The hike to the Liberty Bell Basin is steep. Peel off right to shorten the hike immensely and you get views and end at the Liberty Bell Mine. But continue upward and the hike into the high alpine country is well worth it as you pass historic mining structures and abundant wildflowers and wildlife.
Distance: 2.3 miles
Difficulty: Most Difficult
Elevation Gain: 2,500 feet
Time: Approx. 2-3 hours round trip to Liberty Bell Mine, 3-4 hours round trip to Liberty Bell Basin, 7-8 hours to loop from Oak Street to Liberty Bell Basin to Tomboy ghost town and back to town.
Begin at the base of Tomboy Road at the top of North Oak Street. Take the first gated switchback on your left. Ascend approximately 0.5 miles, and at the fork, continue straight instead of left towards the Jud Wiebe Trail, a sign marks the trailhead. There are several choices for hiking this trail. Halfway up the trail turn left to get to the Mine. Or, continue forward and arrive at Liberty Bell Basin. From the basin either turn right and hike down the Sheridan Crosscut. Be warned that this trail is notoriously difficult to find and follow. Alternatively, for a longer hike continue on the path leading East from the basin continuing to the ridge. From there head down past other mining structures and into Tomboy ghost town. Loop around and back to town.