20 Acre Lode Claim For Sale or Lease Option

Historic Phillips Mine

Mine Details

Commodity: Gold, Silver
Location: California, USA
Terms: For Sale, Lease Purchase Option
Price: $38,000

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Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. is proud to present the Historic Phillips Gold Mining Claim. This is a 20 acre lode mining claim for sale exclusively through Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. The claim is located just outside of Weaverville, California and has been properly staked and marked at all corners. All Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. claims have been meticulously surveyed, mapped and researched. Field work is completed by our own experienced, well versed Mine Survey Team.


Indian Creek District – Trinity County, California
Mine is visible from the road
High clearance 4WD
Contact us for exact coordinates


The Phillips is a rare mine of its kind for the region. In an area known for its placer gold production, the lode mines are rare to find. They have either been filled in or locked down into parks and wilderness. There is excellent documentation of the history of the claim including a report on the reserves in the mine. There is visible gold in the mines and the 1979 report stated there is a minimum of 1600 tons of gold blocked out in reserves. That's just over $1.9 Million dollars with gold valued at $1200 per ounce.

Historic reports state there are 5 adits cut at various heights on the claim. Our survey team only located 2 mine portals, one accessible, and one completely collapsed. The mines are located in the southern end of the Klamath range, outside of the Whiskeytown Rec area and receive very little traffic. The claim is set over Spring Gulch and when the creek is running it could likely be panned for some of the famous "motherlode" nuggets.

A good road runs from the highway, and a nice dirt road runs up to the mine from Douglas City. The road can get narrow in spots but is navigable in a full size vehicle as of 11/16. 4WD is recommended for a few steep inclines and crawling over some ruts. There is very limited room for parking or staging at the claim, but there are flats down by the creekbed that are recommended for camping and staging.

According to historic documents, there should be roughly 275' in underground workings at the mine. We only explored and documented less than 60' and found native gold in quartz in several spots. The claim is secluded and offers good privacy. Don't expect a lot of passersby, as the mine is on its own spur with nothing beyond it.


Two small clusters of deposits, the Indian Creek and Bully Choop district, located about 10 and 15 miles southeast of Weaverville, respectively, are collectively referred to herein as the Bully Choop district. Production is essentially unknown, but probably amounted to no more than a few tens of thousands of dollars.

The district is west of the large granitic Shasta Bally batholith in rocks of the central metamorphic belt, which here include both the Salmon Hornblende Schist and the Abrams Mica Schist. It may be significant that both the Indian Creek and the Bully Choop groups of deposits are on the crests of two northwest-trending antiforms.

The gold-bearing lodes were narrow quartz veins, generally ranging from thin stringers to veins a few inches to a foot seldom as much as several feet in width, mostly with northwest strikes and steep dips. Most of the gold was free milling, some includes sulfites, chiefly pyrite but including minor quantities of galena, chalcopyrite, and sphalerite. Gold was mined from small high-grade pockets near the surface, where weathering had caused decomposition of gold-bearing sulfides. Efforts were not made to dig into lodes because free-milling gold was so prevalent on the surface.[3]


A lode gold mine located west of Mikes Peak, along Spring Gulch, a tributary of Indian Creek, about 1,600 feet N of the Dixie Queen Mine. Mineralization is hosted in mica schist. The ore body is pockets, strikes NW and dips 90 (vertically), at a thickness of 0.91 meters. The country rock is cut in places by "limestone dikes." Local rocks include schist of various types and ages. Workings include underground openings with an overall depth of 275 feet (91.44 meters). They are comprised of a series of adits, highest is 53 feet below the outcrop or 222 feet above the level of the creek. It is 160 feet long. The next adit lies 57 feet below at 130 feet long. The third adit is 100 feet lower and is 150 feet long. The lowest adit is 20 feet above the creek, and at distances of 67 feet and 122 feet from the portal, 2 raises are driven to the level above. Some work was done on the opposite side of the creek also. No production record was found. Production was an estimated 1,600 tons of ore valued at 2.25 ounces per ton(period values).[1]


Remote location out of the ghost town of Douglas City. There is no indication of the size or scope of the mine until you are on top of it or in it. The waste dumps have been covered over with undergrowth and trees and are difficult to define. There are reported 5 adits on the claim. We were only able to locate 2 of the entrances. One was collapsed and the other was accessible but could use shoring inside. The samples inside the mine are impressive, showing native gold in stringers and nuggets in the quartz bodies. Historic reports state there is 1600 tons of blocked ores that will bring a minimum of 2.25 ounces to the ton. Total value of that recovery at current value would be over $1.9mil.

Excellent claim for small miner who knows how to crush gold out of rock. Gold is visible and prevalent, it will need to be crushed out of the quartz. It would be a simple task to high grade the visible gold and crush and pan it on the weekends.

Access to the Mine: Mine is visible from the road
Tailings Present: 25 cubic yards
Entrance: Easily accessible, Soft conglomerate rock
Mine Cut: Adit
Depth / Length: 275' reported
Minerals in the Mine: Gold, Silver
Foot Traffic in the Mine: None
Last Worked: 1979

Federally Registered Mining Claim ID: CAMC314353