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  Rock Hounding
Some of the wonder found in Central Washington is right at your feet -- in the rocks and minerals! Discover the crystals, agate, and jasper found in Dry Creek in Cle Elum and at Green Canyon. Also, be on the lookout for petrified wood found in Ginkgo Petrified Forest, Umptanum Ridge, and more.

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Lion Rock
Crystals and Agate have been reported at Lion Rock. This area is bounded by Table Mountain to the east and the upper reaches of First Creek, Boulder Creek, Cougar Gulch and ridges to the west, the upper Swauk Creek to the north and Garrison Springs to the south.
Manastash Ridge Trail
Manastash Ridge Trail is 4 miles out and back, located near Ellensburg. The trail is primarily used for birding, hiking & trail running and is accessible year-round. Quartz, Zeolites, Agate, Jasper, and Calcite can be discovered here.
Located at Red Top Mountain Ryepatch is approximately 9 miles from Roslyn, Cle Elum, and Liberty in Kittitas County. Rhyolite is found here.
High Valley Ranch
Petrified wood has been found in between Ellensburg and Thorp at High Valley Ranch. Most of the petrified wood in Washington grew during the Miocene Epoch, some 12 to 5 million years ago!
Table Mountain
Agate can be found at Table Mountain, one of the most spectacular landmarks of the Columbia River Gorge.
Red Top
This scenic area is also considered one of the best by valley rockhounders. It has incredible views of the Stuart Range from the fire lookout which is usually open for visitors. Agates, crystal and geodes are found in this region. It is a beautiful area where hiking and picnicking are also available.
Take Highway 97 north just past Liberty. Take the first left after the Mineral Springs Resort on Blue Creek Road. After about 2 miles turn left onto Hovey Rd. Proceed down the trail to the lookout and other access points.

Green Canyon
Green Canyon is located near Ellensburg. Crystals, Agate, and Jasper have been hounded here!
Reecer Creek
Reecer Creek is a small body of water in Ellensburg. Here, there are traces of Crystals, Agate, and Jasper.
Rock N Tomahawk Ranch
2590 Upper Green Canyon Rd
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Recreation, Agate Hunting, campground
Rock N' Tomahawk Ranch allows agate hunting at $5 per person and $2.50 for children 5-10. Children under 5 are free
Both locals and rock enthusiasts from around the world come to hunt the Ellensburg Blue agate stone here. The Ellensburg 
Blue agates in the valley came from a layer of basalt lava north of Ellensburg, the Teanaway basalt, which is 47 million years old.
First Creek Trail
First Creek Trail is just northwest of Ellensburg and is rich in minerals. The trail is closed to motorized use October 15 through June 15 annually.
Umtanum Ridge
Umtanum Ridge is a trail that leads out of Yakima and Umtanum Canyons, offering spectacular views of Mount Stuart, Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, and Mount Hood.
Teanaway River
Teanaway River is home to Agate, Jasper, and Drusy Quartz. The name Teanaway basalt is used for the basaltic and andesitic rocks, and pyroclastic material north of Cle Elum and Ellensburg.
Saddle Mountain
Saddle Mountain stands tall between the deep and broad canyon of Lower Crab Creek Coulee and the deep basin of the mighty Columbia River. Discover Opalized wood, Bog, Limbs, and Logs here!

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