Congleton hollow

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Rockhounding Site: Paulina (Dendrite Butte/Congleton Hollow)

Rock Type: limb casts, opalized wood

Site Description: Both of these sites have been a popular destination for rockhounds for many years so very little material remains on the ground surface. Rockhounds willing to take the time and effort to dig still find some fine limb cast specimens. Look where other rockhounds have been digging for potential leads.

Directions: Available on Central Oregon Rockhounding Map, Purchasing Info

Road Access: Not Maintained

Site Information: Muddy when wet. 4x4 vehicle recommended.

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Clarno Formation debris flow deposit at Congleton Hollow. This deposit formed as a mixture of mud, rocks, and wood debris moved as a fluid across the landscape before hardening into stone. Erosion has exposed much of the petrified wood and limb casts that formed in the mudflow deposits.Congleton Area

Various limb Casts from the Dendrite Butte/Congleton Hollow area. The most prized limb casts have pink or green hues.Congleton Specimen



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I lost my rock hammer on a previous trip to central Oregon, and decided to head back down and try to find it.  I left on Monday morning and hunted most of Tuesday.  I never did find my hammer, but came home with about 20 pounds of nice limb casts and pieces of petrified wood.

I actually did a little bit of looking Monday evening, and then used my truck as a tent and spent the night near Dendrite Butte.  This area is well known as a limb cast site and I was just down the road from the local dig site.

A cheap and convenient tent.

A cheap and convenient tent.

After awakening at around 6:00am and having a quick breakfast, I was off to look for the lost hammer.  I hiked down into a draw and up the other side and when I looked back the truck seemed to be beckoning me.

That truck looks awfully far away.

That truck looks awfully far away.

I was finding all kinds of small chips of pink limb casts, but no luck with the hammer.  I continued to hike the hills and draws, checking out every spot I thought I might have dropped the hammer.  I was finding a few small pieces of limb casts and an occasional chunk of petrified wood.  Most of the wood here is tan and black, and quite porous, so I left almost all where it lay.  I did keep a couple of pieces that showed knots or burls.

My hiking eventually brought me to the drainage where I found some nice material on my last trip.  It was here that I started finding larger limb casts.  This one doesn’t look like much until you dig it out.

Peaking out of the dirt it doesnt look like much.

Peaking out of the dirt it doesn't look like much.

Dug from the dirt it is about 5 long and 21/2 around.

Dug from the dirt it is about 5" long and 21/2" around.

This one was hiding in the grass, and doesn’t look like much.

You would have to look close not to miss this one.

You would have to look close not to miss this one.

It weighed about 1 pound.

It weighed about 1 pound, and turned out to have an "Iris" band.

This one turned out to be the best of the bunch, although it wasn’t the largest.  It was about 2″ in diameter and about 4″ long.  The outer surface looked like it had some round bubbles in the lava when the limb rotted away.  It turned out to have a 1/4″ band of “Iris”.

The best of the bunch.

The best of the bunch.

I finally had to give up the hunt for the hammer and head back to the truck for a break.  It was about 3:00pm when I got back to the truck.

I decided to drive over to Congleton Hollow and check out that site before heading home on Wednesday morning.  I didn’t do very well there since I only had about an hour before it got to dark to dig.  I did find a nice baseball size piece of green moss limb.

I also found an old mine.  I don’t know what they were mining but it looks like they put a lot of effort into it.

Deep hole in the ground, secured mine entrance.

Deep hole in the ground, secured mine entrance.

With this mine trip ending my day, I yielded to the baser instinct and headed to Prineville and a motel.  I was able to get a hot shower and a good nights sleep before heading home early Wednesday.

Thanks for joining me.

chasfire

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Public Rockhounding Sites

Privately owned rockhounding sites are also available in and around central Oregon. There are places where, for a fee, rocks may be dug from beds of known and proven quality. Those who do not care to dig may prefer to visit the many commercial rock shops where similar materials may be bought in any stage of preparation from freshly dug rock to finished jewelry. Many people also attend the annual rockhound pow-wows held in the area during late June and early July.

Here is a list Public Rockhounding Sites in Central Oregon:

Bear Creek

Rock Type: Petrified Wood

Site Description: An abundance of petrified wood can be found at this site. Most of the wood is low grade, but has good preservation of growth rings and wood grain. Rockhounds willing to put forth the extra time and effort may find some colorfully agatized wood that will take an excellent polish. Small clusters of quartz crystals, agate and red and yellow jasper may also be found in the area.

Directions: Available on Central Oregon Rockhounding Map, Purchasing Info

Road Access: Not Maintained

Site Information: Muddy when wet. 4x4 vehicle recommended.

Agency: Bureau of Land Management 

Visitors to the Bear Creek rockhounding site during the spring months may observe blooms of bitterroot and other high desert wildflowers.

