Stonerose Fossil Beds Dig & Geo Hike
09/21/13 (Sat) - 09/22/13 (Sun)
Stonerose Interpretive Center (Republic)
Kettle Crest (optional hike, 17mi E of Republic, via hwy 20)0)--geology/naturalist hike to view metamorphic formations (schists and gneisses) in the massive Kettle Gneiss Dome area, a warped up dome-like structure. Formation of the dome occurred 48-60 million years ago. Panoramic views of Kettle Range. Up to 4-5 miles RT, 1200' gain, 5510-6780' elev. Hike through forest of lodgepole pine, subalpine fir and larch among granitic boulders to higher, more open views. You'll see mineral and crystals in outcrops along the trail, colorful gossan formation, twisted and contorted schist and gneiss from deep earth origins. Approaching summit of Columbia Mountain, formations with some containing large feldspar crystals and views toward Sherman Peak. At summit are panoramic views of Okanogan Highlands, covered 15,000 years ago by the Cordilleran Ice sheet.r flora, and more. Enjoy botanical opportunities (forest, lichens, etc.) along the trail. 4-5 mile RT easy/moderate hike, 1000' elev change (6580-7600' elev). Optional hike on Friday (on own) or with group during weekend (Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning), time and interest permitting. For more info, see Hike 46 (Hiking Washington Geology). Topo Map: USGS Sherman Peak. This replaces Freezeout Ridge hike, which has some poor road access and hunting activity in vicinity during September.
Curlew Lake Nature Trail, Curlew Lake State Park (optional hike, 1.6mi loop, 9 mi from Republic). Enjoy good birding, perhaps a few dragonflies and deer, and sweeping views of Curlew Lake while hiking among pines and over grassy bluffs. Optional (on own or with group) evening hike Friday or Saturday, or early morning Saturday or Sunday. Discovery Pass required for day use visitors; no pass needed for Curlew Lake SP campers. Hike #15, Day Hiking Eastern Washington.
REGISTRATION OPENS AUGUST 1.
Mountaineers members only. This activity is limited to adults 18 & over. Minimum 4 participants.
Note: optional geo/nature hike destination change to Kettle Crest and Curlew Lake State Park, from Freezeout Ridge.
Email leader with your carpool preferences to drive (# passengers) and/or ride, carpool meet location, and when you can depart on Friday. Will return to Seattle/Everett Sunday evening.
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