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Saddle Mountain - Petrified Wood - April 5th

posted Apr 1, 2014, 8:54 PM by Maplewood Admin   [ updated Apr 1, 2014, 8:55 PM ]

Leader:  Chris Herter (, 206-491-4015)

Welcome to Field Trip #1!   Date:  Saturday April 5th must sign up for this trip to attend!  Fill out the Field Trip SIgn-Up form or contact Chris Herter (email:;  phone:  206-491-4015)

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 several sites, each staffed by a Field Operations representative.  Please also note that this is a joint trip between MRGC and the Soundview School Rock and Gem Club.  Middle School students and their parents will be in attendance.

Material:  Agatized and opalized ginko, Redwood, and Cypress wood.

High Clearance 4 WD vehicles are REQUIRED for this trip. If you do not have a vehicle that meets these requirements, please review the roster and connect with others who do.  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 April 5th.


6:45 AM    Meet at Southeast corner of the Alderwood Target parking lot.  Note that if all signed-up attendees are present, we will depart early.

7:00 AM    Depart promptly as a group

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

9:45 AM  Depart for Mattawa

10:15 AM  Opportunity for rest stop at Windmill Farm outside Vantage (if the group would like)

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.  EACH VEHICLE MUST HAVE A RADIO TO ATTEND THIS TRIP.  

Large and Small Garden Shovel

GeoPaleo Pick or pick axe

Large Lowes/Home Depot bucket

At least 4 liters of water, 2 to drink, 2 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

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.

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 3/4 bucket full) plus one other item of any size, per day.  

See you on Saturday!

Best regards,

Chris Herter