Where Can I Find Gold In Washington State?

Where Can I Find Gold In Washington State?

Wondering Where Can I Find Gold In Washington State? Watch this video to see where gold has been found before using the USGS gold maps I provide. Check out both the following links to learn more https://SourdoughMiner.com/GDU/ for details about the gold diggers underground and https://Sourdoughminer.com/GGM/ to see how I make these custom USGS gold maps to find gold right at home.


  1. evergreen prospectors on August 11, 2022 at 10:15 am

    I live right between mt raineer and st hellens and im always out hunting for gold

  2. Robert Krump on August 11, 2022 at 10:16 am

    You definitely would make a good mentor I wish I could have Then around someone like you

  3. DRZ Rider on August 11, 2022 at 10:16 am

    You were so close. I live in Lake Stevens. SR92 to Mountain Loop Hwy. The trail head is where it turns into dirt road that is closed during the winter…although talks of paving may happen soon. Easy hile and most of that area is claimed. But joining local clubs like in Gold Bar, will get you rights to many claims around the state. Good gold north west of Winthrop too. You actually touched on Mount Baker. You just hit of the peaks on it…lol. Anywhere along why 2 west side is good. Sultan basin off hwy 2. Hwy 97 blewit pass is great…potato fields. Called that for the potato sized nuggets found their.

  4. LIVING IN SEATTLE on August 11, 2022 at 10:16 am

    @prospectorJess I’m trying to use this map. How can I find it?! I tried to pay on your website for access but it’s very confusing and not very user-friendly. Please help!

  5. obey conform today on August 11, 2022 at 10:18 am

    I’m in wa. Let me know if you need another hand. Need to learn and don’t want to go myself yet. If you plan on going. Let me know. Thanks much

  6. yossarian MNichols on August 11, 2022 at 10:19 am

    You will need to film yourself in the field with a pick and shovel otherwise your channel will have to be re-named to just Jess.

  7. Phillip Jacobson on August 11, 2022 at 10:22 am

    Great video
    I live in prineville, or
    It is a proven yellow stone hot spot caldera.
    All around here are cinnabar mines Howard mining district.
    There are a few gold ocurances in the are but maybe 3 areas .
    My question is how often is gold found in veins with cinnabar?
    This is a curiosity question.
    What happens in the oxidized zone. Such as what happens when it hits the water table?
    I’m aware of the mercury scare I won’t be messing with it. I’m looking at gold and vein knowledge.

    And why no gold around new berry caldera? By bend Oregon

  8. Raymond Powell on August 11, 2022 at 10:23 am

    Everything on the east side of Mt Adam’s is on the Yakima Nation Reservation, that’s why there are no claims on it. You can’t prospect there.

  9. Isaac Dozier on August 11, 2022 at 10:25 am

    me: _Looks slowly out window at Mt. Baker_

  10. Prospector Jess on August 11, 2022 at 10:26 am

    Watch this to get you started looking for gold in Washington state. Let me know in the comments how this helps you find more gold. Enjoy!

  11. the NW geology Guy on August 11, 2022 at 10:26 am

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention the Liberty area the best place for gold in Wa. st.

  12. corrlee on August 11, 2022 at 10:27 am

    I live in a town called Gold Bar not far from the mine you spoke of…on a small river…why am I not panning gold instead watching freakin YouTube all the damn time lol

  13. Lee Wilson on August 11, 2022 at 10:28 am

    Just ran across this video and not boring, and considering you cover such a broad spectrum of area it is an interesting overview. The one thing about Mt. Rainer is, that it almost sticks up like a sore thumb without a lot of geological rift close around it. And then right after you mentioned how rugged it is around the Monte Cristo. That’s also much like the Mount Baker Mining District, a lot of rugged terrain in a relatively localized area where there is numerous old mines. And some barely accessible. Just suggesting that might be part of the reason not a lot of mines around Rainer, Not a lot of surrounding or peripheral upheaval?

  14. Derek duno on August 11, 2022 at 10:30 am

    Legend has it that the most sparkly and shiny gold in the world is found near hanford. But anyone daring enough to lay there eyes on it has there body deteriorate rapidly until they die.

  15. kowloon school of dentistry on August 11, 2022 at 10:31 am

    Thanks for the info. Would small creeks in the mountains be a good spot for panning. Or would a gold deteccter be better?

  16. Zack Jennen on August 11, 2022 at 10:31 am

    I bought your gov gold maps bit never got them

  17. Dennis Hedrick on August 11, 2022 at 10:32 am

    Republic has gold and of course Liberty mine.

