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WGMS Field Trips

The Field Trip page is for all WGMS members and guests who abide by the AFMS Code of Ethics.

When you see a field trip that you would like to attend, make plans to join us.

Contact the WGMS Field Trip Leader for details and notify him that you will attend. Never just show up.

2017 Field Trip Schedule

Tap Jay Valle for details of the field trip schedule

Following field trip pictures (2000 - 2016 are from Jay Valley's, Frank Winn's, and Don Ogden's collections.


Opal/Black Mountain Field Trip

November 2016 - Afton Canyon

Red Moss Area

2017 - Exploring Field Trip

2016-2017 Field Trips

2015 - Quartzsite

2016 - Quartzsite Pow Wow

2016 - Lavic Siding Field Trip

Jerry Turner Field Trips

Field Trip to Opal Mountain

Field Trip to Pala Mine

Field Trip to Whittier Claim

2014 - Field Trip to Wrightwood

2012 - Quartzsite

Kramer Junction

2013 - Field Trip to Quartzsite

Field Trip to Salton Sea

Cerro Gordo

Paul Bunion

Peggy Sues

South Coast Geological Society

Barstow Museum

Mojave River Valley Museum

Whalebone Gaviota/Refugio

2012 - Rodman Mountains Petroglyphs

Owl Canyon with Walt

Chuckwalla Springs

Quartzsite - Bob Jones at SCRIBE

Kramer Junction Rain Out

2011 - Whittier Claim

Mule Canyon Elephant Footprints

Mule Canyon

Rainbow Basin


2010 - Anthill Bakersfield


Lone Pine

2009 Adam and Teresa Wedding

Chuckwalla Springs Don O

Chuckwalla Springs Jay V

Diamond Pacific

Borax Mine

Gold Panning

2009 - Whittier Claim

San Andreas Fault - Lost Lake

2007 - Gaviato Beach - Don E

2008 - Santa Barbara

Blue Lady Mine

Boron Dry Lake

Anthony Meteorite

Cramer Junction

Big Bear

Whittier Claim

2007 - Gaviato Beach Don O

Gold Rock Ranch

Lavic Siding

2007 Mitchel Caverns

Menageria Canyon

2006 - Petrified Forest Holbrook AZ


Opal Mountain Petrpglyphs

2004 - Elephant Foot Print in Muel Canyon - May

Calico and Muel Canyon - Oct

Elephant Foot Prints in Muel Canyon -Nov

2005 - Afton Canyon and Basin Road

Moab UT Show

2001 - Boron Mine

2002 Quartzsite

2003 - Garnet Queen Mine

2000 - Field Trip to Quartzsite

Field Trip to Dedication at Wiley-Wells

Field Trip to Stoddard Wells

Field Trip to Paul Bunyon - Delvers

Field Trip Leader


Will Provide:

Cell phone No. for field trip contact.
Field Trip dates.
Field Trip location.
Material to be collected.
Special equipment that may be needed.
Food, clothing, etc. required.

Informed Consent/Assumption of Risk/Waiver of Liability form:
To be signed before beginning the field trip or activity.
Suggestions for use of form.

Insurance: The Federation's insurance policy automatically rovides liability insurance coverage for Federation member clubs at announced, sponsored club field trips. You may be required to provide a Certificate of Insurance
or Additional Insured Endorsement to property owners; if so, please go to the Federation's web site
www.cfmsinc.org under Forms - Insurance for a copy of the request form.

You will provide: Contact person (Name, address, phone No., cell phone No., and e-mail address). Upon arriving at the campsite, sign a Consent and Assumption of Risk Waiver of Liability form.

Knowing Where You Are:Knowing where you are is two fold. All field trip leaders and collectors need to know
where they are and where they should not be. While we may collect on public land - BLM and Forest Service
land - we cannot collect on private or claimed land without permission. It is the responsibility of the collector to
know the status of the land on which they intend to collect. It is the responsibility of the field trip leader to know
the status of the land and determine boundaries before the begining of a field trip or activity.


It's Alive

Along the trails, you may notice patches of black crust on the soil (through early stages of development are nearly invisible). Known as "cryptobiotic crust", it is a mixture of cranobacteria, moasci, lichen, fungi, and algie.

This remarkable plant community holds the desert sands together, absorbs moister, produces nutients, and provides seedbeds for other plants to grow.

This crust is so fragile that one footprint can wipe out years of growth.

Please don't walk on it. Stay on trails!

This Sign is in the Arches National Park, Utah, USA. Probably one of the few signs in the world that says, in effect: Please don,t walk on our microorganisms!

As can be een this could have a lager impact on access to collecting sites in the Western United States where arid conditions exhist. Soon walking to collecting sights may be considered off limits.

More information on Desert Crust may be found on the following websites:
Cryptobiotic Crust in the Sonoran Desert
Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology, The University of Edinburg
cyanobacteria and the cryptobiotic crust
The Desert's Lichen Crust - Desert USA
Desert Varnish & Lichen Crust


Be Aware of Hidden Mineshafts!

Reprinted from:
News.bytes, issue 267 - BLM California
John Martin - PLAC South

BLM Secures another one - many more left.

A nine-year-old motorcyclist escaped with relatively minor injuries and no broken bones after falling 50 feet down a mine shaft south of Red Mountain, while visiting family over Christmas break. Rescuers said the boy fell into one of the old mine shafts outside the designated off-road recreation area.

Stay on designated trails - BLM workers at the site of the barely-visible abandoned mine shaft: mine 1.

"The lesson to be learned from this is stay on the designated trails," Kern County Fire Department Capt. Tony Plante told the Ridgecrest Daily In dependent. "There are so many shafts out there, it hard to know where they're all at."

Personnel from BLM's Ridgecrest Field Office contacted the Kern County Fire Department to find the exact location of the shaft, and installed a fence until a permanent closure could be completed.

A temporary fence surrounds the abandoned mineshaft: mine 2.

Only the fence and a sign make the hazard visible - but there are lots more where this came from mine 3.

Abandoned mine lands in California: Nearly 13,000 mine properties in California and northwest Nevada are listed in the Bureau of Mines Mineral Industries Location System database as on BLM land. An estimated additional 5,000 sites not recorded in the database are likely on BLM land. Of these 18,000, an estimated 3,000 significant properties contain hazardous substances or physical features and/or have environmental problems.


Borax Mine 01-27-2008
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Mud Pots by the Salton Sea - 2011
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