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

 
Cerro Gordo Ghost Town
June 19, 2022

Smithsonite, Malachite, Copper, Chrysocolla, Turquoise, Galena

One Day

Free

The silver mines of Cerro Gordo was first found by Spanish miners. Over the years it was the richest of all silver mines in California and it helped build the city of Los Angeles. At that time, Owen's Lake was about 40 feet deep and the silver was carried across the lake by wagons by steam boat. There were over 21 minerals taken out of the ground. The town was recently bought and the new owner is in the process of restoring the old buildings. You will be searching for minerals on the vast tailing piles. Be sure to bring your bucket, hammer and a small hand rake.

Cerro Gordo is located at 8,000 in the Inyo Mountains on the east side of Owen's Lake. The road is in good condition but you need to be sure that your vehicle is in good condition, has a full tank of gas and the cooling system is in top shape as it is a long drive up the mountain.

There are no services, except outhouses, so bring your lunch and plenty of liquids.

From Yucaipa to Lone Pine is over 4 hours. It is a long drive early in the morning. You may want to find a motel in Lone Pine for Saturday night.

Meeting time and location, a possible fee, and more information will be posted later. This field trip is sponsored and led by the Lone Pine Gem & Mineral Society.

Overnight Lodging (trips over one day in length)

Collection Difficulty

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

Vehicle Restrictions

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

Reference Book and Book Site

Attendees List

MONASTERY HILL AND FIELD ROAD
JULY 9, 2022

JASPER, AGATE, JASP-AGATE, PETRIFIED WOOD, MANGANESE, BUBBLY PSILOMELINE, QUARTZ

ONE DAY

FREE

WE WILL MEET AT EDDIE'S WORLD, I 15, YERMO, UNDER THE CONE, AT 9 AM. WE WILL BE TRAVELING UP THE 15 TO FIELD ROAD TO TWO SITES, THAN BACK TO THE MONASTERY. THE ROADS ARE DIRT AND TWO WHEEL DRIVE CARS WILL DO FINE.
REMEMBER IT IS SUMMER TIME IN THE DESERT. BRING YOUR BUCKETS AND ROCK HAMMERS, LUNCH AND SNACKS, AND PLENTY OF LIQUIDS TO DRINK. BE SURE TO WEAR A HAT AND BRING THE SUNSCREEN. MAKE SURE YOUR CAR IS IN GOOD SHAPE AND FULL OF GAS.
THE TWO SITES ALONG FIELD ROAD WAS THE BEST PLACE TO FIND COLORFUL JASPERS AND AGATES LONG BEFORE LAVIC SIDING WAS DISCOVERED. THE AREA ALONG THE ROAD IS PICKED OVER, BUT WALKING IN ANY DIRECTION FROM THE ROAD, GOOD MATERIAL CAN STILL BE FOUND.
FIELD ROAD HAS A RAILROAD SIDING WITH A LOADING RAMP AND INTERESTING MATERIAL LAYING AROUND. I COULD NOT FIND ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THE SIDING.
SAINT ANTONY MONASTERY WAS THE FIRST COPTIC MONASTERY OUTSIDE OF EGYPT.

BETWEEN OUR TWO SITES IS THE ALVORD MOUNTAINS AND THE OLD ALVOID GOLD MINE. WE TRIED TO DRIVE UP TO THE SITE, BUT THE ROAD IS TOO ROUGH AND YOU NEED TO WALK ABOUT HALF A MILE TO THE MINE. IT LOOKS LIKE SOMEONE DUMPED LOADS OF TAILINGS ON THE ROAD TO KEEP PEOPLE OUT AS THERE IS A MINERS HOUSE WITH THE STONE WALLS STILL STANDING. WE FOUND EPIDOTE, MALACHITE, CALCITE, AND BROWN JASPER, WHICH WAS THE SOURCE OF THE GOLD WHERE WE HAD TO TURN AROUND.

