Sunstones, Hot Springs & Petroglyphs, Southeast Oregon, May 14-16, 2022
Join Alison on a weekend exploration of the Warner Basin and Hart Mountain in southeast Oregon in search of geologic time. Come explore a part of the world where the Earth is expanding under our feet - causing great rifts and cracks that give us magnificent fault scarps, volcanic flows, and steaming hot springs.
We'll explore the Rabbit Basin for feldspar crystals known famously as "Oregon Sunstones" and then head up to the top of Hart Mountain. We'll spend the remainder of the weekend exploring the Hart Mtn area for agates and jasper, petroglyphs left by early peoples and mysterious geoglyphs left by - who knows? We'll camp for 2 nights at the hot springs with delicious camp dinners included. It's nice to kick back at the end of the day!
We'll meet in Plush, Oregon before lunchtime on May 14th, 2022.
Notes: Alison is a licensed and bonded Outfitter Guide in the state of Oregon. This trip will be permitted by USFWS and the BLM. Rock collection limits set by each agency and federal laws regarding artifacts are strictly adhered to. This trip takes place on the ancestral lands of Modoc and Northern Paiute peoples.
Trip participants should be adults who enjoy dirt road driving, spending a day on their feet out in the elements and are down to camp through cold desert nights. All genders and vehicle types welcome. Trip runs rain or shine!
Hart Mtn weather: Average May high 59°F and a low of 37°F. The chance that it could rain on this trip is 25%. The chance it could snow is 10%.
Cancellation policy: A full refund will be given if a participant cancels 3 weeks or more before the start date of the trip. Cancellation made within the 3 week window closer to the trip will be given full credit towards a future trip, but no refunds will be made. Please consider this before signing up.
Alison reserves the right to postpone and cancel trips if natural disasters such as wildfires, wildfire smoke, earthquakes or floods jeopardize group safety. In this scenario, all trip members will be given full credit towards a future trip. Alison does her best to schedule trips outside of wildfire season.