Saddle Mountains 2013 Information Page

Leader:  Chris Herter (, 206-948-6096)

Welcome to Field Trip #1! must sign up for this trip to attend!  Fill out the Field Trip SIgn-Up form or contact Chris Herter (email:;  phone:  206-948-6096)

Also, please review and print the Hold Harmless Liability Waiver statement at:  ft_agreement By completing the online sign-up form, you automatically agree to these conditions.  If you're contacting the trip leader to sign-up, you must print a copy of the agreement, sign it, and bring this with you on the day of the trip to participate.  Individuals who have not met liability waiver requirements by completing one of the above will not be allowed to attend the trip.

Please read the Field Trip Procedures and Operations page.  This summary contains basic information that each attendee must know before each trip.

This is a CLASS 1 Trip, however, for interested individuals, there will be strenuous hikes available to more remote locations within the collecting area.  There will be 3 sties, each staffed by a Field Operations representative.

SITE 1:  BLM Section 12, North.   This area offers surface collecting and the opportunity to dig.  Material is very plentiful.

SITE 2:  BLM Section 8, East.  This will require a mile hike over sage, and crossing under 2 barbed wire fences.  There is more material, easier to collect, but hard to hike out.  This portion of the trip is class 4.

SITE 3:   BLM Section 12, East.  This site represents an area not yet surveyed.  It looks promising, but has not been collected.  This may be very fruitful, or could produce nothing.  If not productive, there would be plenty of time to divert to one of the other locations. 

Material:  Agatized and opalized ginko and Cypress wood.

High Clearance 4 WD vehicles are strongly recommended.  The road across Saddle Mountains is very poorly maintained and dangerous for low clearance cars and trucks for about 1 mile.  When Signing up for the trip please Indicate if you have a high clearance vehicle, and if you have room for extra passengers.

Departure:  MEET at the SW corner of the Alderwood Target parking lot at 6:45 AM on March 23th.


6:45 AM    Meet at Southeast corner of the Alderwood Target parking lot.

7:00 AM    Depart as a group

9:00 AM   Arrive at Cle Elm for rest stop/gas/coffee

9:45 AM  Depart for Mattawa

10:45 AM  Arrive Mattawa Grocery for bathroom stop/snacks

11:15 AM  Depart for Collecting Site

11:45 AM  Arrive at Collecting Site

3:00 PM  Depart for Mattawa

3:30 PM   Arrive at Mattawa Grocery Store for snack/bathroom break

4:00 PM  Depart for Cle Elm

5:45 PM  Arrive Cle Elm for gas/dinner/rest/coffee

6:15 PM  Depart for Lynnwood

8:00 PM  Arrive Target Alderwood.

NOTE:  There are no bathroom facilities or water sources at the collecting site.

Equipment list:

Hiking Boots (tennis shoes will be tough here)
First Aid kit
Extra food and water for a day
Change of clothing
GMRS, 2 meter or 70 cm communications radio

Large and Small Garden Shovel
GeoPaleo Pick or pick axe
Large Lowes/Home Depot bucket
At least 5 liters of water, 2 to drink, 3 or more to wash rocks.
Garden Gloves
Sturdy jacket/cold weather clothing (temp can drop to 30 degrees, wind can blow at 40 MPH at the site)
Safety glasses
Dust Mask and goggles
Food and snacks for the afternoon

A Communications radio IS MANDATORY FOR EACH CAR.  They are available for less than $25 a pair on Amazon.

Additional equipment:

Crack Hammer
Pry bar
assortment of chisels (NOT Dasco...these are too soft for rock and masonry)
Rock Hammer
Sledge Hammer

REMEMBER:  You can collect 25 pounds of rocks (that's about half a bucket full) plus one other item of any size, per day