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Type of material found

Agate
Green Opal
Botryoidal Chalcedony

Description of material

Agate. Good, clear agate, some with distinctive banded patterns. Takes a nice polish and is good jewelry material. Occurs as nodules weathering out of the basalt and as thin seam agate.
Green Opal. Fair grade opal. Takes a polish and is suitable for cabbing, etc.
Botryoid Chalcedony. Good examples of this material. Some very closely resembling fire agate.

Equipment needed

Rock pick

How to get there

Proceed on Antelope Valley Freeway (Highway 14) northbound. Take Angeles Forest Hwy/Pearblossom Hwy offramp and follow Pearblossom Hwy. Continue on road to Littlerock and Pearblossom 2.7 miles. Turn right onto Barrel Springs Road. Go 1.5 miles and turn right onto well used dirt road marked by sign: "Not a Through Street." Continue 1.5 miles and turn left. You are now heading into Agate Valley. About .7 mile farther is a "Y" in the road. You may wish to park here and hunt on the surrounding hill or explore on the dirt roads crisscrossing the area. The agate, opal and chalcedony occur as float on the reddish-brown hills and in some of the narrow canyons.

Agate Valley

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