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Traditional Geocache

Chancellor Trail "Ironworks" Cache

A cache by Timberland
Hidden : 5/25/2008
In Washington, United States
Difficulty:
4 out of 5
Terrain:
4.5 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

Chancellor Trail #754, located in the Okanogan National Forest leads eastward along Canyon Creek, for 9 miles, eventually reaching the abandoned Gold Mining town of Chancellor.

Littered with the decayed remnants of a civilization gone, Chancellor in the late 1800's held a small, busy mining community encamped on the banks of Canyon and Slate Creeks. To this day prospector claims are in vicinity of the site and are labeled as Federal Mine Claims, the deeds to which are dated as recent as 2003.

In retrospect, we probably should have turned back from our cache deployment as conditions were not ideal, but fortunately for us the slopes were dry* for the two days we occupied them. Lo and behold the ranger for the district posted the official closure of Chancellor Trail #754 in Okanogan National Forest the day before our departure (I check online regularly for conditions) -- we had no idea the trail was in the condition it was. There were severe washouts around May 18 this year. Rampant with the notorious, cascading waterfalls of the Pacific Northwest, for this hike this Memorial Day 2008 we experienced record height creek levels, and five major washouts, two near perilous (at best) on Chancellor Trail. Canyon creek, your constant companion from the trailhead of the same name, is awesome cold. Particularly impassable washout located at Boulder creek crossing. Not recommended to seek this cache anytime soon as this is a state forest and the obstructions are not likely to be fixed anytime soon.

Option 2: Take the old mining service road from direction of "ghost town" Barron, WA (the other more prominent relic of the gold rush era in the area) to the Chancellor site. Cross the bridge and you’ll reach Chancellor Trail heading due south towards Granite Creek. It is 9 miles in total either direction. Please note: sign marking trail closure was on ground near trail marker. 1880 Ghost town and several, often abandoned mining encampments along Canyon Creek abound. Happy trails.

*As of 5-24-08 very much a requirement on this hike.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Guvf pnpur vf ybpngrq nzbat n fgrrc, nfpraqvat fjvgpuonpx guebhtu qrafr tebjgu. Ehfgrq vebajbexf znpuvarel cnegf sebz Fna Senapvfpb ynoyrq "Evfqba Vebajbexf F.S. 1902".

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
-------------------------
N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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