This hike will take you to the shores of several lakes with beautiful vistas. You will see many different wildflowers and shrubs, as well as birds and different trees - cedar in the lowlands and pine on the ridges. Binoculars would be a good thing to bring to fully enjoy the area. Some of these cliffs are used for rappelling near Ennis Lake. The name of the cache indicates the ruggedness of this hike. You will be going up and down many hills, some narrow openings through rocks, and other areas you will have to guess where the path is by looking at the ground to see where others have gone. Wear good waterproof, ankle support gear -especially if the weather has been wet. You will be hiking over rocks, pine needles, leaves, and roots. The hike is 3 + miles. It took us a little over 3 hours to complete, with one rest and a stop for lunch at the cliffs.
DO NOT BUSHWHACK. THE GPS MAY INDICATE A SHORTER ROUTE, BUT STAY ON THE TRAILS. THE DIFFICULTY OF THE TOPOGRAPHY MAKES STRAIGHT LINE NAVIGATION ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE.
YOU MAY FIND IT USEFUL TO GET A STYLIZED MAP OF THE BLACKSTONE LK.TRL. AT THE USFS LOCATED ACROSS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL WOLF CENTER ON HWY. 169. A McKenzie or Fisher Map (F-10) OF THE AREA COULD ALSO HELP YOU.
To find the coordinates for the first waypoint, go to the explanatory sign of the Derecho Wind at the trailhead. Read about the storm and answer : How long was the path of destruction? DUE TO RECENT VANDALISM, THE SIGN IS GONE. TO FIND WAYPOINT #1, (AB) = 30.
WAYPOINT 1: At these coordinates you will find the numbers to waypoint 2.
WAYPOINT 2: At these coordinates you will find the numbers to waypoint 3.
WAYPOINT 3: At these coordinates you will find the numbers to waypoint 4.
You will have to backtrack to the main trail from this waypoint, but the view is worth it. Your GPS will indicate you are getting farther from waypoint 4, but the main trail is the best choice. You may be muggled here, please be very stealthful, and refrain from explaining your real reason for being here. This is very important.
WAYPOINT 4: At these co-ordinates you will find the numbers to waypoint 5.
WAYPOINT 5: At these coordinates you will find the numbers to waypoint 6.
WAYPOINT 6: At these coordinates you will find the numbers to find waypoint 7, the physical cache.
WAYPOINT 7: (physical cache)