Ah Hee Diggings Interpretive Site

Area Status: Open
2 people reading an interpretation panel

The Ah Hee Diggins Interpretive Site  displays the mining efforts of Chinese miners in the late 1800s and the resulting hand-stacked rock tailings that can be seen from the Elkhorn Drive Scenic Byway. Although the miners could not file their own claims, holders could sell or lease worked-out claims to Chinese owned companies. To pursue their gold mining efforts, the miners muscled rock into piles across 16 acres of the valley to expose the streambed. They used gold pans, rockers and sluice boxes to extract the gold that was missed by previous mining operations from the sediment in the streambed.

At a Glance

Reservations: This site is not reservable.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Parking
Fees: No fee is needed for this site.
Open Season: June
Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: General rules of use and restrictions apply for this developed recreation site.
Closest Towns: Granite, Oregon (2 miles); Sumpter, Oregon (17 miles); Baker City, Oregon (47 miles)
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Whitman Ranger District

General Information


From Baker City, OR, travel south on Highway 7 for 26 miles to the Sumpter Valley Highway (State 220); Turn right on the Sumpter Valley Highway and go through Sumpter towards Granite on Forest 73 (Elkhorn Scenic Byway) for about 20 miles; At Granite turn right on Forest Road 73 and travel 1.5 miles to the site. The site is adjacent to the Sumpter/Granite Highway, on the Elkhorn Drive Scenic Byway.


The parking area and interpretation display for the site are accessible.

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Interpretive Areas


Interpretive Site: Accessible cultural site panels
Parking: 3-4 vehicles, good for trailers/RVs
Accessible: Parking and interpretation panels

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