More on Where to Prospect: a "Miner's Miner" Speaks Up (Conclusion)
(It's hard going as you get farther up the Yuba watershed...eventually, you'll be on foot.)
Here's more from veteran placer and hard rock gold miner Stan M.:
"No Claims Whatsoever"
"Based on that geologist's statements, I once took a trip to the 6,000-foot area of the Yuba River headwaters to look that area over...the mountains there look like saw teeth standing on end. At the time though, I was already too old and too out of shape to even attempt much."
"Anyway, that geologist's report may have been a little bit optimistic in terms of the 300-foot wide and 13-foot deep areas of rich placer gravels, but everything else was exactly as he reported it to be as best I can remember. There are no claims whatsoever at the 6,000-foot level in those mountains. (You know, I still have that report laying around here somewhere but it'd take an immense amount work for me to find it!)"
"Fortitude, Stamina, and Persistence"
"Getting back to Northern California and Siskiyou County, there are lots of creeks around Happy Camp, the Seiad Valley, and Hamburg that produce gold. At the upper ends where they reach the Oregon border, Thompson Creek and Indian Creek are nearly claim free. Some of the biggest gold ever found in Siskiyou County came out of those two creeks."
Gold Prospecting and Mining Tips
"I'm sure, like you said, that the easy gold locations are gone. But who wants an easy spot that's been picked clean of gold anyway? You have to have the fortitude, the stamina, and the persistence to get out there and look for the good stuff. It's still out there and if I were a younger man, that's what I'd do. In my mind, if someone has to be told where to go, I don't think that person is very serious about gold prospecting and mining."
"Very Rich in Gold"
"Let me tell you a true story about Titus Creek, just west of Happy Camp. I have a good friend who's lived in Happy camp all his life...he's a member of the Karuk Indian Tribe of this area. When he was 16 his uncle came to him for help...it seems my friend's uncle had found a rich vein of gold that crossed Titus Creek (this is in the Independence area which is very rich in gold)."
(As Stan M. can tell you, the Siskiyous and the Klamath wilderness are rough and tumble in many locations, including around Titus Creek.)
"Titus Creek runs on the south side of the Klamath River...it's between 5-7 miles long and located in extremely rough terrain. If someone took a good gold detector into that area and had the stamina to walk Titus Creek detecting from bank-to-bank, I'm sure that vein of gold could be found. At the time my friend was more interested in his new car and girls never did anything about it. Now he doesn't know exactly where on Titus Creek the gold was."
"Hope all is well with you Jim...I really enjoy reading your 'Bedrock Dreams.'"
All of you take note what Stan has said in these two posts. He reiterates what I've said time and time again in "Bedrock Dreams."
If you REALLY want to recover good gold you're gonna have to get off your duff and go to where the good gold is...wherever it is. And I can tell you right now that's not gonna be in a stream 15 feet from a parking turnout off Highway 49, the same worked over public panning area, or some borderline/hard-scrabble prospecting club claim.
If you don't believe me, then you need to believe Stan.
(My sincere thanks to Stan for sharing his views and experience with us all.)
If you liked this post, you may want to read: "A Basic Mining Plan of Attack"
(c) Jim Rocha (J.R.) 2012
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