Destination: Clohsey Lake
General Location: South of Rockdale/Silverdale
How To Get There: Turn south off county Road 390 at Rockdale/Silverdale (not marked, but buildings are visible from the road) and follow the 4 wheel drive road 2.7 miles to the Pear Lake trailhead. The hike to the lake is very short from the parking area.
Difficulty: Spring runoff may cause creek crossing to be hazardous. Four wheel drive with high clearance is recommended. After crossing the creek, high clearance but reasonably easy 4 wheel drive access takes you to a parking area for an easy 10 minute hike to the old fish hatchery.
Private Property & Responsible Recreation: Venturing off of public roads and lands onto private land is trespassing. The surrounding mountains have miles of underground tunnels and shafts. The area is dangerous and a once safe and stable area can suddenly collapse. The buildings also are in various state of decay and are also unsafe. Obey any posted signs, travel & recreate responsibly, and always tread lightly.
History of Clohsey Lake and area: A number of silver and copper ore discoveries were made in this area, although none ever amounted to any major production. Perhaps the area, although laced with signs of small prospector's activities, is best known for the 1885 fish hatchery building, part of which remains today overlooking Clohesy Lake.
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