Welcome to your online guide to Hansen Creek. I created this blog in hope that I can help fellow Rockhounds to better prepare before they head out on their hunt for Crystals. The Hansen Creek Crystal location is located just west of Snoqualimie Pass on Humpback Mountain. This is considered to be one of the best and only locations in Washington state to collect beautiful, water clear, fully terminated Quartz Crystals as well as Purple Amethyst.
Be on the lookout for some of the best Amethyst Scepter Crystals Washington State has to offer. Though the pretty purple can be a little harder to come by, many people come here for the Amethyst Crystals alone. The Amethyst at Hansen Creek tends to to be a very light purple color which can make it a little difficult to identify without cleaning them first. There has been times when I have come home with a bag of dirty Crystals only to find the Amethyst after cleaning them up a bit. It is for this reason that I suggest that you keep everything you find until you have properly cleaned and assessed each Crystal.
The recommended Tools
There are many different methods and tools that one can use to dig for Crystals. Some folks enjoy picking through the loose dirt with their hands and nothing else. You can find some nice over looked Crystals this way, but 9 times out of ten the loose dirt is someone else’s tailings pile. In my opinion one can recover many more Crystals and of better quality with the right tools.
The following is a list of items that I would recommend taking with you on your trip.
The first thing your going to need is a good shovel. I have seen people using full size shovels but in my experience you can’t beat a good sturdy Mini Shovel. You will understand when you get there and see how tight for space some of the holes are.
The next thing that you are going to need is a Classifier Screen. A Screen can make a world of a difference when it comes to looking for Crystals at Hansen Creek. The dirt up there can very easily disguise even the biggest of Crystals, screening out the dirt is more effecient and will allow you to recover nearly 100% of the Crystals you dig up.
Another recommended item one should definently consider taking with them is a good Head Lamp. This is a must for getting into those productive holes that you will find under tree stumps. Some of the holes go back 10 feet or more but even at the surface a good Head Lamp will make a world of difference.
Other things you might consider bringing would be Gloves, Knee Pads, a Hard Hat and of course plenty of Water, Snacks and Food.
Directions to the Rockhounding Area
To get to the Rockhounding area from Seattle, take I 90 East for about 50 minutes and take exit 47. Once you get off of I 90, take the first right followed by another right hand turn. From this point you are going to take the first left that presents itself. Follow the road a little ways until it curves sharply left. Shortly after the curve you will come to another curve which is the parking area and the beginning of the trail.
Hansen Creek Crystals Map
If you are interested in knowing about more cool locations to go rockhounding in Washington State, you might be interested in Walker Valley Geodes.
I would also recommend that you check out Gem Trails Of Washington. This is the new revised version and has much more info than the previously released version. This is one of the best resources out there regarding Gems and Minerals in the Northwest, so make sure you have your copy.