By: Marlene Affeldhttp://WillingWriter.com
Signs of spring are everywhere. I am sorting out my mining gear and excited about heading to the claims. While there is still a lot of snow on Cedar Creek road, it will not be long until I can get a pan in the creek.
The Cedar Creek Mining District is located in Mineral County, Montana on the east slope of the Bitterroot Mountains, southwest of what is now the town of Superior. The district encom-passes Cedar, Quartz and Trout Creeks and their tributaries, which originate near the crest of the northwestward extension of the Bitterroot Range. The creeks flow northeastward to the Clark Fork River.
Mineral County is bound by Missoula and Sanders counties and shares a border with the State of Idaho. Mineral County encompasses 1,223 square miles. Its land is 82% National Forest and is managed by the US Forest Service. 3% of the land is owned by the State of Montana and 15% is privately owned. The county’s rich mining history lends its name.
Most of the county topography is quite rugged with elevations ranging from 2500 to 8000 feet above sea level. There are 87 miles of river, 650 miles of streams and over 50 high mountain lakes to compliment the innumerable alpine meadows, waterfalls and jaw dropping vistas.