Field Trips

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Sweet Home, Oregon

posted Oct 5, 2017, 8:22 PM by Maplewood Admin   [ updated Oct 5, 2017, 8:44 PM ]

Petrified Wood Field Trip

When: Saturday, October 14th at 11 AM

    Hollywood Ranch
    26250 Old Holley Road,
    Sweet Home, Oregon 97386-9536

This is a 5 hour drive from Seattle. Some people will leave Friday afternoon.

There are over 65 different types of petrified wood. You can dig for petrified wood pick some from his available piles. It is readily available.

You must sign up to to attend: Field Trip SIgn-Up

For Details Call Cindy at 425-493-6155

The ranch owner will charge $1.50 per pound.

Thulite Trip - 2016

posted Sep 10, 2016, 11:52 AM by Maplewood Admin   [ updated Sep 10, 2016, 11:54 AM ]

Thulite Field Trip
Riverside, WA

Trip Coordinator: Tracy Ulbricht 425.344.3991

This is expected to be a two night venture. Most of us will be arriving on Friday and leaving on Sunday. 

We will meet at the picnic area next to the Riverside Grocery store in Riverside at 9:30am on Saturday morning.  There is a charge of $1.50 per pound CASH. Bring plenty of it, because this stuff is beautiful and I am sure you will not want to leave with less than 60 lbs of it once you see it.
Riverside Grocery Store Address is 102 N Main St, Riverside, WA 98849. We will gather there to meet up with our guide and to get familiar with where we are going and what is expected of us as visitors to the Private Thulite location. Please remember that we are guests and there are not many that have been able to visit due to the families wishes, so please be as respectful as you all are to our fellow rock hounders and the private property, pack in-pack out.
At this time I do not have any information on where to locate Zebra Stone or Serpentine, but I am hoping that will change. 
Bring lots of water and a sack lunch. We are expecting to return to the meet up point to have lunch and talk about possible other areas to visit.

CLOTHES: long pants are always the best way to go out in the field, good boots, long or short sleeved shirt, hat, gloves and possibly a light weight jacket. It is expected to be in the low 70's, but it can be chilly in the morning and weather may change between now and then, so pay attention to the weather forecast and dress accordingly. 

TOOLS: 2-3 buckets, good gloves, rock hammer, medium to larger rock chisels, crow bar, sledge ( 5 lb or more is a good idea), hard rocking tools will do the job. For the most part we will be breaking out and breaking up what we want. There is a lot sitting around as well, to just pick up.

ACCOMMODATIONS:  there are several Motels and Hotels in the town of Omak, 30 miles south of Riverside, ranging from $49.00 -$149.00 a night. We have received a group rating for our group for the Pepper Tree Inn Best Western in Omak. The quoted rates are for a Single King at $116.00 per night and for a Double Queen room at $125.00 per night. The Single King automatically has a pull out bed for a third guest, you just ask for linens.  There is a free breakfast and 24 hr pool, sauna and hot tub. Call me if you are interested in the group rate, we will need at least 4 couples to get this rate. 
Otherwise there are two RV parks with all kinds of different camping sites in Riverside. Margie's RV park pricing is from $15 a night for two person occupied tent site to $25 a night for full RV hook up.  There is availability for the weekend of the 24th. You can call them at 509.826.5810. Tell her you are with the Maplewood Rock and Gem club and they will try to group those staying there next to each other.

You will be signing a release of harm form for the guide before collecting and that is mandatory.

Sign up here: click

Olivine Trip

posted Apr 11, 2016, 8:02 PM by Maplewood Admin   [ updated Apr 24, 2016, 10:08 AM ]

Olivine trip on April 30th.

Meet up at Target at 7 am leaving promptly at 7:30. We will travel to the Burger King in Sedrowoolley and get a quick break before heady the rest of the way to meet up with the owner of the mine.  The total travel time given is 3hrs. It will take 1.5 hrs to get to Sedrowooly and approximately another 1/2 hr to meet up with Corky (owner) and another 15-30 minutes to get to the mine. 3hrs is to give enough time for break and any traffic delays.  We are scheduled to meet up at 10 am with Corkey at an Olivine gravel pile on Miskito Lk. Rd.

15 people maximum (second trip is scheduled for those not able to attend) Sign up required here.

HARD HATS required
Hard rock tools necessary to brake any rock up, but shouldn't be necessary to get some good chunks.
Bring buckets to gather what you want for free.

Wear good shoes, long pants, good gloves, layer for cold mountain air and sunscreen.
Also bring a lunch and plenty of water.

The road is in good condition, however it is recommended that the vehicle has AWD or 4WD and is in good working condition.

South Skagit Quarry Field Trip

posted Jul 7, 2015, 8:56 PM by Maplewood Admin   [ updated Jul 7, 2015, 9:05 PM ]

South Skagit Quarry Field Trip

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

This trip replaces our cancelled Olivine trip.

Leader:  Tracy Ulbricht

Difficulty level: 1 – Park at gate and walk about 100 feet to the quarry

Material: rose quartz, white quartz, pyrite, and epidote

 Equipment List:

1.              plenty of water

2.              lunch and snacks

3.              sunscreen

4.              first aid kit

5.              sturdy shoes

6.              sturdy pants

7.              sturdy work gloves

8.              sturdy pack or bucket to carry rocks back to car

9.              rock hammer

10.            trowel

11.           Chisel

12.            spray bottle with water

ITINERARY: (to be more definite later)

6:45 AM meet at S W corner of Alderwood Target parking lot

7:00 leave in carpools

We will meet up at the Burger King in Sedro-Woolley.  The approximate travel time is 1.3 hrs.  We do expect to arrive there at about 8:15.  We will take a 10-15 minute break to make sure everyone has arrived and we then will depart once we have a thorough check for all participants.  The Quarry is only approximately 15 minutes from there.

