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Pisgah Crater Trip Oct.27,2012

posted Nov 4, 2012, 3:23 PM by ShadowMountain Gem&MineralSociety

On Saturday October 27, 2012 the Shadow Mountain Gem & Mineral Society visited the jasper fields of Ludlow and the Pisgah Crate for lava.

 It was a perfect fall day to be heading out to the Mojave Desert. The group did not stop at the salt flats in Amboy as everyone on the trip had been there before and chose to head directly to the jasper fields. After a short stop to admire the Amboy crater, we continued to the jasper fields due west of Ludlow. The jasper fields have red, yellow, black and green jasper laying on the ground and you don’t need four wheel drive to get there.  We spent one hour there and then headed the final 20 minutes to the Pisgah crater to collect lava. I had been there exactly two weeks prior to the trip to verify that the rains had not washed away the roads and when we returned on the 27th, the road to the top of the crater had been blocked off with metal gates. We spent nearly an hour at the base of the crater collecting really lovely black lava in all sorts of wonderful shapes.  

The group decided that since we could not go to the summit, to disband the trip. Those who came from the lower desert headed west on the I-40 to go to Barstow and then down the hill via Yucca Valley.  I headed back to 29 Palms via Amboy. It was a lovely day overall of nice temps and good friends.

Submitted by Martha Hunt

Photos by David Hughey