Flooded Gold Mine Insanity in Northern California!

Flooded Gold Mine Insanity in Northern California!

Where do you take a person who has NEVER explored an abandoned mine before but really wants to? You take them to a flooded, abandoned gold mine, of course!

Drew, who is totally new to abandoned mine exploration, joined me for a day of underground exploration and documentation in northern California. We hit-up two big abandoned gold mines that were major producers back in the late 1800s and since. The first mine in the video crushed over 9000 tons of ore during its first year of operation! That’s a lot of ore! The second mine in the video was reported as having nearly 10 miles of tunnels and was actually two large mines connected by a single tunnel. Nowadays these two large gold mines are abandoned and flooded with cold water. This is our hike to and exploration of the accessible workings of these two fascinating abandoned mines. Enjoy!

Also, drop by Drew’s YouTube channel, watch a few vids, subscribe, and give him a shout-out. Drew’s channel is here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOPuqnscdVfduH-8Mk3ISJQ



  1. CleanerBen on November 11, 2020 at 1:56 am

    White stuff was probably bacteria

  2. Valerie Naginis on November 11, 2020 at 1:56 am

    I wonder if using a RV boat, or a small drone, with a camera would be a viable way to see behind the door.

  3. Micah Kistler on November 11, 2020 at 1:56 am

    Not sure why you didn’t have waders, but still cool nonetheless lol

  4. mya rocks on November 11, 2020 at 1:58 am

    You should bring a canoe next time, now that would be fun!

  5. Mark Ferrick on November 11, 2020 at 2:01 am

    Very interesting videos. Really kool to watch. What is the head room in these mines?

  6. Steve Tabor on November 11, 2020 at 2:03 am

    Crazy to think of the work involved day in an out an man power love to have some of the old equipment as yard decoration cool stuff as always be safe

  7. huswsimonbla on November 11, 2020 at 2:04 am

    Arent there also dangerous chemicals in that water?

  8. Brody Jason on November 11, 2020 at 2:04 am

    Should have taken a gold pan down to that little stream in that mine!!!

  9. Jackson DivilBiss on November 11, 2020 at 2:05 am

    I work on a US aircraft carrier, and Ingersoll Rand makes our compressors, too.

  10. Epiphany Starlight on November 11, 2020 at 2:05 am

    isnt that a steam engine?

  11. Melissa Deborah on November 11, 2020 at 2:05 am

    I have a 300+yr old gold mine 30 minutes north of me here in new england

  12. Eduarttoc on November 11, 2020 at 2:06 am

    ola vengo de un video de dross :’u

  13. Dan on November 11, 2020 at 2:07 am

    The compressor(s) and wench were steam powered then?

  14. Sylvie Guénette on November 11, 2020 at 2:07 am

    I really enjoy your videos. May I suggest that you leave the texts-notes a little longer? I never have time to entirely read most of them and need to stop the video often times so that I can catch what’s written while not missing anything in the video. Merci 🙂

  15. NOmAb on November 11, 2020 at 2:07 am

    So a couple of months back. Me and a couple others were in France. And we were exploring a ww2 cave and it was quite big. You probably haven’t heard about it https://images.app.goo.gl/gh9PRawZ4xuFZtb78 <= one of the cave entrances

  16. sarahx87 on November 11, 2020 at 2:09 am

    4:55 is that

  17. Collin Takash on November 11, 2020 at 2:09 am

    Yah there is a lot of mines here in mariposa. The copper mines are amazing in Raymond. Most mines here are not flooded but there are big drops

  18. Skylar Ross on November 11, 2020 at 2:09 am

    Who came here from tiktok

  19. Jay Cho on November 11, 2020 at 2:14 am

    Anyone else here looking for ghosts?

  20. war_Machine4756 on November 11, 2020 at 2:19 am

    This guy is the nicest explorer ever

  21. Pierson Ellis on November 11, 2020 at 2:21 am

    Looking down the flooded tunnel gives me horror movie vibes

  22. remprixv c on November 11, 2020 at 2:21 am

    Shout out to the gold Rush 💯👊

  23. Warrior 4 God ! on November 11, 2020 at 2:23 am

    Is there an update , on this mine with a rafter ??

  24. Mighteer on November 11, 2020 at 2:24 am

    What im wondering watching all these videos of yours is: do you sometimes have the urge to take old stuff with you? Or do you keep everything as is and just explore. Wondering because some stuff you find in there is pretty cool.

  25. Chloe Treiguts on November 11, 2020 at 2:25 am

    There was something behind the door and the door was moving

  26. Bill Conserva on November 11, 2020 at 2:26 am

    You should of spent 30 minutes with a shovel at the opening. Bet you could have drained that water down quite a bit.

  27. Sherrie Buck on November 11, 2020 at 2:27 am

    Bushwhack, haha! I was not gonna comment.. 10:19 what striped the bark here? I feel like I am stalking you, but these mines are fascinating! do you see how some mountains can be made by men? That massive waste piles you speak of and show is the proof.

  28. John Hoon on November 11, 2020 at 2:28 am

    I would have brought a small shovel with me or a dredge just sucked all the group out

  29. Fredrick Laverdiere on November 11, 2020 at 2:31 am

    The history of the Pine Tree/Josephine Mine and its founder John C. Freemont is now up!

