Hand-2-Mouth Mining Season Opener - Davis Creek, Modoc National Forest, CA- May 31 through June 6, 2012

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Hand-2-Mouth Mining Season Opener - Davis Creek, Modoc National Forest, CA- May 31 through June 6, 2012

Time: May 31, 2012 at 4am to June 6, 2012 at 7am
Location: Davis Creek, Modoc National Forest, Modoc County, CA
City/Town: Davis Creek, CA
Website or Map: http://maps.google.com/maps/m…
Phone: (559) 250-5057
Event Type: field, trip
Organized By: Hand-2-Mouth Mining
Latest Activity: Jul 7, 2012

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Event Description

You've seen pictures of the beautiful rainbow & Sheen obsidian from Hand-2-Mouth mining, and here's your chance to come along and collect your own!

Weather & snow pack permitting, we'll be starting our obsidian mining season with a week long expedition to our "Black Hole" pit at the Middle Fork of Davis Creek, Modoc National Forest, CA.

On past trips, we've stayed at the
Wagon Wheel Motel, enjoying the way they treat us like family. This great motel boasts low prices, comfy rooms and a great restaurant on the premises. We heartily recommend this fine establishment!

Here's a Map link with directions from Middle Fork to Alturas, and places in Alturas.



Itinerary for Hand-2-Mouth Mining for Davis Creek Season Opener Trip


Weds, May 30 - Leave Fresno - Travel to Reno, stay overnight -
We'll probably be at the Atlantis.


Thursday, May 31 - Breakfast in Reno, meet up & travel to Alturas -
Arrive before 3 pm, get permits at Forest Service District Hdqrs, run up to our pit & post signs. Check in at Wagon Wheel, and socialize with rockhounds in the evening.


Friday June 1 through Sunday, June 3 -

7 am - Breakfast at the Wagon Wheel

8:30 - Depart from the Wagon Wheel for Davis Creek, stopping at Subway's for lunch sandwiches.

9 am (roughly) - Stop at Davis Creek Mercantile to meet up -

9:15 - Depart for Middle Fork - Meet up with Plumb Valley campers at turnoff from County Rd. 11 - Travel to Middle Fork site

9:30 - Arrive at Middle Fork site -
If traveling in low clearance 2 wheel drive vehicles, plan to park at the road. The road up to the site is short, but best for 4 wheel drive, high clearance vehicles.

Sunset- Return to Alturas for dinner and socializing at the Wagon Wheel -
Attendees are welcome to join us for socializing, Cigars & adult beverages will be consumed!

Hand-2-Mouth Mining will be mining at the Middle Fork site, since this is a business trip for us. Attendees are most welcome to branch out and dig at the other obsidian sites nearby. Additionally, we'll have sheets with nearby rockhounding sites for attendees.
Here's a link with
 mine specific information and maps;
 Map 1 &
Map 2.


Since this is a mining trip for us, we'll be staying until we have full loads in our truck & trailer rigs. We'd hoped to add a trip to the Sunstone Butte Mine, but it looks unlikely at this time. We need the funds for gasoline!

Attendees, feel free to call me with any questions.


See you there, friends!



Comment Wall

Comment by Nancy Terwilliger on November 8, 2011 at 10:19pm

Dave and I wouldn't miss it!  The last trip was GREAT!  We have some lovely gold sheen, Rainbow, and blue obsidian from the last trip.  Not to mention the grey swirl and mahogany that we got!  What a treasure!

Comment by Kris W. Rowe on February 3, 2012 at 8:38pm
We've made our reservations for the Wagon Wheel in Alturas, and will be entertaining on the front porch after dinner every evening. The beverages will flow, and great conversation will finish every great day of digging obsidian.
We'll also be sharing tips on properly orienting and cutting that wonderful obsidian, and will bring buckets of top rough from other localities for your trading pleasure. Be sure to bring your favorite local stone to trade ... One cutters "ho-hum" stone is anothers treasure!

Look for more updates as the trip date approaches!

Comment by Kris W. Rowe on February 15, 2012 at 5:39pm

More info on nearby accommodations and the field trip site at Google Maps.

Comment by Monica Travis on February 19, 2012 at 12:36am

Having never collected obsidian, how is it done since it shatters like glass ?                             Monica

Comment by Kris W. Rowe on February 19, 2012 at 2:13pm
Mining at Davis Creek is all hand tools; pick & shovel, hammer & chisel.
The heavy prying is done with bully bar, which is a 4-6 foot chisel heade gad bar with a sliding collar.
We use a 3 lb sledge hammer and a medium sized crow bar for removing most of the gem material.

Thankfully, the casual collector can easily get lots of material by surface collecting. Just roam around with a geologists pick, a spray bottle and a bucket. Look for sheen & color, spraying likely pieces.
Comment by Kris W. Rowe on February 19, 2012 at 2:15pm
We move many wheelbarrows of perfectly great smaller pieces every day, and you’ll be welcome to go through our cast offs.
Comment by Monica Travis on February 19, 2012 at 8:30pm

OK got it. Thanks. Is there much chance to find snowflake obsidian there?


Comment by Monica Travis on February 19, 2012 at 8:58pm

Has anybody collected at Obsidian Dome,Ca near Mono? I  saw some photos of a mountain of obsidian made of boulders of obsidian that towered over the people.  I don't know if it is even legal to collect there. So much to learn.


Comment by Kris W. Rowe on February 20, 2012 at 1:41pm
Hi Monica,
You won't find snowflake obsidian at Middle Fork, Davis Creek. To our knowledge, snowflake isn't found in the collecting areas in Modoc National Forest.

For a comprehensive listing of obsidian source locations in the Western States go to http://www.sourcecatalog.com/
This source listing includes many PDF files on specific areas, as well as gps coordinates. Give it a look!

As for Obsidian Dome, you'll find much better quality obsidian around that area. Look here for trip info; http://geology.csupomona.edu/docs/sierrap6.htm

Comment by Monica Travis on February 20, 2012 at 9:50pm

Thanks for the great references. I was wondering why you choose Modoc over this site.    Monica


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