I took a ride with my friend Carlos and his uncle up to Lynx Creek north of Prescott Saturday,11-29.
It was pretty chilly when we arrived about 9 AM. It was a beautiful sunny day with the rays streaming through the pines lining the creek valley. The creek itself was littered with previous man made pot holes of various sizes. Many people had been looking for gold before us. There was plenty of water trickling down the stream and pools upon pools of iced over digs. A few people had made rock dams, I saw perhaps 5 or so in the mile I covered that day.
Using my “Garrett AT-Pro” I spent about an hour doing some metal detecting. I uncovered a few shell casings and a couple of rusty cans, and 1 bottle cap. So much for the big nuggets! We headed back to the truck and had a quick bite to eat and loaded up with pans and picks and shovels. It was a trek to get passed the many pot holes close to the parking area but soon the smaller holes thinned out.
The 1st hole I dug yielded nothing in 3 pans except very cold fingers. The second hole perked me up as it had 2 really nice tiny glittery golden pieces in the 1st pan. The next 3-4 pans had some flour gold in them but not much. I moved on upstream. Carlos was having about the same luck. We hit upon a previously dug hole and he took a sample and panned out a nice little gold piece in the layer just at the red clay line.
I found the same depth on the creek wall about 10 feet away and started my own hole. The first sample pan was not bad, a couple of glints of color. A few more pans added some glitter to my snuffer bottle. This digging and ice cold panning is hard work.
We finally moved on to a different spot. We found a granite rock face on the bank that was crumbling and took some samples. We ended up picking and chipping the granite and getting gold out of the veins. It was not a lot but its still a ton of fun seeing shiny flecks in the last bit of black sand at the bottom of a pan.
All in all it was a fun day. The weather was beautiful. I would say that Lynx Creek is definitely worth the trip. I think I would spend a couple of days though and seriously do a dig I could concentrate on.