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Hiking and exploring backcountry locations of the Western United States.

Category: Death Valley (page 1 of 16)

Bob and Ward’s Cabin

Also known as the Salt Basin Cabin, Bob and Ward’s cabin is a little wooden cabin that is all that remains of a 1920s mining camp in this isolated valley.

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“MacClatchie Power” Mine

A long hike into the Death Valley region led us to this small mining operation. Judging from the artifacts found at the site, the mine was probably worked during the 1930s Depression and WWII eras. Inside the mine is an ore car, which is always an amazing find. And seeing a working ore car in a mine is a real treat but what makes this mine site unique is the strange engine at the mine; the MacClatchie Power Unit.

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U2 Joshua Tree

The famous U2 Joshua Tree. It fell over many years ago and now is a shrine to the band and the album. It is surprisingly easy to reach. 

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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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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 only productive for a few years.

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