Buckley Field Trip Report July 9, 2016

Buckley Field Trip Report July 9, 2016

As Mike and I started our drive to Buckley it was raining so hard. I was not a happy camper as I dislike traipsing in the rain. By the time we reached Buckley the rain had stopped and the blue sky was peaking through the clouds and my mood greatly improved. 🙂 The rest of the day the weather was very nice and the forest was beautiful!

Approximately 25 people from the Cascade Mineralogical Society Club, Puyallup Gem & Rock Club, West Seattle Rock Club, plus a few others, turned out for our trip to the abandoned Clipper Mine located north of Carbonado.

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We met at Rosie’s IGA Market in Buckley and promptly left at 9 am for the mountain. The mine is located at about 3,800 ft.

We drove through Wilkerson and Carbonado and then stopped at the Carbon River Ranger Station. The flowers were blooming and the river was gorgeous.

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We crossed over the Carbon River Bridge and started up a non-maintained rocky rutted road for about 8 miles. We parked along the roadside and then hiked approximately 1/2 miles up a trail with a slight grade. We arrived at the bottom of the tailings pile. The pile as about 120 ft tall with the Clipper mine entrance at the top. If you had a four-wheel drive vehicle or wanted to hike further it was about an 1/8 mile (steep) to the top and the mine entrance.

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The younger rock hounder’s scrambled towards the top and scattered over the upper part of the pile. Us older less agile stuck to the bottom 1/3 of the pile. Several people did go into the mine and were able to find some really nice slabs and pieces.

Working the tailings pile.
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The entrance to the mine and a look inside.

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Finally we gathered up our tools and buckets and prepared to head home. A few of us had to slide down the pile on our tushes, such as moi.

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Everyone went home with something. Mike and I found copper, pyrite and tourmaline. I broke open a rock and found small tourmaline crystals inside. This was my find of the day! Maybe once the rocks are cut and polished we will discover other minerals in the pieces.

 

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For some more photos and a history on the mine look at http://www.ghosttownsofwashington.com/clipper-mine.html

I am relatively new to rock hounding and I find it not only fun and interesting but the scenery is always so beautiful!

These flowers were in bloom all around the Carbon River Ranger Station. The green of the plants, trees and moss was so vibrant it almost hurt your eyes. So beautiful!

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This waterfall was a long the side of the rocky rutted road as we drove up to the mine.

Clipper Mine Road Waterfall

A good day was had by all!

 

 

 

 

Updated: July 10, 2016 — 8:05 pm

Presidents Message

  • From the Top of the Rock Pile . . . . Boy was it good to see everyone after 16 months of no in-person meetings! We had a good turnout. I estimate we had 30 people. 27 members signed in but I think there were about 3 additional people who didn’t make it to the sign-in table. I would like to remind everyone to sign in at the front door. You get a door prize ticket for the drawing later in the meeting plus for insurance purposes, we need a headcount and the names of those who attended our meeting.

Meeting Announcements

  • Lake Wilderness Arboretum Annual Picnic Potluck – Sunday, August 8th Setup noon. Enjoy a picnic lunch together at 12:30 pm. You bring your picnic lunch and the club provides drinks and a limited selection of store-bought desserts. If you attend church and are a little late  – that’s okay too. Mark your calendar now and plan on attending! It’s always so nice visiting with each other outside of our club meetings. This is such a beautiful, relaxing location for our annual Club picnic. The Lake Wilderness Arboretum is so gracious to allow us to use this outstanding spot. We are under the trees which with picnic tables and parking. It’s a great family event. Afterward, the Lake is within an easy distance for swimming, beach fun, and the children’s play area. We advise that you move your car to that section’s parking lot if you decide to take advantage of the lake beach and playground areas. Our club Arboretum parking area closes after we are done. It is a picnic with a rock and mineral auction following. It’s also a great time to sit and chat with each other and talk “rock”.   Lake Wilderness Beach area.           Lake Wilderness Park – all new!      

  • Dr. Russell Calvin Boggs will be speaking at our meeting. He is the founder and curator of the North Cascades Mineralogical Research Institute and Museum. Mark your calendars and plan on attending. I would like to give him a warm welcome as he traveling from Marblemount during peak traffic time to speak to us. A non-profit corporation to promote mineralogical research, operate a mineralogical research lab (XRD, petrographic microscope, and Electron Microprobe), and operate a mineralogical museum primarily related to the Pacific Northwest.

  • Time is Running Out – Lower Dues for 2021 2021 club membership dues is $15 for a family or individual! The Board has approved a temporary reduction in our dues for 2021 only to $15 per family or individual. As of October our dues will go back up to $25 per family or individual. Our club is resuming in person general meetings on June 10th. Our general meetings are held on the 2nd Thursdays of each month at 7 pm. From our website you can use a credit card to renew your membership. You can also mail a check to CMS, c/o Charles Benedict, 25838 W. Lake Wilderness Dr. SE, Maple Valley WA 98038.

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