LGMC 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. Please review the “Field Trip Rules and Decorum” at the link below.  Note: Trips may be cancelled if conditions near the field trip area unsafe or dangerous. (i.e. wildfires, flooding, or other unfavorable conditions)

Field Trip Rules and Decorum

Jim Hooten, Field Trip Chairman
This is the list of the 2019 field trips planned for the collecting season up through September 28.
Additional trips may be planned for later in the fall. If so, at the Club Picnic, or the September Regular Meeting, more information and sign-up sheets will be available for these trips. 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 Jim. Otherwise, if the weather is good, and you can make it, just show up at the designated time and place.

For all trips, bring a backpack with rain gear, gloves, tools, water, lunch, and sunscreen. Some people bring a 5-gal bucket for equipment and to use as a stool to sit on (and to carry specimens back to vehicle). Appropriate field boots are strongly suggested. Do not recommend tennis shoes. Wear a good sun- protecting hat.


June 8, Devil’s Head, near Deckers, CO.

Trip Leader TBD. 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. Trip leader will lead caravan to collecting locality. Map at May meeting.

Dist = 35 mi. 4WD = No Kids = OK Tools = D, H Fee = None

June 14, North Table Mountain, near Golden, CO.

Guests of Lake George Gem & Mineral Club. Sorry—only available on a weekday. Trip Leader, Dave Alexander (Lake George). Joint trip with Lake George Gem & Mineral Club onto Jefferson County Open Space to search for Zeolites on North Table Mountain. Zeolite varieties include Analcime, Thomsonite-Ca, and Chabazite-Ca. Dave Alexander will provide the required one-time Use Permit. Open Space rules state that no more than 5 pounds of specimens are allowed per day. Collecting period from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM.

Meeting Place: RTD Park-n-Ride Lot at Ward Road and I-70 (Wheat Ridge). Meeting Time: 9:45 AM (leave at 10:00 AM sharp). As parking space is very limited at the No. Table Mtn Trailhead, everyone will meet at the Park-n-Ride and carpool from there. At the conclusion of collecting, vehicles will return to the Park-n-Ride. From the Trailhead, it is about a 1-mile hike to the Southeast Quarry (same on return), with a 500-foot elevation gain. Elevation approximately 6000 feet. Intermediate difficulty.

Bring plenty of water, lunch, and sunscreen. Watch forecast to determine whether rain gear might be needed. Good field boots. Sun hat. Bring rock hammer, chisel, bucket or backpack. As the basalt that contains the zeolites is very hard, suggested to bring a sledge hammer as well (2-pounder).

Dist = 4 miles (from P-n-R to Trailhead) 4WD = Opt Kids = over 12 (?) Tools = D, H Fee = None

June 15, Honey Bee/Queen Bee Club Claims

Trip Leader Ron Wankner. Amazonite, smoky quartz, fluorite, etc. Meet at 9:00 AM, at the Community Center in “downtown” Harris Park. Allow 1-11⁄2 hour drive from Denver. Cars will then caravan from there to the collection site (approx. 11⁄2 miles). Easy walk from parking area. Map at May meeting.

Directions: To get to Harris Park, take U.S. Hwy 285 southwest from Denver approximately 30 miles. Go through Conifer, then Pine Junction, then about another 4 miles until you come to a stop light at the junction of Hwy 285 and State Road 43 (may also be called 43A), and drive north 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.

Dist = 50 mi. 4WD = Opt Kids = OK Tools = D, H Fee = None

June 22, Topaz Mtn Mine, Joe Dorris’ Claim (north of Lake George, CO)

Trip leader Jim Hooten. 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 defray the costs 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 the specimen to the finder, or retain as a “company stone”. Some stones may be offered to the finder with an option to purchase at a very fair wholesale rate (bring checkbook). If any stone(s) is exceptional, the company has the right to retain that specimen.

Although some rakes are available for use at the location, it is suggested you bring 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, lunch and sunscreen. Restroom facilities are available.

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 bridge over Tarryall Creek. You should see the brown Forest Service sign marking the road (F.S. Road 211) also known as Matakat Road. Proceed about 2.5 miles and pass over cattle guard. You are now on Topaz Mountain Gem Mine. Operating sign is posted on fence to your left. Park in pullout on the right, or anywhere along the road. Walk up to where operations are going on. You should see plenty of people and vehicles.

