Sept 9th, 2023, Frost Mountain Field Trip Report

On Sat. Sept 9th we went to Frost Mtn south of Cle Elum for jasper/agate and crystal. It was a gorgeous day with clear skies and a nice breeze. This is the first time we’ve taken a group into this site and is probably one of our more difficult trips because of the long drive on gravel and the 1 mile hike with some elevation gain. Last year I was part of a small group that went in to check it out and I decided the material is so unique that I wanted to add it to our list of sites.

It was a fairly big group with 10 vehicles, 19 people, and 1 little dog. Phillip guided us in on this trip since I was unsure of the route. Once we parked and hiked up to the rocky outcrop, the group surface collected crystal pieces, the blue-green jasper, rocks with druzy, and the irregular seamed agate known as Tahoma Agate. Some people covered a wide area while I stayed mainly around the rocky outcrop. We collected for about 2 1/2 hours, took in the views, chatted, and enjoyed a nice Sept. day in the mountains. My pictures show some of the material I collected. Loren explored further up and found more in the way of eroded rock piles/outcrops and I’m thinking to make another trip up there before the snow flies to get more of the agate chunks. It looks kind of junky on the outside, but cut pieces can reveal beautiful patterns inside and is generally nice and solid and takes a great polish.

Attendees: Scott M.1 & Scott M. 2, Erica D. & Chris N., Malka R., Loren M., Julie M. & Gina M., Phillip T., Kate T. and son Andre, new members Nikki P and partner and neighbor Zennetka, new member Alyssa W. and Bea, and new members Trisha and Dave, and of course me.

Submitted by Roger Danneman Field Trip Guide (
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Updated: September 19, 2023 — 9:55 pm

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  • From the Top of the Rock Pile …. by Kat Koch Our club election is coming up in December. As I write this article, our membership stands at 145 families. We will most likely reach 150 family memberships by the end of the year. I point this out because we need some of our members to volunteer to run for board positions. Some volunteers have been board members for decades and are getting older. We really need younger members to step up for our club’s continuing success, which will be our younger members taking over the reins of our great

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  • Topic: As our field trips for 2023 come to an end, Roger Danneman, our Field Trip Guide, will talk about the field trips of 2023 and show off what was found. It will be interesting to see what can be found around Washington, as Roger has led our group on some great field trips. Show ‘n Tell: What have you found? Did you find something on the beach, on a field trip, in someone’s driveway, in a river, in a parking lot, or in your backyard? Show us your finds.

  • Topic: Our Annual Holiday party, potluck, the election of Officers, and action. Potluck: The club provides turkey and ham. Members fill in with veggies, salad, rolls, butter, dessert, drinks, etc. We generally have around 40 to 45 members attend. Bring your plate and silverware. Setup is at 11:30 am, and dinner is at noon. We usually wrap things up by 4 pm. Election: After dinner, we hold the election of the Board of Directors for 2024. See Pete, the club secretary, if you want to volunteer for a Board position. Club Auction. Our club auctions are a great chance to pick up items at a fraction of their retail cost. You are welcome to donate items to the auction. All proceeds go to the club treasury to cover expenses. Our Young Tumblers can also spend their “Rock Bucks” at the auction that they have saved, just like cash for items they want.

  • Topic: Fossils of Washington state. Do you know what type of fossils you can find in Washington and what they most likely looked like when they lived? This meeting will be a PowerPoint presentation by Kat. You will be surprised by the types of fossils that can be found right here in our home state. We will display several fossils, including a baby Columbian Mammoth tooth found right here in Washington. This tooth is in the club’s permanent collection. Show ‘n Tell: Fossils you have in your collection. 

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