Hey Dan. Southern Ca is a great place to find some nice stones, depending on how far you are willing to travel. Most of the sites are out in the southeastern part of the state or south of Orange Co. There's a book called "Rockhounding California" that gives a description of the area, what you'll find, and how to get there. That's the best advice I can give you.
Lots of rocks at construction sites. Go to new construction sites after the earth movers have leveled everything and formed the pads for the houses. I found a lot of neat stuff in Brea and Yorba Linda. Just follow the earth movers. SilverFoxx
Post by smadelinker on Jan 4, 2006 22:18:33 GMT -5
I too am interested in So. Cal rock sites. I'm originallly from Brea so the tip there is great! I found an interesting web site: High Desert Insider (sorry, I don't have the URL noted). They have some places for digging with hand-drawn maps that I vaguely dream about driving out to some day. All out near Lancaster/HWY 14 though.
I grew up in Huntington Beach but wasn't into the hobby back then, but today I was just picking up a book from James Mitchell; Rockhounding Nevada and saw that he also put one out just for So. Cal, Rockhounding Southern California (along with the one for the whole state that Stoner mentioned) I saw it on eBay today. See ya!
Do I collect minerals? Why, that is none of your Bismuth.
Fish: Aside from the Mojave Desert with is terrific sites and the east Colorado Desert out near the Palo Verdes some of the best sites are the beaches from the Ventura River mouth north to Faria Beach and still further north near Gaviota. Lots of fossil whalebone, jaspers, wierd cherts, pet wood etc. Also the Santa Monica mountains between Thousand Oaks and Agoura to the beaches have nice banded agate, sagenite and plume. Then further north still, guess this is actually central Calif. but still an easy drive, all the coast range between San Miguel and Parkfield to Coalinga is great jasper territory...mel
Post by turnedstone on Jan 14, 2006 15:37:53 GMT -5
hi fish just found your post im new mem. i have 3 areas listed in orange county in the el toro area no exact location given here you can find garnt,grossularite:massive in size,that is translucent.pure white to pale green it is found in stream beds, lake beds and do not know if this applys in costal shallows cant find el toro on map to tell me where it is this is a no. key some times a little to generic.newport beach area:at the eastbluff fossil beds fossils of all kinds found in natural bed or deposit,also in newport beach area ; west on cherry street to oceanside cliffs; take foot trail to beach near arch rock you can find fossils, bone:whale;silicified. and pet wood hope this helps thats all i have listed for your area ask on here or p.m. me if you want more on your area i have lots more info and will be happy to share it with all who want george
Good info George. Those Newport fossils sound interesting, wish I knew about them when I lived in Newport.
El Toro incorporated about 10 years ago and it is now Lake Forest. That should help you out in your quest Fish. Hopefully they haven't paved over all of the good stuff there like they were when I lived in Lake Forest. (yes, I lived in a lot of OC cities!) I'd imagine a lot of the foothills of the Saddleback Mountains and other parts of the Cleavland National Forest areas might produce minerals of interest.
Watch out for them Rattlers and Cougars of which I've encountered both of in those hills!
Good luck Fish.
Do I collect minerals? Why, that is none of your Bismuth.
wampidy: I was right, it is there. I will just get your mom out of the house, burn it down and dig through the ashes. Okay, maybe not but you better keep an eye on it. Another way would be to take your mother to dinner then excuse myself to go to the john.
Oct 12, 2014 21:06:46 GMT -5
wampidy: Damn that is one beautiful piece of the earth AND I DIDN'T EVEN GET TO HOLD IT. You were too smart for me. lol
Oct 12, 2014 21:07:58 GMT -5
hornseeker: Just plugged in my QT12 and am tumbling my first batch of rock!!!
Oct 12, 2014 22:50:06 GMT -5
Fossilman: Slabbing rocks today.............
Oct 14, 2014 14:01:10 GMT -5
hornseeker: Wish I was...need a saw!!
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drocknut: Lol, Jim. If I had let you hold it I would never have gotten it back. You did get to see it close up.
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mr.mohs: cut it in half & share
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wampidy: no no no I have no claim to it. She found it fair and square.
Oct 15, 2014 21:08:25 GMT -5
mr.mohs: o.k. I was just playing the role of the Judgment of Solomon...mostly
Oct 15, 2014 21:51:03 GMT -5
Shotgunner: You guys just stop bickering over a little blue rock. sheesh!!
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mr.mohs: grinder where you taking us?
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rocktard: OK, ....where is my listings, I tried to add my pictures using the add attachment, it kept on saying the file was to big.
Oct 19, 2014 9:32:00 GMT -5
kimx5: Need help..have done everything to the rule week after week ...just took stones out after polishing process ...they look lovely while wet but they lose their shine when they dry out ...what have I done wt
Oct 19, 2014 12:29:56 GMT -5
kimx5: Ooopppss. ?.what have I done wrong I was going to ask ?
Oct 19, 2014 12:31:59 GMT -5
Fossilman: kimx5-go to the "Total Rock Tumble" site on this forum,you will get tons of help there...Not many people visit the "shout" page....Thumbs up
Oct 20, 2014 9:36:32 GMT -5
mr.mohs: only the mostly...mostly
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Fossilman: He said he would,I said he wouldn't,but they thought he did,it turned out,he could have..............LMAO
Oct 21, 2014 9:15:14 GMT -5
hillquist: Just wanted to to the guy that was wondering about the Hillquist saw, it's a great saw, I have the 16 inch slab saw RF-14-16, the original Hill
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