I had a map of a spot in the Iron Creek area that indicated there was some Jasper there. It intrigued me enough that I was willing to do a little hiking to explore the area. Chuck and I headed out there today. As you can see this is steep terrain.
We didn’t head out until 9:00am and planned to explore this area before heading up to Pinto Creek to do a little rockhounding and photography. I located a spot that was not to far from the site and we hiked down the very steep slope to what is an abandoned rock quarry.
Chuck was the one who found the first piece of Jasper. That caused us to intensify our search. Chuck worked a ledge that looked promising and I checked out the talus slope below him. I could see what looked like a medium sized piece of jasper, but when I got there it was huge. 37lbs huge. I decided to haul it up so Chuck could get a look at it. I also found several other smaller pieces in the talus.
After letting Chuck rave about the nice jasper, I checked out the cliff face and located what I think is the location where some of the material was coming from.
This spot was on a very steep part of the cliff face, and looked like it would require some serious hard rock mining to extract any material. I decided to wait and work it another day.
We then decided to head back to the car. I was determined to haul the big one out, even though I didn’t bring a back pack. (Exploring only ) There was an abandoned road that we could use to lessen the strain on my arms and shoulders. It was only 1 mile to where we could get to the car. It turned out to be one tough mile carrying that 37 pounds and other gear.
Here are some pictures of the material.
We never did get to do anything at Pinto Creek. Oh well there will hopefully be another day to play in that area.
I had a friend cut the big one in half so that it would fit into my saw. Here is what it looks like.
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