2013 Field Trips

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This is the list of field trips for 2013 so far. Times/dates/info are subject to change.

For old trips (1997 - present), please see our Field Trip Archives page.

  Index:

June 8 Dorris' Topaz Gem claim Open House (Lake George, CO)
June 16 - 22 Blue Forest (Farson, Wyoming)
July 6 Teller County, CO
July 13 Glen Cove (Cascade, CO)
July 27-28 Coffee Pot Springs, CO
August 3 Devil's Head, CO
August 10 Missouri Ridge, CO
August 17 (tentative) Calumet Mine (Salida, CO)
August 24-25 (possibly longer) Topaz Mtn area, including Dugway Geodes (Delta, UT)

Topaz Gem claim Open House (Lake George, CO)
June 8

Days: Saturday
Land owner: Private mining claim! Joe Dorris and family.
Approximately: 2 hours from Denver
Health Hazards: Cold; sunburn; mosquitos
Terrain: Mountains
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation: ~8,800 feet
Vehicle Suggested: Any
Camping: Forest Service land and a couple campgrounds are nearby if you want to camp.
Water: Not available; bring water.
Nearest Town for Supplies: Lake George
Nearest Motel is in: Lake George

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Blue Forest (Farson, WY) Trip
June 16-22

Where: (contact the trip leader)
Time: (contact the trip leader)
Land owner: BLM land
To Collect: Blue Forest Wood
Leader: Don and Gail Beamer
Fee or Donation: None
Health Hazards: Heat; sunburn; mosquitos and ticks; can be extremely windy. Wyoming weather can be extreme in any direction – hot, cold, windy. Please prepare for almost anything. We have experienced sleet on July 4th. Another time someone’s tent nearly became a balloon.
Terrain: Remote grass lands
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Elevation: ~7200 ft
Vehicle Suggested: Any vehicle except low-clearance vehicles (lowered cars, etc)
Equipment Suggested: Shovel, pick, long thin pole for probing in the ground, and collecting bags.
Camping: Not sure – maybe at the Green River Campsite or at the Big Sandy Campsite
Water: Not available; bring PLENTY of water.
Nearest Town for Supplies: Farson, WY
Nearest Motel is in: RockSprings, WY
Additional Comments: Facilities at either campsite include outhouses. We may look for wood at Blue Forest and Big Sandy Reservoir. Where we explore for wood depends somewhat on the weather. The roads can become very muddy if it rains much. Joint trip with the RAMS club.

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Teller County Tourmaline (Florissant, CO)
July 6

Days: Saturday
Where: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Time: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Land owner: TBA
To Collect: Black Tourmaline (Schorl)
Leaders: Jim Hooten (LGMC club)
Fee or Donation: None
Health Hazards: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Terrain: Mountains and pine trees
Difficulty: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Elevation: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Vehicle Suggested: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Equipment Suggested: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Camping: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Water: Not available; bring PLENTY of water.
Nearest Town for Supplies: Florissant, CO
Nearest Motel is in: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Additional Comments: We have been invited by the Littleton Gem and Mineral Club (LGMC).

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Glen Cove (Cascade, CO)
July 13

Days: Saturday
Where: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Time: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Land owner: National Forest Service
To Collect: Topaz and Smoky Quartz
Leaders: Gary Lundquist (LGMC)
Approximately: 2.5 hours from Denver
Fee or Donation: Was $12 per person a few years ago to drive up the Pikes Peak Highway toll road
Health Hazards: Falling rocks and loose talus (it's next to a very tall cliff); sunburn; afternoon lightning storms; rain
Terrain: Rocky mountains and cliffs; pine and aspen trees
Difficulty: Moderate to Extreme
Elevation: 11,400 ft!!!
Vehicle Suggested: Any
Equipment Suggested: Pick, rock hammer, crack hammer, chisels, screen, small prybar, scratcher and something to hold your collected specimens.
Camping: n/a
Water: might be available at gift shop near collecting area
Nearest Town for Supplies: Cascade, CO
Nearest Motel is in: Cascade, CO or Woodland Park, CO
Additional Comments: Located on Pikes Peak near Colorado Springs, Glen Cove is one of North America’s highest gemstone localities. Perhaps most famous for blue topaz of exceptional quality, the Cove still produces smoky quartz and there is the odd bit of amazonite. It is a classic locality, well worth visiting. Most pockets found at the Cove have been in the cliffs, worked by intrepid folks rappelling down the face. But good specimens can still be found in the talus below as the crystals can weather out of the cliffs. This is a joint trip with the Littleton Gem and Mineral Club (LGMC).

