High Desert Gold Corporation
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High Desert Gold Corporation

August 20, 2009 12:45 ET

High Desert Gold Continues to Develop Gold Targets at Artillery Peak, Arizona

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 20, 2009) - High Desert Gold Corporation ("HDG" or the "Company")(TSX VENTURE:HDG)(TSX VENTURE:HDG.WT) continues to receive encouraging high-grade gold results from the ongoing geologic and geochemical programs at its Artillery Peak gold property located in northern Arizona. The recent work consisted of the collection of an additional 93 rock chip samples along with the mapping of the frequency and attitudes of the veins within the mineralized vein systems. For earlier reported results see HDG PR08-16, September 29, 2008 and PR09-07, July 2, 2009. Artillery Peak contains 3 distinct high-grade vein systems hosted within Precambrian granite. The vein systems consist of parallel, sheeted quartz veins ranging in thickness from 5 centimeters to 1 meter. The vein systems occur in 3 distinct orientations and all carry high-grade gold. Two of the systems have been traced for 550-700 meters along strike and are open in both directions. The third system is not as well developed and has only been traced for 200 metres along strike thus far. Each vein system consists of a series of high frequency parallel veins. Approximately 30 individual veins have been identified within these systems so far. The high frequency of veins within the vein-systems indicates a potential for bulk, open pittable gold as well as very high grade underground targets on the Artillery Peak property.

Samples from the individual veins continued to show very high-grade gold values. A total of 56 vein samples were collected in this recent program with values ranging from 0.022 g/t to a high of 75.1 g/t (2.19 oz/t) with an average grade of 10.1 g/t (0.29 oz/t). Overall, there have been a total of 143 samples collected from veins with an average value of 11.2 g/t Au (0.33 oz/t). To date, there have been a total of 254 samples collected from veins and other rock types from the project with an average value for all samples being 6.69 g/t Au (0.20 oz/t).

In addition to the characterization of the veins, HDG has collected samples from the granitic wall rock both immediately adjacent to the veins and in areas where no veining has been observed. The results from this work have shown that the gold mineralization in the granitic wall rock is quite variable with values ranging from 0.006 g/t to 31.6 g/t over sample lengths of 2 to 6 metres, with the typical values being in the 0.05 to 0.20 g/t range.

HDG will be further refining the primary targets at Artillery Peak and will be reviewing options for trenching and drilling programs, as well as considering joint venture opportunities.

The following table shows the results from both the vein and wall rock sampling conducted to date. Plans are to continue the rock chip sampling and complete the detailed mapping of the multiple vein systems.



Summary of Selected Rock Chip Samples
Artillery Ridge Project

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Sample Number Sample Length Description Gold
(Meters) (g/t)
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14898 0.6 Vein, white quartz 8.07
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14900 0.1 Vein, white quartz 31.1
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14901 6.1 Hanging wall to vein 3.85
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14907 3x3 area Vein, white quartz 46.3
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14908 3 Hand dug trench in 0.108
Granite, no veins
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14909 3 Continuation of sample 0.192
14907
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14910 0.3 Vein, white quartz 20.6
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14915 0.4 Vein, white quartz 4.74
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14916 0.4 Vein, white quartz 8.27
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14927 3 Granite with hematite on 0.259
fractures
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14928 3.3 Granite, no veins 0.234
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14929 3x3 area Select of vein over a 3x3 17.0
meter area
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14936 0.3 Vein, white quartz 75.1
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14937 0.3 Vein, white quartz 31.2
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14938 1.2 Multiple stacked veins in 9.51
granite
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14939 2 Granite 0.111
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14940 0.1 Vein, white quartz 24.4
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14941 0.3 Vein, white quartz 9.54
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14942 0.6 Multiple stacked veins in 4.19
granite
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143301 2.3 Vertical cut through 0.49
granite
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143302 0.1 Vein, white quartz 31.6
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143303 0.1 Vein, white quartz 71.3
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143304 0.1 Vein, white quartz 10.7
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143305 6.1 Granite 0.217
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145245 3.3 Hanging wall granite with 31.6
hematite on fractures
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The Qualified Person for this press release is Randall Moore, Executive VP, Exploration, High Desert Gold Corporation, and he has reviewed and approved the content of this press release.

The samples were assayed by ALS Chemex an ISO2000 laboratory, in Reno, Nevada, using the Au-AA23 method which consists of a 30 gram fire assay with an AA finish.

Certain statements contained herein constitute "forward-looking statements". Forward-looking statements look into the future and provide an opinion as to the effect of certain events and trends on the business. Forward-looking statements may include words such as "plans," "intends," "anticipates," "should," "estimates," "expects," "believes," "indicates," "targeting," "suggests," "potential," "interpretation" and similar expressions. Information concerning the interpretation of chip sample results and also geology may be considered forward-looking statements, as such information constitutes a prediction of what mineralization might be found to be present if and when a project is actually developed. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and entail various risks and uncertainties, which are more fully described in the Company's Annual Information Form filed and publicly available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Actual results may materially differ from expectations, if known and unknown risks or uncertainties affect our business, or if our estimates or assumptions prove inaccurate. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Except as required by law, HDG assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or any other reason.

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