IT IS SUMMER TIME AND THE RATTLESNAKES AND SCORPIONS ARE OUT. WATCH WHERE YOU STEP AND PUT YOUR HANDS.
IF THE WEATHER IS TOO HOT, THIS TRIP WILL BE CANCELLED.

Overnight Lodging (trips over one day in length)

NONE

Collection Difficulty

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

Vehicle Restrictions

5: Two-wheel, vehicle parking on rough terrain or trail end

Reference Book and Book Site

GEM TRAILS OF CALIF. SITE 48

Attendees List

Honey Onyx in Panamint Springs
October 8, 2022

Honey Onyx, private collection pile of miscellaneous rocks

One Day

By weight in cash

YOU MUST CONTACT DENNIS GIBBS TO SIGN UP FOR THIS TRIP. THE LINK IS ABOVE.

The location of the honey onyx is on private property in the Panamint Valley, north of Trona. This is some of the nicest honey onyx we have ever seen at a reasonable price. The owner will take us to the side of the mountain where he has been removing the onyx and you can choose the size and how much you would like to take. It will then be weighed and you need to pay in cash. The owner also has a large collection of miscellaneous rocks that he has picked up for years that he has for sale. This is your opportunity to get a large piece of honey onyx for creating your dream bookends or lamp.

Be sure you car is in good condition with a full tank of gas as it is a dirt road to the owner's property.

You will need to bring your rock hammer and collecting bucket. The only service available is an outhouse. You will need to bring lunch, snacks and drinks.

Meeting location, time, the cost of the material and other information will be posted in the near future.

It is a rare opportunity and privilege to go to this site, as it is not open to the general public.

This trip is sponsored by the Lone Pine Gem & Mineral Society. The leader of this trip grew up in the mines around Lone Pine as his father was a lifetime miner. Listen to his stories.

Overnight Lodging (trips over one day in length)

Nil

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

Attendees List

Varascite and Turquoise in Tonopah, NV
October 29-30, 2022

Varascite, Turqoise, Apache Tears, Chalcedony, Opalite Multi-Colors

Two days

$100 per person paid dig for the Varascite and Turquoise

YOU MUST CONTACT DENNIS GIBBS TO SIGN UP, IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.
PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU PLAN TO STAY MORE THAN TWO DAYS.

Day 1 - We will meet at 11:00 am at the Dinky Diner in Goldfield, NV. This diner is on the right after you come into town and is recognizable by two outhouses out front. It is approximately 5 1/2 hours from Yucaipa to Goldfield via I-15, State Route 127 at Baker and continuing on I-95. We will visit a rock shop in Goldfield and then continue to Gemfield. For supper, we will meet for pizza and the location will be announced later.

Day 2 - We will meet at 8:00 am at the gas station next to Burger King. There we will meet our group leader and sign the waivers for our half day dig. At the end of the half-day dig you are welcomed to head back to Yucaipa. If you choose to stay, we will take you to Crow Springs which has an extremely large obsidian field with many sizes of Apache tears. There are also many interesting rocks on this route. When you go back through Tonopah, you might stop at the Tonopah Historical Mining Park in town that tells the history of mining in the area and has many displays.

Note: From Tonopah, the journey home via I-95 will take six hours. If you choose this route you might take a small detour at Beatty and visit the ghost town of Rhyolite. If you choose to take US-6 to Bishop and continue on US395 the time is roughly 6 1/2 hours. Be sure to stop at Schatt's Bakery and get your San Francisco extra-sourdough bread and a turkey sandwich.

Remember, you are in the desert, so carry plenty of liquid, snacks, and your lunch. Your vehicle should be in good shape with good tires and a full tank of gas. Also remember the rattlesnakes are out!!

Overnight Lodging (trips over one day in length)

There are many motels in Tonopah. A popular one is the Clown Motel, which is close to the city cemetery and is said to be haunted. If you prefer a historic hotel, the Mizpah is a good place to stay and has good food. Oh by the way, the fourth floor is also haunted. For those with an RV, we suggest American Quality Suites RV Park (775) 482-1700 in the north end of town. They also have 2-bedroom or 3-bedroom cabins available.

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

Attendees List