  18. Yogi Demis on August 11, 2022 at 10:33 am

    Vancouver, WA here; I’ve been thinking about learning how to Gold pan. I think it would be a fantastic hobby to learn. Great video!!

  19. Wild West Adventures on August 11, 2022 at 10:34 am

    Adding geo thermo maps to your presentation would be great. Mylandmatters has a easy layout for these maps. Looking over the geo thermo deposit maps really helped me understand why there isn’t gold in some areas like Portland and it’s surrounding areas as well as not much in southern Washington while there is in abundance in north east Washington

  20. CauseQ on August 11, 2022 at 10:35 am

    what about Coastal gold. Heard about "salt and pepper", blue hue blackish sand.

  21. Casey Johnston on August 11, 2022 at 10:37 am

    Montecito active clames and mines . Lots of placer aroind serounding aireas

  22. Kindra Shalynn Haimberger on August 11, 2022 at 10:39 am

    Anyone ever find anything in/around Walla Walla?

  23. Small Town on August 11, 2022 at 10:39 am

    Cannon mine in Wenatchee WA 1.25 million oz. Of gold. One of the biggest gold producers in the us.

  24. Thomas Jones on August 11, 2022 at 10:40 am

    Mt. Adams has few mines because on the east side its all reservation and the west side is wilderness protected land.

  25. Kc Mac on August 11, 2022 at 10:40 am

    Just found my first flakes on the shores of lake Roosevelt

  26. david firnstahl on August 11, 2022 at 10:42 am

    Have you found any gold around Wenatchee river on the map?

  27. tucan man on August 11, 2022 at 10:42 am

    thats squatches gold by st hellens no thanks

  28. Rotten Russell on August 11, 2022 at 10:43 am

    Any good spots in yelm ??

  29. Christopher Carr on August 11, 2022 at 10:44 am

    St Helens is an odd volcano because it’s west of the normal line of the High Cascades — because there’s a large cluster of crystallized magma chambers, a ‘batholith’, to the east of it, which has forced magma back to the west, where it comes up through some more permeable metasedimentary rock. Look how it’s almost straight to the west of Mt Adams. That ain’t normal.

    That batholith is from much older, _Ancestral Cascades_ volcanism. You’ve got the Ancestral Cascades (called "Western Cascades" in Oregon), and you’ve got the much, much younger High Cascades, with all the more-or-less active stratovolcanoes. So St Helens intruded (and then extruded 🙂 up through much older mountains — so the geology is different than it is right around Mt Hood, for example (there’s no gold of note in the immediate vicinity of Mt Hood — just a lot of tuff and barren basalt and andesite and such).

    In Oregon this is all quite clear-cut — the Ancestral Cascades are to the west of the High Cascades. The High Cascades are fresh and rounded on a topo map (with volcanoes poking up here and there), and the Ancestral Cascades are deeply cut by rivers and weathered. The situation is more complex in Washington, where the Ancestral Cascades are actually to the east of the High Cascades up in the north (because the old range was rotated clockwise before the High Cascades started forming along the new volcanic arc line).

    But anyhow, any sort of gold associated with High Cascades volcanism is mostly going to be buried _way_ underground. Gold is accessible in the older Cascades range that started forming like, oh, 40 million years ago, some millions of years after the Siletzia terrane (a giant-arse pile of basalt called a ‘large igneous province’) jammed up the old subduction zone that was much farther to the east than it is presently — maybe more like along I5, or roughly thereabouts. The subduction that formed to the west is where it is currently located, and that’s what initiated the Cascades arc.

    Gold in the Ancestral Cascades (the "Northern Segment" — there’s a Southern Segment also, that goes down through California and western Nevada, and it has *A LOT* more gold) is generally associated with granitoid intrusions — so you have some sparse gold epithermal and copper porphyry deposits. None of them were too impressive, with maybe the exception of the Bohemia district near Cottage Grove, Oregon.

    That one mine that was noted, the Maybee mine, is associated with the Silver Star pluton (granodiorite, IIRC) — and so there’s some copper and a _little_ gold mineralization in the area.

    The High Cascades got started when the angle of subduction changed like 7 million years ago? Don’t quote me on that — it’s definitely much more recent. And you have all sorts of _young_ basalt and andesite dumped everywhere, and tuff, and scoria, and whatnot. Not gold country — at least from Shasta to Mt Rainier. The Northern Cascades of Washington are way more complex; the Ancestral Cascades and High Cascades are more jumbled up, and there’s gold from different processes/sources.

