PO Box 494  Yucaipa, CA 92399

Owens Valley

October 18-20, 2019

We had 21 rock hounders on our Owens Valley field trip! Thirteen were from other clubs in Southern California.

On the first day, everyone found a piece of amazonite and blue beryl at the Haystack. Day two was spent at the Reward mine and Crystal Hill, where quartz crystals and points, agates, and iron were found. The big finds were limonite cubes (bigger than dice) and silver galena. Day three we visited several gold mines and the Green Monster Mine. Plenty of copper minerals were found with rich blue and green color. Most of the group scaled the cliff to reach the tunnels and were richly rewarded with samples.

In the evenings we met at different restaurants, ate together, and got to know each other better, and best of all, to brag about our finds!

Owens Valley
Hauser Geode Beds

February 2019

23 cars and 51 people, one family even came from Tucson to join us! We also had five members from other rock clubs. It was a beautiful clear day in the desert.

Hauser Geode Beds
Western Science Center & Diamond Valley Lake

June 2018

Trip led by Jim Bowden, paleontologist. Jim worked at the site before the lake was filled, finding and saving fossils, especially land sloth, mammoth, and mastodon remains.

Western Science Center & Diamond Valley Lake
Cajon Pass & San Andreas Fault

February 2014

Educational/study field trip with Dr. Ben Clausen of the Geoscience Research Institute

Cajon Pass & San Andreas Fault
McCoy Mountains & Palo Verde

April 2019

A beautiful day to be out in the desert. We had 34 rockhounders with 6 kids. Hundreds of Limonite cubes were found, and along with the treasures from the Terrace, everyone went home happy and with a sun tan.

McCoy Mountains & Palo Verde
East Baldwin Lake

July 2018

YVGMS field trip to collect quartz points. A beautiful day with no smoke from the valley fire. Two ladies from the Downey Rock Club joined us. The hike along the Pacific Crest Trail was easy. We worked the area that the club had been last year. At first not much was found. Around 10:30 it became dark as the clouds moved in and soon we were experiencing a strong wind, thunder, rain and hail sized at about 1/8 inch. We went down a hill to get off the point and got behind some thick trees. Of course we got soaked to the skin, but it felt good after the heat of the last few days. The rain was also a blessing as it washed the points to the surface. We spend the next hour collecting and several large ones were found. When we first came into the area, we saw that Baldwin Lake was dry and we felt sorry for the homeowners who had bought lake front property. When we left four hours later, the homeowners now had a lake!

East Baldwin Lake
Wiley's Well

April 2018

West of Blythe, looking for geodes and jasper. 25 vehicles and 65 rockhounders!

Wiley's Well
Omya Mine

June 2013

Evening field trip in Lucerne Valley looking for florescent minerals with Dr. Brown

Omya Mine
Southern Pacific Silica Quarry

March 2019

We had 23 excited hounders, 15 of which were new to our club! A warm and beautiful day in the hills that were showing off spring wildflowers. A lot of new material was exposed because of the recent rains, including a garnet bed!

Southern Pacific Silica Quarry
Cerro Gordo Mines

June 2018

Trip sponsored by the Lone Pine Gem and Mineral Socety. 30 rock hounders from several clubs met up at the Mt. Whitney Cafe on Saturday night, then Sunday headed to Cerro Gordo. Very hot in Owen's Valley, but at 8,500 feet it cooled off. Spent the day combing the massive tailing piles of the main mine. The mines were first found in 1865 and there have been 45 different minerals mined. The production of Galina and zinc surpassed any other mines in the United States, and rivaled the Comstock mines in Nevada for silver. After several hours, our group found gold, silver, galina, and smithsonite. The green smithsonite measures 2 1/2 x 4 inches, a rare find. A very rewarding day.

Cerro Gordo Mines
Carmel, Utah

April 2018

Triobites at U-Dig Fossils, Topaz. At Topaz Mountain blast site, geodes at Dugway geode beds, septarium nodules at Mt. Carmel.

Carmel, Utah

 Past Field Trips