AAA Editor Notes
Emerald Creek Garnet Area is 7 mi. n. on SR 3, then 8 mi. w. on gravel FR 447. A .5-mile uphill trail leads to 281 Gulch, one of only two places in the world where star garnets exist (the other is in India). Visitors sluice for the 12-sided crystals using buckets, shovels and screen boxes furnished on-site.
Picnicking is permitted. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.