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DON GREENO
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12 Jan 2024 04:10 PM
    Hi Greg

    WELCOME TO THE CLUB AND TO THE FORUMS!

    The Forums,
    this is the area you should post your questions about Prospecting

    your question is "where do I look?" posted in the Placer Pete's claim guide review


    Where should I look?
    Can someone show me through coordinates or detailed location on where to go for finding gold? Whether it’s with detector or panning? Ive never done this before and I don’t know where to go. Not sure where I should’ve posted this so I posted here, sorry. Anyway thanks for any help. Greg

    ANSWER;
    the claims guide area you were in for claim Placer Pete's is the right place to get the GPS numbers for the INGRES and the CENTER OF CLAIM coordinates
    All the claims are searchable by State and County - Each claim has the GPS numbers for INGRES ( EASIESET ACCESS SPOT) and CENTER. Your printed copy of the CLAIMS GUIDE has all the coordinates to all the corner markers and the center. the pick and shovel gazette has any added claims or omissions - look for updates when you get those.

    you can punch in those numbers into GOOGLE MAPS and it will take you right there. be sure you save those as FAVORITE PLACES so when you are in GOOGLE Maps you will always be able to see yourself on the map in relation to the Claim Markers on your phone. that way when you are walking about you know you are within the boundaries

    your membership already gives you permission to prospect on the GPAA claims- keep your member ID card and Permit with you - I keep mine in my truck where I park.

    there are plenty of places to prospect with a Gold Pan here in Southern California, GPAA claims and public land.

    just about any water way in this state holds GOLD. just about all. that is why theY call California "THE GOLDEN STATE" that is not because it is sunny....NO! it is because WE GOT THE GOLD!!!! LIKE NO OTHER STATE!

    you can Pan or Sluice in the East Fork of the San Gabriel River in Azusa CA if you are in Southern Cal
    Lytle Creek SB ABLE claim in San Bernardino you can pan there too but a walk over a dry river bottom and some bush wacking to get to the water
    Big Bear area - Holcomb claim is closed for snow now but in the spring there is water that runs in some of the gullies enough to pan and maybe even sluice if the run off is flowing. YOU CAN DRY WASH, RECIRCULATE, DETECT you name it.

    the desert claims all are worth a shot metal detecting - some are better than others- check the claims reviews and you will see what I mean - Placer Pete's is a good one to get a small nugget or maybe a big one- many have been found there

    the desert claims are mostly better to dry wash for the finer placer gold in the dirt - I love doing that. But when the winter comes and the heavy rains hit, that is when to take your pan or recirculating system out to the claim and use the big puddles to run your material or to pan. Super fun. just bundle up and be ready for a wet day - the gold recovery is much better in a wet system so those days tend to produce MUCH MUCH MORE GOLD THAN A DRY DAY! we love the winter - check out some of my posts on the Summit claims in San Bernardino County - I have a few YouTube shorts showing the days out too.

    hope you find your share of the Gold.

    Best of luck and Best wishes from
    Don Greeno - Fellow friend and GPAA member

    anyway - hope you have some exciting adventures -

    if you have any other questions you can post them here and you will be notified of any responses - good hunting!
    Joel Thomson
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    14 Jan 2024 12:11 AM
    Don,

    Thanks for the good and detailed answer, as usual!

    Re: "you can Pan or Sluice in the East Fork of the San Gabriel River in Azusa CA if you are in Southern Cal"

    I was surprised to read that the East Fork was open for panning, so I did some Google searching. The clearest answer seems to be from a GPAA Forum topic called "Angeles National Forest" under the Greenhorns group. Searching GPAA forums yields an error page, but Google searching for: "prospecting east fork san gabriel river gpaa angeles" works great. Here's the link in any case:

    https://www.goldprospectors.org/Forum/aft/1119#:~:text=Therefore%2C%20National%20Forest%20System%20lands,or%20any%20other%20mining%20operations.%22

    Gregory, you should read that topic before heading out.
    DON GREENO
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    22 Jan 2024 01:57 PM
    I just read and added some updated information to the East Fork Thread referred to prior - see that for more info on the San Gabriel river
    Joel Thomson
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    22 Jan 2024 06:24 PM
    Don,

    I think you mean the Angeles National Forest thread.

    Thanks for that update!

    Joel T
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