Most months the club plans field trips to the coast, desert, and other interesting places where fascinating stones and minerals can be found, collected and or worked for tumbling, cutting and polishing. We offer day trips and overnighters for both the novice and experienced rockhound. Our field trips are great fun for the entire family.
Times and dates are posted in our monthly newsletter.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Quartz Mountain, Coarsegold, Madera County
Come and join us for a day of Quartz Crystal collecting behind the Casino in Coarsegold. Quartz Mountain is a small BLM area, featuring smoky to clear quartz crystals. It’s also the site of the historic Narbo Mine, a late 18th century gold camp. Unfortunately (for the investors and miners) there wasn’t enough gold found to keep the mine open for long.
The crystals found here aren’t as big or flashy as Arkansas quartz, but the collecting is relatively easy, with mine dump, surface & pocket digging.
If you attended one of our digs there last year, you will remember the “trudge” up the Mountain. It wasn’t bad, but FGMS member Paul has improved the road up the Mountain, and it’s now passenger car accessible.
We will meet at the Chevron Station at Hwy 41 & Picayune Road at 9:30, and proceed to the dig site at 10 am. Please be prompt, since we’re required to close the gate after entering and I prefer digging to running up and down the Mountain.
Be sure to bring lunch with you, so I don’t have to open the gate repeatedly. The Chevron MiniMart has plenty of deep fried junk food, burgers & chips! Dogs are welcome as long as they’re friendly and able to stay on a leash if necessary.
This event involves requires only very minimal hiking from the hilltop destination point. We will assemble at the Chevron mini mart. If you’re running late, CALL ME so we know you’re coming.
Sorry, no early departures. Departure time from the site is approximately 3 pm at this point, so be prepared to relax if you have your fill of digging.
The amount of hiking you do is up to you. Once at the hilltop gathering area, you’ll be able to start collecting within a few yards of your car. Collecting ranges from surface scratching to hard rock, vein “pocket” mining. We will be doing some (semi) organized mining, and there are plenty of tailings for those who wish to screen for smaller points.
We�re look forward to having a great time! Feel free to contact Kris or Bob with any questions.
Field Trip Co-Chairman – Kris Rowe – 559-250-5057 Bob Coates – 559-313-0440