  30. Keith Chu on November 11, 2020 at 2:32 am

    Have you found any flooded mines in California that you can possible dive?

  31. Joshua Snyder Off Grid Adventure! on November 11, 2020 at 2:33 am

    Yall need Frank the crazy Canadian dude, he would have dug out a channel and drained the mine lol

  32. frequency flux fandango on November 11, 2020 at 2:34 am

    Sure you know this already, but the presence of frogs is a good indicator for clean water, as amphibians are particularly sensitive to pollution.. What a great video. Very interesting. Cheers

  33. Jones Factor on November 11, 2020 at 2:34 am

    You are a long way from Northern California.🤔

  34. MPGunther1 on November 11, 2020 at 2:35 am

    Hi Drew

  35. Voldy356 on November 11, 2020 at 2:35 am

    If you found gold in there, would you have taken some of it?

  36. Patrick on November 11, 2020 at 2:37 am

    may have been fun with a small kayak!

  37. Interferon on November 11, 2020 at 2:38 am

    Maybe something like snowshoes would keep you on top of the silt.

  38. Joseph GEIS on November 11, 2020 at 2:38 am

    Dam glad to see you back.

  39. Nightdweller1961 on November 11, 2020 at 2:39 am

    Two dudes being bros. Pretty cool

  40. The Realest on November 11, 2020 at 2:41 am

    Wow.. that’s awesome. Where is this at??

  41. Brian Richards on November 11, 2020 at 2:42 am

    How often do you guys run into rattlesnakes in these mines? Just found your channel. 😁

  42. kchamp93 on November 11, 2020 at 2:43 am

    I down know your background so ill give you the benefit of the doubt, but i work in an underground mine in canada and i can tell you mines are dangerous especially abandoned ones with no support whatsoever. The ceiling on this one, from what i could see, look surprisingly solid but even that can be deceiving. Truth is you dont know what part is solid until you do at least sone rudimentary scanning. Basically there is not enough money in the world for me to go in there so i really hope you guys know what you are doing but earring you talk i dont think you do and i dont like that (btw sorry for my writing english is my 2nd language)

  43. ke6gwf - Ben Blackburn on November 11, 2020 at 2:47 am

    I think that Western "Compressor" may actually be the engine to drive the I-R compressor.
    Western made big engines that looked like that, and it has a clutch handle on the flywheel pulley.
    If you have any pictures of the head area, (the opposite end of the cylinder from the flywheel), and any other valve linkage or other fittings on the head it should be possible to tell if it’s an engine or a compressor.
    If that’s an engine, I would guess it would be between 20 and 30 horsepower.

  44. AttilaMali93 on November 11, 2020 at 2:47 am

    How do you find these mines? I want to begin responsibly exploring them but am having a hard time finding them.

  45. TikTok Time on November 11, 2020 at 2:49 am

    Y did u not grab some gold

  46. Henrique M.C on November 11, 2020 at 2:50 am

    Aparentemente sou o único Brasileiro aqui 😂😂😂

  47. Steve Wright on November 11, 2020 at 2:50 am

    I’m with you.let you know. between Reno NV and Truckee Ca.if your going toward CA.little before Truckee on left side on I-80 there man made wood bridge going up the mountain to a mine.i don’t know if it been explored.the bridge hang on side of the mountain.im not sure the name of the mine.just find out what it call it the donner summet train tunnels near Truckee ca.it been abandoned.and there old gold mine.close to it.donner gold mines./let’s go got my water boots on.man water little high.i can emagine that water is cold.it given me the chills.Hey look for fish.watch for water moccasin snakes.Hey Drew happy to meet you.dont get into quicksand.

  48. Cryptid Walks on November 11, 2020 at 2:51 am

    At the entrance, that looks like poison oak. I explode when exposed. That’s why I love Nevada.

  49. morelenmir on November 11, 2020 at 2:51 am

    Those ‘fingers’ of spoil are absolutely characteristic of underground workings.

    In England the official national mapping is done by the ‘Ordnance Survey’ qango. They produce absolutely top quality terrain maps and have done so for coming up on 200 years. In this country they are the gold standard for serious walkers and explorers, even now despite the various online services. The closest scale you can easily get hold of are the ‘Explorer’ 1:25K series which give pretty good definition. They do others at similar and much closer scale but they are not generally available from shops. Better still there is an amazingly good client for the PC which hosts a full set of both these resolutions along with several other like road atlases and A-Z’s for very easy viewing. To buy the entire kit and caboodle would be heart-stoppingly expensive, but when you have them you get the entire country at your finger tips–like ‘google maps’ except done professionally and with far better consistency. You can in some newer versions of the client integrate publicly available satellite photographs with the map to produce a 3D terrain view.

    Once you have an OS map of a chosen area and are looking for old shafts and pits the best way I have found is to look specifically for these splayed out fingers of spoil on the moorlands. They act like huge road signs once you get used to looking for them.

  50. Jonah Poole on November 11, 2020 at 2:51 am

    I have this dream every year where my mom drives me to this mountain with my friends at night and we explore these abandoned sewer tunnels that leads to a giant gave and this looks exactly like it

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