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    Smyth Creek California Gold Prospecting-Season One

    Well, this is the real deal folks. What little prospecting I have been able to do this year has produced a few flakes out of areas that I could not find any flakes at last year. (Thanks Lanny) Feeling better about my abilities but unsatisfied with the amounts, I began a new project on an old known gold producing mine area. I will refer to it as Smyth Creek (pronounce y as i). The site is real but not the name and any pics will be of results with the sluice. Using all I’ve learned here, I was still a little overwhelmed with the place. To keep it simple, manageable and doable, I broke it down to six steps as follows;
    1. Research
    2. Reconnaissance
    3. Access
    4. Sample
    5. Prospect
    6. Mine


    Research. A mine was started at Smyth Creek in the late 1800’s. What led to it was a nugget discovery of well over 40 ounces there. The mine closed about 90 years ago. The area is not claimed and the ones nearby are abandoned. On another gold forum, I met up with an ex- local of the area. He (and his friends) pulled good gold and a picker or two out of Smyth Creek several years ago, when sluices were allowed on site.

    Reconnaissance. There is a two mile path on the mine side of the creek. I have been on the trail once and it was going up the side of a mountain…higher and higher above the creek. Access to the creek at the end of the trail looked like a knotted rope would need to be used. I plan on going on the one mile trail on the opposite side today for a better view of where the mine is located. This should direct me to a more manageable Access point on the mine side. As a side note, a local prospector here told me that two powerful people with the local LEO’s have recently retired/transferred and the new people seem to be content doing their jobs and leaving us alone. Knowing this, I have been shopping around for a large day pack and finally found a good one…for FREE! I think the lady at the thrift store gave it to me so I would stop bothering her about one most every day. The pack is definitely the most important tool I've got since my sluice was completed. It’s going to be great to have something to haul back my samples in…allowing me to use my walking stick and no one will think twice about me grabbing my pack and taking my dog out for a walk at the site.

    That’s where I’m at. If this does not work out, I also have Smyth Creek II in the wings, with the same amount of research already done.

    I need you all to let me know if I missed something or have any ideas what you would do. Thanks!
    We don't fight for gain. We fight for what is rightfully ours.

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    A recent study found that there are just too many studies being done.

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    Good luck at this new prospect Jeff, if there is any thing else you need maybe I can help.....Rob
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    Hey Rob! Good to hear from you! What else you got to sell to me?
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    I have a few things a wet placer miner could use(hand tools) , not to sell but a gift. Spring cleaning for my prospecting shed is about to begin so shoot me a PM with your address again. I just hope that day pack the thrift store lady gave you isn't purple with a large Micky Mouse on back, ha!
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    Thanks Rob! Always can use equipment, I'll pay the shipping. Let me know what you got when you check you're pm.
    LOL! I looked at a lot of those Disney ones...good thing they were too cute...I mean too little.
    Off to search the other side. Pics of the pack coming.
    Last edited by Jeff95531; Mar 12, 2014 at 10:52 AM.
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    A recent study found that there are just too many studies being done.

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    I can see Jeff hiking down the trail now. His trusty dog leading the way and his "Mighty Morphing Power Rangers" backpack mounted between his shoulders....... I know... I'm bad.

    It looks to me like you've got a good handle on things so far Grasshopper. The only thing I would add to your list is a good dose of patience. Don't be a Texas Micky and expect the gold to jump into your pan. Your most valuable tool is located right between your ears! Use it but don't be afraid to tell yourself "I just don't know"! (I did a LOT of that last year!) There's a lot of folks right here on T-Net that are willing to help so don't be afraid to ask for it.
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    Jeff stay safe rappelling down that knotted rope with all that gear strapped to you and hopefully the place is lousy with gold........
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    Quote Originally Posted by goldenmojo View Post
    Jeff stay safe rappelling down that knotted rope with all that gear strapped to you and hopefully the place is lousy with gold........
    I'm 60 pounds overweight, outta shape and 56. Ya gotta start somewhere but rappelling is off my list for now.
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    A recent study found that there are just too many studies being done.

