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

 
Blue Lady Mine Chihuahua Valley, Warner Springs District, San Diego Co
November 17, 2019

Blue Tourmaline, Quartz Crystals, Pink Beryl, Aquamarine, Garnet

One Day

Free

Revised 11.4.19
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You must contact Dennis Gibbs if you are planning to attend this field trip.

From Loma Linda take the I 15 to Temecula, take the Highway 79 exit east. Meet at the Mobil/Arco station on your right at 8:30 am. From there I will lead the group to the Chihuahua Valley. We have obtained permission to visit this mine from San Diego State University. All rockhounding rules need to be followed.

Bring your collecting buckets, rock hammer, screening items, and a small shovel. In case it is a hot day, bring your beach umbrella and lawn chair.

Remember, we are in a semi-arid area, so be sure to bring plenty of liquids and your lunch as there are no services in the area.

On the way in, we will pass the Lieu Quan Buddhist Retreat Center. On your left you will see several large statues to Buddha. You will also go by a ranch that has some exotic animals.

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

YUHA BASIN FOSSILIZED OYSTER BEDS
December 8 , 2019

Fossilized Oyster Shells, Chalcedony, Jasper, Agate, Obsidian Spherical Concretions and Selenite Crystals

One Day

Free

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

South of Interstate 8 is an area of several low hills of fossilized Oyster shells. It is interesting to look through the hills to find different types of fossilized shells. Several other minerals are also available.

We will meet at the Jaime Obeso Rest Area, on I 8, which is 5.5 miles west of the junction of highway 86 and I 8, which is near El Centro. The time to meet is 10 am. It will take around 2 1/2 hours from Yucuipa, using I 10, 86, and then, 111, to I 8.

High clearance vehicles preferred.

As we are near El Centro and the U.S, Navy air station, winter base for the famous Blue Angels, we might be serenaded as they practice for next summers shows.

Overnight Lodging (trips over one day in length)

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 Southern California

Site 4

Pow Wow Rock Show: Quartzite, Nevada
January 18, 2020

If you want something, it will probably be at Quartzite!

One Day

Free

Meet at the rock shop at 7:00 a.m. Carpooling is available. All services are available in Quartzite. We will take a drive break at Ciarroco Summit.

Quartzite has around 2,000 vendors and is the largest rock show on the West Coast. When you run out of money or your truck is full, you can head home!

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

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 planning to join this field 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 US395 to the area 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

Kelly Mine and Minerals of S. New Mexico
April 2020

Smithsonite, copper minerals, pryite, galena, flourite, quartz, agates, jasper, geodes, turquoise, ect.

Apx. 7 Days

$30 two paid digs, gas, lodging, food, and visit 3 rock shops

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

Trip in in early planning stages.

White Sands Missile Range: Trinity Site (open on April 4 at no charge or reservation) for a visit to the place where the first atomic bomb was exploded. If a group wants to go I can arrange the trip dates accordingly. If not, dates will be chosen to avoid crowds. Please email to indicate your choice.

Lodging posted as arranged

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 New Mexico

Sites 14, 62-65, 73-75, 82-105

Central Coast
October 2020 (Date to be determined)

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.

Day 2: 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.

Day 3: 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.

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