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Large, promising claim, good spots hard to get to

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Brandon Cooper
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This was my first claim I have ever been to. This claim is huge and most of it is hard to access without cutting through thick bush and lots of blackberry and poison oak and steep slopes. Once you get down to the creek there are TONS of spots to prospect; by the looks of it, hardly anyone comes to this claim. Very clean, no trash, and there is a nice flat spot to camp out about 150 yards past the power plant ( you will see a "half well" dug into the ground to the left of the trail that goes down to the creek past the power plant, this is where I camped). I worked the bend right after the power plant and then a bench hidden in some trees about 200 feet down from the bend. There are a lot of huge boulders to dig around that create some great low pressure zones. There wasn't a lot of bedrock exposed but the areas that were hadn't been touched in quite some time. I also wasn't able to find a good spot to set my sluice up because the river was too slow and deep in most parts due to the huge amount of large boulders everywhere (at least in the spot I was at). There is lots of river to work in this claim and I will definitely be back again. The only thing that worries me is most of the claim comes after the power plant and I heard that its not wise to prospect after a dam part of a river/creek. The part before the power plant is the easiest access so I assumed it has been worked pretty well. Another thing is that the claim portion is pretty narrow and doesnt allow for benches to be created. I did some test panning but only found really fine flour gold ( and not much of it). There was lots of black sand though. Again, this was my first time at a claim so I am sure there are tons of characteristics of this claim I did not recognize or overlook, I could also being pulling a lot of rookie mistakes. lots of fun at this claim. I had carried out two 5 gallon buckets of crevice dirt and boulder dirt and will process it at some point this week. Will let you know if there is gold!


there is gold on this claim

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Brandon Cooper
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10/16/18 - Update to my first post I made. I finally got around to classifying and panning the two 5 gallon buckets I brought home. 1/4" classifier used which sorted it down to about 3/4 of a 5 gallon bucket.

I havent even panned through half the bucket and I am getting some flakes and lots of flour gold.

All the material I got was basically from one large (slightly deep) crevice from the bench in the treeline I mentioned and then I dug under a small waterfall. Although this claim is pretty rugged to maneuver through I will definitely be back!


Clean claim

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Michael Ontiveros
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Google maps will get you there. Quite a bit of poison oak and ivy both me an my hunting buddy got it, long sleeve and gloves should be considered. Found a little color all flood gold. Lots of shade on this claim.


Difficult to access

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Jeff Utberg
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There may be gold here, but I'll never know because I wasn't able to find a place to prospect. This claim is easy to drive to (easy to find, all paved roads, no parking issues); the problem is accessibility once you get there. The claim is located in an extremely steep canyon where there's very dense vegetation (including poison oak) and apart from the short dirt road next to Rock Creek Bridge that descends down to the creek, there are no other trails (the short dirt road ends at about the northern edge of the claim and is the only spot where you'll find an easily accessible clearing to reach a small section of the creek). If you're skeptical about what I'm saying here, check out this video posted by a GPAA member who also tried unsuccessfully to access the claim:

I visited in July 2017 after the wet winter, so the creek was running deep, wide and fast. The creek would probably be best visited very late in the year or in a dry year when the creek is down to a trickle so you can just walk through it from the access point at the bridge that I previously described. So I may return to give it another chance.


Beautiful Day at Rock Creek

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Leon Lockhart
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Water was a little cold and I found a little gold.