  9. #9

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    There are a lot of "knotted rope" claims around. Some more dangerous than others. one I spent time at, was just 30 yards or so, the rope was just used to help haul back up. Be cautious, and show us some pics of access, when you decide the best way.

  10. #10
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    Before we left yesterday, I busted out everything I thought I would need at the site just in case I stumbled in to the access portion of my plan. You ol timers kinda scared me off the backpack brigade with tales of 80 pounds and four foot long packs. This day pack weighs in at 10 pounds out the door and I LOVE it!

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    Not shown but going in soon is a mini flashlite, mini first aid kit and a headlamp.

    Coming up...Recon: continued...what we found on trail #2
    We don't fight for gain. We fight for what is rightfully ours.

    Just another supporter of Land Matters http://www.mylandmatters.org/ The one stop place for mining matters on public lands!

    CA prospectors check here http://www.mylandmatters.org/Donate/Gift1.html

    A recent study found that there are just too many studies being done.

  11. #11
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    Recon: Trail #2

    Well we got off to a late start so I knew it was going as usual. Totally my fault for sure as I got so into packing the pack. I really had no intention of using the equipment in the area we were going to but I did want to know how I would do packing it in on a trail. Since I could not remember the last time I had done this...it would be a great test. And to be honest, it took me about a 1/2 mile to get into a stride. ( A walking stick is like wearing a seat belt btw...if you haven't tried it yet, I dare ya).

    The path was easy to moderate. Narrow with a makeup of clay, roots, rock, wet decaying leaf matter with a steep slant below. We soon found a mine that was fenced off by F&G and signed accordingly. Karen threw a rock in and it took a few seconds to hit water. The second one we found was downhill and open with no fence. Also found some equipment used while hydra sluicing. On the way back we spotted the only single trail off the main trail. It headed down to the creek, but it was starting to get dark and we continued on. What I didn't see is the other side of the creek for 99% of the time. If it wasn't early spring, I wouldn't have even got that! Ah well.

    It was a good shake down run for me and we all got some exercise. Saw some nice scenery, had the entire area to ourselves the whole time, dogs had a blast with waterfalls all along the way.

    Next time it's back to Trail 1 and find that access!
    Last edited by Jeff95531; Mar 13, 2014 at 09:23 AM.
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    We don't fight for gain. We fight for what is rightfully ours.

    Just another supporter of Land Matters http://www.mylandmatters.org/ The one stop place for mining matters on public lands!

    CA prospectors check here http://www.mylandmatters.org/Donate/Gift1.html

    A recent study found that there are just too many studies being done.

  12. #12
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    Exciting stuff , good luck with your project Jeff , hope it pays off big time ..cheers Mick
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    Hi Jeff, understanding your abilities is important so you do not over extend yourself, I think you've done just fine. Hiking down hill for 2.5 hours with an 85 pound pack is Not for everyone and at times I have second thoughts about doing it. Getting back out is just as strenuous and more time consuming. Sounds to me like you will have a good time, I'm guessing that the weather is pleasant right now. Be sure to watch it as you are hiking around as it is still early spring and anything could literally blow in.

    Enjoy and be fruitful..................63bkpkr
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    Out searching w/GMT & friend under my arm

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    FIRE...Financially Independent Retired Early. Poor but free!

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    Thanks Herb. Say, didn't you mention a TX outing you made recently Ready to hear it when you're ready to tell it.
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    We don't fight for gain. We fight for what is rightfully ours.

    Just another supporter of Land Matters http://www.mylandmatters.org/ The one stop place for mining matters on public lands!

    CA prospectors check here http://www.mylandmatters.org/Donate/Gift1.html

    A recent study found that there are just too many studies being done.

  15. #15
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    Hi There Jeff,
    Yes I've been keeping quiet about it to keep from getting in trouble/having problems - loose lips sink ships and all. I've only just seen the spot but it could have good possibilities. The next time I go out I will add a bit more weight to my gear and take the camera. I will see if I can get a tightly cropped photo of the spot so I do not give too much away..........................63bkpkr/herb
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    Out searching w/GMT & friend under my arm

 

 
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