PO Box 494  Yucaipa, CA 92399

Field Trips

Field trips are held monthly, and can be collecting trips, educational trips (both in the field and/or to local museums), or simply to another club's show. Many times, we join with other clubs to share experiences. For many, going on a field trip is the joy of getting out and enjoying nature. Some field trips will include natural wonders and historical sites along with rock hounding.

YVGMS members and non-members are welcome to join us on any field trip, provided that everyone signs a waiver prior to beginning the trip. Anyone under 18 must have a guardian on the trip who signs the waiver. To sign up for a field trip, use the link below. Please make sure to include your name, telephone number, and any message to the trip organizer.

Upcoming field trips will be shown below and on our calendar. An occasional trip may get added at the last minute. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please notify the field trip chairman, D. Gibbs via email. Please note: if there are not enough participants or the weather is bad, the trip may be cancelled.

Future Field Trips

 
Kramer Hills
February 8, 2020

Golden jasper, broken thumb jasper, pisolitic limestone, jasper agate, agate, petrified palm, opalite

One Day

Free

YOU MUST CONTACT DENNIS GIBBS IF YOU ARE GOING ON THIS TRIP

Mr. Tim Jones will be leading this trip. Meet at McDonald's at the I15 and SR138 at 7:30 am. We will travel up the US 395 to the area before the summit where you can see where the highway crosses SR58 at Kramer Junction.

Bring plenty of food and drinks. Vehicles should be in good shape. You will need collecting buckets and rock hammers.

Overnight Lodging (trips over one day in length)

Collection Difficulty

3-4: Flat ground, unpaved sections, handicap access with some help.

Vehicle Restrictions

3-4: Vehicle access and parking good for most vehicles and RVs, no specific handicap parking

Reference Book and Book Site

Gem Trails of Southern California: 2016 Edition

Site 41

Marble Mountains
March 14, 2020

FOSSILS X 3, TRAVERTINE-MEXICAN ONYX

One Day

Free

YOU MUST CONTACT DENNIS GIBBS IF YOU ARE GOING ON THIS TRIP

Mike Reason will be leading this trip. We will be collecting from the Latham Shale (trilobites, early brachiopods, and rare echinoderms) and Chambless Limestone (oncolites, which are similar to stromatolites except they did not grow in columns). Also a visit to an area with travertine (aka Mexican Onyx).

Meet at Roy's Cafe in Amboy at 9:30 am. Take I-15 to Barstow, then west on I-40 to Ludlow. Take the National Trails Highway exit going east, to Roy's Cafe. From Yucaipa, allow 2 1/2 to 3 hours to Roy's Cafe.

After Roy's Cafe there are no services. Be sure you have plenty of fuel, plenty of liquids and your lunch and snacks. Bring your rock hammer, paper towels for wrapping your fossils and collecting buckets.

All wheel drive and/or high clearance vehicles recommended. We will have a secondary stop in Cadiz to allow folks driving sedans to climb in vehicles that are more suited for sandy desert roads.

Dry camping is available for those who want to spend the night.

None

Overnight Lodging (trips over one day in length)

Collection Difficulty

5: Quarter to half mile trail to site with moderate difficulty.

Vehicle Restrictions

6: Two-wheel access orparking on roads, dirt, or gravel, limited parking areas, car pooling recommended

Reference Book and Book Site

GEM TRAILS OF S. CA

25

Turquoise in Tonopah, NV
April or May, 2020, to be determined

Turquoise, Apache Tears, Jasp-Agage, Bull's Eye Agate, Chalcedony, Dendritic Agate, Rainbow Agage, Optalite in multi-colors, Tonopah Jasper

2-3 DAYS

Turquoise Mine paid dig $100 per person

YOU MUST CONTACT DENNIS GIBBS IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.

Day 1 - Leaving early, traveling from Yucaipa to Tonopah, NV via I-15, State Route 127 to I-95 making three stops along I-95 for different minerals. Visit a rock shop in Goldfield. Lodging in Tonopah. Supper and meeting places to be determined.

Day 2 - Turquoise mine dig. Supper and meeting place to be determined.

Day 3 - Possible two more sites, including the Crescent Dunes Solar Plant, and traveling back to Yucaipa.

Note: Travel via I-15 and I-95 takes six and a half hours. Travel via US395 through Bishop (and Schatt's Bakery) takes eight hours.

1-2 nights in Tonopah, NV. RV parks and camping nearby

Overnight Lodging (trips over one day in length)

Collection Difficulty

3-4: Flat ground, unpaved sections, handicap access with some help.

Vehicle Restrictions

3-4: Vehicle access and parking good for most vehicles and RVs, no specific handicap parking

Reference Book and Book Site

GEM TRAILS OF NEVEDA

62-63-64

Central Coast
October 9-11, 2020

Agates, fossilized shells, travertine, onyx, jaspers, chert, whale bone, blue basalt, jade, moonstones, rhodonite, and off white jade.

Three Days

Jalama State Beach, $10 per vehicle

You must contact Dennis Gibbs if you are planning to join this field trip.

Day 1: Meet at Lowe's parking lot, Greenspot Rd, off US 210, at 6:00 am. We will be westbound 210 to I-5 north to Santa Clarita, then west on US 126 through Santa Paula to US 101. Proceed north to Jalama Beach County Park. On the beach you will be looking for agates, fossilized shells, travertine, onyx, jasper, chert and whale bone. In the afternoon, those who come for one day will head home. The rest will head north to Santa Maria for lodging and supper. The group will meet at Pappy's Restaurant in Santa Maria at 6:00 pm for supper. Lodging to be determined.

For those who are camping, the Central Coast has many spots for this activity.

Day 2: Group meeting spot to be determined. Leave Santa Maria, north to Arroyo Grande and visit the best donut shop on the coast, on to Avila Beach to look for blue basalt. Proceed to San Luis Obispo and head west to Morro Bay and State Route 1. In Morro Bay, we will visit the best seashell shop on the west coast, view Morro Rock and the otters. Head north on State Route 1 to Moonstone Beach. At the end of the day, those who come for day two will head home. The rest will find lodging in San Simeon or Cambria. Location of supper to be determined.

Day 3: Group meeting spot to be determined. Continue north on State Route 1 above Cambria, view elephant seals, Piedras Blancas Lighthouse and attend the Jade Festival. If someone does not want to go to the Jade Festival, an alternate is to buy tickets (online) and visit Hearst Castle. After the activities, we will head home.

On Friday, Saturday and maybe Sunday, we will not be stopping for lunch, so please be sure to have food, snacks and drink in your vehicle. There will be food vendors at the Jade Festival.

The February edition, 2020, of Rock & Gem has an article on Guatemala Jade.

Santa Maria, San Simeon or Cambria motels

Overnight Lodging (trips over one day in length)

Collection Difficulty

1-2: Flat ground or paved handicap access to and at site.

Vehicle Restrictions

1-2: Vehicle access and parking to include busses, RVs, handicap vehicles (with parking)

Reference Book and Book Site

Gem Trails of Northern California: 2018 Edition

Sites 72, 74 For more information on the Big Sur Jade Festival, go online and look for October 2020 festival.