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Crystal Peak

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General Info

Pegmatites on Crystal Peak, a pyramidal mountain a few miles north of Florissant, have produced some of the best amazonite, smoky quartz and topaz in Colorado. Smoky quartz crystals larger than 100 pounds have been found. Mitchell talks about Crystal Peak on page 70 of his book. Most of the mountain is now private property.

Minerals

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Amazonite - Can be dark green to robins-egg blue to medium blue. Dianne and Dan Kile found crystals (some as Manebach twins) up to 25 cm. Some of them had dark smoky quartz crystals attached; another had a 9 cm fluorite crystal on it. (Muntyan)

Cassiterite - J. W. Hurianek found a 6 mm black crystal on amazonite on the eastern flank of this location.

Fluorite - Can be purple, lavender, green, gray or clear. Dianne and Dan Kile found a 9 cm lavender-colored crystal that was perched on an amazonite crystal. (Muntyan)

Goethite - Often as black or dark brown radiating balls.

Smoky Quartz - Crystals have been reported to weigh over 100 pounds and some doubly terminated crystals as long as 16 inches were reported recently, according to Voynick.

Topaz - Occur as colorless, pale yellow, pale green or pale blue. May be double terminated. Associated with amazonite, phenakite, smoky quartz and zircon.

Other Notable Minerals
Feldspar, Hematite, Muscovite, Quartz

Field Trip Reports

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References

  • B. Muntyan (c), 1988, "The Mineral Record" (Vol. 19 No. 3, May/June, pg. 215)
  • S. Voynick, 1995, Colorado Rockhounding (ISBN 0-87842-292-7)
  • J. R. Mitchell, 1997, Gem Trails of Colorado (ISBN 0-935182-91-8)
  • E. Raines, 2001, "Rocks & Minerals" (Vol. 76, September/October, pgs. 298-325)
  • J. A. Murphy and P. J. Modreski, 2002, "Rocks & Minerals" (Vol. 77, July/August, pgs. 218-238)
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