Oct 15th, 2022, Red Top Field Trip Report

Once again a great day for our field trip, this time to Red Top. Th=e late summer weather just keeps on giving. 17 vehicles, 34 people, and 2 dogs made up a pretty large group heading out of Cle Elum. Quite a few new members. Everybody made it up to our first site which is still a good productive site for nice colorful agate and jasper. We spent a couple of hours here digging and collecting, and then about 1/2 the group hiked up the Indian Creek Trail to the Red Top Meadow where we spent another 2 hours. I had read a post that the dig pits up at the meadow had been all closed up, but that was not the case. Still lots of holes up there so a person can continue someone else’s hard work. Very dry and dusty in the pits though. I didn’t do that well at the meadow, but I was out of energy and didn’t like the dust. Did well at the lower dig site though. The roads in the Red Top area have really been worked on. Graded, potholes filled, and the side trees clipped. It’s in the best shape I’ve ever seen it and far above the forest roads of our other sites.
Next trip is to First Creek on Nov. 12th which is our last scheduled trip of 2022.

Attendees: Erica D. and Chris, Ananda C., Joye E. and Nancy, Gina M., Julie M., guests Charlie and Christina, Ann S. and dog Tess (met us at the meadow), Loren M., Kamera M. and dog Gracie, Nik B., Chris W., and dog Cody, Jenn S., Melissa T. and John, Jenn R. Meghan and Ashley, Sara N. group of 7, John N. and Mason, Tanya K., Artem T. and son, and of course me.  Sorry if I forgot anyone.  It was a large group.  But lots of fun.

Submitted by Roger Danneman Field Trip Guide (roger.danneman@gmail.com)
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Updated: October 21, 2022 — 9:36 am

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