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Hello, I’m Guy Starbuck. I love exploring backcountry locations in the deserts and mountains of the Western United States. Most of my adventures are hikes to historical mines, Native American rock art sites, and anything else with some history. For me, the more remote the site is, the better. Click on the links below to come along with me on an adventure!

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Owlhead Mountains Fuel Tank and Dart

Owlhead Mountains Drop Tank and Dart
You never know what you will find in the desert. My friends Dale and Brian hiked with me out to an intact military aerial target ...
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Garrett’s Arch

Garrett’s Arch
I like arches. And this trip is a nice cross-country hike into the granite maze that is the Wonderland of Rocks. Finding the arch is ...
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“Hidden Handprint” Pictographs

“Hidden Handprint” Pictographs
Deep in the Wonderland of Rocks is a special rock shelter. Once used by the Serrano, it is a sacred place. They must have gathered ...
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Oakland Mine

Oakland Mine
The Oakland Group of mines never produced much. The mines were worked for gold from 1922 to 1934. A vertical shaft is reported to have ...
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Hermes Mine

Hermes Mine
Deep in the woods of Idaho, cinnabar was discovered at the headwaters of Sugar Creek (later renamed to Cinnabar Creek) by Pringle Smith in 1902 ...
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“Boundary Island” Petroglyphs

“Boundary Island” Petroglyphs
Off in a far-flung corner of Joshua Tree is an isolated boulder outcrop with a few dozen petroglyphs on it. They are generally abstract in ...
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“Trump” Mill

“Trump” Mill
We got a tour of this mining camp in central Idaho from the caretaker who lives on-site. He was very generous with his time and ...
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Last Updated on April 16, 2021 by Guy Starbuck