CMS Oct 3rd 2020 Fieldtrip to Redtop (agate, jasper, crystals) – (rescheduled from June 13th)

On Oct 3rd 2020, we will be going to the west side of Red Top mountain north of Cle Elum.   There is no hike involved, but you do need to cross a rock slide which is fairly steep.  Dig site is just above the rock slide and under tree canopy. The agate is fairly plentiful just under the surface there, and is a light blueish grey color.  The jasper has nice creamy blue and brown tones, sometimes with blue veins or inclusions.  Crystals can be found in the hard rock and in the rock slide, as well as the dig site.

Some of the agates/jasper I have found at this site – tumbled and polished.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet at 9:45 at the Mineral Springs Store (Mineral Springs Resort on Google Maps) 27510 US-97.  If you pass FR 9738 (Blue Creek Rd), you’ve gone too far, as this is the road that the group will take towards the dig site.  Mineral Springs is about a 2 hour drive from Renton/Kent, over Snoqualmie Pass.
Group leaves promptly at 10:00.  Dig and hard rock tools.  The Cle Elum Safeway is another good intermediate stop for coffee, facilities, gas, or snacks.

Remember to check the Field Trip Reports tab to see what material has been found on previous trips and locations.

Roger Danneman (roger.danneman@gmail.com  425-228-8781 or 425-757-3506 cell)

Updated: June 7, 2020 — 1:58 pm

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