A Waiver Form will be available at the May Meeting, along with a map to the meeting place.

Dist = 120 miles 4WD = Opt Kids = Sup Tools = L Fee = $50/person or family for bag of topaz gravel

June 23, Magnetite Ridge, near Tarryall, CO

Magnetite crystals. This is a new collecting locality for the Club (1st time was in 2018). Trip leader Jim Hooten (303-770-7177, cell 303-548-7412). Many of those who attended the first year commented on how much fun they had, and to be sure to keep this trip on the regular field trip schedule. It is located just a few miles north of the Topaz Mtn Claim, just off of Hwy 77 near Tarryall. Follow the directions from the previous field trip (Topaz Mtn) and continue north on Hwy 77 (past the turn-off to Topaz Mtn) for another 5 miles. Just before getting to Tarryall, CO, you will see County Road 31 going to your left (south). Take CR 31 and go approximately 0.7 miles and turn right onto CR 652. Drive another approximate 0.7 miles to where you park your vehicle along the side of the road. The pine-covered ridge to your left (south), through a grove of aspens, is Magnetite Ridge. It is a fairly easy walk up to the collecting area. All along the ridge you will find exposures of magnetite within the granite pegmatite. Plenty of prospective areas to investigate and collect. You will see many holes where other clubs and collectors have dug.

This is all BLM Land, and is open to the public. Camping is permitted anywhere, but all vehicles cannot be driven more than 20 feet from the road. If you want to campout, you can either camp close to your vehicle, where personal items are readily available (what some families did last year); or you can carry your camping gear up the hill closer to the collecting locality, but not as convenient to your vehicle back on the road. Your choice.

For those interested in attending this trip, there are different options available for getting to the collecting area:

  1. 1.)  If you are attending the Topaz Mtn Trip from the previous day, you have the option of following the above directions and driving directly to the Magnetite Ridge locality and camping out Saturday night. The Club will meet you at approximately 10:00 Sunday morning.
  2. 2.)  If you do not wish to campout, but still want to attend the Magnetite Ridge Trip, your options are to find a motel close by (Lake George), or drive back home and come back on Sunday morning. Meet at Meeting Place described below.
  3. 3.)  If you are not attending the Topaz Mtn Trip on Saturday, but are interested in attending the Magnetite Ridge Trip on Sunday, drive to the Meeting Place on Sunday morning.
  4. 4.)  MEETING TIME & PLACE for those interested in meeting and caravanning to Magnetite Ridge: Meet at 9:30 AM on Sunday (6/23/19). Drive to Lake George and turn north on Park County Road 77 (west edge of town). After a short distance (200 yards) there is a pull-off on the left side of CR 77. We will meet there and caravan to Magnetite Ridge. If you are not there at the designated time, the vehicles will leave without you and you will have to follow the directions and drive to the collecting area on your own.

Dist = 100 miles 4WD = Opt Kids = Sup Tools = D, H Fee = None

June 28, Detroit City Mine (Alma, CO)

New Collector’s Edge operation a few hundred feet up the side of Mt. Bross from the previous Sweet Home Mine (closed in 2004). Initial operations on Detroit City Mine began in 2016. After 3 years, Collector’s Edge is beginning this year to offer tours of their new mine. Currently, the mine is only 500 feet into the mountain, but has intersected the vertical rhodochrosite veins from the old Sweet Home Mine some 200 feet below. This tour will primarily be an informational and educational tour, with not much chance to collect in the mine waste rock that is mucked out after blasting. This was what we were able to do 20+ years ago when the LGMC participated in tours of the old Sweet Home Mine, but don’t expect it this time.

Geologist Dean Misantoni is again intimately involved in the operations to retrieve the new rhodochrosite specimens, much as he was back in the 1990’s-early 2000’s in the Sweet Home Mine. Dean has listed a number of required guidelines that we are expected to follow:

  1. Tours are being given only on Fridays to minimize interference with operations.
  2. Each tour will take approximately 11⁄2 hours to complete.
  3. Dean said he can accommodate 10 participants per tour, and can give 3 tours before his voice runs out. This limits the total number of Club members to 30. If there are more than 30 Club members who sign up, the excess signees on the list will be put on the ‘back-up’ list (according to their position on the list), in the event that someone on the initial list of 30 has to cancel.
  4. Some equipment will be available at the mine, but Dean asks that anyone who has their own to please bring it. This includes hard hat, flashlight, heavy-duty work boots (steel-toed preferred). Mine temperature at or around 50 degrees, so wear a jacket.
  5. Children under the age of 12 are not encouraged to sign up. Dean said that anyone entering the mine must at least be able to comfortably wear a size 6 boot. Please do not sign up small children.
  6. No standing water is expected in the mine. It should be dry. The dimensions of the adit are roughly 10‘x10’, which is quite roomy.
  7. In the event of bad weather, or any other reason that could cancel this tour, an alternate date of Friday, July 12, 2019 has been set aside.

