|Topaz with blue tint from Tarryall area.|
|The Hayman Fire made topaz hunting easier.|
Pilot Peak is in the background.
East of the China Wall (a prominent granite landmark in the area) Mutakat Road (Forest Road 211) winds it way near an area where a number of mineral claims are producing gem topaz. The Petra Placer is one of these claims. Rich Fretterd, a member of the Lake George Gem and Mineral Club, staked the Petra Placer in April, 2004 after discovering a number of fine topaz specimens. The name of the claim comes from the Latin word petra, meaning rock or stone. The Petra Placer is southeast of Pilot Peak (SW1/4 Ne1/4 Sec. 12 T. 11S, R72W).
|A Petra Placer topaz crystal.|
|Sifting gravel yields topaz.|
|Clear topaz crystal from the Petra Placer|
|Topaz crystal perched on smoky quartz.|