Past Trip Plans and Trip Reports 

Kramer Hills Field Trip
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Meet 8:30am, Depart: 9:00am 
(Download field trip flier.)
Leader: Andrew Bloxom (vehicle: Black Toyota Tacoma)
Cell# (571)-217-9536 (***Please text message only during business hours)

The Anaheim Searchers will be heading to Kramer Hills for a December day trip. This area is comprised of a variety of Tertiary geologic units containing agates, jaspers, and petrified palm. We’ll likely visit 2-3 of the collecting sites around the hills including sites with onyx, opal, and the best-known Kee Kay claim for some hard rocking mining of vibrant red jasper and green opalite. There will also be opportunities for plenty of float collecting of colorful chalcedony and unique agates. This trip will involve off road driving, but two wheel drive vehicles with good clearance can be fine in some cases. The meeting point is just off of 395 on Alcudia Road, approx. 25 miles north of Adelanto (the last town you’ll pass heading north on 395). We’ll meet at 8:30am and leave at 9:00. I hope you all can join!

November 10, 2019 Field Trip: Petrified wood, Holbrook, AZ. Email if you are interested.

November 16-17, 2019 Field Trip: Baxter Wash Prospecting: sagenite, jasp-agates, agate. Email if you are interested. Download flyer and map

The Anaheim Searchers will be heading to the North Cady Mountains via the Basin Rd. entry to the Baxter Wash. This area is comprised of a variety of Tertiary volcanic geologic units containing many agates, jaspers, and minerals along with old mines, active claims, and commercial operations. Basin, CA is home to a railroad siding at the eastern entrance to Afton Canyon. We will camp overnight between the Interstate 15 and Basin, off of Basin Rd (see the map below). Saturday night we will return to camp before sundown and prepare a potluck dinner around a bonfire. Then venture back out on Sunday. The roads into Baxter Wash are rough and sandy and 4x4 is required for this trip. I’d like to do a mix of the usual spots mixed in with some prospecting around in quick stops to look for new finds. How about finding those elusive petrified stumps near the fluorite mine?! Prepare for collecting in float and also some hard rock mining for seam agates. We’ll meet at 7:30am and depart at 8am to take advantage of the sunlight. I hope you all can join! Email:, Field Trip Chairperson

June Field Trip

Place: Himalayan Tourmaline mine. Photos.

Date: 6/23/19 (Final)


The Himalaya Mine is giving us a great deal. The regular admission fee is $75. If we have 20 attendees it is $60 and if we have 30  attendees it will only be $50.

Tools are provided.

Bring 5 gal buckets. 

We can bring easy-up shade, but be prepared to share.

Under 12 years is free.

Bring your own lunch and plenty to drink.

Follow the instructions on the flyer below.

This is a pay site. We will, however, get a discount depending on the number of people who attend.

Leader: Lydia Pattison (714) 453-8186

October Field Trip: South Cady Mountains Day Trip
Saturday 10/26/19, 8 am (Download flyer and map)
The Anaheim Searchers would like to kick-off the 2019-2020 collecting season with a day trip to Sleeping Beauty Mountain in the South Cady’s. This area and the nearby canyons, washes, and hills are littered with some of the most beautiful specimens of jaspers, jasp-agates, amygdules, plumes, and stringers (Fig 1). Additionally, along the Power Line Rd. are numerous old diggings and spots to collect. We will meet at 8am at the Power Ln. location shown on map (Fig 3) with GPS coordinates and directions, leave at 8:30am and start around the slopes of Sleeping Beauty Mountain in the morning, then take an excursion down Power Line Rd, and explore for some seam agate near an old barite mine (Fig. 2). We will plan to wrap up around 5pm. Bring your camping gear if you want, but there will be no formal camp or potluck since this is a last-minute trip. 4x4 is recommended, but the spots are not too far from the main road, so we can carpool easily if needed. Bring water and sun protection. 
Leader: Andrew Bloxom (vehicle: Silver Subaru Crosstrek)
Cell# (571)-217-9536 (***Please text only during working hours)
email:, Field Trip Chairperson

May Field Trip

Place: Clear Creek – Plasma Agate

Date: 5/18/19 & 5/19/19

Details: This area is in central California between Coalinga and Salinas. You will need 2 permits, vehicle entry for CCMA and serpentine area special permits.  You can get these permits at Camping tentatively at Oak Flat just inside the entrance. More details and further directions to follow in the next slab.

Leader: Andrew Bloxom (571) 217-9536

March 16-17, 2019

Field Trip: Tentative – Afton Canyon

Date: March 16 and 17, 2019

Leader: John O’Connor (714)924-2226

Saturday: Afton Canyon; Jasper, Agate, Rocks
Sunday: TBD
Camp: Afton Canyon Campground (BLM) has Toilets and Water and some shade shealters. Camping fee $6.00 per night. Take 1-15 North, 30 miles north of Barstow get off at the Afton Road, go right (East), follow road 3.6 miles to Campground meet at entrance sign at 9:30. I will also be at the freeway exit I-15 & Afton Road until 9:00, if anyone wants to follow me in. Road should be passable for all type of vehicles.
Afton Canyon is noted as the “Little Grand Canyon” It was the bottom of a prehistoric Lake Manx that was uplifted and then eroded over time to form a canyon. This is also a wildlife viewing area (big horn sheep, frogs, birds, etc.)

