The club sponsors field trips for members to various localities during the summer months. Weather permitting, some trips may be offered in the spring and fall. In the field we hope you find mineral or fossil treasures and, in addition, enjoy the company of your fellow Rockhounds.
through September 10 (weather permitting)
Jim Hooten, Field Trip Chairman
This is the list of the 2016 field trips planned for the collecting season up through August 2015. In the mid-summer newsletter, and at the picnic, more information and sign-up sheets will be available for the trips planned after this date. Please remember to check with the field trip leader 24-48 hours before the scheduled trip...especially if you do not sign up in May; there is no way for the leader to know to notify you of any changes. When in doubt, call. Otherwise, if the weather is good, and you can make it, just show up at the designated time and place.
Sat., June 04, Devils Head, near Deckers, CO
Trip leader Jim Hooten (303-770-7177 or cell 303-548-7412). Smoky quartz, topaz, fluorite, etc. Meet at large parking lot at entrance to Rampart Range Road, at the intersection of Rampart Range Road and CO 67, at 9:00 AM. Map at May meeting. (Weather day on Sunday, 5/31/15)
Sat., June 11, TOPAZ MTN Mine, Joe Dorris Claim (north of Lake George)
Trip leader Jim Hooten (303-770-7177). Joe & Krystle have again invited us to their Topaz Mountain topaz claim. This is an operational mine, so some different rules apply. Joe will require 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 his daughter, 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.
Sat. June 18, Teller County Tourmaline, near Cripple Creek, CO (Schorl tourmaline). Trip leader Jim Hooten (303-770-7177). Meet at 10:00 AM at Evergreen Station (groc/gas stop next to llama ranch), 10 miles south of Florissant, CO. Florissant is on Hwy. 24, west of Colorado Springs. Will dig for black tourmaline crystals in pegmatite matrix. Reasonable degree of digging anticipated. Bring lunch, water and sunscreen. Maps at May meeting.
Sat., June 18 to Sun., June 26 , Montana collecting areas (Crystal Peak, etc.). Trip leaders Bill & Mary Davis (303-680-5112). They invite anyone interested to join them to take a trip to Montana to collect at some classic localities for smoky quartz, amethyst scepters, sapphires, and who knows what else. Go for part of the trip, or stay the whole week. Call Bill and Mary to coordinate and to get detailed information. This is the first of 2 Club trips planned to Montana, so, if you can't make this one, there is another opportunity later in the summer.
Sat., June 25, Two Creeks, Pawnee National Grassland, north of Fort Morgan, CO
Trip leaders Ian Duncanson (303-798-9174) and Jim Hooten (303-770-7177 or cell 303-548-7412). Collecting Barite and Calcite. This trip is a replacement for the Stoneham Barite Locality (few miles to the south), which is closed to all collecting by the Colorado Land Board. At Two Creeks, the barite occurs in tabular crystals up to 1.5 inches, although most are smaller. The crystals are pale blue, but, in contrast to the barite found at the nearby Stoneham locality, the centers of the larger crystals at Two Creeks are often amber in color, forming a nice color contrast. Also to be found are small (<2 inch) but gemmy calcite "geodes". These are actually calcite linings of old root channels that have weathered out of the host clay. There are also Oligocene age vertebrate fossils (bones) exposed in the clay. If you should see any of these bones, just enjoy looking at them, or take pictures, as Federal law prohibits collecting them on public land without a special permit, which we do not have.
Sat., July 9, Smoky Hawk Mine, Joe Dorris Claim (near Lake George, CO)
Trip leader Jim Hooten. Joe Dorris has again graciously invited our Club to try our luck at collecting some of the beautiful amazonite and smoky quartz specimens that are famous from this area. Of course, no guarantees, but always loads of fun! Meet at 9:00 AM, on the east side of Lake George (US Hwy 24), where Park County Road 94 turns off to the north, by the Ranger Station. Give yourself plenty of time to get there, as it is a good 2 hour drive from Denver. We will then caravan to the claim.
Sat., July 23, Georgetown Loop Train Ride, Everett Mine Tour, Gold Panning & Lunch. NEW TRIP! Great new trip for the Club. $20 per person. Includes lunch at Mine (hot dogs, bbq, chips, lemonade). Historic train ride from Georgetown to Silver Plume (to pick up more passengers), then back down to the Everett Mine, before heading back to Georgetown. Round trip lasts approximately 3 hours (10:30 AM to 1:30 PM). 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. Guests also PAN FOR GOLD, and can take home everything they find!
