Rockhound Gulch (Denny Creek), Denny Mountain, King Co., Washington, USA
|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||47° 25' 2'' North , 121° 26' 26'' West|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||47.41722,-121.44056|
|Köppen climate type:||Csb : Warm-summer Mediterranean climate|
NOTE: This locality is now closed to collecting. Here are Bob Jackson's description of Rockhound Gulch:
""To reach Rockhound Gulch, take the Melakwa Lakes trail no. 1014. You will start on the west side of Denny Creek, cross to the east side via a large hewn log bridge, cross back to the west side where the trail descends a bank to a rock crossing. After this second crossing, the trail switchbacks up a hill, then comes back close to the creek canyon. At this point you will have a wide view of the cliffs of Low Mountain (5000') on your left. Just after you see this view, the trail turns left, and a poor trial goes off the right side down into Denny Creek canyon, across a flat rock outcrop above a waterfall, to a rocky-bottomed canyon up the side of Denny Mountain. This is Rockhound Gulch."
Bob Jackson (1974) Rockhound's Guide to Washington
*Cannon, B. (1975): Minerals of Washington, p.82,85
10 valid minerals. 1 erroneous literature entry.
This geological map and associated information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.
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0 - 2.588 Ma
|Rupelian - Eocene|
28.1 - 56 Ma
|Eocene nonmarine rocks|
Age: Paleogene (28.1 - 56 Ma)
Stratigraphic Name: Manastash Formation; Naches Formation; Roslyn Formation; O'Brien Creek Formation
Description: Predominantly sandstone and shale. Includes some conglomerate in the Cle Elum area in Kittilas County. Contains extensive coal seams near Roslyn and carbonaceous shale and coal beds in White Pass area. Contains tuff beds in northwestern Ferry County.
Comments: Naches Formation is mostly basaltic and rhyolitic volcanic rock with minor andesitic rock and interbedded sedimentary rock (feldspathic sandstone) (Tabor and others, 1993, Stout, 1964). The thickness of the Naches Formation is 8000-10000+ feet thick (Stout, 1964).
Reference: Horton, J.D., C.A. San Juan, and D.B. Stoeser. The State Geologic Map Compilation (SGMC) geodatabase of the conterminous United States. doi: 10.3133/ds1052. U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1052.