Hardscrabble Mine

The Hardscrabble Mine is a silver mine located in Custer county, Idaho at an elevation of 7,598 feet.

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All mine locations were obtained from the USGS Mineral Resources Data System. The locations and other information in this database have not been verified for accuracy. It should be assumed that all mines are on private property.

Mine Info

Name: Hardscrabble Mine  

State:  Idaho

County:  Custer

Elevation: 7,598 Feet (2,316 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Silver

Lat, Long: 44.6336, -115.12440

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Hardscrabble Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Hardscrabble Mine
Secondary: Hardscrabble and Brown Bear
Secondary: Hard Scrabble


Primary: Silver
Tertiary: Zinc
Tertiary: Copper
Tertiary: Gold
Tertiary: Lead


State: Idaho
County: Custer
District: Seafoam District

Land Status

Land ownership: National Forest
Note: the land ownership field only identifies whether the area the mine is in is generally on public lands like Forest Service or BLM land, or if it is in an area that is generally private property. It does not definitively identify property status, nor does it indicate claim status or whether an area is open to prospecting. Always respect private property.
Administrative Organization: Challis National Forest


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Type: Surface/Underground


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Vein
Operation Type: Surface-Underground
Discovery Year: 1898
Discovery Method: Unknown
Years of Production:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains
Physiographic Detail: Salmon River Mountains

Mineral Deposit Model

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Name: Quartz Monzonite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

Name: Quartz Monzonite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

Analytical Data

Analytical Data: RANDOM SAMPLES AVERAGED: TRACE AU, 0.9 OZ AG/TON, 0.1% CU, 0.9% PB, 0.7% ZN


Ore: Galena
Ore: Sphalerite
Ore: Chalcopyrite
Gangue: Quartz


Comment (Location): At End of Hardscrabble Ridge Trail, 3 Mi. N of Greyhound Mountain. .5 Mi N of Ramshorn.

Comment (Development): 6 Claims ; Econ.Com: 2 To 15 Ft Overburden


Reference (Deposit): Cater, F. W., And Others, 1973, Mineral Resources Of The Idaho Primitive Area And Vicinity, Idaho: U. S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1304, 431 P

Reference (Production): Cater, F. W., And Others, 1973, USGS Bulletin 1304, 431 P.

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