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Forgotten Gold?
MikeS
post Oct 1 2017, 05:24 PM
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I spent the weekend looking for gold forgotten by time. I found a few spots where the old timers were working this mountain. I was only able to do a few test pans at each spot yesterday. I tried to run more material today but it snowed up there last night and continued in the morning and ran me off the mountain. I did see some small flakes of gold in each pan but I didn't see the big gold I know is there. I did see big garnets and clear evidence of old workings which tells me the chunky stuff is there somewhere.

First spot has a large man made pond which is fled by a spring which also looks to be altered by man but long ago. I think the pond is or was the hot gold layer and the main working in the past.
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One of the locals show up to the pond.

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I camped elsewhere on the mountain where there was wood for a fire. I tried a nearby creek which also looked promising. No big pond but old diggings for sure. Few specks in the pan and good looking garnets.

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In the morning the snow pushed me off the top of the mountain and down by the pond which looked like the snow was not going to effect. But for 3 hours I tried to wait it out as wave after wave of snow moved in and started sticking so I cut my losses and came home early. Next spring I am coming back for sure to do more testing. thumbsupsmileyanim.gif


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post Oct 2 2017, 02:39 PM
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Gotta love fall in Colorado lol
Looks like a cool spot!


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post Oct 2 2017, 04:17 PM
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Sounds like fun,

One of my brothers sent me a pic this morning from the high country. They got about 6 inches and still coming down. You might have just "squeezed-in" that last bit of high country summer
prospecting. It might be awhile before the ground is clear up high. I know you enjoyed the adventure and it will be stuck in your mind until you can get back up there.

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post Oct 2 2017, 05:26 PM
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QUOTE (Woody @ Oct 2 2017, 06:17 PM) *
You might have just "squeezed-in" that last bit of high country summer prospecting. It might be awhile before the ground is clear up high. I know you enjoyed the adventure and it will be stuck in your mind until you can get back up there.
I came to the same conclusion and it is going to have me wondering all winter. At least I have a set goal for next spring when it melts off. thumbsupsmileyanim.gif Here is some video of the first spot....


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post Oct 3 2017, 06:24 AM
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Was wondering if you had made it up there Sat, glad you did!! Excellent pics and vid, I think you may be onto something there. happy088.gif


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post Oct 3 2017, 07:11 AM
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Looks like a fantastic spot Mike! Thanks for letting us tag along on your adventure with the pics and video! thumbsupsmileyanim.gif
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