E-1 LOWER ELK CREEK CLAIMS


LOCATION

RIVER: Elk Creek

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

ABOUT THE CLAIM

Have a primitive access road leading to them, which can be found 1.9 miles up Elk Creek Road, on the right hand side. The New 49'ers do not have a New 49'er directional sign posted here at the request of local private property owners, but the access road is available to our members. It is not difficult to find because it is the only one leading toward the creek within the vicinity. There is a Forest Service "Sale Area Boundary" sign posted just beyond this access road. The access road is narrow and bumpy and extend .33 of a mile down to the creek. I suggest you look before driving in! There is no room to turn a trailer around at the bottom. Because there is so little room at the bottom, the New 49'ers ask members do not camp down there. The upper creek boundary is posted on a tree several hundred yards downstream form the road access point. The lower boundary is also posted on a tree alongside the creek.

PROSPECTS


Because of the difficult access, very little prospecting has been done on this claim. However, this section of Elk Creek is proven to carry rich gold deposits, so the prospects look excellent.

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E-2 EAST FORK OF ELK CREEK CLAIMS




LOCATION

RIVER: Elk Creek

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

ABOUT THE CLAIM

Can be located by turning left on Forest Service road #45N19, just before the 5 mile bridge on Elk Creek. The first creek access and camping area is located about .75 of a mile up this road. There is a New 49'er directional sign pointing the way. The access road is primitive and narrow, and we recommend you look before driving into this area. There is very little room at the bottom to turn a trailer around. There is no lower boundary posted, because these claims connect to the E-3 Elk Creek claims at the confluence of Elk Creek and East Fork of Elk Creek. The upper creek boundary is posted alongside the road .3 of mile beyond a green gate. There is also an access point and small campground at this location. The remainder of the creek is reasonably accessible from the main road. Watch out for poison oak!

PROSPECTS


This is an excellent place to learn how to dredge, because the creek is shallow, boulders are generally not big problem, the gravel is generally shallow to bedrock and there are gold nuggets. The Nuggets are associated with hardpacked streambed and lie along the bedrock in the cracks. The claim is quite long and for the most part has not been tested or mined. The gold tends to be a bit spotty, so you have to have some patience. When you find it, it tends to be in small pockets along the bedrock. The prospects for gold recovery on these claims are good.

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E-3 ELK CREEK CLAIMS AT THE 5-MILE BRIDGE




LOCATION

RIVER: Elk Creek

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

ABOUT THE CLAIM

The lower creek boundary is marked .1 of a mile upstream form the 5 mile bridge on Elk Creek Road. The 5 mile bridge is the first bridge which crosses Elk Creek. The first creek access and campground is located about .2 of a mile further upstream. When dredging in this area, please be careful not to disturb or undermine the special boulder fish weirs which have been constructed to improve the fishery habitat. The is a second access road and camping and camping area located 1.3 miles further up Elk Creek Road from the 5 mile bridge. The access road is a bit narrow and we suggest you look before driving in. The upper creek boundary is posted on a tree alongside the creek.

PROSPECTS


Members have done exceptionally well on these claims using dredges. The gold seems to come off bedrock and out of the lowest strata of gravels. Lots of nuggets and jewelry gold. Several members come back year after year to dredge these claims. Gravel depth can be shallow to 8 or 9 feet thick, depending on location. Most of the member activity has been at the lower portion of these claims. Prospects for the upper portion look just as promising.

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E-4 ELK CREEK CLAIMS AT THE 10-MILE BRIDGE




LOCATION

RIVER: Elk Creek

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

ABOUT THE CLAIM

Can be reached by driving a little more than nine miles up Elk Creek Road and watching for the first substantial road that turns left. There is bridge, which is located at about the center of the claims. After crossing the bridge, you can turn right or left to gain access to camping and other creek access points further up or downstream on Elk Creek. If you go downstream, you will be turning left on Forest Service road #15N02, and you will find the lower creek boundary posted on a tree .6 of a mile alongside the road. There are various primitive access roads extending down toward the creek. The last one is best and is marked with a New 49'er directional sign. This access road extends directly to the creek. The upper end of the creek claims can be located by continuing upstream on Elk Creek Road. The upper creek boundary is posted on a tree alongside the road .5 mile upstream from the 10-mile bridge.

PROSPECTS


There has been very little prospecting and mining activity on these claims, even though the area has a rich gold mining history, with old mine workings along the banks near Doolittle Creek. We had several members say that they found good gold while dredging in the creek near the lowest access point toward the lower end of the claim. Other than that, we don't have much more information. But because of past mining history on this area, we know the prospects are good.

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E-5 ELK CREEK CLAIMS AT SULPHUR SPRINGS




LOCATION

RIVER: Elk Creek

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

ABOUT THE CLAIM

Can be located by driving up Elk Creek Road 3 miles beyond the 10 mile bridge. Follow the signs leading to Sulfur Springs - which is located at the lower end of our claims. Because Sulfur Springs is a popular area for other outdoor recreation enthusiasts, we ask you not to camp or mine in the immediate special staging vicinity. There are several access roads and camping areas further upstream. The upstream boundary is posted 1 mile further up the road from Sulfur Springs.

PROSPECTS


Several members have spent substantial time dredging on these claims and have stories of finding gold nuggets on the bedrock. We understand that bedrock is shallow in places and is accessible by rolling one layer of boulders back. Otherwise, very little prospecting activity has occurred on these claims.

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