Because of the limited spaces available with this tour, please sign up only if you are certain that you can make this tour. Check your calendar before signing up to confirm that you are not on vacation, or doing anything else that would conflict. Also keep in mind that this is a WEEK-DAY, so make sure you can take off from work. Due to the nature of this activity, and the related club liability, LGMC members cannot invite friends or family (non-members) on the tour.

Once I have a full sign-up list, I will contact Dean and get the details of the tour regarding meeting time and location, and contact the participants individually. Also, I will try to get details on the schedule of the 3 tour groups. Dean said that we will likely congregate down the mountain, near where the old Sweet Home site was located, and transport each group-of-10 up to the Detroit City Mine for each tour. Space is much more limited at the new mine entrance. Dean asked that if any participant has a large SUV (Suburban, etc), it would be great if they could bring it in order to carry multiple people up the mine road. I will also ask about what activities the other 2 groups-of-10 can do while waiting for the previous tour(s) to get done.

Dist = 80 miles 4WD = Rec Kids = Over 12 Tools = N/A Fee = None

June 29, Georgetown Loop Train Ride, Everett Mine Tour, Gold Panning & Lunch

Great trip for the Club. Previous trips (2-3 years ago) were thoroughly enjoyed by many Club members.
2019 Fee Schedule: $39.50 per Adult (16 and older); $28.50 per Child (3-15); Infants under age 3 are complimentary if seated on parent lap.
Historic train ride starts in Silver Plume, CO (at 10:00 AM) and travels down the valley to the Everett Mine, where the mine tour is conducted. The Everett Mine tour 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 mine tour, guests are then given a small bag of sand with “free gold” flakes included. They will be instructed 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 travels back up the valley to Silver Plume, where you leave the train, return to your vehicle, and drive home. The round trip lasts approximately 3 hours (10:00 AM to 1:00 PM).
Participation is limited to 30 Adults and 4 Children (that was the number of train ride tickets left available). At the April General Meeting last month, a sign-up sheet was set out to get a rough count of who would be interested. There were 17 sign-ups (16 Adults, 1 Child) who signed up (and are still able to attend the trip), leaving only 13 additional Adults and 3 Children tickets still available. Check your calendar if you think you want to participate, and BE SURE YOU CAN GO BEFORE SIGNING UP.
The fee for each participant will be collected at the train station on the day of the trip, and it is requested that participants bring cash for their payment (see ticket prices listed above). The Littleton Gem & Mineral Club Representative for the trip is NANCY KIMBER. She will be responsible for collecting everyone’s ticket money, and will then purchase the entire lot of tickets at the ticket window. She will then distribute the tickets to the Club members in attendance. We are asked to submit a final head count of people attending, and this will be done after the LGMC May Meeting. 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 then if you want to reserve a place on the trip.
Meet at the parking lot of the Train Station in Silver Plume (a short distance west of Georgetown on I- 70) at 9:30 AM on Saturday, June 29th. The train leaves sharply at 10:00 AM, so be sure and give yourself plenty of time to get there. It’s roughly 50 miles, so allow at least 11⁄2 hours, factoring in weekend traffic on I-70. Come early for breakfast in historic Georgetown. Just make sure you’re at the train station to meet the other Club members at 9:30 AM. Locate Nancy and give her your ticket money. Have FUN!


