Denny and I wandered around looking for fossils for twenty minutes not really noticing any. There was another group poking around so I asked to see what they were finding. The fossils they found are much smaller and subtle than we expected. After that, we found a few and were on our merry way.
This was geology fieldtrip for GLG 225 Invertebrate Paleontology at NAU. The first stop (along Highway 87/260, 3 miles south of Pine at the Control Road junction), is not listed in the hike description. A few brachipods were found (one guy found an awesome Spiriferoid), but mostly it was a vast amount of crinoid material. One of the grad students said he found a shark tooth at this locality previously.
The second stop was at the locality from the hike description. The photos show specimens from both localities, so I have noted in the captions "Pine Locality" if applicable. Hiking data reflects estimates combined from both localities.
My husband and I decided to try out our cameras and do a little bit of fossil hunting at the Famous Naco site... The really good site was paved over when they relayed out the road as destroying one of the only places we have found some rare echinoderms...
--On the loose to climb a mountain, on the loose where I am free. On the loose to live my life the way I think my life should be...For we only have a moment and a whole world yet to see...I'll be looking for tomorrow on the loose. ---unknown--
average hiking speed 0.73 mph
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.