Theres a lot of gold here. Thing is most people dredge or sluice or stick to areas near roads. Im ex military so hiking a good 7 to 8 miles in national forest land does not bother me. I can go in early pan down some concentrates and pack them back out. The trip back out with all that weight sucks but its worth it. I also use my sister in laws private land since here recently after digging around and doing some tests.
The trick to panning around here is finding where someone has dredged a lot of material near a clay bank as well. This puts a lot of fine gold into it and it does not easily wash away once it gets stuck in it. The clay here is like that brick stuff you buy at a store no joke. Also I never pan out in the woods. I save it and take it home. Those woods are so dark you cant see half of what you might get. I take a tub and sit out in the bright sun with a waterhose by my side. Sit and do concentrates for an hour or 2 and you find a lot more that way. Every little piece reflects with the sun.
Thats another good pic showing how much magnetite I get in just a little bit of material. A lot. ALways a thin film of gold right underneath too but its like powder.