S1/2 NE1/4 NE1/4 SEC. 15 T8N R5W, GSRB&M, Arizona
AMC460612 Unpatented 20 Acres
Located in Wickenburg, AZ
Ridgeback is a 20 acre placer mining claim just West of the Hassayampa River. It contains over 500 feet of dry creek bed and plenty of gently sloping ridges to metal detect. There is a road that runs right through the claim for fairly easy access (see red line on the maps). Ridgeback is a great claim for drywashing, metal detecting, and running a wet sluice. You'll also love the view of the Hassayampa River and the surrounding view of Wickenburg.
Ridgeback is located in the Black Hills area about 5 miles directly North of Wickenburg. There are places near the claim to camp if you want. It has great access and an interestingly bizarre amount of geologic activity for the amateur geologist to take in, from metamorphic to volcanic events and more. The dirt in this area has less iron and clay in it, which tends to make it easier to drywash. Wet washing is easier because there is less clay to thicken the water. Also noted is much more caliche, which acts as a barrier to keep gold from dropping further toward bedrock. As you will see in a picture toward the bottom, caliche traps the gold so nuggets are often found near the surface on top of the caliche. We did bring in a geologist that confirmed the presence of gold bearing quartz in the area trending from the Black Hills west at about 272 degrees. We have been exploring this area for nearly 14 years and always come up with some awesome specimens of gold and other minerals. In addition to gold, .......... jasper, agate, green tourmaline, black tourmaline, topaz, garnet, epidot, and other minerals are pretty common in this area.
GPS Corner Coordinates
You can COPY& PASTE these coordinates into Google Earth for your own view of the claim.
NW CORNER N34.04152 W112.75890
SW CORNER N34.03971 W112.75890
SE CORNER N34.03971 W112.75451
NE CORNER N34.04152 W112.75451
All corners are staked with white 5' tall PVC pipe and aluminum tag with claim name and which corner it is stamped in the tag.