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

 
LAVIC SIDING AND SOUTH CADYS
NOVEMBER 8. 2020

JASPER LOVERS PARADISE

ONE DAY

FREE

REVISED 10/24/20

YOU MUST CONTACT DENNIS GIBBS IF YOU ARE ATTENDING.

IF YOU ARE NOT FEELING WELL, HAVE A FEVER OR A COUGH, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE FIELD TRIP AND EXPOSE OTHERS TO WHAT AILS YOU. MASKS ARE REQUIRED UNLESS YOU ARE AWAY FROM THE GROUP.

TWO OF THE THE BEST LOCATIONS IN S. CALIFORNIA TO FIND JASPERS AND IN MANY COLORS INCLUDING BLACK. SEMI FLAT AREA AND OPEN WIDE SPACE FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING. WE WILL MAKE THREE STOPS. MATERIAL IS LAYING ON THE SURFACE. AT THE END OF THE TRIP YOU CAN DRIVE BY LUDLOW WHICH HAS SERVICES.

ON THE WAY OUT, NEAR NEWBERRY SPRINGS, ON YOUR LEFT, YOU WILL NOTICE A WHITE ROUND HOUSE HUELL HOWSER BUILT ON TOP OF A VOLCANO.

MEET AT MCDONALDS, I 15 AND SR 138 AT 8:00 AM TO SIGN WAIVERS. GOING TO I 40 OUT OF BARSTOW, HECTOR EXIT.
BRING YOUR LUNCH, LIQUIDS,AND A JACKET. NO SERVICES. BRING YOUR BUCKETS, AND YOUR MASKS.

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 S. CALIFORNIA 2016

SITES 28 AND 31

Attendees List

DENNIS-LINDA, MIKE-DENISE, KAREN-KATHY, MARVIN-JUDY,

ROCK SHOP SALE
NOVEMBER 21-22, 2020

ABOUT ANYTHING YOU WOULD WANT

TWO DAYS

FREE

HESPERIA MINING SUPPLIES AND ROCK SHOP, 16808 MAIN STREET, HESPERIA, CA. 9-5 PM. THEY HAVE A WIDE SELECTION OF MINING SUPPLIES, ROCK HOUNDING EQUIPMENT, AND SHOP EQUIPMENT.

FOR ROCKS AND MINERALS, THEY HAVE AN EXCELLENT INVENTORY.

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

Attendees List

UV LIGHT EVENT YVGMS CLUB MEMBERS ONLY
DECEMVER 6, 2020

THE GLOWING TYPE

I EVENING

FREE TO COME

YOU NEED TO SIGN UP WITH DENNIS GIBBS

CLUB MEMBERS ONLY

BRING YOUR MASKS.

MEET AT THE CLUB'S STORAGE AREA FOR ROCKS, NEXT TO HANK'S HOME IN YUCUIPA, AT 4:15 PM TO 6.30 PM. BRING YOUR UV LIGHTS, SHORT AND LONG WAVE. LOOK IN THE BUCKETS FOR GLOWING ROCKS. $1.00 A POUND.

Overnight Lodging (trips over one day in length)

Collection Difficulty

Vehicle Restrictions

Reference Book and Book Site

Attendees List

DARWIN MINING DISTRICT
DECEMBER 13, 2020

Gold, silver, lead, zinc, tungsten, copper, scheelite, pyrite, galena, fluorite, calcite, epidote, orthoclase, aurichalcite, hematite, jasper, agate (including blue agate), feldspar, andradite, serpierite, slag and many, many more

ONE DAY

FREE

YOU MUST CONTACT DENNIS GIBBS IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THIS TRIP.

I 395 NORTH TO OLANCHA, THAN RIGHT ON 190 TO DEATH VALLEY. RIGHT AT STOP SIGN TO DEATH VALLEY. THEN PARK AT THE DARWIN ROAD TURN OFF WHERE WE WILL MEET AT 9 AM.

MEETING SPOT IS APPX. 5 HOURS FROM YUCAIPA. YOU CAN GET AN EARLY START AND MEET US AT THE DARWIN ROAD OR YOU CAN GET A MOTEL IN LONE PINE THE NIGHT BEFORE.

