Going to Moat Mountain for topaz and Smokey Quartz!

Tom ("Magneto") White says word has it that there is topaz here....definitely nice smoky quartz. It's in the White Mountains National Park, so the locale and ambience (big word for a rockhound :) will be very nice. Weather will be good and the season is comingg to a close...SO LET"S GET OUT THERE IN FORCE! For all, these trips are fun, funny, treasure-ful, educating, with warm, very pleasant members...I haven't met a single member of NE Rockhounds who hasn't been delightful.  The other plus is that we often meet great people who are also rock collecting at the various sites and pass on their wisdom and colorful sayings, e.g. while eating lunch at Mt. Mica:  "It don't hurt to eat some dirt."..

SO COME IN FORCE with children and dogs for the closing of our collecting season.

Please send me your cell phone # if you are attending and put mine in your contacts:[masked] for coordination on the day of.


From West Side Road in Conway, NH turn onto Passaconaway Rd. Travel 1.2 miles and turn right on High Street (dirt road). Enter White Mountain NF and at 1.4 miles pass through an open gate. At 1.7 miles bear left. See parking area in another 0.7 miles. The Smokey Quartz Mineral Collecting Area is a 0.9 mile hike from the parking lot. (Tom says the hike is flat and easy)

Quartz (Var: Smoky Quartz) : SiO2 North Moat Mountain localities, Bartlett, Carroll Co., New Hampshire, USA

7.9 x 6.3 x 5.8 cm. Excellent 4.7 cm single Smoky on graphic granite. The luster is very good, and the color is the deep brown that you always hope for. Combine that with the fine gemmines


Directions plus other info on the White Mountain Web page: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/whitemountain/recreation/rocks-minerals/recarea/?recid=74885&actid=73

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  • Jill Perzley C.

    Tom, Warren,
    Are you willing to try again for this SATURDAY (Nov 3)? I checked the Whie Mountain website re: the Moat Mountain collecting site...and there were no restrictions datewise...It just said that the road leading to it might be impassable in the winter. If you think you would be willing to give it a go for this weekend, I'll post the event.
    It's a last minute things, but the hurrier I go, the behinder I get!

    November 1, 2012

    • Jill Perzley C.

      Isn't it odd that the WM forestry site say that Roads may be impassable due to snow.." but they fail to mention that roads may be impassable due to closed gate!

      November 2, 2012

    • Tom W.

      Don't worry, it's not steep by any means.

      November 2, 2012

  • Warren A.

    My son is playing in the band on sat. at the football game so we can't make it. for the 3rd. I have to check his schedule.

    November 1, 2012

  • Warren A.

    How was Moat mtn.?

    October 31, 2012

    • Tom W.

      Cool, and I've never encountered a bear on a mining trip, just once while driving back from one. I'll try to give a bit more notice next time, it's just I don't want to commit to going if I'm not sure how the weather is going to be. On my own I would go depending on the weather.

      October 31, 2012

    • Jill Perzley C.

      So let's go on SATURDAY.

      November 1, 2012

  • L H.

    Thanks for putting together this field trip, Tom! Sounds like a great place to explore. Hope you, Jill and the gang find lots of gems. Wish I could join you. Too many "goblins" to look after this weekend! Have fun! Lyn

    October 25, 2012

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  • Jill Perzley C.
    Jill "Dirty Pockets" Card, Organizer
    Event Host
  • Tom W.
    Tom "Magneto" White, Co-Organizer
    Event Host

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