Clear Creek, a gold bearing tributary of Grimes Creek, is fed by nearby Jackson and Wilson Peaks. These are the same source providers for the Grimes Creek and Elk Creek tributaries which are historically famous for their gold production. The creek about 5 miles downstream passes by historic Pioneerville and mountains of dredge pilings prior to flowing into Grimes Creek. This portion of Clear Creek is nestled amongst narrow forested valley walls which prevented old time miners from dredging in this area leaving the creek virtually untouched. Small pools are situated along the claim with gold bearing gravels present. A test hole was dug at this claim with bedrock varying between 3-6 feet deep. The gold in the photograph was taken from the site in a few short hours.
The claim is surrounded by forested mountains with good road access in a region rich in gold history. A small open camp site is located on the south side of the claim. This claim is unique offering, with dredging access, along with considerable privacy for those who wish to get away from it all. Full services are available at Idaho City about 14 miles away.
- Acreage: 10 acres
- River footage: 700 feet of Clear Creek
- Placer/lode: placer
- Unpatented/patented: unpatented
- Location: Boise County, Township 8N, Range 6E, Section 33 SW 1/4
- Mining claim serial #: IMC 216679
Map to Claim
NW Corner 43°59’ 8.443”N, -115°45’ 41.119”W
NE Corner 43°59’ 8.443”N, -115°45’ 32.629”W
SE Corner 43°59’ 2.119”N, -115°45’ 32.629”W
SW Corner 43°59’ 2.119”N, -115°45’ 41.119”W
NW Corner 43.9856786’N, -115.7614219’W
NE Corner 43.9856786’N, -115.7590636’W
SE Corner 43.9839219’N, -115.7590636’W
SW Corner 43.9839219’N, -115.7614219’W
Driving Directions: Vehicle access to the claim is via a hard-pack dirt road which you can drive virtually up to the creek side. I’ve seen cars access the area as it is a maintained forest service road. The claim is located 19.1 miles outside the historic town of Idaho City. Driving directions to the claim: from Boise, travel north on HWY 21 to Idaho City. Drive through Idaho City on Main Street (North) and then turn left (West) onto Centreville Road (NF 307). Stay on Centreville Road (NF 307) for 7.5 miles. The road name changes to NF 307. Turn right (North-East) onto Grimes Pass Road (NF 382) and drive 7.3 miles to Pioneerville. Then turn right (East) onto NF 380 (Summit Flat Road) and drive 4.7 miles to the claim…the south end of the claim is at the switchback. Signage is posted clearly identifying the claim along the roadside.