Hidden Creek

Prospect, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale GU
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale D-1
Latitude 62.76
Longitude -144.16
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Location and accuracy Hidden Creek (Cobb, 1979 [OF 79-1247, p. 13]), is a south-flowing tributary to Flat Creek. It has been actively prospected about one-quarter mile north of the lake in the Flat Creek valley (Richter, 1966, fig. 5). Hidden Creek is locality 20 of Richter and Matson (1972) and locality 19 of MacKevett and Holloway (1977). It lies along the section line at the bottom center of the SW1/4, section 6, T. 11 N., R. 7 E., Copper River Meridian.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

The rocks in the area consist of Pennsylvanian to Permian volcanics of the Tetelna Formation that are intruded by monzonitic rocks of the Pennsylvanian to Permian, Ahtell pluton. The contact is broad and low angle; the Teteltna rocks form a roof cap over the pluton along Hidden Creek (Richter, 1966).
Little is known about this placer deposit. The area was prospected in the early 1900s; it was restaked and prospected again after the discovery of the placer in Grubstake Gulch in 1934 (Moffit, 1938, p. 51). The placer prospect is about 3 miles below the Elizabeth, molybdenum-porphyry deposit (GU025). This porphyry was apparently not sampled systematically for gold, but Richter and Matson (1968) reported one highly anomalous stream-sediment sample with 300 ppb Au in the valley of Hidden Creek below the Elizabeth deposit and about 2.5 miles above the placer workings in Hidden Creek.
Geologic map unit (-144.162189772843, 62.7596056542321)
Mineral deposit model Placer Au (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a)
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Age of mineralization Holocene placer.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Small placer operation (Moffit, 1938; Richter, 1966).
Indication of production Yes
Production notes Probably minor .