Once you see the store vault up to the right of the road, park in the small turnout on the left.
The road covers what was once train tracks serving the town.
This 'vault' is all that is left of the town's store.
After climbing up to the vault, you find that many of the town structures have been tagged with graffiti.
The doorway into the vault is on the east side of the structure.
Moss and ferns encroaching on vault doorway
Without the graffiti, the vault is pretty much featureless concrete on the inside.
At the parking turnout, there are two trails. Take the one to the right/west for the path to the Ghost Town.
The other path leads down to to the creek, but not the Ghost Town.
Just 50 yards down the path, you'll come to a footbridge over the creek.
You have to cross this bridge to get to the Ghost Town. If this is a deal breaker, don't bother with this particular hike.
Trails follow each branch of the creek. The main Ghost Town is straight ahead while other artifacts can be seen to the left.
After crossing the bridge, if you follow the creek to your left/south, you'll see fern-topped pilings in the water and concrete structures in Mill Creek.
Just above this portion of the creek are remains of some old structure.
The far side of this structure is covered in moss, ferns and stinging nettle.
Although trails extend up the hill, you'll want to double back to the other footbridge trail to see the main Ghost Town.
About 75 paces beyond the footbridge is this concrete foundation.
This structure is a concrete ramp flanked by thick concrete walls.
Looking back at the 'walls', you can see some sort of hole at ground level.
On the last segment of trail to the Ghost Town, a downed tree requires you duck under.
About 250 paces/yards from the parking area, you find the first view of the Ghost Town.
As you walk around the outside, you come to a wide, open structure with broken walls covered in ivy and moss.
Openings in the floor to a flooded basement inlcude a stairway to the lower level.
Everywhere the forest closes in on the buildings
In this wall, you can see the arched doorway and an ancient window.
Here you get your first glimpse of the remnants of a smoke stack towering in the distance.
The smoke stack is pretty creepy looking with it's tall openings high up.
Path leading up to smoke stack.
Upper and lower openings on the smoke stack
The small lower opening was most likely used for removing ash and for starting the fires inside.
You can see a doorway in this wall leading down to a connected structure.
These two connected structures had floors at different heights and a flat ramp leads down to the other building.
This is a panoramic view from a corner of the lower room.
You can see openings in this floor down to a flooded lower level.
Looking back, you can see arched windows and the ramp leading up.
Looking up, you can see trees towering above the buildings.
From the outside, broken bricks reveal the construction used in these walls and the reason they still stand.
From further outside the north side, nearer the creek, you can see metal supports standing upright.
And a few feet from the metal supports are gears and other metal merged into the roots of this old tree.
One last look at the Bordeaux Ghost Town...
If the town ruins hadn't been here, this is still a spectacular hike.