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

 
Geode Hunting with Jim at the Hauser Geode Beds
November 20, 2021

NEW DATE!

One Day

Free

You need to sign up with Dennis Gibbs. The e-mail link is above.
PLEASE SIGN UP AGAIN FOR THE NEW DATE.

A popular trip for kids

Go East on I 10 towards Blythe, exit at Wiley Wells. (exit 173) Go North to the rest area. We will meet there at 8.45 AM. Look for a red Rav 4 and a big black truck with a snorkel sticking out the right side. After signing the ok forms, using the rest room, your last opportunity to sit on something white and round, we will leave for the geode beds at 9.15 AM.

If you leave Yucuipa at 6.00 AM, you will have time for a gas fill up at Chiriaco Summit, exit 222.

The entire trip is a full day and approximately 200 miles. This is why you should fill your tank at the summit. Be sure your vehicle is in good condition and with good tires. By driving slow and careful, clearance should not be a problem. High clearance vehicles advised.

We will be in the desert with no services and few trees, so bring plenty of liquids and food. You will need collection buckets, hand shovel or rakes, hats and sun screen. Cell service ???

Remember that snakes and scorpions are at home here so be careful where you put your feet and hands.

If the weather is too hot, we might cancel and reschedule the trip. This is one good reason for signing up ahead of the trip so you can be notified.

Club waivers will be signed at the meeting place.

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: 2003 Edition

Sites 9, 10, 11

Attendees List

JIM & LAURA, DENNY & LINDA, RICHARD & ANN, DREW, Marvin & Judy, Doc & Rainey & Marla & Lena, Keeley & Tamara & John, Justin, Karen & Kathy, Jeff, Ben, Hang, Ezekiel, Tom, Ann & Donna.

KRAMER HILLS/YERMO AREAS
DECEMBER 5, 2021

PISTACHIO AGATE, AGATE, JASPER AGATE, CHERT, JASPER, PETERFIED PALM ROOT

ONE DAY

FREE

THIS TRIP WILL HAVE ADDED SITES AS WE HAVE FOUND NEW INFO ON THE AREA. KEEP WATCHING THIS SITE.

BE SURE TO SIGN UP FOR THIS FIELD TRIP. THE LINK IS ABOVE.

MEET AT MCDONALDS, I 15 AND SR 138 AT 7:30 AM. WE WILL TRAVEL UP THE 15 TO THE U S 395 EXIT AND TURN OFF BEFORE CRAMER JUNCTION FOR THE PISTACHIO AGATE. WE WILL THAN GO EAST ON SR 58, TO THE 15 E, PAST BARSTOW TO THE MINNEOLA ROAD EXIT NEAR YERMO. WE WILL EXPLORE THE HILLS FOR ITS HIDDEN TREATS.

BE SURE YOUR VEHICLE IS IN GOOD SHAPE AND YOU HAVE DRINKS AND YOUR LUNCH. BRING YOUR BUCKETS AND HAMMERS. DRESS FOR BOTH WARM AND COLD WEATHER. WE WILL STOP AT KRAMER JUNCTION FOR A BATHROOM REST. YOU WILL WANT TO ALSO STOP AT EDDIE'S WORLD IN YERMO FOR 1365 DIFFERENT TYPES OF SWEETS.

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 S. CA (2003)

43+47

Attendees List

DENNIS-LINDA, MARVIN-JUDY,

SOUTHERN PACIFIC SILICA QUARRY
JAN. 16, 2022

GARNETS,BLACK TOURMALINE,CLEAR,ROSE,SMOKEY QUARTZ AQUAMARINE, ++++++

ONE DAY

FREE

BE SURE AND SIGN UP FOR THE TRIP.

THIS QUARRY WAS USED IN WWII TO FIND OPTICAL QUARTZ FOR THE BOMBING SIGHTS OF AIRCRAFT AND FOR WALKIE-TALKIES.

GO SOUTH ON I 215 PAST MARCH RAF BASE. EXIT NUEVO THAN LEFT. MEET AT 9 AM AT THE OPEN AREA ACROSS FROM THE ARCO STATION ON YOUR RIGHT.

BRING YOUR DRINKS AND LUNCH AS THERE IS NO SERVICES AT THE SITE. DRESS FOR THE WEATHER. BRING YOUR BUCKETS, HAMMERS, SHOVELS AND RAKES. YOU MIGHT WANT TO BRING A MAGNET AS GARNETS ARE MAGNETIC.

FROM THE PARKING AREA YOU WILL HAVE TO WALK UP A STEEP HILL FOR ABOUT 1000 FEET TO THE QUARRY.

THE QUARRY IS DEEP SO WATCH YOUR KIDS.

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

DENNIS-LINDA, TOM, MARVIN-JUDY,