Petrified wood from the Bear Creek collection site. Some of these specimens are colorfully agatized. 

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Paulina (Dendrite Butte/Congleton Hollow)

Rock Type: limb casts, opalized wood

Site Description: Both of these sites have been a popular destination for rockhounds for many years so very little material remains on the ground surface. Rockhounds willing to take the time and effort to dig still find some fine limb cast specimens. Look where other rockhounds have been digging for potential leads.

Directions: Available on Central Oregon Rockhounding Map, Purchasing Info

Road Access: Not Maintained

Site Information: Muddy when wet. 4x4 vehicle recommended.

Agency: Bureau of Land Management 

Clarno Formation debris flow deposit at Congleton Hollow. This deposit formed as a mixture of mud, rocks, and wood debris moved as a fluid across the landscape before hardening into stone. Erosion has exposed much of the petrified wood and limb casts that formed in the mudflow deposits. 

Various limb Casts from the Dendrite Butte/Congleton Hollow area. The most prized limb casts have pink or green hues. 

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Eagle Rock

Rock Type: varied agate

Site Description: Moss and dendritic agate in a rhyolite matrix can be found at this site. Thick seams of black chalcedony also occur. Plenty of agatized rhyolite can still be found scattered on the ground but hard pick and chisel work is required to remove any material that is still in place in the cliffs.

Directions: Available on Central Oregon Rockhounding Map, Purchasing Info

Road Access: Not Maintained

Site Information: Seasonal road closure. Contact BLM.

Agency: Bureau of Land Management 

Eagle Rock is an erosional remnant of a welded tuff (hardened volcanic ash deposit) along Hwy 380 near the Eagle Rock rockhounding site.

Rockhounds collecting at the Eagle Rock agate beds.

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Fischer Canyon

Rock Type: petrified wood, agate, jasper

Site Description: While there is no concentrated amount of material at this site, lucky rockhounds can find scattered pieces of petrified wood, agate, and jasper as they enjoy a hike through central Oregon’s high desert.

Directions: Available on Central Oregon Rockhounding Map, Purchasing Info

Road Access: Not Maintained 

Site Information: Muddy when wet.  4X4 vehicle recommended.

Agency: Bureau of Management 

Rockhounds are treated to scenic views of the high desert while collecting agate, jasper, and petrified wood at Fischer Canyon.

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Glass Butte

Rock Type: varied obsidian

Site Description: Glass Butte offers rockhounds a wide variety of gem quality obsidian. Rainbow, black, pumpkin, mahogany, midnight lace, gold sheen, silver sheen, fire, and double flow varieties can all be found in the area. While many rockhounds choose to dig for preferred material, plenty of obsidian is readily available for collection on the ground surface.

Directions: Available on Central Oregon Rockhounding Map, Purchasing Info

Road Access: Not Maintained

Site Information: Muddy when wet. 4x4 vehicle recommended.

Agency: Bureau of Land Management 

Obsidian from Glass Butte. Obsidian types clockwise from upper right are rainbow, black, pumpkin, mahogany, gold sheen, and double flow. The center piece is also gold sheen. 

Glass Butte is a volcano that formed about 4.9 million years ago and is part of series of volcanic domes that are aligned in a northwest direction. Most of Glass Butte itself is composed of rhyolite flows. In the low lands about 3 miles east of Glass Butte and on Little Glass Butte 4 miles to the southeast, several eruptions produced the obsidian flows that rockhounds collect from today.

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Hampton Butte

Rock Type: petrified wood

Site Description: Hampton Butte is widely known for the unusual green petrified wood that can be found there. In addition, red, yellow, and other unusual colors can be found at this site. Very little material is left on the ground surface, but fine specimens are still available to rockhounds willing to dig.

Directions: Available on Central Oregon Rockhounding Map, Purchasing Info

Road Access: Maintained County Road

Site Information: Hike-in access off county road.

Agency: Bureau of Land Management 

Rockhounds visiting the Hampton Butte Rockhounding site during the spring and summer months are likely to observe sagebrush lizards.

Green petrified wood from the Hampton Butte collection site.
Some specimens exhibit a glossy desert varnish.

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Maury Mountains

Rock Type: moss agate

Site Description: This site is popular for its red, green, and yellow moss agate. As with most well-known sites, very little material is available for collection on the ground surface. However, nice pieces of moss agate can still be found by rockhounds willing to take the time and effort to dig.

Directions: Available on Central Oregon Rockhounding Map, Purchasing Info

Road Access: Maintained

Site Information: Seasonal closure, snow.

Agency: U.S. Forest Service 

Slabs of Maury Mountain moss agate. The moss-like inclusions found at Maury Mountains come in colors of red, yellow, brown, and green. 

