The VICTORIA WEST showing is located on the northern slope of Lightning Peak, approximately 1.75 kilometres northwest of the summit. The showing is 260 metres west of a similar occurrence, the VICTORIA EAST (082ENE076) showing.
The showing occurs in greenstone of the Devonian-Triassic Harper Ranch Group which is hosted by granodiorite and diorite of an unnamed Middle Jurassic intrusion. In the vicinity of the showing granodiorite intrudes the Harper Ranch Group and quartz porphyry dikes are commonly associated with quartz veining.
The first recorded work on the VICTORIA WEST showing is a 1930 description of surface work by the claim owner A. Scaia. The report describes a 15-centimetre wide quartz vein striking 35 degrees and dipping steeply to the southeast. Mineralization consists of pyrite, and probably galena and sphalerite in a vuggy quartz vein.
In 1968-69, International Mine Services Ltd. carried out geochemical and geological surveys for the Great Horn Mining Syndicate. The VICTORIA WEST showing was covered by the PEAK 96 claim; however, little attention appears to have been paid to the VICTORIA WEST area.
In 1984-85, Zalmac Mines Limited carried out VLF-EM and IP surveys over portions of the BIG P 1, 2 & 3 claims, which include the VICTORIA WEST showing. The surveys identified 3 polarizable anomalies coincident with east-west VLF-EM conductors. It was speculated that these anomalies may represent mineralized shear zones. Several northeast trending conductors were detected by a 1985 VLF-EM survey. It was suggested that they could be extensions of the RAMPALO (082ENE032), VICTORIA WEST and LUMPY (082ENE031) structures.
In 1991-92, Zalmac Mines Limited carried out a program of geological mapping, soil and rock sampling, surveying and aerial photograph studies of the general area around, and including, the VICTORIA WEST showing. Lineations identified by the aerial photograph study coincide with anomalous gold, silver and base metal soil geochemistry. Further work was recommended.
A grab sample from the VICTORIA WEST showing assayed 2.1 grams per tonne gold, 54.7 grams per tonne silver, 0.383 per cent lead and 0.095 per cent zinc (Assessment Report 22875). Another sample from a trench, 75 metres to the south, assayed 4.14 grams per tonne gold, 219 grams per tonne silver and 0.63 per cent lead (Assessment Report 22875).