Prospecting Cache Creek with Caleb -- 29 May 15
Last Post 19 Jul 2015 09:15 AM by Robert DeMoss. 4 Replies.
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RANDY WITHAMUser is Offline
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30 May 2015 08:32 AM

    Hey GPAA Gold Prospectors...

    Well, with the Ark now flowing over 1,000 CFS at the Granite gauge.......it's time to focus again on Cache Creek for gold prospecting fun...

    I guided a full-day "gold adventure" outing yesterday for Caleb from Kansas.  We hit my favorite little dry gulch for some panning & sluicing fun.  The day was perfect, 50/50 sun, light breeze, cool temps, and we didn't get poured on even once with a big thundershower!   :wink:

    We arrived about 9:30AM, setup our sluices and walked up the gulch to look for some good material to run.  Part way up I spotted some layering I liked on the sidewall and we each dug a bucket, screening out rocks with my 1/2 inch classifier and as much magnetite as possible with my big rare earth magnet.  We sample panned the dirt and we saw anywhere from 2 to maybe 6 colors and little flakes per pan.  Good enough!  Time to start "washing dirt!"

    I showed Caleb how I setup and adjust and run my Le Trap sluices.  Off to the races by 10 AM we just dug, sluiced and talked...

    Here's Caleb and our sluices all setup:

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    Caleb sluicing gulch material:

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    My favorite little dry gulch.  Wish I could setup a zip line!

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    The spot on the gulch bank we sampled and then worked:

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    Caleb perfecting his diggin' technique:

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    Letting our sluices clear out as we ate lunch before our first cleanup:

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    Beautiful Quail Mountain above, 13,461 feet tall, just covered in snow:

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    At 4 PM we did our second and last cleanup for the day.  Here's the beautiful, chunky Cache Creek gold Caleb took home.  Got nice little picker too!

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    So, overall an awesome day in the hills panning and sluicing and sharing the day with a new gold prospecting friend.  

    I hope you get out on a fun "Gold Adventure" soon too...

    God bless,

    Randy  "C-17A"         www.goldadventures.biz

    Robert DeMossUser is Offline
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    12 Jun 2015 09:36 AM
    randy with the extreme high flows on the ark. what is like at cache creek with all this rain? june 17-20, friends of mine and i are going down there to camp and prospect.
    Robert DeMossUser is Offline
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    12 Jun 2015 09:37 AM
    also randy, how far is the dry gulch from the parking lot?
    RANDY WITHAMUser is Offline
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    12 Jul 2015 06:07 PM

    Robert,

    The "dry gulch" is back by the Granite Cemetery......about 1/4 mile South on County Road 398D, as you turn off County Road 398.  The turn South is about 1.3 miles up, going West from Hwy 24.

    When you get to the Granite Cemetery........park...........walk down the hill to Cache Creek below.  The "dry gulch" runs up the South side of the hill.

    Good luck!

    Randy  "C-17A" 

    Robert DeMossUser is Offline
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    19 Jul 2015 09:15 AM
    went on the arkansas claim last week. found some quartz rock which looks to have copper veins in them. they were green, my guess was copper that had oxidized in the sun. i did manage to find some color between some large rocks submerged in the water. my friend and i are also trying to get into gem and mineral hunting. maybe check out ruby and white mountain next month.
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