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.
I haven’t been able to find any history on who this long lost prospector might have been. I’m guessing the camp dates from the 1930s Depression era, but some of the artifacts look older. I talked to the NPS archaeologist and he couldn’t offer any more information on the place. If you have any information on this camp and prospect, please let me know.