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Title: Prospecting
Post by: rolandslone on April 27, 2017, 08:55:03 PM
Has anyone been out yet to find some gold?
Title: Re: Prospecting
Post by: rolandslone on April 27, 2017, 09:55:32 PM
Where you dredging at?
Title: Re: Prospecting
Post by: ABrooks on April 28, 2017, 03:32:37 PM
I've been going every chance I get, usually twice a month.
Title: Re: Prospecting
Post by: rolandslone on April 28, 2017, 06:29:12 PM
At the Coker creek claim
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Post by: ABrooks on April 28, 2017, 09:21:23 PM
No, I usually go to my secret spot on Wildcat Creek.
Title: Re: Prospecting
Post by: rolandslone on April 29, 2017, 10:22:53 AM
Where is wild creek in relation to gpaa Coker creek?
Title: Re: Prospecting
Post by: ABrooks on April 29, 2017, 05:49:01 PM
It's northeast of the town of coker creek and east of tellico plains and slightly south. The access points are off old furnace road. Look under the mini board Places to Prospect for gold. This is the hardest place to prospect for gold at. It's very difficult to get out of because of the terrain and steepness of the trails. I would recommend going with an experienced miner for the first time. I went today so expect to see my post on what I found.
Title: Re: Prospecting
Post by: Chuck Pharis on April 29, 2017, 05:53:37 PM
Wildcat Creek:
This is not an easy hike. The path is long and steep in places. You need to be in good physical condition to get back up. The last time I was down there, there were some trees across the path. If you do go down there, be sure to pay attention to the trail on the way down. It is easy to take the wrong trail coming back up. It is best to take as little as possible with you the first trip, and to take a partner with you. If you get hurt down there, getting out is not easy and there is no cell service down there. I have only been down there 2 times and always found good gold. I will not make that trip again. Just too tough on my bad back and knees. 
Chuck Pharis

Taken from a previous post by Allen Trotter.
Land Status: Public; Cherokee National Forest, Tellico Ranger District, Monroe County.

Access:  There are several ways to access Wildcat Creek. First you can cross Tellico River during low water conditions. Just follow 165 to the Wildcat Overlook and park there. Walk upstream and cross in a shallow location.

There are several points that can be accessed by trail, but I have only done three so I will only list them here.

GPS Coordinates: 35.33921, -84.25003

First location:  From Tellico Plains take 165 (Cherohala Skyway) approximately 2 miles and go right on Old Furnace Road. (This will be directly across from Tellico beach). Go 1.6 miles to the pull off on the left. You will see a trail going down on the same side as the pull off. Follow the trail (Old logging road grade) down to the top of the spur (ridge). From there go right down the hill into the ravine. As of April 2012 there are orange blaze markers on the trees that you can follow. When you enter the ravine follow it down to the creek. Total distance is approximately 4/10 of a mile. Total elevation change is around 300 feet. This is remote and steep. Be careful. The hike out can be rough if you are not in shape or have physical limitations.

GPS Coordinates: 35.32409, -84.24342

Second location: Pass the first location and go approximately 1 1/2 miles (3.0 miles total from 165). Look for a trail heading down on the left just before a right hand bend in the road. The parking will be just before the bend on the left. This is Warriors Passage trail. Follow this trail downhill and take care to follow the trail as several other trails split off and the trail is not well marked. The total distance is 1.1 miles and the elevation change is about 300 feet. It's not as steep as the first location, but the extra distance more than makes up for it. Pack minimal equipment for this trip or take a pack mule. You can also access this same location by going to the 3.6 mile point and parking at the pull-off and following the trail down. This trail will intersect the Warriors Passage trail a ways down. Total distance will be about 7/10 of a mile.

Third location:  From Tellico Plains take 165 (Cherohala Skyway) approximately 2 miles and go right on Old Furnace Road. (This will be directly across from Tellico beach). Go 2.2 miles and you will see a gated road / trail going down to the right. Park there, (do not block the gate), and take the trail down the hill on the left. (This will be opposite the gate). Total distance is approximately 3/10 of a mile. Total elevation change is around 300 feet. This is remote and steep. Be careful. The hike out can be rough if you are not in shape or have physical limitations. The scenery here is spectacular.

Regulations: Dredging is allowed year round with our chapter permit. Sluicing and panning are allowed. Be sure to read the Tellico district panning rules before you go. Good luck getting a dredge in and out of either location.
Title: Re: Prospecting
Post by: rolandslone on April 29, 2017, 06:15:14 PM
Thanks
Title: Re: Prospecting
Post by: rolandslone on May 02, 2017, 03:58:03 PM
Take 165 would that be east...south? Going tomorrow to check it out.
Title: Re: Prospecting
Post by: Chuck Pharis on May 02, 2017, 06:12:38 PM
165 East.
Title: Re: Prospecting
Post by: rolandslone on May 02, 2017, 06:47:26 PM
Got it thanks
Title: Re: Prospecting
Post by: BigAl on May 04, 2017, 04:37:04 PM
Just to avoid any confusion, that post was from several years ago. Dredging is no longer allowed.

Al
Title: Re: Prospecting
Post by: Chuck Pharis on May 04, 2017, 11:09:30 PM
Allen, when did we lose Class 2 at Wildcat?
Chuck
Title: Re: Prospecting
Post by: chiptrip on May 05, 2017, 05:53:49 AM
When we got our permit and the National Forest left Wildcat and Lyons open, they only left it open to class 1.  They have a lovely rhetorical essay on their website explaining this decision.  This is the PDF,  https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd502366.pdf