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Washington

Washington – Red Top Mountain- Site 54

by PeterWNovember 11, 2013 Washington

Visited in August July 2013.  Easy to find, plenty of materials.  There are additional sites not shown in the book along the same trail.  Digging sites are easy to locate by looking for craters in the trees. 1/4 inch screen worked well for finding smaller pieces, mostly clear and white agates with some slightly blue-ish [...]

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Washington State – Hanson Creek Site 1

by PeterWNovember 11, 2013 Washington

I was last out here about a year ago (10/2012.)  The site is easy to find, as listed in the book with the correct GPS location.  My understanding is that this is a WSMC claim area kept open to the public but has been reported “closed” in the past.  Regardless, the book information [...]

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Lake Wenatchee (WA R3 Site 40)

by JessiJune 1, 2010 Gem Trails by State

Directions: I was apprehensive about finding this site easily, but I was pleasantly surprised when I realized how accessable it was (mind you that I did have a 4-wheel drive vehicle, which isn’t necessary, but there were some big potholes on the drive up that could give a low-clearance car some issues). The viewpoint at [...]

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Ginko Petrified Forest (WA Site 44)

by JerryMay 3, 2010 Gem Trails by State

Directions: This is a well known state park outside the town of Vantage off I-90.
Google Map
Date: May 2010
Notes: If you’re in the area, this is a must stop. The collections and displays in the interpretive center are wonderful and there is a great variety of logs around the center. One of the few Ginko [...]

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Saddle Mountains (WA Site 45)

by JerryMay 3, 2010 Gem Trails by State

Directions: Garret’s directions and map are accurate. We were with a long time Saddle Mountain digger who showed us several additional digs beyond those Garret describes. Note that digging is not allowed in some posted areas.
Google Map
Date: May 2010
Notes: We visited this site as a field trip with our club, Central Oregon Rock Collectors. It [...]

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