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Hiking and exploring backcountry locations of the Western United States.

Category: Joshua Tree (page 1 of 6)

Cary’s Sun Cave Pictographs

Out in the area near Cary’s Castle is a fascinating pictograph site hidden under a large boulder. It took a few long hikes to track it down and, when we finally did find it, we didn’t get back to the trailhead until well after dark.

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“Keystone Signpost” Petroglyphs

This lone petroglyph boulder is way out in a wash deep into the Joshua Tree wilderness. We suspect it served as a signpost to Indians to find other sites which aren’t too far away.

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“Joshua Tree Car Wash”

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

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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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“Lost Pick” Prospector’s Camp

While hiking way out in the backcountry wilderness of Joshua Tree National Park, exploring buddy JP and I stumbled upon an old prospector’s mining camp. Hardly anything is left at the camp: a few cans, wood debris, a rock-stacked wall, and fireplace. Hidden nearby in a pile of granite boulders are an old mining pick and a few boards of lumber. The old prospector must have stashed them here for safekeeping until he returned. He never did.

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