WE WILL ALSO VISIT TWO SLAG AREAS AND HILLSIDES WHERE THE MINERS LIVED IN HOLES.

YOU ARE IN THE DESERT SO PLENTY OF LIQUIDS, YOUR LUNCH, AND THERE ARE NO SERVICES AFTER OLANCHA.
WATCH OUT FOR THE DONKEYS, MULES, AND BURROS!!

THERE ARE 16 MINES IN THE AREA WE ARE GOING. EASY WALKING AMONG THE MINES.

Overnight Lodging (trips over one day in length)

IF YOU CHOOSE TO DO TWO DAYS, LODGING IN LONE PINE

Collection Difficulty

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

Vehicle Restrictions

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

Reference Book and Book Site

ON LINE IS INFORMATION ABOUT THIS SITE.

Attendees List

HOLOCAUST CANYON
JANUARY 9, 2021

GREENITE

ONR DAY

FREE

IF YOU ARE COMING ALONG, YOU MUST NOTIFY DENNIS GIBBS.

A CANYON NEXT TO THE OLD GOLD MINING, DALE MINING DISTRICT, WHICH WAS ONCE PART OF THE JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK. IN IT IS FOUND A ROCK OF PINK FELDSPAR, GREEN EPIDOTE, AND BLACK MANGANESE.
THIS ROCK IS CLASSED AS A GEMSTONE AND TAKES A NICE POLISH.
WE WILL BE PARKING ALONG THE ROAD AND HIKING UP THE CANYON WASH. THE FARTHER YOU GO THE BETTER THE MATERIAL GETS.
WE WILL STOP AT THE NORTH END OF THE MINING DISTRICT TO LOOK AT AN OLD LOADING SHUTE.
BRING YOUR LUNCH, DRINKS, COLLECTING BUCKETS, AND A SMALL HAND SHOVEL.
WE WILL BE TRAVELING I 10 TO THE S R 62 EXIT AND THAN PAST TWENTY-NINE PALMS.
WE WILL MEET IN THE PARKING LOT, ACROSS FROM THE CHEVRON STATION, LEFT OF THE YUCUIPA BLVD. EXIT AT 8 AM.

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

BURRO SCHMITZ TUNNEL/ CASTLE BUTTE
JANUARY 31, 2021

CHALCEDONY, JASPER, PETERFIED WOOD, PETERFIED PALM, OPALITE, AGATE, GREEN BLOODSTONE, JASPER AGATE

ONE DAY

FREE

YOU MUST CONTACT DENNIS GIBBS IF YOU ARE GOING WITH US,

FUN TRIP FOR KIDS.

WALK THROUGH THE 1/2 MILE GOLD TUNNEL THAT BURRO SPENT MOST OF HIS LIFE DIGGING SO HE COULD HAUL HIS GOLD ORE OUT THE SOUTH END. BRING YOUR FLASHLIGHTS. VISIT THE HOLLY MINE, A CLAY MINE FOR MAKING CLEANSER. AT CASTLE BUTTE THERE IS PLEANTY TO FIND ROCK HOUNDING.

WE WILL MEET AT THE MCDONALDS, I 15 AND S R 138 AT 7:30 AM. WE WILL BE GOING UP I 15 TO THE U S 395 TO THE S R 58 THAN WEST TO THE BUTTE. THAN ON TO THE S R 14 TO THE TUNNEL TURNOFF.

AFTER KRAMER JUNCTION THERE IS NO SERVICES. BRING YOUR LUNCH, SNACKS, AND PLENTY OF DRINKS. CARS WITH PLENTY OF FUEL. ALSO YOUR COLLECTING BUCKETS AND A SMALL HAND SHOVEL.

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-2016

39

Attendees List

Central Coast
October 10 ?? 2021

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, 1275 East Betteravia Road. The Gibbs are staying at the Days Inn.

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

Day 2: The group will meet at 7.30 AM at the Days Inn motel, 839 East Main St. 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. The Gibbs are staying at Days Inn in San Simeon.

Day 3: Group meeting is at the Days Inn, 9280 castillo Drive at 7.30 AM. 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.

Overnight Lodging (trips over one day in length)

Santa Maria, San Simeon or Cambria motels

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.

Attendees List

Dennis G, Linda G

PO Box 494  Yucaipa, CA 92399