The Searchers Next Field Trip

Searchers Field Trip
November 12-13, 2022
Location: Afton Canyon and surrounding area
Leader: John OConnor
The Searchers are having a field trip to the Afton Canyon area. We will be staying at the Afton Canyon Campground which costs $6.00 a night. Field trips will leave at 09:00 Saturday and Sunday from the kiosk in front of the campground entrance.
Saturday morning, we will start collecting at Pyramid Canyon, for a variety of material found in float. We cannot drive into the canyon, so be prepared for some walking. Saturday afternoon we will visit some sites on the other side of the 15 Fwy. Most of this material is also in float, but we have done a little hard rock mining here in the past. So, if you like that
kind of thing, be sure to bring some heavier equipment. Carefully driven passenger cars should be OK for the Saturday trip.
Sunday we can do either the Alvord Mine or Baxter Wash areas. High clearance vehicle are recommended for both trips, the final stretch to the Alvord mine is a 4x4 road, but the tough part is short and can be walked. Baxter Wash requires 2 water crossings in Afton Canyon that can be quite high so we will see.
Recommended equipment: gloves, glasses, shovel, rock hammer, rock bag, and spray bottle. For the harder working people, you may want to add a Geo Pick, small sledge, gad etc.
Don’t forget sunscreen, and lots of water.
Directions to the campground: Proceed to the 15 freeway north. Pass Barstow – Yermo (last place to get gas).
Exit at Afton Road, turn right and follow the main road to the campground.
LATITUDE/LONGITUDE: 35.06837, -116.40963
From Barstow, take Interstate 15 east for 35 miles. Take the Afton exit south. Drive
south three miles on graded dirt road to parking area for the fully-developed Afton
Campground. Pit Toilet and some water is available.
Looks like we will be able to have a campfires in campground provided
grates, but you will need to get a (free) permit. This permit is available
We will be having our standard Saturday night potluck, for those that
would like to attend.
If you have any questions, please contact: John OConnor,, 714-924-2226