July 13, Smoky Hawk Mine, Joe Dorris Claim near Lake George, CO

Trip leader Jim Hooten (303-770-7177, cell 303-548-7412). Joe Dorris has again 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 as far as any minerals, but always a guaranteed fun time! Meeting Time: 9:00 AM. Meeting Place: Drive into Lake George. As you come into the east side of town, you’ll go past a paved road going off to the right (north), Park County Road 94. This was where we previously would turn right to meet. Instead, continue on west on Hwy 24, into Lake George, for a short distance, just a quarter-mile (1/4 mile). On the left (south side of road) there will be a large parking lot just before the open field used for the Fairground. You will see Starky’s General Store. We will meet in this parking lot and caravan to the Smoky Hawk Claim from there. Give yourself plenty of time to get there, as it is a good 2-hour drive from Denver. Bring water, a lunch, and plenty of sunscreen. Also bring some cash, credit card, or checkbook, as Joe typically has some very nice, representative specimens for sale, at discounted prices. This helps him make up for his costs in making his claim available to our club, and other clubs as well.
A Waiver Form will be available at the May Meeting, along with a map to the meeting place.
Dist = 100 miles 4WD = Rec Kids = Sup Tools = D, H Fee = $50/indiv or fam (topaz gravel bag)

July 18-July 21, Montana collecting areas (Crystal Peak, etc.)

Trip Leaders Lynette Warren (303-956-4634) and Ed & Susan Wakefield (702-613-0545). LGMC members heading north to collect at great amethyst location in southwest Montana. If any other LGMC members are interested in joining them, call either leader for additional information.

July 20 – July 21, RAMS Club (Mile High Rock and Mineral Society), Annual Picnic, Dig and Campout Invitation

“Do-Over” from 2018. The many wildfires last summer resulted in the cancellation of this event, for all concerned. Because of that, the RAMS Club has re-issued their invitation to the LGMC to join them again for a fun weekend. The official “party” begins with the Picnic at 12-Noon on Saturday the 20th. They are providing burgers, hot dogs, and brats, plus buns and condiments. Also, they will have pop and iced tea for beverages. All participants are asked to bring a side dish to share (enough for 6-8 people). Also bring any meat of your choice, if it is other than what they are providing. Same goes for liquid refreshments.
You don’t have to arrive at 12 noon on Saturday. You can arrive earlier Saturday morning (to start digging earlier), or even Friday evening if you choose. There should be members of the RAMS Club present at their claim. Coming early will also allow you to claim a good camping spot, although there should be plenty of good spots in the area.
Word of warning: No Bathroom Facilities, so plan accordingly. Also, bring plenty of water, as there’s no water supply. Feel free to bring chairs, don’t forget the sunscreen.
Material to collect includes amazonite, smoky and other quartz, fluorite, goethite, and possibly topaz. Hard pegmatite digging, so bring appropriate tools (rock pick, sledge, chisel, shovel, etc.). If you’re digging Saturday morning, they will honk car horns just prior to Noon to let everyone know that it’s time to eat.
The RAMS Claim is on the same road that leads to Joe Dorris’s Smoky Hawk Mine. You go right by the RAMS Claim on the way to Smoky Hawk. Again, feel free to arrive at whatever time fits your schedule. Camp out overnight on Saturday and dig some more on Sunday morning.
A sign-up sheet will be available at our May 17th Founder’s Day Meeting. All that is asked is that you be certain that you can attend. A final total number of LGMC participants will be given to the RAMS people by mid-June, so they can plan accordingly for the amount of food and drinks to provide. Your cooperation with this is greatly appreciated. If you sign up, and later have to cancel, just notify Jim Hooten ASAP (303-548- 7412 / jahooten@msn.com).
Hope you can make it. Should be a really fun weekend!
Dist = 115 miles 4WD = Rec Kids = Sup Tools = D, H Fee = None (just dish to share)

July 27 – July 28, Coffee Pot Springs, near Dotsero, CO

Trip Leader, Jim Hooten. Pseudomorphs of goethite after pyrite, plus fossil collecting in the area, plus hydrothermal(?) quartz crystals. Brachiopods, clams, and other Paleozoic-age fossils in local limestone quarries. Nearby campsites for overnight campers (fee), or choose “open” camping (no fee). Allow at least 3-31⁄2 hours’ drive from Denver. Go west on I-70, About 10 miles west of Gypsum turn off I-70 at exit 133 (Dotsero). Go north
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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 problem 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 National Forest campsite, the Coffee Pot Springs Campground (fee required) is another 4-5 miles on down the 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 on right). Some people usually go up on Friday, or even Thursday, so a sign may possibly 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 (unless the Forest Service has a fire ban in place), and good companionship. Singing optional, but story-telling encouraged. Map at May meeting.
Dist = 150 miles 4WD = Opt – Rec Kids = OK Tools = L, D Camping = OK Fee = only if camping at Forest Svc site


