Starbuck's Exploring

Hiking and exploring backcountry locations of the Western United States.

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Honolulu Mine

On a ridge, high in the Panamint Mountains of Death Valley National Park, lies the old Honolulu mine. The mine was first discovered in 1907 by John Thorndike (sometimes misspelled Thorndyke) and worked for silver, lead and zinc.

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“Zinc Tram” Mine

Ed and I took a small trip over to Nevada to check out an interesting little mine I had passed up before. I have visited some of the other mines in the district but overlooked this one in a small side canyon.

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Panamint Treasure Mine

It is a bit of a hike to find this great little gem of a mine. It was worked as early as the 1890s, and again in the 1930s. The miners walked away from the mine in 1941 when World War II broke out and a presidential order closed many “non-essential” mines in the country. Looks like they never came back. Artifacts from that era remain.

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Lakeview Mine

Over the summer of 2013, I took a trip to the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains and hiked up to the Lakeview mine. Located at timberline, 10,650 ft up, the mine sits on a ridge overlooking a dramatic landscape of glacially carved cirques, granitic spires, and alpine lakes. It was a spot I had been wanting to visit for a long time.

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Day Break Camp

I met up with Dan in 2006 and we headed out into the great Mojave desert to try and find an old little-known camp called Day Break. The camp, also known as Five Points, dates from the 1880s but was most active in the early 1910s. Not much remains.

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