Walker Valley Geodes

Welcome to your online guide to Walker Valley.  This site was created in hopes that I could help fellow Rockhounds to better prepare before they head out on there trip to dig for Geodes.  The Walker Valley Geode location is located in Skagit County and is about 9 miles east of Mt Vernon, Washington.  This is one of the more popular areas for finding Geodes in Washington State, and understandably so.

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The Geodes you find at Walker Valley are absolutely beautiful and can be full of clear Quartz Crystals, some solid, and some can even be full of beautiful purple Amethyst Crystals. The Geodes here will range in size but tend to be no larger than 4″ in diameter.  It can be a real task trying to dig the Geodes out of the Hard Rock without breaking them, so be sure to use great care when swinging your Rock Hammer.

 Amethyst Geodes

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The most sought out Geodes found at Walker Valley are those filled with beautiful Amethyst Crystals.  These are a little rare to come by so don’t expect to find one on your very first trip without putting in the work, though the potential is defiantly there!

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 The Recommended Tools

There are many different methods one can use for looking for Geodes at Walker Valley.  I have seen people have some luck digging through the loose rock that others have knocked down and find some pretty nice over looked pieces this way.  However, 9 times out of 10 you will be digging through someone else tailing’s pile using this method.  In my opinion one can find much nicer specimen pieces and of greater quantity if you are prepared and have the right Tools!

hardhat

Safety absolutely comes first at Walker Valley!  I highly recommend a sturdy Hard Hat, especially for the little ones.

chisel

Its a really good idea to bring some decent Rock Chisels.  These will be used along side your trusty Rock Hammer.

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You will absolutely need a good Rock Hammer out at Walker Valley.  This will be used in conjunction with the Rock Chisels to help pry apart the rocks.

prybar

A good Pry Bar will make a world of a difference for breaking up the rock and exposing those Geodes.  This is one tool that you don’t want to go without.

Other things you want to make sure to bring with you would be a couple 5 Gallons Buckets, Knee Pads, Protective Glasses and of course plenty of Water, Snacks and Food.

Walker Valley Geode Map

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To learn more about other interesting places to go Rockhounding in Washington State, check out Gem Trails Of Washington.  This is the updated version and it is far more comprehensive then the previously released version.  Highly Recommended!

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Krista says:

    Hi there,
    I was wondering if this is at all kid friendly. It sounds amazing and I think my kid would love it but also worry about the conditions if it’s safe for young kids. They listen well but still, kids. Thanks.

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    1. Guy thats been there a lot says:

      Yes it definitely is if they listen and you let them know where to stay. The ORVs tend to stay out of the pit and you can walk into it on the right without any trouble.

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      1. Confused mama says:

        My dad, and daughter tried finding it today and couldn’t 😦 can you explain it better please. They drive and found 2 creeks lol I read about first yellow gate on right.. maybe they’re blind.. who knows!

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  2. Hi Mama,

    I’m sorry to hear that! Things might have changed a bit up there as its been some years since I have been there. If you have your Father put these numbers into google earth it should take you right to where you need to be. 48°22’21.16″N 122° 9’58.07″W.

    If anyone else here can provide any further info please do, thanks!

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  3. Patti Orrico says:

    How far is the walk from the road to the pits or digging areas? We were thinking of taking our 5 & 7 year old grandkids to go look for geodes tomorrow but want to make sure it is doable since we will drive about 2 hours to get there. Any tips are appreciated.

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  4. Spence says:

    I was there on Sunday an there are quite a few spots to dig but it can be discouraging because they are not easy to find you could be digging for hours an not find any so just keep that in mind

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