About GemTrails.com

This site is intended to supplement and augment the series of Gem Trails rockhounding books published by Gem Guides Book Co. These books are very popular among the rockhound community as guides for finding all kinds of rocks and minerals. However, they can also be a source of frustration as the information often becomes outdated over time. Some sites as listed are no longer accessible and some no longer exist. The maps and directions may be inadequate or confusing and sometimes changes in the landscape render the information useless. Finally, in some cases the indicated treasure is long gone. Even newer editions of the books include obsolete information.

We have established this site to provide a means for the rockhound community to share their experiences on the Gem Trails.

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livewire June 16, 2009 at 8:46 pm

This is great stuff. I hope you’ll be gentle with me when you start adding Washington sites.

-Garret Romaine

Jerry June 26, 2009 at 7:13 pm

We have started using the new edition of Gem Trails of Oregon, written by Garret Romaine. This book is much improved over the older Mitchell edition. All Oregon posts by us for Oregon sites prior to Spring 2009 are based on the Mitchell edition. From now on we’ll be using Garret’s book. Our posts based on the new edition will include GR in the title.

Jessi June 1, 2010 at 6:14 pm

“This is great stuff. I hope you’ll be gentle with me when you start adding Washington sites.

-Garret Romaine”

Ha ha! So far so good! I haven’t gotten to too many of them, but so far they have been helpful and informative…I can’t wait to visit more! :)

lacuetis January 4, 2014 at 3:58 am

I just signed up and like what I’ve read so far very clear information . I plan on doing rock hounding this spring when I retire. I’m most interested site I can collect soapstone in various size chunks. I would update any sites I find with these directions.