Trail Creek

Prospect, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale NB
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale C-5
Latitude 62.6174
Longitude -143.2414
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Location and accuracy This placer prospect is in the valley of an unnamed, east headwater tributary to Trail Creek. It is at an elevation of about 4,800 feet, 6,000 feet northwest of peak 7080, and 5,000 feet southwest of elevation 6285. The prospect is about 0.4 mile west of the center of section 30, T. 10 N., R. 12 E. of the Copper River Meridian. This is locality 3 of Richter and Schmoll (1973), locality 61 of Richter and others (1975), and National Park Service locality WRST-7 (unpublished data). This prospect was included by Cobb and Richter (1980) under the name 'Trail Cr.'. It is located to within a few hundred feet.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Placer gold claims were staked at this locality in 1931 and subsequently prospected without encouraging results (Moffit, 1943). Some surface placer workings are present (Richter and others, 1975). Bedrock in this tributary to Trail Creek includes abundant Upper Jurassic argillite in its headwaters and Triassic limestone and greenstone downstream. Fine-grained dioritic dikes and irregular intrusions are widespread in the bedrock of this drainage (Richter and Schmoll, 1973 ).
Geologic map unit (-143.243551443966, 62.6170350819019)
Mineral deposit model Placer Au (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a)
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Age of mineralization Quaternary.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Some surface placer workings are present (Richter and others, 1975).
Indication of production Undetermined

Additional comments

The prospect is in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Preserve.