2021 Geology of bluff along North Beach, Fort Worden


Guide to the Geology of the Bluff along North Beach, Fort Worden

Have you ever looked up at the bluffs while walking along the beach at Fort Worden and wondered how the layers formed?  If so, you’ll want to use this self-guided tour of the North Beach bluff from Fort Worden to North Beach parking lot to learn about what you see.

This long-version of our recent guides describe the geology along a one mile stretch of the north shore, extending westward from Point Wilson at Fort Worden State Park. The walk is less than a mile one way.

The geologic interpretations will provide you with a concise understanding of these beautiful Pleistocene glacial deposits… Have fun and save your questions for the next Quimper Geological Society talks.

06-11-2016 Field trip to two basalt quarries & photos

2016 Field Trip to the New Shine and Penny Creek Basalt Quarries

Saturday, June 11, 2016; 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Leaders: Jeff Tepper, UPS Geology Professors Ken Clark and Jeff Tepper; Carol Serdar Tepper, Geologist

Some things we’ll see and discuss: Regional geology of the Crescent Basalt
Where and why basalts outcrop in the area
Basalt petrology, mineralogy and weathering
Basalt quarry operations and economics of production

Trip leaves from Chimacum High School, travels to Shine Quarry (Port Ludlow), then Penny Creek Quarry (Quilcene), and finishes with an overview from Mount Walker. Returns to Chimacum around 2:30 (all depending upon weather conditions).

Driving: If you are willing to be a carpool driver, please let us know your car type (van, sedan, station wagon, etc.) and how many passengers (and their gear) you can accommodate. All passenger seats must have a functioning seatbelt. Drivers will be reimbursed for gas expenses.

Cost: $10 each, BYO lunch and beverages. Hard hats supplied (or bring your own). You will receive trip details after you are registered. Trip fee is payable (cash or check) at beginning of the trip.

Note: Some hiking over uneven ground. Young children and pets are not allowed, and this will not be an ADA-accessible field trip. Bring rain gear, hat, camera, note pad and hand lens if you have one.