Sat., July 30, LGMC Honey Bee/Queen Bee Club Claims, (near Harris Park,CO)
Trip leader Jim Hooten (303-770-7177 / firstname.lastname@example.org). Amazonite, smoky quartz, fluorite, etc. Meet at 9:00 AM at Community Center in “downtown” Harris Park. Cars will then caravan from there to the collection site. Easy walk from parking are at Map at May meeting. Directions: To get to Harris Park, take U.S. Hwy 285 southwest from Denver approximately 30 miles. Go thru Conifer, then Pine Jct., then about another 4 miles until you come to a stop light at the junction of State Road 43 (can only turn right—north). Turn north onto State Road 43 (may also be called 43A), and drive about 10 miles to Harris Park. The only potentially confusing point is where Road 43 turns to Road 47, maybe 6-7 miles up the highway. Just stay on the primary paved road (keep to right) and it will take you to Harris Park. The Community Center is the only “large” building around. Everything else is individual homes/cabins.)
Mon. Aug. 8 to Wed. Aug. 10 , Montana collecting areas (Crystal Peak, etc.) Trip leader Ed & Susan Wakefield (303-986-4331). They invite anyone interested to join them on a short 3-day trip to Montana to collect at some classic localities for smoky quartz, amethyst scepters, sapphires, and who knows what else. Call Ed and Susan to coordinate and to get detailed information, as they are coming from their home in Mesquite, NV.
Thurs.-Sun., Aug. 11-14, 31st Annual Contin’ Tail Mineral Show (Buena Vista)
Sat., Aug. 13, Sedalia Copper Mine (near Salida, CO). Trip leader Jim Hooten (303-770-7177). Trip to old mine ruins near Salida to collect garnet crystals and other interesting minerals. Park at the base of the mine road and walk up to the collecting area. The walk is comprised of 10-12 switchbacks over approximately 1/3 to 1/2 mile, up a very steep grade. It's a rigorous hike up, and back down (especially with a backpack full of specimens). Not recommended for those not used to strenuous exercise. Meet at 10:00 AM, northwest of Salida, at intersection of US Hwy 285 and CO Hwy 291. Will caravan from there to old mine area. Bring lunch and plenty of water and sunscreen. Map at May meeting.
Sat., Aug. 20, Hartsel Barite Area, near Hartsel, CO
Trip leader Jim Hooten (303-770-7177 or cell 303-548-7412). Clear to opaque barite crystals. Fun trip and everyone guaranteed to leave with a bag full of barite. Meet at 10:00 AM at Bayou Salado Trading Post in Hartsel. Will check in with owners, Dave & Lark Harvey, and then caravan to collection location. Bring plenty of water, sun screen and insect spray. Map and instructions at May meeting.
Sun., Aug. 28, LGMC ANNUAL SUMMER PICNIC & GRAB BAG STUFFING PARTY ...See write-up in Newsletter.
Sat., Sept. 10, Red Feather Lakes (Rainbow Lode Mine) (north of Ft.Collins). Trip leader Jim Hooten (303-770-7177). Amythest quartz, iron-stained quartz, clear quartz. Thanks to new owner, Casey Lehman, for allowing us to schedule this trip to the claim. The Club has had a great time with past visits to this historic collecting locale, with some good success as well. Meet at 9:00 AM at Livermore, CO, approx 24 miles north of Ft. Collins, at intersection of Hwy 287 and County Road 74E (Red Feather Lakes Road). Cars will then caravan from there to the collection site, approximately another 28 miles west. Map at the Picnic.
Dist = approximate one way driving distance to meeting place from Littleton.
4WD = No, not needed; Opt, optional (useful if you have one, you may need to ride a short distance with someone if you don't); Rec, recommended.
Kids = OK, a good place for kids; Sup, some potentially hazardous areas (steep cliffs, mine tunnels, etc.). Small children will require some supervision. NR = not recommended to bring small children.
Tools = L, light collecting tools (rock pick, sack, scoop); D, typical pegmatite digging tools (rock pick, pick and shovel, pry bar, chisels, trowel, brush, screwdriver probe, etc.); H, tools for heavy rock breaking (rock pick, sledge, chisels, pry bar, eye protection, etc).
Camping = if noted, camping (optional for an overnight stay) is possible at the site.
Fee = Noted, if any.