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Panning For Gold Process

We went to Heaton Flats in San Gabriel Canyon to camp and pan for gold. The process is easy- just a lot of labor- and finding the right spot! Here is the process:

  • Find  a good spot near a river or stream
  • Dig down a ways (gold is heavy so it sinks down- won’t be on the top layer)
  • Have either a bucket for dirt or place in your pan
  • If using a sluice, dump dirt onto sluice (a device used to seperate fine dirt and gold from bigger rocks)
  • Dump the remaining contents from sluice into a bucket to pan
  • Slowly wash away dirt in your pan

It takes time but it is fun and you can be successful!

Happy panning!