February 16-17, 2019

Date: 2/16/19 and 2/17/19

Place: Ludlow area

Leader: Jimmy (714) 904-8573

Saturday: Copper minerals and Thulite

Sunday: TBD

Campsite: Hwy 40 off at Cruceo rd., go West toward Dairy Queen. Turn Left on Rt 66 for 1 mile (runs along the west traveling side of the Hwy). Camp site will be on the right.
Saturday meet at Dairy Queen at 9 am

January, 2019 Field Trip

Quartzite Shows and Events:
Desert Gardens - Gems & Minerals
January 1 - February 28, 2019
Prospectors Panorama
January 1 - February 27, 2019
QIA Pow Wow - Gems, minerals and jewelry
January 16 - January 20, 2019
Tyson Wells Rock & Gem Show
January 4 - January 23, 2019

November Field Trip: Ludlow area Nov. 17-18th, 2018
The material we will be looking for on Sat. will be copper/iron ores.
Sunday will be Thulite.
We will camping at the Ludlow gravel quarry. It is reached by going 3 miles west from the Dairy Queen in Ludlow on old Highway 66. Turn right on a dirt road for about 1/2 mile to the quarry. There will be
Searchers signs at the turn. The gravel quarry is a large flat are for camping further from the trains.
We will leave at 9 AM on Sat.morning from the Dairy Queen. On Sat. night we will have a potluck around
Sunday morning we can go to the Thulite site which is about 11 miles East of Ludlow.
Questions, call Jim Peterson at 714 904 8573

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 Searles Valley Minerals' Plants  - Saturday only: 10:40,11:25, 12:10, 12:55 and 1:40  - in bus - FREE
All Pink Halite collected with permission of Searles Valley Minerals
20 Dealers - 50 exhibits - Geode cutting and sales - Demonstration -  Free parking
Snacks & drinks - Grand Prize Drawing - Hourly door prizes
Good Food in Catered Cafeteria in Show Building 
LUNCH: Sat. and Sun. - 10AM to 4PM    DINNER: Fri. ($11.00) and Sat. ($11.00)- 5PM to 7PM
Sat. 6 to 10AM, Sun. 6 to 9AM  -  Adults: $5.00, children under 7: $3.00
Large groups - make advanced reservations for prompt service - call Gini Schwartz (760)372-5720
FORMER TRONAN'S PICNIC - Sat.  10AM, Trona Elementary School (on Athol St.)
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Trip Report

Opal Mountain March 2015

Jim Peterson secured a idea camp that had pretty much everything needed. Firewood, shade, close to a good road. Reasonable amount of Searchers attended the field trip.  We traveled in grassy wildflower covered hills. Incredible rainstorms made this area blossom to erase the signs of the arid desert. The material collected was pretty good, but no precious opal was found. Great photos were obtained at Inscription canyon. The weather was close to prefect, potluck was superb. I wish to thank all who participated 



February Field Trip Plan 2015

February 21 &22, 2015

Lake Havasu

Leaders Jack Horn and Curt Clark

Searchers February field trip will be the an area just outside of Lake Havasu City. Different types of agate and jasper are plentiful in the area. There is red jasper with white and blue striping. The agates come in many colors, mostly pastel colors. There is also a site with a nice purple agate. Pieces are all float, large and small. Buckets, ham-mers, a spray bottle and good walking shoes are all you need for some great rock gathering. The road in is not long, but it does have some deeper sandy areas and a couple of steep, short climbs. 4 wheel and high clearance is highly recommended. Temperatures should still be pleasant. Always bring things for all conditions.

There is a BLM dispersed campsite called Craggy Wash just down the road and mo-tels and food in Havasu.

Directions: Drive will take around 4 to 5 hours. Take 15 toward Barstow to the 40 to the Arizona border. At the 9 mile marker take highway 95 South toward Lake Ha-vasu. The BLM site is on the left side around 11 miles from the 95 turn off. It is down a dirt road a little ways into a wash. GPS: 34° 35.636'N 114° 21.616'W .

Field Trip will start 9 AM (California time) from the McDonalds in the Walmart shopping center on the east side of 95. Very close to the airport on the North side of town. 6501 Showplace Ave.

Staying in Havasu: There are lots of motels in Havasu, some in the $60 range. Lots of good places to eat too. We have set up a special deal at the Travelodge. Normally 120, you can stay for $79 if you mention Searchers or Jack Horn to JC at the registration desk. This is a very nice, clean motel with free break-fast. There are a lot of different activities going on in Ha-vasu, make any reservations early to make sure you have a place.

Any questions - Jack or Linda Horn 714 779-6664 

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