I had heard about a wickiup, high in the White Mountains, a while back and thought it would be an interesting find. The information I had didn’t give me the exact location and I really didn’t know if I would be even close (which is the case more often than not). But still thought I might have enough clues to track it down. This was not an area I had been to before, so after studying topo maps for a while I took a guess where it might be and planned my trip. If nothing else, it would be a nice hike in the pinyon pine forest.
After a few days of long drives in Nevada, we ended up at a remote mine that doesn’t see many visitors – my favorite kind of mine. We visited a few of the mines out there but most of them didn’t have much to offer outside of long cross-cuts and drifts. This one was a little different.
Out in the volcanic cinder cones, a few miles east of Baker in the Mojave desert, and hidden among fields of broken basalt and cinder, is the Mojave Lava Tube. Over the course of the last seven million years (during the Pleistocene and Pliocene epochs) and perhaps as recently as 10,000 years ago, basalt lava flowed in multiple eruptive events from cinder cones here.
08/17/14: Updated this trip report to some petroglyphs in the Cottonwood Mountains of Death Valley. Much longer read now: “Cottonwood” Petroglyphs.
Two years ago I re-created this site on WordPress. (The site has existed since 1997.) Overall, I have to say I still like the format. Lately though, I’ve slowed down on posting. I’m still going out often, but I’ve been taking a hiatus on posting to work on other long delayed projects.
I met up with friends Rick and Rob to explore a lesser-visited petroglyph site in Arizona. We didn’t know what we would find. We discovered Quail Point has hundreds of petroglyphs and was certainly worth the trip.
Micah, Ed and I did a lengthy cross-country hike out to a very remote log cabin high up in the mountains. It was an impressive find.
I haven’t found any history on the old place or the mine above it. So, for now, they both remain a mystery.