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  1. Default Summer Road trip to Gold panning areas

    I was wondering if anyone had any ideas, recommendations for places to stay, etc. My mom, me and my kids would like to drive up to Central/Northern California (from the L.A. area), to check out old mines and try to pan for gold ourselves. I think my 8 year old would really enjoy this.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default LA's Back door

    Quote Originally Posted by Cam71 View Post
    I was wondering if anyone had any ideas, recommendations for places to stay, etc. My mom, me and my kids would like to drive up to Central/Northern California (from the L.A. area), to check out old mines and try to pan for gold
    Welcome to the Great American RoadTrip Forum! I used to pan in the San Gabriel River (in LA county) -- turns out that gold can be found in just about every river drainage in southern California in trace amounts. Columbia State Park has some pre-fab areas for gold panning -- as can be seen in this photo. Are you by any chance near Pasadena? There is a superb store -- Cal-Gold that has all sorts of information about panning techniques and books about places to go. The owners are very knowledgable and you might find this a worth-while place to check out. This site is one I have used for locating locations as well.

    Mark

  3. Default Summer Gold

    Thanks for the warm welcome! I've been browsing the site all morning. It's full of so much information!

    I'm located about 50 minutes north of Pasadena, in Simi Valley.
    But my family and I tend to take day trips to the Pasadena area every now and then. We just recently went to see the Rose parade floats.

    I'll write down the name of the place and stick it in our car, so we can check it out on our next trip there.

    Just trying to get started on some planning for the summer with the kids. Thanks for your help.

    Cam

    c

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