S-1 SCOTT RIVER CLAIM




LOCATION

RIVER: Scott River Claim

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

ABOUT THE CLAIM

Located 3.5 miles up the Scott River from its confluence with the Klamath. Watch for the 49'er claim sign on a tree along the left side of the Scott River Road. Just beyond the sign, there is a primitive access road that leads down to the river. The access road is narrow and bumpy. Look before you drive in! There is camping down by the river. Please leave room for other to turn around at the bottom of the road, should they drive down there without knowing you are there first. The upper boundary sign is posted alongside the river, just down river from another access road and cabin. The lower boundary adjoins private property along the river. Watch for the appropriate posted signs. There is an upper access road .3 of a mile further up Scott River Road on the right side. This is Forest Service road #45N16. You will find a path on the left side, about .1 of a mile up this road. The path leads to one of the 49'ers popular metal detecting areas. There is camping .2 of a mile further up this road. Our claim up in this area adjoins private property just a bit further up the road. Watch for the appropriate posted signs.

PROSPECTS


The upper claim area, up into the old hydraulic workings, has been producing gold nuggets for members using metal detectors. There has been just a little work on the lower end, along the river. Several members were finding gold nuggets and jewelry gold in the river, alongside the bank, just at the bottom of the access road. There's a path that leads directly to where they were dredging. They said the gold came out from around the boulders. Several other members had very good luck about a quarter mile downriver, around the corner, at the base of a set of rapids. They were finding nice sized jewelry gold, up to half ounce sized nuggets, in and around the boulders. They finally gave up for lack of having a mechanical winch to help move the boulders around. The prospects on this claim look very good!

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T-1 LOWER THOMPSON CREEK CLAIMS




LOCATION

RIVER: Thompson Creek

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

ABOUT THE CLAIM

Are located on Thompson Creek, which is 10.9 miles upriver from Happy Camp. The creek is marked with a sign on the Hwy. 96 bridge which crosses the creek. Since there is private property at the lower end of the creek (Thompson Creek Lodge), the claims must be accessed by a Forest Service road which is located .3 of a mile towards Happy Camp on Hwy. 96 from Thompson Creek. The Forest Service road is #18N01. Since the claims take in most of the entire creek, there are several points of access. Approximately 1.6 miles up the #18N02 access road, it splits three ways. Taking the right hand road will lead you to the lower end of the claims (T-1 Lower Thompson Creek Claims). The middle road will take you to about the center of the claims (to the upper end of T-1 and lower end of T-2) The left turn will lead you to the top of the mountain - and by a series of toads, will lead you to the upper Thompson Creek claims (T-2 Upper Thompson Creek Claims). To access the lower end of T-1, Take the right hand split in the road. The road will lead you to a small bridge that crosses Thompson Creek 1.3 miles from the split. Just before the bridge you can take a right turn into a camping area and creek access. The lower creek boundary is posted on a tree approximately 200 yards down the creek from the bottom of the campground. You can also take a left turn just before the small bridge that will take you onto a 4WD very primitive road, which splits left and right, just after crossing a small feeder creek. Both of these primitive roads are overgrown with brush and may require some work before use. They lead to creek access points further upstream. There is limited camping space in both areas. I highly suggest you look before driving into these areas! There is another lower creek access and camping area which can be reached by crossing over the small bridge and taking an immediate left up another primitive road. I suggest you look before driving in. To reach the upper access area of T-1, rather than take the right split in the road (1.6 miles up #18N01 from Hwy. 96) which leads you to the small bridge, you would take the center split in the road and follow it 4 miles from the split. Watch for a large gravel pile on the right. There are two directional signs posted on a tree alongside the road. One points straight forward which leads to mid way along T-2. The right hand turn follows an overgrown and primitive road which leads to a parcel of private property. The private property is what separates T-1 from T-2. Watch for the appropriate posted signs. There is limited camping at the bottom. The bottom of the road is just upstream from the upper boundary of T-1. There were many slides up here in 1996 and I am not sure of the current condition of the roads. If anyone knows this please email and I will update this information.

PROSPECTS


Thompson Creek has good gold, and much of it is big and slabby. One old timer (named Briggs) found a pocket of gold up Thompson Creek that was so rich, he was able to retire. His gold was found in slabs - which is typical of Thompson Creek gold. Members have found gold all along T-1, wherever they have dredged. Some do better along the edges, and some find it in the center of the creek. The gold seems to be associated with boulders and bedrock. The gold is spotty - meaning that in some places you find none, and in other places you find plenty. Because access is not easy on most of T-1, member dredging has been limited to the direct access areas. We had several members doing well at highbanking in a gravel bar below the lowest campground, several years ago. They were finding fine gold and flakes in the stream bed gravels. Overall, the prospects look excellent. If you are dredging, you must reach bedrock, most often in the boulders, in order to do well. Some areas have bedrock exposed or within a foot or two. Others areas have several feet, or up to 9 feet of gravel and material on top of bedrock.

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T-2 UPPER THOMPSON CREEK CLAIMS




LOCATION

RIVER: Thompson Creek

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

ABOUT THE CLAIM

Can be reached by following the center split in the Forest Service #18N01 road (the split is 1.6 miles up the road from Hwy. 96). Follow the road 4 miles further until you see a large gravel pile on the right. There are New 49'er claim directional signs posted here on the left side of the road. You can reach the lower end of T-2 by following a primitive road (as covered in my write up about T-1). The lower boundary of T-2 adjoins the private property located along the creek at the lower end of the road. Watch for the appropriate boundary signs. The mid-point of T-2 can normally be reached by continuing straight on the road past the gravel pile. However, winter storms have caused the road to slide out several above, which prevents further passage at this time. There is a very primitive road which extends down to the Woods Mine, which is located at the upper end of the T-2 claims. This primitive road which can be found approximately 9 miles north on the Slater Butte road #19N01, from where it meets hwy. 96 on Cade Mountain, approximately 3 miles east of Happy Camp. The Slater Butte road is a good road which heads over the mountains into Oregon. You can also reach the Slater Butte road by taking the left split in 18N01, 1.6 miles up from Hwy. 96 The Woods Mine access road is not easy to drive. I suggest you look before driving in. Small 4WD vehicles are best. Directions, also, are not easy. I suggest you use a Forest Service map and ask for help with directions from the New 49'er office, or from the Happy Camp Ranger Station. The Woods Mine is an old hard rock mine, and is not part of the 49'er mining property. The 49'ers do have the claims along the creek, just below the mine.

PROSPECTS


The upper section of Thompson Creek, in and around the Woods Mine area, has a good history of providing gold deposits. Old time Happy Camp residents still talk today about making their livings and supporting their families from placer mining in this area during the Great Depression. Because of the difficult access, there has been very little, if any, dredging and prospecting on the upper T-2 claims. The lower t-2 claims have had limited activity, with members saying the gold they recovered was in the form of large flakes and slab like shaped nuggets.

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