a parcel of land for sale in the Nanaimo region with a proven gold mining site. The article described the mine site itself to be behind a small waterfall on Deadhorse Creek in the Mt DeCosmos area. So, I now have an approximate position of the land for sale, the creek and a possible location for the mine/waterfall. The trail to the mine continues up Mt DeCosmos for some distance to a second summit location which looks like it will offer spectacular views of the Nanaimo Lakes Area. (Here's the webpage with the land for sale).
Here's some Google screen snags:
|Same roads viewed at an angle to show the contours better.|
|A detail of the creek in blue. Approximate mine location is shown with the red arrow.|
|A detail of the final spur road in green. The red arrow shows the high point in this trail and also the beginning of a section that may prove too difficult to ride. We'll have to see.|
|Google Earth view looking East|
|Google Earth SW View|
Two panoramic views from the top of DeCosmos: The first is a 360 degree panoramic photo and the second is a winter 128 degree panoramic. Both were created from YouTube videos using Microsoft's Image Composite Editor (free software).
I'm really looking forward to this ride. Looks like a full day if that mine is to be included in the ride. Better bring a gold pan on this one!
UPDATE: We did this ride in the summer of 2012, and we found the mine. See here for details.