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  1. #1
    Feb 2013
    Crestline, Ca.
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    Cool Mill Creek? Highway 38 east of San Bernardino, Ca.

    Has anyone here ever prospected the creek that runs along hwy. 38 from Mentone out past Forest Falls? I did a job up the road from there a while back & have always wanted to try a pan or two since the San Bernardino mountains have been known for gold in the past. Also has anyone ever tried prospecting in Waterman canyon? the creek there is very small, usually not enough current to use a sluice but I drive up it a couple times a week & have been curious!

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    Oct 2012
    Southern California
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Back in 96 my Cousin and I worked a creek like that on the 38 on the back side just below walker pass. It was so small I could straddle the creek.
    We funneled all the water into my A52 and had to trench the creek bed down under the sluice about a foot deep and maybe 10' down stream to the get the flow fast enough. We did almost 30 buckets that weekend and found only 1 good picker, no flakes no flour, hardly any black sand. That was real weird. That hasn't ever happened before or since. I was told that creek was part of the South Fork Santa Anna river system. The picker was as big as a air rifle pellet. It showed up in the 2nd bucket. We assumed we would find more. Wrong.
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    Feb 2018
    Southern California
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    I have... I think the Gold is hiding... but its THERE...

  4. #4
    Apr 2012
    Reno NV
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    Intrusive rock abounds, mostly N of the road, wouldn't be surprised - Tonalite - Quartz diorite - Monzonite.
    Hey save your gold dust, you'll need to give change when the dollar goes south !

  5. #5
    Charter Member
    Nov 2010
    The Great Southwest
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    The creek itself is all private property along Hwy 38 except a small area near Mt Home.

    Pretty much everything south of the Hwy is off limits. To the north away from the creek there is some open land but be careful, there are some mining claims on the north side.

    Once 38 turns north most of the area around the Hwy is private land. The wilderness is to the east.

    There are a few spots, outside the creek, in that area you might be able to legally prospect. It might take some research.

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