Prospecting The East Fork San Gabriel Canyon, Southern California
January 2020 by Dan Stanton
I have found gold more than 200 feet above the river. It was not unusual for nuggets of an ounce or more to be found in these deposits, but fine gold and flakes are much more common.
“The evidence is clear—mineral deposits alone are not enough to attract precious commodity investment dollars...”
There are not a lot of tools needed to get out and take advantage of the situation. Other than my wetsuit, I typically travel light with a gold pan, maybe a pry bar and a few crevice cleaning tools.
I have smaller pans for cleaning black sand concentrates, big pans for taking large samples, pans with corners for pouring out materials, and pans with lots of special riffles. This variation is why I have so many pans—they each have their specialty.
There are so many, many different types of gold pans on the market that I thought it would be worthwhile to take a look at the world of the simple gold pan.
The nugget was cast aside with larger rocks during the screening process, but it was found later by an employee...
Steve got his first nugget within minutes of turning on his metal detector. It only took me about an hour to find my first piece.
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