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Coffee Pot Springs (near Glenwood Springs, CO)
July 27-28

Days: Saturday and Sunday
Where: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Time: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Land owner: TBA
To Collect: Pyrite after Goethite, small Fossils
Leaders: Jim Hooten (LGMC club)
Fee or Donation: None
Health Hazards: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Terrain: Mountains and pine trees
Difficulty: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Elevation: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Vehicle Suggested: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Equipment Suggested: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Camping: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Water: Not available; bring PLENTY of water.
Nearest Town for Supplies: Florissant, CO
Nearest Motel is in: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Additional Comments: We have been invited by the Littleton Gem and Mineral Club (LGMC).

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Devil's Head area, CO
August 3

Days: Saturday
Where: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Time: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Land owner: National Forest Service
To Collect: Smoky Quartz, Feldspar, Flourite, other pegmatite minerals
Leaders: Brett Medici
Fee or Donation: None
Health Hazards: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Terrain: Mountains and pine trees
Difficulty: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Elevation: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Vehicle Suggested: Any
Equipment Suggested: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Camping: nearby
Water: Not available; bring PLENTY of water.
Nearest Town for Supplies: Sedalia, CO
Nearest Motel is in: Sedalia, CO
Additional Comments: This is about a 1/2 mile hike over difficult terrain.

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Missouri Ridge (west of Salida, CO)
August 10 (and maybe 11 at Sedalia Mine)

Days: Saturday
Where: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Time: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Land owner: (contact Brett Medici for details)
To Collect: Quartz crystals
Leader: Jim Hooten (LGMC)
Approximately: 2.5 hours from Denver to the meeting place Fee or Donation: none
Health Hazards: Cold; wind; sunburn (no shade); high elevation and requires a hike up a steep hillside, so not good for kids or people in poor health. Other areas (old mines) nearby have easier access.
Terrain: Rocky mountains
Difficulty: Difficult. Nearby areas are Easy.
Elevation: 11,000 ft!!!
Vehicle Suggested: High clearance (4WD recommended)
Equipment Suggested: Shovel, pick, rock hammer, prybar, chisels, scratcher and something to hold your collected specimens.
Camping: unknown, but there should be National Forest campsites nearby
Water: Not available
Nearest Town for Supplies: Poncha Springs, CO
Nearest Motel is in: Probaby Salida, CO
Additional Comments: High ground clearance is recommended, 4x4 even better, but probably not required. The site is at high elevation, and requires a strenuous hike up a steep hillside, so isn't good for young kids or people in poor health. There are other mines along the road however that you can drive to (no hiking). Possibly go to Sedalia mine on August 11 for Almandine Garnets. Joint trip with Littleton Gem and Mineral Club (LGMC).

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Calumet Mine (Salida, CO)
August 17 (tentative!)

Days: Saturday
Where: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Time: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Land owner: (contact Brett Medici for details)
To Collect: Epidote, Quartz, Actinolite, Magnetite
Leaders: Brett Medici
Fee or Donation: None
Health Hazards: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Terrain: Mountains and pine trees
Difficulty: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Elevation: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Vehicle Suggested: Any
Equipment Suggested: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Camping: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Water: Not available; bring PLENTY of water.
Nearest Town for Supplies: Salida, CO
Nearest Motel is in: Salida, CO
Additional Comments: This is a joint trip with the Littleton Gem and Mineral Club (LGMC). Steep climb to the collecting area.

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Topaz Mountain and Dugway (Delta, Utah)
August 24-25 (possibly longer)

Days: Saturday and Sunday
Where: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Time: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Land owner: (contact Brett Medici for details)
To Collect: Topaz, Quartz geodes, Almandine/Spesartine Garnets
Leaders: Brett Medici
Fee or Donation: None (Approximately $30/car at Dugway Geode area)
Health Hazards: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Terrain: Rocky mountains (no trees)
Difficulty: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Elevation: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Vehicle Suggested: Any (4WD recommended)
Equipment Suggested: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Camping: (contact Brett Medici for details)
Water: Not available; bring PLENTY of water.
Nearest Town for Supplies: Delta, Utah
Nearest Motel is in: Delta, Utah
Additional Comments: This is a joint trip with the Littleton Gem and Mineral Club (LGMC). Approximately $30/car at Dugway Geode area.

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