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Thread: Headed up to Yankee Jims soon

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  1. #1
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    Sep 2016
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    Headed up to Yankee Jim's soon

    It will be my first time out panning this year and I'm going to be bringing my dad for the first time to YJ. Really looking forward to spending the day out there. Any rule changes I need to know about before heading out? I'm always asking, but they always seem to be changing. I would like to bring my sluice and some shovels, and last year it seemed like that was ok. IS it this year? Is the road passable in a crossover SUV? Anyone want to recommend a decent spot along there or somewhere near?

    Thanks all, and having this board is great. Thanks to Goldenmojo for always helping me out through PM as well!
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    Jun 2008
    Murphys, CA
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    I THINK I have a FOOTPRINT of the area. I'll check. If in there, you need to go to BunksArizonaProspecting to get one for only $80. Even if not in the FP, it will give you other FANTASTIC areas to pan/sluice. ╦╦


    Edit: Nope. YJ's is on the North Fork of the American. I have the Middle Fork. I will soon get the North Fork.
    Last edited by TerryC; Aug 11, 2017 at 01:21 PM.
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    10, 20,000 in that little purse. Oh, if this were only somebody else's wedding! The Godfather

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    Thanks for checking. I just looked up what a footprint is and I'm still a bit confused. It shows you where people are finding gold? Or where its ok to pan? Thanks
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    RudeBoy. The hands/pans went into effect so if you are openly carrying tools at YJ you could possibly get hassled. Everything got covered in 1-2' of sterile sand but the water is down. I would opt to go to the Bear River day use area. There is no charge, you can drive right to it, u can sluice, no hassles by the man, 300' walk to the gold and you will get more color that what you will get at YJ. Go to the large day use parking lot on Plum tree road in colfax. Take the easy path 300-500' upstream and go to the cobble bar. From 1/2 way to the end of the bar it is torn up but it is sloppy. Everyone thinks it is worked out but Look for patches of cobble laying flat and untouched or large areas of sluice wash covering untouched ground. These areas have an orange layers directly under the first layer of cobble that is a foot deep and the best color is there. Under that is either a brown layer that has less gold but better chance of pickers or a muck gray clay. Where the gray muck is the orange on top is gravel filled muck. Scrape the orange off or bring a screen or piece of expanded metal and dig a scoop of two colored and turn it upside down and scrape the orange across the grate down to the worthless gray clay then toss it. Sample for the best spots but with a little work you will get good color. PM me if you need any other info.

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    Last trip to the cobble bar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RudeBoyPanning View Post
    Thanks for checking. I just looked up what a footprint is and I'm still a bit confused. It shows you where people are finding gold? Or where its ok to pan? Thanks
    Go to bunksarizonaprospecting to get an eyeball on what is offered. You can even call him directly for "hands on" advice, but he is very busy. The Footprint is made for miners by miners. I would not be alone in saying it is the BEST place to get the scoop on an area. Goldenmojo (et al) are also local experts. ╦╦
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    Jun 2008
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    Quote Originally Posted by goldenmojo View Post
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    Last trip to the cobble bar.

    Joe, give me a call when you can. Tnx. Terry
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    10, 20,000 in that little purse. Oh, if this were only somebody else's wedding! The Godfather

  8. #8

    Jun 2017
    Oakland
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    FYI: the road down from the Forest Hill side is a longer drive but much nicer.. more turnouts and wider, less traffic.. water is low and warm on Shirt Tail Creek.
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    SNIPER

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    Quote Originally Posted by b-a-r View Post
    FYI: the road down from the Forest Hill side is a longer drive but much nicer.. more turnouts and wider, less traffic.. water is low and warm on Shirt Tail Creek.
    Notice any difference in the color on shirt tail following the big winter?
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  10. #10

    Jun 2017
    Oakland
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    Quote Originally Posted by SchoolOfHardRocks View Post
    Notice any difference in the color on shirt tail following the big winter?
    Not really.. been doing some relic detecting .. there's a lot of sluff from the road hillside and a ton of poison oak... some food gold.. Chinese really worked this creek hard back in the day so... :/
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  11. #11
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    May 2009
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    the area above Y.J. bridge is BLM surrounded by BOR land...shirttail creek is BOR and private....BOR south of the bridge and the BLM has 180 acres under claim.


    Make sure you know where you are putting your feet... most the gold in the ground in that area belongs to others.

    The blm land is from the bridge up stream for a bit more than half a mile...the next open blm land is about a mile up from the bridge..


    Know before you go

  12. #12
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    May 2009
    Sailor Flat, Ca.
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    Federal Public Lands & Rockhounding | Gator Girl Rocks

    https://www.usbr.gov/lands/

    just because people hit B.O.R areas prospecting and rockhounding isn't typically allowed even in an area that doesn't have a dam or facility.

    We don't need more people harping on prospectors...so pleas don't just assume that because your out in the woods that you are somewhere that it is legal to dig or detect.
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  13. #13
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    SNIPER

    Apr 2014
    Manteca, CA
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    Thanks goldwasher for a reminder of the rules... and we will remember to have fun also (you left that part out) 🏼
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