I've posted on a couple different threads of my sons prospecting panning / metal detecting on this tailing pile. This is a big unwashed pay pile from the gold rush the rest of the tailing piles along this ravine are all rock no soil. My son has been digging away at the base of the pile where it rests on bedrock this pile is all hand dug and piled by the early miners. This is a big pile all we need is water not enough rain yet to run a sluice and too damp for a dry washer. I might start shoveling this into a quad trailer and haul it closer to water look at the photo the quad is parked on top of the pile not sure about length yet. But he's found enough gold to give me the fever. Happy mining, I added a photo of a pile we moved with the skid steer all rock no soil.