    (sorry for the weird formatting — YouTube seems to have disabled line breaks, and I don’t want people to have to read a wall of text)

  30. Ken's small engine repair on August 11, 2022 at 10:47 am

    Has anyone found any by walla walla area

  31. Wild West Adventures on August 11, 2022 at 10:49 am

    One very significant mine in the area not mentioned is the liberty mine. They pulled out some insane nuggets out of their drift mine!

  32. CabooseVX9 on August 11, 2022 at 10:49 am

    Just wondering about sluicing some of the rivers here in Washington is there any like rules and regulations for sluicing? I actually lived up in Washougal wa for along time and I lived like 10-15 from mabea mine road and if I recall right there’s like a river/ creak that runs around there that I would love to sluice I just am not sure about permits if I need any.

  33. paul Wazzup on August 11, 2022 at 10:50 am

    Good stuff 👍I see in the comments someone already mentioned it but I will as well, check out these 2 YouTube videos from Central Washington University "Liberty gold and Yellowstone hotspot" & "Liberty gold mine geology". Excellent professor makes it easy for the layman. Also one other video with monster nuggets "liberty gold mine- Corbley’s potato patch" I believe it’s three parts but no joke these nuggets are the size of potatoes 🥔😁

  34. James Murray on August 11, 2022 at 10:50 am

    Mt.St.Helens, day in my life I shall never forget.I am so glad to hear it. I tired panning for gold did not get none,but it was fun.

  35. Ryan Bigelow on August 11, 2022 at 10:51 am

    Are talking about Robe canyon

  36. AntSrMe on August 11, 2022 at 10:51 am

    Hey mount saint Helens erupted in 1980. The image is 1982 and NOT right after it erupted. It often had small burps of ash but the real growth inside the crater occurred after 2000

  37. kowloon school of dentistry on August 11, 2022 at 10:54 am

    I had to get rescued off st. Helens. Went for a hike after fishing and got lost

  38. Cosmic Billy on August 11, 2022 at 10:57 am

    I want to try gold panning so bad. I live in edmonds Washington. About 30 minutes north of Seattle on the Puget sound.
    Im juat scared of breaking the law or claim jumping without knowing. I would love to pan for gold but dont want to step on any toes or take gold from peoples claims

  39. tongmaa on August 11, 2022 at 10:57 am

    When the Condit dam (White Salmon river, Washington) was taken away, there was a centuries long buildup of sediment behind the dam. When is was first blown open, all that sediment went down stream in a huge torrent, and probably deposited gold for miles below the dam and 3.3 miles to the Columbia river, and around that horn of confluence; on both sides of the Columbia/Salmon river meeting.
    Good time to give it a try, aye? Highway 141 off of Highway 14 … and the sediment from upriver of the dam since 1913 that is still deposited there ….

  40. Samsonian on August 11, 2022 at 10:59 am

    Geez, if I close my eyes I could swear that it’s Alan Alda giving a presentation! Even crazier, Jess; you kinda look like him! (I apologize ahead of time if you’re related and I’m just a doofus).


  41. Julia Greco on August 11, 2022 at 11:03 am

    Great video in going to try clear creek can u look and tell me if i might have luck there. Fist year prospecting

  42. TG Hodosko on August 11, 2022 at 11:03 am

    thaanks for the video. Where do i find the map you are using in this video? ive been looking on the usgs site and have had no luck. Thanks

  43. Hunt-fish-mine-gather on August 11, 2022 at 11:04 am

    That was mount Baker you clicked on, but your map gave it a different name, lol.

  44. Richard Allis on August 11, 2022 at 11:05 am

    Monte Cristo up by Arlington Wa way North of Seattle. Still a prospecting town there. Ghost town, but a popular trail.

  45. ray acevedo on August 11, 2022 at 11:07 am

    Live in Vancouver wa, recommend any good spots within a 50 mile radius to check out ? Appreciate it !

  46. Bubble Gum on August 11, 2022 at 11:08 am

    St. Helens is gonna blow again soon?

  47. AntSrMe on August 11, 2022 at 11:09 am

    And that’s a lie about an eminent eruption! Why? Why the misinformation just do your research and you wouldn’t discredit yourself before even getting to your point. Still watching but this is just frustrating since I grew up in the era of this so I remember first had what you speak of.

  48. Billy’s Tricks & flicks on August 11, 2022 at 11:10 am

    Check out the Liberty gold mine, in Washington potato patch gold nuggets made of wire gold.

  49. Dean on August 11, 2022 at 11:10 am

    I was hoping you would mention Republic!!! We have a Grabin

  50. Owen C on August 11, 2022 at 11:13 am

    How do you do the thing on Google earth were you can show all the mine and prospect sites like you were doing for this video

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