Stifle Memorial Claims are situated on Traverse Creek, 1.3
miles from Georgetown Road (Highway 193)
just off Meadow Brook Road. The Claims are
now part of Traverse Creek Special Interest Area.
William Stifle's mining ventures included gold and,
in the early 1900's, he submitted a claim for vesuvianite
crystals, which were thought at that time to be
emeralds, causing quite a stir! The El Dorado County Mineral and Gem Society
managed the Memorial Claims from 1954 to 1995, when
the club relinquished the Claims
to the Forest Service. The area is now part of the Traverse
Creek Special Interest Area.
The Stifle Memorial is part of the Mt. Murphy
earthquake fault. It is located near the center
of the El Dorado National Forest Special Interest
Area used by equestrians, hunters, fishermen,
botanical groups, rockhounds and people just wanting
to enjoy nature.
Rockhounders search for variety of rocks and minerals
including vesuvianite, grossularite (massive
garnet), diopside, idocrase,
psilomelane, and tremolite, and pan for placer gold. The club hosts field trips and takes students from local elementary schools
on study tours of this wonderful area.
There is not a fee for collecting on this site nor
is a formal permit required. However, jackhammer type digging is not allowed
and over-collecting is prohibited. As with any site, care must be taken on
the land to preserve it for our next
As the Forest Service reminds us: PLEASE STAY ON
THE TRAILS! For your safety and to preserve the
vegetation in the area, please stay on the walking
trails to get to the rock formations. One of
the concerns in area is for Laynes's Butterweed,
which flowers April through June below 2,000 feet.
This plant is a very high priority sensitive plant
and is officially listed by the Federal Government as
threatened. This plant and others in the area should be left undisturbed.
For more information please check with the
Georgetown Ranger Station, 7600 Wentworth Springs
Road, Georgetown, CA 95634.
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