This is a beautiful 40 acre placer claim with old workings and a lot of untouched ground, mainly high benches. There are a select group of clients who constantly ask if I have some great “dry” bench material for dry-washing or metal detecting, which would be an excellent site for just that kind of set-up. Throughout the area is evidence of old workings as well as virgin alluvial deposits abutting these hand stacked tailings, where the old timers didn’t break up down to the bedrock. When you see those huge water worn boulders, chances are they’ve never been moved and who knows what lies beneath. This mining claim lies right off of HWY 21, so easy access, with a well maintained Forest Service road that winds through the claim. There are multiple large camping sites (adequate for RVs) adjacent to the claim (at HWY 21 & NF 314C), as well as close amenities in Idaho City (just 2 miles away). The pictures of gold was from running about a yard worth of material through a drywasher. Hard to tell in the picture, but the hole was a virgin hardpack at least 5’ thick (never hit bottom).
- Acreage: 40 acres Mores benches and alluvial deposit
- Placer/lode: placer
- Unpatented/patented: unpatented
- Location: Boise County, Township 6N, Range 6E, Sec.30, NW ¼
- Mining claim serial #: IMC229025
Map to Claim
NW 43.83677’N, -115.80019’W
NE 43.83677’N, -115.79495’W
SE 43.83303’N, -115.79495’W
SW 43.83303’N, -115.80019’W
NW 43°50’12.3720″N, -115°48’00.6840″W
NE 43°50’12.3720″N, -115°47’41.8200″W
SE 43°49’58.9080″N, -115°47’41.8200″W
SW 43°49’58.9080″N, -115°48’00.6840″W
Driving Directions: The claims are located 2 miles outside the historic town of Idaho City. Driving directions to the claim: from Boise, travel north on HWY 21 to Idaho City (approximately 34 miles from I-84). Continue on HWY 21 for an additional 2.1 miles past Idaho City and turn left (north) onto NF 314C road. In about 1100’ up NF 314C, you will have reached the mining claim. The NF 314C road meanders through the mining claim up to the ridge. The claim is marked next to the road as entering and exiting the claim from the south and west sides.