#54 Gov’t Mineral/ Trapper Crk
This is a photo of the first suspension bridge over the canyon of the Wind River between carson and Gov’t Mineral Springs. This bridge was an acheivement for the period!
This next photo shows people drinking at Iron Mike spring, located behind the Gov’t Mineral Springs Resort. Look for cups in their hands. Iron Mike is still there and you can still drink its mineral-rich waters out of a hand-pump.
Here is a video of two Curious Gorge friends having a sip at Iron Mike Spring, still located at its historic spot at the road-end trailhead next to the Government Mineral Springs campground. In the autumn the Forest Service removes the pump handle (when the water table rises and taints the water), but usually in the summertime the pump functions and the nearby Forest Service sign (shown below) dares you to take a drink. This metallic-tinged soda water is often collected by locals to take home to make super-puffy pancakes with—the fizz puffs-up the pancakes….bring a bottle and give it a try!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hi1cSdHFsiY
Embarking on the hiking loop I describe around the lower reaches of Trapper Creek you’ll immediately encounter huge old-growth surrounding the leased-land private cabins, then head upstream for a few rock-hops across side-streams and Trapper Creek itself.