Panorama Gem

Rock Hounding in Northeast Washington

Field Trips and Newsletters

June 21st, 2018

The newsletters for May and June are now online.  Check the 2018 newsletter page for links.  Use the search function to find topics in previous newsletters.

There is a field trip scheduled to the LeFarge Quarry for Trilobites on Saturday July 28th.  Meet at the Tiger Store at the intersection of Hwy 20 and Hwy 31, 10 AM.  (New Place due to events in Ione.) This is one of the most popular trips of the year.  Be prepared for hot weather and splitting layers of rocks safely.

Saturday the 23rd of June There is a trip to the Flagstaff Mine near Northport.  Meet at the gas station at the north end of Northport at 10 AM to collect Barite Crystals.  Bring rock breaking tools.

We are going to the Railway Dike on July 7th to collect Beryl Crystals.  Meet at the Safeway parking lot in Chewelah at 10 AM.  Bring rock breaking tools.

You don’t need to be a member to go on trips with us.  Check out previous trips using the mine names or rock types in the search box on this website.



  • Beverly says on: June 28, 2018 at 4:35 PM


    Is there a trilobite outing in July 2018?

    • panorama says on: June 28, 2018 at 5:04 PM


      Hi Beverly:
      Yes there is a field trip for Trilobites. It is the one to LeFarge Quarry on July 28th. That is where the trilobites are.

  • jim peters says on: July 23, 2018 at 5:26 PM


    Okay for the trilobites on July 28, 2018 where is the meeting place and what is the time. things have been changed a couple of times.

    • panorama says on: July 24, 2018 at 8:45 PM


      Good Point Jim. The new meeting place is the Tiger Store at the junction of Hwy 20 and Hwy 31 at 10:00 AM. I’ll edit the post to show that.

  • Gavin Gladsjo says on: September 24, 2018 at 12:42 PM


    I am new to the area and am teaching Science and Geology at Cusick. I have few rocks in the school collection and am looking for places to take students on a field trip to collect samples. I was hoping I could get contact information or more specific directions to Railway Dike to possibly plan a trip there. Also, if you have any other recommendations for places to collect rocks or minerals, or just observe interesting geology, I would appreciate the info immensely!

    • panorama says on: October 7, 2018 at 9:16 PM


      Gavin: Sorry for the slow response. There are a couple of good articles in our newsletters about the Railway Dike, also called the Merikay. Check It has a map. There is also an article in from July this year. If those are not enough, I can make a more custom map to that destination. The adit is right on the road and people have been there recently. There is a new claim past the adit going uphill, but it does not involve the original tunnel. Beryl can be found close to the entrance. Please don’t go very far back without proper equipment.

  • Brian Birdsall says on: April 8, 2019 at 7:08 AM


    I belong to the Hellgate Mineral Society out of Missoula MT. My daughter now lives in Tonakset and is near Riverside. Is the Thulite in the area only available at a private mine? If so, do you have a contact number or is there going to be a Club trip going there this year?

    • panorama says on: April 9, 2019 at 11:04 AM


      Brian: We looked into the thulite situation and it does not look promising. The dig is on private land. Another club was trying to get access, but that seems to have also come to a dead end. We will amend this reply if anything turns up.

    • Candice Floyd says on: March 8, 2020 at 5:46 PM


      My husband and founded the StoneSeekers Gem and Mineral Society in Oroville. It is our understanding that the owner of the site in question is now in an Adult Care Facility or has passed away and who ever is in charge of the estate does not want to deal with people collecting the Thulite, .

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