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  1. #1
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    Apr 2009
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    Prospecting near Palm Desert - Updated

    I will be vacationing in Palm Desert, CA around the end of January.
    Coming from Ohio, I would like to try a bit of prospecting.
    Can anyone recommend some (public?) areas that can be reasonably accessed from Palm Desert area?
    Not a member of GPAA at this time.
    I have gold pans and a PI detector if it would be worthwhile to bring along.
    Thanks!

    -Scott

    Now that we're back, here' a trip report...

    Got back from our Palm Desert vacation, had an absolutely wonderful
    trip.
    First, some observations from a native Ohioan:
    1. The desert can get really cold at night!
    2. There is a lot more life in the desert than one would expect from
    watching old westerns on television!
    3. There is actually much more shooting going on in the desert now than
    ever took place in the old westerns, based on the impressive scattering
    of shell casings we saw - everywhere!

    I was able to devote two entire days to prospecting on this trip. Spent
    one day touring the Dale mining district around 29 Palms, checked out
    quite a few abandoned mines, and found some places to nugget shoot with
    my detector - no luck there unfortunately, but the hunting was fun!

    The second trip was sluicing in the San Gabriel river - I basically spent the day
    pulling material from behind and underneath a boulder the size of half a
    car. The sluicing produced some gold - a couple of decent-sized flakes,
    and a lot of finer stuff.

    As a first-time prospector, I have to say this trip was far more fun and
    interesting than I ever thought it would be, and most of the credit for
    that goes to Jim and Sue Jeffrey of the American Prospector Treasure
    Seeker store in Temecula. They are two wonderful people, very generous
    with their time, very knowledgeable, and their store in Temecula is a
    great place to find tools, equipment for all kinds of gold prospecting,
    and a good place to find out about gold in Southern California. Their
    time and support helped us make the most of our short time to devote to
    prospecting, and they get our highest recommendation. They spent an entire
    day with us out in the Dale Mining district! And then Jim invites me for a sluicing trip
    to the San Gabriel river! Check out their web site (aptsgold.com) and if you are prospecting in the area, give
    them a call! There is also a very good article about them in the Jan/Feb 2011 issue of the GPAA Magazine.
    Jim and Sue were our best "finds" of the trip!

    -Scott

  2. #2
    us
    Aug 2010
    Texas
    H3 element detector, JeoHunter Dual 3-D Imaging Detector
    248
    14 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Prospecting near Palm Desert

    Hi Scott....

    I grew up near there as a youngster... There are several areas where you can search...

    Not too far from there, up towards 29 Palms... and also near Old Woman Springs are some areas you may want to metal detect....

    There are lots and lots of dry washes around there... who knows what you might find...(be careful of flash floods...those dry washes can become a real death trap when it rains really hard...)

    Ask a local rock shop owner where the best places to go...

    If you can get into the San Bernardino Mountains, near Big Bear... go to Holcome Valley... there was a minor gold rush there in the late 1800's .. Many years ago I found a 1 ounce nugget in the rock foundation of an old miner's cabin... could hardly tell it was a building foundation at first... I don't remember what kind of detector I was using... but the nugget was well worn.. just a slug, as it were...

    Good luck and have fun...and enjoy your trip...

    Klondike...

  3. #3
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    Apr 2009
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    Re: Prospecting near Palm Desert

    Quote Originally Posted by Klondikeike
    Hi Scott....

    I grew up near there as a youngster... There are several areas where you can search...

    Not too far from there, up towards 29 Palms... and also near Old Woman Springs are some areas you may want to metal detect....

    There are lots and lots of dry washes around there... who knows what you might find...(be careful of flash floods...those dry washes can become a real death trap when it rains really hard...)

    Ask a local rock shop owner where the best places to go...

    If you can get into the San Bernardino Mountains, near Big Bear... go to Holcome Valley... there was a minor gold rush there in the late 1800's .. Many years ago I found a 1 ounce nugget in the rock foundation of an old miner's cabin... could hardly tell it was a building foundation at first... I don't remember what kind of detector I was using... but the nugget was well worn.. just a slug, as it were...

    Good luck and have fun...and enjoy your trip...

    Klondike...
    Klondike:

    Thanks very much for your kind reply. Will definitely check out 29 Palms and the rest. I am in touch with a prospecting shop in Temecula, and the folks there seemed good to talk with; we're going there before going out. We like to drive, and this is going to be such a fun excursion, I can't wait to get there! Not much native gold in Ohio, unfortunately. I'll post again after the trip, I'm sure there will be a story...seems like there always is

    -Scott

  4. #4
    us
    Aug 2010
    Texas
    H3 element detector, JeoHunter Dual 3-D Imaging Detector
    248
    14 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Prospecting near Palm Desert

    Thanks for you reply...

    I wish you well on your trip and experience, Scott...

    I hope you know that Temecula is a long ways from Palm Desert... and in a different mining district...actually not much gold there at all... but from there south is some Tourmaline mines.... especially near the Mount Polomar Observatory area...

    Good luck and hope you have a good report when you return...

    Klondike...

  5. #5
    us
    Jun 2007
    Simi Valley California
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    Re: Prospecting near Palm Desert

    I was just at 29 palms (Marine Base) visiting my daughter and her husband over the weekend. I took a bucket to grab some dirt but by the time we were on the road to come back it was dark and I didn;t get anything. Lots of good looking areas though.

 

 

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