Starbuck's Exploring

Hiking and exploring backcountry locations of the Western United States.

North London Mill

Miner’s first worked gold, silver and lead from the London Mine in 1874. After it was developed, they decided to try and work the lode from the south side of London Mountain. The South London Mine was born in 1880 and it was fabulously wealthy. It was one of the best strikes in Colorado’s history. The mines were eventually connected underground. Continue reading

Agai Pah Pictographs

Agai Pah is the Northern Paiute name for Trout Lake, or Walker Lake as we know it today. This is an intriguing pictograph site. Located on an isolated boulder, red pictographs appear on a single side of the boulder. Different people have taken different meanings from the symbols.
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Scratch Awl Mine

Over this last summer, we visited a few old mining ruins in Montana. We went out of our way to visit the Scratch Awl Mine as I was hoping there would be some equipment left on site to see.
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Scallywag Mine

This is a more modern mine out in Death Valley probably worked for lead or antimony. It has two tramways and a few ore buckets still on-site. Getting up to the mine is a challenge. There is one dry fall to climb up.
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Owl Panel, Nine Mile Canyon

Hidden away in short side canyon of Nine Mile Canyon is this fantastic little petroglyph panel of owls. How often do you see owl petroglyphs? For me, it isn’t very often. They are pretty amazing.
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“Joshua Tree Car Wash”

Our National Parks aren’t known for their collections of junked cars… Joshua Tree has a collection though (and so does the Mojave NP).

I heard there were a few wrecked cars out in the wide expanse of the Pinto Basin but I didn’t know how many or what to expect or even if they were really there. In 2015, I decided to start up a trip to chase them down.
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“Red Wall” Springs Cabin

This is a little cabin that we have visited from time to time. It is surprisingly well furnished for being way out in the middle of nowhere Nevada.

It has it’s own spring and cowboy bath. Great for dusty explorers.
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“Circle Sun Ledge” Pictographs

Hidden on a small and inconspicuous ledge, deep in the Joshua Tree wilderness, is an interesting pictograph site. When we discovered it in 2016, after a lengthy bushwhack, the park archaeologist told us that he believed it was a previously unrecorded site! Huzzah!
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Corkscrew Mine

A few years ago, I met up with some of the guys and we hiked out to visit the ruins of the old Corkscrew Mine. The mine was worked for colemanite (an ore of borax) in the 1950s by the US Borax Company.  Surprisingly, it was productive only for a few years.
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Moccasin Tracks Petroglyphs

On top of a mesa and way out in the Utah desert, we came across a few petroglyphs carved into the bedrock. And they were connected in a series… It is a trail! Neither one of us had ever seen anything like this before. Petroglyphs along a wall? Sure, all the time.  On a ceiling? Yup. A petroglyph trail? I didn’t know such a thing existed.
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