Submitted By Mike from Surrey. Thank’s Mike.
A friend asked me to take a trip up to Cayoosh Creek to check out one of his claims. Having spent a week up there prospecting with my Dad last year, I decided to give it a whirl. The scenery of the Cayoosh Canyon is spectacular.
We headed out from Vancouver, leaving at 4:00 a.m. for our 3 1/2 to 4 hour drive. The worst part of the trip is that there are NO coffee shops on the way. Only a small gas station in Boston Bar where we stopped for some caffeine nutrition.
The climb into the canyon is steep, about a 60 degree incline. Going in isn’t too bad, but I knew coming out at the end of the day would be gruelling.
Although the river is magnificent, you DO NOT want to be here during flood. The river can be extremely dangerous in this area. Not to mention the bears and cougars which are abundant.
Most of the gold in the Cayoosh is coarse, and very little flood gold. The river flows to fast for any major accumulations and all the smaller gold is washed further downstream towards Lillooet.
After spending an hour or so looking for some prospective areas, I potted a hole at this boulder. The majority of gold in this area is found on top of the clay layers, and nothing much above the clay. The clay varies in depth, anywhere from 2 to 4 feet near the river, to 8 feet in the banks. Because their is virtually no flood gold, the gold is spotty to say the least. When I dug in this hole, I was only down six inches or so, and pulled a nice 1.2 gram nugget with quartz showings. I was quite surprised, because I was still about 2 feet from the clay.
Spent most of the week-end potting holes and sampling. Most of the holes came up empty, but their were a few that paid. All in all, it was a great trip. I look forward to going back again, and a special thanks to my buddy for letting me test out his claim.
As for the gold, well I pulled out 3 grams in 2 consecutive trips! All chunky.