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Traditional Geocache

Manunka Chunk Tunnels

A cache by Scottmandude
Hidden : 8/19/2002
In New Jersey, United States
Difficulty:
3 out of 5
Terrain:
3 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

Abandoned train tunnels featured in WEIRD NJ

The abandoned Manunka Chunk train tunnels were featured in Weird NJ Story of the Week 8/8/02.

If you want a copy, e-mail me and I'll forward it to you. (I'm not much of a computer guy, there is probably a way to place a link here on the page, but I don't know how!)

I parked at Auntie Emm's(formerly King Cole's), crossed rte 46 and scrambled up the hill. About Fifty feet up is the old railroad bed. Go North (left). The tunnel entrance is about a half mile down the trail. N40 51.677 / W075 02.873

An alternative access trail is from the day care parking lot on Rte 46. This is the way that we left, then hiked along the highway to our cars. N40 51.615 / W075 02.967

The cache is located on the other side of the mountain. You can reach it by going over the mountain or thru the tunnels. Tunnels are about 300 yards long. I think the tunnel on the right is safer and drier but bring rubber boots! Look out for falling and fallen rock. You might want more than one flashlight.(This is the worst drought in fifty years and this area is wet and muddy). Check out crayfish in the puddles!

Cache is an ammo box filled with quality treasure. Good luck and don't get hurt!

GPS reception in the valley on the other side is poor. I averaged several waypoints. Please let me know if your coordinates differ and I'll average yours in as well.

After several no finds, I returned with a new box suspecting that someone walked off with it. As it turns out all I really need to do is raise the difficulty level to five. A tree fell down across the valley and knocked some boulders on top of it. We dug for an hour or so with stone tools and sticks to no avail. It started raining so I placed the new cache box close to where the other one is, and went home. So the cache is now operational! Someday I'll go back with a chainsaw, sledgehammer and cold chisel, maybe a crane to find the original cache. Perhaps one of you will take up the challenge find the first box (Blue Ammo box) and rescue "Fernando" the traveller. Good Luck!

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Pnpur vf na nzzb obk oruvaq n ebpx arne gur jrfg jnyy. V znexrq n sbhe vapu fdhner va juvgr punyx ba gur jnyy nobir vg. Gung jvyy uryc ng yrnfg hagvy gur arkg enva. Cyrnfr erserfu gur punyx znex vs vg arrqf vg. Punyx vf va gur obk.

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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Find...

  • Tun1The entrance, notice the surfboard!
  • Finally!Light at the end of the tunnel.
  • We made itThe survivors
  • now what?Do we want to go back the way we came? Or, should we try the other?
  • GeorgeOur photographer

504 Logged Visits

Found it 407     Didn't find it 21     Write note 75     Owner Maintenance 1     

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Last Updated: on 11/21/2014 7:09:38 AM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (3:09 PM GMT)
Rendered From:Unknown
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum