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Scouting Little Chuckwalla Mountains, November 24, 2014

posted Dec 5, 2014, 12:23 PM by ShadowMountain Gem&MineralSociety

    Scouting the Little Chuckwalla Mountains and Graham Pass Road on November 24, 2014

    “You can’t win them all.” So the saying goes!  We had beautiful scenery, wonderful desert vistas, and a very nice day, but not enough collectable material to support a Club field trip!

   The Bureau of Land Management has closed all the vehicle routes to the areas of good material, and what is within hiking distance of the open route is VERY picked over and pretty rough country.


   To soothe our disappointment, the seven of us decided to check out the Chuckwalla Bench for blue nodules, only to discover that the Chuckwalla Valley Road (old Highway 60-70) was closed due to storm damage.  We used the Corridor K power line road to reach the nodule area where we didn’t stay long.  Maybe we didn’t stop in the right spot, because the material was scarce there, too!

   We were discouraged to find that the old highway was closed from the Graham Pass Road all the way to the Corn Springs Overpass on Interstate 10, with wash outs and bridges out, and we had to keep returning to the power line road to reach Interstate 10 from the nodule area. It is interesting to note that the power line road is well used and in good condition, whereas the County might not be able to afford to repair the Chuckwalla Valley Road.

   We hope the next scouting trip will bring better results. We won’t give up!!

Submitted by Barbara Catlin