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#1 DigDeep

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 07:15 PM

I am trying to get out of the heat and swing in higher elevations. Holcomb Valley (near Big Bear lake, San Bernardino mountains) here in Southern California has produced more gold than anywhere else in So. California but I have only heard and read the gold is small fines and grains with little reference to anything larger/ big enough to be detected.

Has anyone ever have any luck detecting up there or heard of anyone finding anything with a detector in the area?

Thanks for any info


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Posted 25 July 2008 - 04:36 AM

Back in the 80's when I lived in So Cal I used to go to that area, I had spent some time around the Lucky Baldwin Mine and into the Holcomb Valley area, another place is Lytle Creek which isnt too far from there, I lived in Riverside Co. at the time and would do weekend trips to these areas.
Good luck an keep yer eyes open for 2 legged varmits in those areas.

Check yer local LAWS you might not be allowed to use or pocess a detector in some of these areas nowadays, You know how good ol california is about what you can do an where you can do it.
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Posted 25 July 2008 - 08:46 AM

The only gold I ever recovered up there was by dry washing. Spent many hours detecting without even a fly speck to show for it. But the fine gold is very, very pretty -- quite granular and uniform in appearance. The recovery zones seem to be spotty though. Easy to get skunked. I've heard, second hand, that there are nuggets to be found up there. I did find a coffee can once that must have been over a 100 years old. Folks have known about this area for quite a while.
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Posted 25 July 2008 - 08:52 AM

Not sure about Holcomb Valley being one of the highest gold producers in So. Cal. I'm pretty sure the mines around Randsburg, the El Paso Mountains, and the Dale district most likely produced more. I've been told HC is decent for dryashing but not the best place for detecting since it has fine gold. Not sure about Lytle Creek, though I know theres some hydraulic pits in the area which might be a good indicator theres detectable gold around.

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 09:09 AM

Most of the gold from the Holcomb Valley area is very small. Drywashing or using a water system will be your best bet. |If your looking for a cooler area to nugget shoot try Rattle Snale Canyon northwest of |Pioneer Town out above Yucca Valley. Just be aware of where you are at. There are alot of current claims out there.

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 01:18 PM

Hi Bob!

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 06:08 PM

Dig Deep... did you recently contact a 'prospecting magazine' with a question about
Holcomb Valley? There are at least three active "clubs" in the broad area. Yes, some
nice detectable gold has been found in the area.... Kassai is a small scale miner-
prospector and the leader of one of the GPAA chapters in Highland California. Come
to a meeting if you can... or at least give him a call 909-862-6670.

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 06:36 PM

Thanks everyone for the info.

29 Prospector: thanks for the info on Rattlesnake canyon, I will be going there this weekend.

Jim Straight: I haven't been able to make it to the GPAA meeting in Highland for the last few months. I don't know if you remember me but my Dad and I spoke with you a few times at the meetings. We were talking about metal detectors , my Dad had a Tesoro lobo at the time and you were giving him some pointers on the settings and the best way to detect with it, we also talked about my Minelab SD-2100. Well now I have a GPX-4500 and he has my old 2100.

I also asked you where we could find some nuggets and your reply was "if I knew that I would be out there right now getting them"
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We will see you at the next meeting. Thanks for the info on nuggets in the Holcomb valley area.




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Posted 26 July 2008 - 08:12 AM

Okay DigDeep... I have been showing old "home brew videos"... not very good,
but interesting...at the meetings... The current one is about Duane Wilkinson. It
is planned that the last part will br shown at the next meeting.

I will mention a bit more about detectable gold being found in the Big Bear area.
(and if'n anyone reading this thread remembers the late Lew Garlinski please
feel free to add any thoughts.) Lew (Maybe spelled Leu)was a not large or strong
looking but he spent days at a time detecting a specific area known locally by some
"in the know" as a "waterfall" but naturally it was dry unless a lot of rain.

Lew singlehandedly over time manually threw the rounded rocks to the side as over-
burden and kept detecting with as a best remember a Whites Goldmaster-2 that he
had bought from his buddy, the late Don Brown, of "Strike It Rich" in Riverside... well
to get to the point over time Lew acquired a nice poke of detectable gold... I believe
he may have been on the High Desert prospectors claim, or maybe the boundary of
Valley Prospectors... (I confess I do not like "wall to wall" pine trees and the rugged
terrain... never knowing which was to backtrack to my truck... so I just occasionally
visited the area... not to my liking as I prefer the open dry desert areas). Big Bear
is not one of my spots... However the West End club goes there several times earch
summer but as I understand all they fine in small dry-wash gold on their claim...

However I know Lew was finding gold as he showed it to me (We were both at one time
members of Chino Valley back in the late 1970's). Lew had gold fever and lived
somewhere... I now forget... in the LA area.

He drove an old battered panel truck and lived very frugally in it. After he left the Big Bear
area... for what he perceived as a better area he went to the El Paso area... there he
passed away with a heart attack... He was in his early 50's but smoked non stop... even
while he was non-stop throwing rocks bigger than his head at Big Bear. (Elevation about
7000 ft.) To sum it up... two other friends I will not name also found nice gold in the HV
area using detectors such as the old Gold Bug and Goldmaster-2.

I understand that no gold was found after Lew passed away... however he needed to sell
it to live... maybe through Don Brown? But certainly Lew was a true old time prospector.
There are not many left of the same mold as Lew... He was most impressive!


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Posted 26 July 2008 - 08:56 AM

QUOTE (jagdoctor1 @ Jul 25 2008, 01:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi Bob!



Hey, Whats up with you guys? Hows the family?
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