The area around Dakota Hill and Oregon Hill was mined extensively in the late eighteenth and early twentieth centuries. Dakota Hill East boasts several relics of that rich mining history. The one the trail is most noted for is the Shaft House at the Mareau Mine, but there is also a large set of diggings and tailing piles from that mine and a collapsed adit lower on the trail, which has recently been re-staked as an active mining claim. In addition, the lower portion of the trail adds fun challenges as you make your way up the loose, rocky ascents. Using Dakota Hill East as access or egress from the network of trails around Dakota Hill and combining it with other trails in the area can provide everything from a quick afternoon outing to an all-day (or overnight) adventure.
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