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Rock Hounding in Northeast Washington

Coming Events

June 25th, 2017


We have a set date for a field trip to collect Trilobites near Metaline Falls on Sunday July 30th.  We  start out from the old train station in Ione at 10:00 AM.  There is a lot of parking there and it is easy to find.  The Train Station is on the west side of Houghton Street.  Here is a link to a map.

Bring hammers and chisels.  No digging or hiking required.  You don’t need to be a member to go on the trip.
Here is a link to a story about the quarry.

Barite Crystals on Flagstaff Mt.,  Sunday August 13th:  Meet at the Rivers Edge in Northport Washington at 9 AM.  Rock hammers, solid footwear required.  Two wheel drive is okay.  High clearance preferred.

2017 Early Events

April 20th, 2017

April 25 (Tuesday):  Martell’s Rock Shop Gather at Harvest Foods in Kettle Falls, 9 AM.  Brian has TONS of great rocks on tables.  He will sell them to club members for $1/ lb.  He paid much more than that for them.  Probably the best rocks for the money of any trip this year.

April 29th: The Spokane club is going to Saddle Mtn. on 4/29 to collect petrified wood.  Meet at the Sprague Rest Area at 9 am sharp to join them.

May 6th: Johnie and Ginger Pitman’s house.  Meet at Super 1 in Colville, 9:30 AM.  Tons of rocks including new ones this year.  There will be a Thunder Egg hunt in his field.  Finders keepers.

New Field Trips

June 7th, 2015

June 8th
Kinross Gold Milling Facility
363 Fish Hatchery Road, Republic WA
Tour starts at 9:30 AM
Meet at Kettle Falls Harvest Foods parking lot in time to START by 7:45 AM

July 11
White Stone Calcium plant
At big smokestack south of Chewelah
Start 9:00 AM
Wear hard shoes, bring hard hat if you have one. If you have extra hard hats, please bring them for others.
Meet are the plant

July 24
Kinross Buckhorn Mine Tour
Mine entrance east of Curlew
(I will get directions at the June 8th tour)
Tour starts at 9:30 AM at mine administration building
Meet at Kettle Falls Harvest Foods parking lot to leave by 7:00 AM

Any questions, give me, Bob Bristow, a call on 945-4375.

Spreading Across

November 18th, 2014
Bill Swartz leading a field trip.

Bill Swartz leading a field trip.

As noted in the November Newsletter, local geologist, Bill Swartz, has hosted his last geology tour.  Luckily, you can still take this tour yourself by downloading the road log for Spreading Across , the 2014 tour from Colville to Republic.  We will miss Bill and his tours.  You can read about the geology of Northeast Washington in the introductions to Geologic Atlases of Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille Counties.

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Rock Hounding in Northeast Washington