Visitors to the Maury Mountains rockhounding site during the spring months may observe the blooms of a variety of wildflowers.

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North Ochoco Reservoir

Rock Type: Agate and jasper.

Site Description: Access to this site requires a rugged ¼-mile hike through scenic high desert country. Colorful agate and jasper can be collected on the ground surface below the cliffs overlooking the site. Many specimens have cavities filled with drusy quartz. The agate and jasper is often attached to boulders of lava rock, so a rock hammer and some chipping tools are useful for removing the desired material.

Directions: Available on Central Oregon Rockhounding Map, Purchasing Info

Road Access: Hike in access.

Site Information: Park away from highway.

Agency: Bureau of Land Management 

Rockhounds collecting agate and jasper at the North Ochoco Reservoir site.

Rockhounds can expect to find relatively large samples of multi-colored jasper at this site. This sample is about 10 inches wide. 

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Whistler Springs

Rock Type: thunder eggs

Site Description: Although this site has been worked by rockhounds for many years, quality thundereggs can still be found by determined rockhounds. Digging through the tough rhyolite matrix can be difficult so be sure to bring hand tools adequate for breaking rock. Look for chips and pieces of agate where other rockhounds have been digging for potential leads.

Directions: Available on Central Oregon Rockhounding Map, Purchasing Info

Road Access: Maintained

Site Information: Seasonal closure, snow.

Agency: U.S. Forest Service 

Thunder eggs similar to these can be found at Whistler Springs. 

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White Fir Springs

Rock Type: jasper thunder eggs

Site Description: This site offers thundereggs that are filled with colorful jasper. Shades of red, yellow, and tan are available as well as a creamy white color. The thundereggs can be difficult to remove from the hard rhyolite matrix, so bring hand tools adequate for breaking rock. Look for chips and pieces of jasper where other rockhounds have been digging for potential leads.

Directions: Available on Central Oregon Rockhounding Map, Purchasing Info

Road Access: Maintained

Site Information: Seasonal closure, snow.

Agency: U.S. Forest Service 

Access road and sign leading to the White Fir Springs thunder egg site. 

Rough jasper-filled thunder eggs from the White Fir Springs collections site. 

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Great Moulton Level Crossing

We recently purchased our first travel trailer. I am not exactly sure how it happened. If you ask me, I will tell you that I just woke up one morning and decided that we needed one. I am sure it was more complicated than that, but I know that from the time the idea struck me until we were backing it into our driveway only about two weeks had passed.  I have a congenital condition that makes is impossible to sleep on the ground any more and perhaps I was just really missing camping. What ever it was, we are now the proud owners of a Jayco, Baja Edition trailer.Travel Trailer

The Baja Edition just means that it has extra clearance and truck tires; perfect for going off road. Maybe the idea started when my father sent us back to Oregon last year with boxes of mineral specimens that he and my mother had collected over the years. She is a geologist and he is a geophysicist, so I grew up with a deep curiosity surrounding all things “rock”. My husband introduced me to Oregon Sunstone a few years ago and we had always wanted to go and find some ourselves but hotel rooms are scarce in the middle of BLM land.

I am positive that my parents involvement with rocks is what has spurred my desire to make jewelry. Many moons ago, I was sure I would grow up to be a gemologist but life does not always dish out what you want. We had already done a day trip collecting Thunder Eggs which, for those of you who are unfamiliar, are volcanic balls that grow in rhyolite lava. Over time, the centers turn to various forms of quartz. Thunder eggs are frequently geodes but geodes are not always thunder eggs (or in Oregon, Thundereggs). That, however, is another story.

Our first trip with the trailer was to Glass Butte, Oregon where we picked up a tidy collection of obsidian. That is also another story as I have not managed to sort through those rocks yet.

So, I will show you pictures of our second trailer trip and third rock collecting excursion. This trip we went to Congleton Hollow.

Congleton Hollow

We chose this camp site because we could watch both the sunrise and the sunset. The goal of this trip was to find limb casts. Limb casts are not the same as petrified wood. They are formed when a volcano erupts sending hot ash into the air. This ash lands on the trees and quickly hardens into a cement like substance. Because it is hot, it also sets the tree on fire burning it away. What is left, is a hole in the shape of a tree. Over millennia, mineral laden water percolates through the castings, leaving behind, well, minerals which fill the castings. Then, over MORE time, the freezing and thawing of the ground, pushes these limb casts towards the surface where folks like us can wander around and, with hope, find them.

At first, we had NO idea what to look for, so we wandered around rather aimlessly, but then they started to reveal themselves and our eyes adjusted to focus better on our goal.

Limb Casts

So here they are. Most are agate, all are some form of quartz. I have yet to wash them and see how pretty they really are. The green is from copper, which you see everywhere there.

Now I need to turn one into a necklace.

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Hollow congleton

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