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Topaz Mountain Field Trip
Topaz Mountain Field Trip
Time: 9:00 am

Joe Dorris and daughter, Krystle, have again invited us to their Topaz Mountain topaz claim. This is an operational mine, so some different rules apply. It is required that each individual, or family, purchase a bag of gravel for $50 to help pay for operations and facilities. Each bag will contain several nice topaz specimens. In addition, everyone can work the gravel dumps for topaz. While working these dumps, you are working for Glacier Peak Mining. Joe or Krystle will assess ALL topaz found, and decide whether to release to the finder, or retain as a “company stone”. Some stones may be offered to the finder with an option to purchase at wholesale rate (bring check book). If any stones are exceptional, they may be retained by the company.

Although some rakes are available at the location, I suggest bringing a garden rake with heavy tines, and a mattock or shovel. Optional items include a screen, rock pick, collecting bags, and a 5-gal bucket. Also bring plenty of water, your lunch, and sunscreen.

A Waiver Form will be available at the May Meeting. Please take, complete, and bring with you on the field trip. There will also be some available at the collecting site on the day of the trip.

Most everyone is familiar with the location of the mine. If not, please follow the directions below.

Meet at 9:00 AM directly at the mine. Follow these directions: From Colorado Springs, take U.S. Highway 24 west to Lake George. Drive through Lake George, cross the South Platte River and turn north on Park County Road 77 (Tarryall Road). Go approximately 7 miles. Turn right onto road and cross Tarryall Creek. You should see the brown Forest Service sign marking the road (F. S. Road 211) also known as the Matakat Road. Proceed about 2.5 miles and pass through cattle guard. You are now on Topaz Mountain Gem Mine. Operating sign is posted on fence on your left. Park in pullout on the right, next to Forest Service information sign, or anywhere along the road. Walk up to where operations are going on. You will see plenty of vehicles and people.

Dist = 120 mi. 4WD = Opt Kids = Sup Tools = D, H

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Georgetown Loop Train Ride
Georgetown Loop Train Ride
Time: 10:00 am

$22 per person.

Historic train ride starts in Silver Plume, CO and travels down the valley to the Everett Mine, where the mine tour is conducted. The Everett Mine has recently reopened, and includes a walk of approximately 225 feet into the mountain.. It gives visitors a sense of a mine in operation in the late 1880's. The lighting is set to a level similar to the candle lights the miners would have been using. The exhibits in the mine include: the transition from hand drilling to mechanical drilling; the difference between black powder and dynamite blasting; ore removal; timbering and tunnel construction.

After the tour, guests then are given instructions and shown how to PAN FOR GOLD, and can take home everything they find! (more than you would imagine). After that, everyone is served lunch at the Mine (hot dogs, chips, drinks).

After re-boarding the train, the trip continues down to Georgetown (to pick up more passengers), then back up the valley to Silver Plume, where you leave the train, return to your car, and drive home.

The total round trip lasts approximately 3 hours (10:30 AM to 1:30 PM).

Participation is limited to the first 45 people to sign up. Check your calendar if you think you want to participate, and BE SURE YOU CAN GO BEFORE SIGNING UP. This year, the $22/person fee will be collected at the train station, on the day of the trip. We are asked to submit a head count of people attending by the middle of June, so, AGAIN, PLEASE SIGN UP ONLY IF YOU ARE SURE YOU CAN GO. If you sign up, and a conflict arises that keeps you from attending, PLEASE contact Jim Hooten, ASAP, so he can notify the train.

A sign-up sheet will be available at the May Meeting, so you can sign up at that time, or you can call or email Jim Hooten before June 16 if you want to attend.

Meet at the parking lot of the Train Station in Silver Plume (a short distance west of Georgetown on I-70) at 10:00 AM. The train leaves at 10:30 AM, so be sure and give yourself plenty of time to get there. Come early for breakfast in historic Georgetown, and walk the streets and visit the shops. Just make sure you're at the train station to meet the other Club members at 10:00 AM.

It is truly a FUN and EDUCATIONAL adventure, so hope you can make it.

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Coffee Pot Springs
Coffee Pot Springs
Time: 10:00 am

Pseudomorphs of goethite after pyrite, plus fossil collecting in the area, plus hydrothermal(?) quartz crystals. Brachiopods, clams, and other Pennsylvanian-aged fossils in local limestone quarries. Campsites for overnight campers (fee), or “open” camping (no fee). Allow at least 3 – 3 ½ hours drive time from Denver. Go west on I-70. About 10 miles west of Gypsum, turn off I-70 at exit 133 (Dotsero). Go north on CR 301 for 1+ miles and turn left on CR 140 ( Deep Creek Road ). This road becomes fairly steep with hairpin turns, but it is maintained, and most cars in good condition should have no problems with the road, when dry. (Not the case if there are, or have been, heavy rains). Follow Deep Creek Road about 12 +/- miles until you see a sign saying that you are entering White River National Forest. Meet at the National Forest sign at 10:00 AM on Saturday. For those wishing a Forest Service campsite, the Coffee Pot Springs Campground (fee required) is another 4-5 miles on down this road. Other campgrounds are also in the area (fee and “open”). Typically, trip participants camp at an "open" campground a short distance from the meeting place (continue on main road and take first left turn onto side road, then go 200 yards to camping site). Some people usually go up on Friday, so a sign will be located on the main road indicating where the LGMC campsite will be. For those who have not been on this trip, it is a breathtakingly beautiful area, with meadows of wildflowers, high mountains, and deep canyons (great overlook). A really enjoyable weekend in the mountains, with guaranteed mineral collecting, camping around a campfire and good companionship. Singing optional, but story-telling encouraged. Map at May meeting.

Dist = 150 mi. 4WD = Opt – Rec Kids = OK Tools = L, D Camping = OK

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Coffee Pot Springs
Coffee Pot Springs
Time: 10:00 am

Pseudomorphs of goethite after pyrite, plus fossil collecting in the area, plus hydrothermal(?) quartz crystals. Brachiopods, clams, and other Pennsylvanian-aged fossils in local limestone quarries. Campsites for overnight campers (fee), or “open” camping (no fee). Allow at least 3 – 3 ½ hours drive time from Denver. Go west on I-70. About 10 miles west of Gypsum, turn off I-70 at exit 133 (Dotsero). Go north on CR 301 for 1+ miles and turn left on CR 140 ( Deep Creek Road ). This road becomes fairly steep with hairpin turns, but it is maintained, and most cars in good condition should have no problems with the road, when dry. (Not the case if there are, or have been, heavy rains). Follow Deep Creek Road about 12 +/- miles until you see a sign saying that you are entering White River National Forest. Meet at the National Forest sign at 10:00 AM on Saturday. For those wishing a Forest Service campsite, the Coffee Pot Springs Campground (fee required) is another 4-5 miles on down this road. Other campgrounds are also in the area (fee and “open”). Typically, trip participants camp at an "open" campground a short distance from the meeting place (continue on main road and take first left turn onto side road, then go 200 yards to camping site). Some people usually go up on Friday, so a sign will be located on the main road indicating where the LGMC campsite will be. For those who have not been on this trip, it is a breathtakingly beautiful area, with meadows of wildflowers, high mountains, and deep canyons (great overlook). A really enjoyable weekend in the mountains, with guaranteed mineral collecting, camping around a campfire and good companionship. Singing optional, but story-telling encouraged. Map at May meeting.

Dist = 150 mi. 4WD = Opt – Rec Kids = OK Tools = L, D Camping = OK

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