August 8 – August 11, 33rd Annual Contin’Tail Mineral Show (Buena Vista)

August 10, Sedalia Copper Mine, near Salida, CO

Trip Leader Jim Hooten. Trip to old mine ruins near Salida, CO to collect almandine 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 is a very rigorous hike up, and back down (especially with a backpack full of heavy garnet 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. We’ll caravan from there to old mine area. Bring lunch and plenty of water and sunscreen. Map at May meeting.
Dist = 150 miles 4WD = Rec Kids = Sup Tools = L, D, H Fee = None

August 18, LGMC Annual Summer Picnic & Grab Bag Stuffing Party

August 24, Hartsel Barite Area, near Hartsel, CO

Trip leader TBD. Clear to blue to opaque barite crystals. Fun trip and everyone is guaranteed to leave with a bag full of barite. Easy collecting area. Meet at 10:00 AM at Bayou Salado Trading Post in Hartsel. Will check in with owners, Dave & Lark Harvey and sign waiver forms, and then caravan to collection location a few miles away. Please bring some money to help cover the $30 fee for collecting. The $30 will be divided among the number of participants, so it should only be a few dollars per person. Also bring lunch, plenty of water, sun screen and insect spray. Map and instructions at May meeting.
Dist = 140 miles 4WD = Opt Kids = Sup Tools = D, L Fee = $2-5/person, depending on number attending


September 7, Purple Dragon (aka Red Feather Lakes), north of Ft. Collins

Trip leader Ron Wankner. Quartz varieties: clear, iron-stained, purple amethyst. Thanks again to new owners, Mandi and William Hutchinson, for allowing us to collect on their claim. The LGMC 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 the 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 May meeting.
Dist = 125 miles 4WD = Opt Kids = Sup Tools = D, H Fee = none

September 21, Honey Bee/Queen Bee Club Claims. Exchange Field Trip with Lake George Gem & Mineral Club

Trip Leader Jim Hooten. Amazonite, smoky quartz, fluorite, etc. Inviting Lake George Members to our Club Claims, and next week, they are inviting us to their Club Claims (see next field trip description). Meet at 9:00 AM, at the Community Center in “downtown” Harris Park. Allow 1-11⁄2 hour drive from Denver. Cars will then caravan from there to the collection site (approx. 11⁄2 miles). Easy walk from parking area. Sign-up sheet and Map at September meeting.
Directions: To get to Harris Park, take U.S. Hwy 285 southwest from Denver approximately 30 miles. Go through Conifer, then Pine Junction, then about another 4 miles until you come to a stop light at the junction of Hwy 285 and State Road 43 (may also be called 43A), and drive north 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.
Dist = 50 mi. 4WD = Opt Kids = OK Tools = D, H Fee = None

Sept. 28, Patience/Piety Mining Claims (aka Wig Wam Claim). Exchange Field Trip with Lake George Gem & Mineral Club

Trip Leader Dave Alexander (Lake George). Smoky quartz, clear-drusy quartz, multi-colored fluorite, amazonite & clevelandite feldspar, topaz. Level of difficulty: EASY. It is Lake George’s turn to host our Club members at their claim. Meeting Time: 8:45 AM. Meeting Place: Parking lot immediately north of Decker’s Corner Restaurant in Deckers, CO. If you’ve never been to Deckers, you can’t miss it. It’s located at the intersection of Platte River Road (CR 67) and Deckers Road (CR 126), in Jefferson County. Best way to get there is down Hwy 285 (southwest from Denver) and turn left (south) at Pine Junction. Give yourself 1 1/2 to 2 hours from Denver. Caravan will leave at 9:00 AM, and Dave will lead us to the claim (10 miles, about a 35-minute drive). Restroom facilities at the parking lot, but none at the claim, so come prepared. As the 2 claims are surrounded by other claims, Dave will point out the boundaries and show participants around the claims, where the “hot spots” are, and how to generally dig in the area.
Bring plenty of water, lunch, and a good assortment of light and heavy tools, including a shovel, 3-prong rake and pry bar.
Dist = 65 miles 4WD = Opt Kids = Sup Tools = D, H Fee = None


Field Trip Legend

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 => 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.