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CA-8 -- JPL #1
TOWNSHIP, RANGE, SECTION: T46N R11W SECTIONS 22, 27
USGS TOPOGRAPHIC MAP: Hamburg
RIVER OR STREAM: Klamath River
COUNTY: Siskiyou County
This claim is located right on highway 96 just west of Hamburg. There is a camping area at the top end of the claim.
Stay away from the private property to the east, the owner is a real ass. This claim used to be owned by friends of mine (Jeff, Paul and Larry -- hence the name JPL). They used an 8" production dredge up the gut of the river and the deeper banks, so there shouldn't be much there.
I have dredged above and below this claim and the minimum dredge size that is useful here is an 5" dredge. The gravels are deep in places and shallow in others. High Banking is good on the gravel bar across the river, but you'll need a boat to get there. The river is deep on this claim. I have dredged in 30' of water on the claim above here. There is lots of gold on this claim for high banking and larger dredges. 8" dredge would be best though.
CA-10 -- Elk Creek Group
TOWNSHIP, RANGE, SECTION: T15N R7E,8E SECTIONS 19,24,30
USGS TOPOGRAPHIC MAP: Huckleberry Mountain
RIVER OR STREAM: Elk Creek
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.
I am very confused about this group of claims. The New 49'ers have the claims marked as New 49'er claims and the GPAA has it listed in there claim guide as CA-10. The GPAA says the names of the claims are Last Chance, Second Chance, Second Chance #2 and Valley Joe #3. Anyway to get there follow the directions on The New 49'ers claim information page for claim E-4 "Elk Creek Claims at the ten mile bridge". I have got this same conflicting report from several people. It doesn't matter to me because, I belong to both clubs, but it could be confusing to members of just one of the organizations.
Reported by: Douglas and Susan McCrady
In august of 1998 my wife and I, being new members of the GPAA decided to seek out the Elk Creek claims. Living for the past twenty-five years on 180 acres of heavily timbered land in northern California certainly came in handy in or attempts to locate these claims. We did however, locate all of the Elk Creek claims. Grant you it was difficult, but we were successful at locating all of the listed claims. They did not seem to be listed by both organizations (GPAA/New 49er's), the 49er claims were clearly just prior to the beginning of the elk creek group and at the end of the elk creek group. By the time we located the claims it was getting late and we had little time to prospect, however I did find a pinhead sized nugget under some rocks only a few inches down next to the creek. This was just after crossing the bridge and pulling off the right. We are going to return this season. Thank you for you time and your great web site, I love the links.
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.
CA-35 -- The Rose
TOWNSHIP, RANGE, SECTION: T3N,R15E,SECTION 21
USGS TOPOGRAPHIC MAP: Columbia SE
COUNTY: Tuolume County
From Columbia in the California Mother Lode, take Italian Bar Road (Columbia's Main Street) north and east past the LDMA property at Italian Bar. At the first fork beyond Italian Bar, bear left. At the second fork, bear right. Follow the small dirt road on the right just before crossing Rose Creek. Good Parking Area. Access not suitable for wide, high or long vehicles.
Reported by Richard Carl. Camping quarter mile from claim and it is a downhill walk. Watch out for mosquitoes and poison oak they are plentiful on this claim. Ok camping, good size turnaround. No open fires!!!!
The river gravel yield nice color. High bank the hillside and bring gravel to the stream to wash. Normal is 2 to 4 Dwt. per day with nice size nuggets.
CA-54 --ADK 1 & 2
TOWNSHIP, RANGE, SECTION: T29S,R39E,SECTION 12
USGS TOPOGRAPHIC MAP: El Paso Peaks - Garlock
RIVER OR STREAM: Dry Placer Goler Gulch
COUNTY: Kern County
Please refer to the GPAA Claims Guide.
Reported by Richard Carl
Best time to work is mid summer, but work at night because it is too windy in the fall. Area is very windy. Dry wash at night and pan under an awning or in shade during the day. Lots of mines around to explore (beware of shafts), good camping. Randsburg has services. Be sure to visit Schmidts tunnel in the El Paso Peak area. Look for Garlock on Garlock Road you will find a large well on highway turn north in wash go 1 mile. Claim is on side of hill clearly marked with 4x4 white posts (one of the few clearly marked gpaa claims). Binoculars help white posts stand out in red dirt of Goler Wash.
Good gold here. Gold is concentrated in gullies, usually small nuggets (pinheads). Richard said he pulled 2 Dwt. in 4 hours at the divide between 1 and 2 in a wash area.