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

 
Actinolite at Sheep Creek
July 25, 2021

Actinolite, Limestone, Schist (several colors), Marble, Serpentine, Soapstone, Banded Quartzsite

One Day

Free

This is a great trip for kids!

Meet at McDonald's at I15 and SR138 at 10:00AM.

We will be traveling west on SR138 to Lone Pine Canyon Road, then to Wrightwood and Sheep Creek. We will be walking in a rocky wash, and should be there for 2 to 3 hours.

Wear hiking boots and bring hammers, small shovels, and buckets. Bring blenty of liquids and snacks as it is summer in the mountains.

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

Attendees List

Dennis & Linda, Marvin & Judy, Gabriel & Kids, Grace & Daniel & Daniella,

Geode Hunting with Jim
September 11, 2021

Geodes

One Day

Free

You need to sign up with Dennis Gibbs.

Go East on I10 towards Blythe, exit at Wiley Wells, then south to several sites.

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.

Club waivers will be signed at the meeting place.

More details will be posted as we get closer to the date of the trip.

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

Karen & Kathy, Marvin & Judy, Jeff,

Petrified Wood in Arizona
October 8-10, 2021

Petrified Wood

2-3 Days

$40.00 for a 5 gallon bucket. Bigger pieces will be weighed.

YOU MUST NOTIFY DENNIS GIBBS IF YOU PLAN ON GOING.

The group will meet on Friday, October 8th at 6PM at Tom and Suzie's Diner (2001 Navajo Blvd, Holbrook) for supper and information.

Saturday morning we will go to the ranch to collect the wood. The collection site is near the Petrified Forest National Park, so the material is excellent. The ranch will provide us with lunch.

We should be done collecting around 3PM. This will end the field trip. You may stay another night or head home. After leaving the ranch, you may wish to check the many rock shops in Holbrook. On the way home you might wish to stop at the meteor crater to see the big hole in the ground.

You will need to bring five gallon buckets, hand shovels, and gloves. You should also have snacks and drinks in your vehicle. It can get windy and cold so bring appropriate clothing.

Overnight Lodging (trips over one day in length)

Motels in Holbrook, Arizona

Collection Difficulty

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

Vehicle Restrictions

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

Reference Book and Book Site

Attendees List

Dennis & Linda, Karen & Kathy, Dan & Dorothy & Grace & two,

Marble Mountains
No Date

Three types of fossils, 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.

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 Southern California

Site 25

Attendees List