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Zenmaster6 posted a topic in Fossil Hunting TripsThis trip started out in Tacoma Washington. Our first stop was Centralia WA. Supposedly there were marine sediments 35 million years old that encompassed bivalves, gastropods and some other small marine life. Of course I have another spot near my house with a similar variety of fossils so I was less interested. None the less I spent 2 hours there looking through clay and checking if I could see any siltstone or shale. Unfortunately I did not find anything here. The next stop was near Portland Oregon in Butte Creek where there have been numerous whale teeth and some other vertebrate fossils. I of course was certain that collecting vertebrates was also illegal in Oregon so I skipped out on keeping anything I found. I came up dry again in Butte creek after an hour of looking. Next I searched Myrtle Creek Oregon briefly as it was getting dark. I didn't see much there, however there could have been plenty that I simply missed in the dark. (also I only looked for 15 minutes) The next day, I went to Riddle Oregon, where supposedly Jurassic Leaf fossils could be found and also some Bivalves, Gastropods and Ammonites. I skipped looking around the town and went straight to Cow Creek (goes through Riddle) and saw fossils across the water, however during February, there was no chance of me swimming across. The current is quite strong too. It also was loaded with private property signs and we even saw a guy looking back at us with a rifle over his shoulder. That is when we left. We heard about Ashland and the great cretaceous formations off the road at I-5 near Klamath Mountain. We traveled up there but found Nada. In California we searched along Gazelle Road and found a few possible corals. Gazelle Callahan Road is Silurian. I got permission from a land owner to search along his property. On the way back we stayed at a motel in Medford. Planning for the day tomorrow I read on PDFs that I was checking the wrong spot along I-5 for the cretaceous fossils south of Ashland. I plotted exactly where they were on maps and got ready to go the next morning. When I arrived at the mountain pass, it had snowed at least 2 - 3 feet. There was no way I was finding anything. Disappointed, we left to go back to Riddle, When I arrived in Riddle, I decided to search the town for Jurassic - Cretaceous fossils. While searched a road cut near town, I found some Bivalves called Buchia (according to the formation species guide) This was the only spot where I did end up finding fossils unfortunately but I did want to share what I found. I still have a whole whiteboard full of fossils I have yet to go through so I couldn't upload all my finds. Riddle Oregon was actually packed with fossils if you look closely. Thanks for reading : )
So I found these fossils around Tukwila Washington. I'm not looking for an ID but I'd just like to share with you some of the gastropods and bivalves I found along the way And for all you Washington fossil hunters, don't listen to people who say you need to be in Utah to find fossils, they are everywhere here (Information: These come from the Eocene time period 40 million years ago. Some of these fossils are Turritella Uvasana (Identified by Professional) some gastropods, some pecten looking shells (still not sure) and bivalves of unknown species.)
Hey, I'm not sure if I can post this here or if there is another spot for this post. Feel free to move it to wherever it belong or let me know. I live in Tacoma Washington in Pierce County. I have looked around Washington on Geologic maps and found a couple notable spots here and wanted to save the community time so they could quickly see a few good areas. At Cedar River Park near Renton. Of course you need to walk down a ways from the entrance to the TS Zone on the micromap I show below (the pink strip along the center to far east part of the map) Here you can find plant fossils and other fossils I have yet to discover. I currently have only found carbonized Eocene wood but did not spend much time here. I never checked the pink area because I was following an outdated map. There is a tremendous amount of slate, shale, mudstone and sedimentary rocks around here, its stunning (for the area). Another spot you may like that is notable for fossils is on the next map around the blue zone around the clam shell that says 51 on the cedar river, however in the Tacoma Quadrangle. You can find shells, plants and other fossils unknown to me. Just thought incase you hadn't seen either spot it might help you out to know about it. I hope you have luck in your findings there. I also do not have a minimap for this but I know the ghost town by Franklin Washington has good plant fossils as well. Best of luck! - John