Directions to Burger King, Sedro-Woolley, WA

Take I-5 North to Cook Rd. Exit, first exit just past Burlington, take a right going East on Cook Rd. toward Sedro-Woolley.  In Sedro-Woolley you will take a right into the parking lot of the local grocery store, this is just before you reach the roundabout.  The roundabout is too far and you must continue around to Cook Rd.  The Burger King is at the opposite side of the parking lot on the Hwy side of the parking lot.  

Sedro-Woolley Burger King:  600 Crossroads Square, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284

Registration required!!!  Register at:

Olivine Field Trip - Cancelled!!!

posted Jun 22, 2015, 9:02 PM by Maplewood Admin   [ updated Jul 7, 2015, 7:19 PM ]

CANCELLED !!!   -  Olivine Field

Canceled due to forest fire issues. We may be doing Skagit Valley this Saturday instead. We will have details up shortly.

Mount Baker Rainbow River

posted Mar 10, 2015, 9:30 AM by Maplewood Admin   [ updated Apr 23, 2015, 5:31 PM ]

Date: April 25th - Saturday

Leader: Jason Wallawine (, 425­622­4243)

Welcome to Field Trip #1! Rainbow River, Mt. Baker Date: Saturday April 25th must sign up for this trip to attend! Fill out the Field Trip Sign­Up form or contact Jason Wallawine (, 425­622­


Also, please review and print the Hold Harmless Liability Waiver statement. By completing the online sign­up form, you automatically agree to these

conditions. If you're contacting the trip leader to sign­up, 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 light CLASS 3 Trip: less than a mile hike in, but it is a long mile on the way out with 25lbs of rock. There is about a 350 foot elevation change

from the parking lot to the canyon floor.

Material: Sky blue agate, some with pink orbicular inclusion. Seam Agate. Decent quality red jasper as well as lower quality pieces of many other

colors (green and purple most common). Small geodes in host rock. Lots of pretty stuff to be found!

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

at many local stores.

Departure: MEET at the SW corner of the Alderwood Target parking lot at 6:45 AM on April 25th.



  • 6:45 AM Meet at Southeast corner of the Alderwood Target parking lot.
  • Note that if all signed­up attendees are present, we will depart early.
  • 7:00 AM Depart promptly as a group (95.1 miles 2.5hr drive time)
  • 8:30 AM Arrive at Sedro Wooly for snack/bathroom break
    • NOTE: There are no bathroom facilities or water sources at the collecting site.
  • 9:00 AM Depart for Mt. Baker
  • 10:00 AM Arrive at Baker Hot Springs
  • 10:15 AM Depart for Rainbow creek
  • 10:45 AM Arrive at Rainbow creek
  • 3:45 PM Depart for Home
    • NOTE: On the way down the mountain Boulder Creek has small geodes and other stuff. Grandy creek has Jade, Olivine, and other stuff. Both spots you just walk the creeks.
  • 7:00 PM Arrive at Point of departure

Equipment list:


  • Hiking Boots (tennis shoes will be tough here if the trail isnt dry)
  • First Aid kit
  • Extra food and water for a day
  • Change of clothing
  • Large and Small Garden Shovel and rake
  • GeoPaleo Pick or pick axe
  • Large Lowes/Home Depot bucket or backpack
  • At least 2 liters of water
  • Garden Gloves
  • Sturdy jacket/cold weather clothing
  • Safety glasses
  • Food and snacks for the afternoon

REMEMBER: You can collect 25 pounds of rocks (that's about 3/4 bucket full) plus one other item of any size, per day.

See you on Saturday!

Best regards,

Jason Wallawine

Registration is required. Register here.

Volunteers ?

posted Jan 6, 2015, 5:36 PM by Maplewood Admin   [ updated Jan 6, 2015, 5:36 PM ]

We currently do not have a 2015 field trip calendar yet.

We are looking for a field trip committee chair. This position is currently open.

Denny Creek Field Trip - Sept 13

posted Sep 5, 2014, 10:05 AM by Maplewood Admin

We will be doing our annual Denny Creek / Mineral Gulch field trip to hund for Epidote, garnet, pyrite, load stone, quartz, and hematite.

Field Trip Details are here: Denny Creek

Registration is required. Register here

Jade Field Trip

posted Jun 27, 2014, 8:52 AM by Maplewood Admin   [ updated Jun 27, 2014, 8:55 AM ]

This field trip will be Sunday, July 28th.  We will be visitnig the Jade Claim of Ed Lehman.  Cost is $100 for 75 pounds of high quality jade.  There is a strenuous 2 mile hike to the claim, and participants will have to carry out the jade themselves (you don't have to collect all 75 pounds!).  Please use the Field Trip Sign up form to register.  Ed will be forwarding more info shortly.  This claim may not be open for public collection in the future, so this is a great opportunity to collect in an area with a lot of material.  

Register here!!!


posted May 14, 2014, 10:37 AM by Maplewood Admin   [ updated Aug 8, 2014, 7:08 AM ]


SUNDAY, MAY 18, 2014 

Difficulty level: 1 -step out of car and start collecting

Rocks: rose quartz, pyrite, epidote, and just plain pretty rocks

Mandatory Equipment List: 
1. plenty of water
2. lunch and snacks
3. sunsreen
4. first aid kit
5. GMRS radio
6. sturdy shoes
7. sturday pants
8. sturdy work gloves
9. sturdy pack or bucket to carry rocks back to car

Other Equipment:
rock hammer

ITINERARY: (to be more definite later)
6:45 AM meet at S W corner of Alderwood Target parking lot
7:00 leave in carpools
return between 2-3 PM
Register at:

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