Gee, guess what? It's still there! That was quite the adventure, for sure! I parked at Deer Creek Falls and decided that there was probably a 50/50 chance the log everyone else had crossed still exists. So, I figured, "Let's look for another way across." Sad to say, there were several nice logs in the area, but none actually crossing the stream. First I trekked up-stream to look for a spot. Too deep and rocks are too far apart. Then I headed down-stream. Ran into a side waterfall coming down the hill. However, the creek was shallow and calm enough to wade across here.
I stripped down to my skivvies to keep things dry and left the 'tronics behind in the backpack. Shoes in hand, I started wading. Maybe I didn't pick the best path, as the short and shirt-tail both got wet. That's OK, they'll dry! Once across I had to climb a fairly steep slope of about fifty feet. There were several animal trails to choose from to make this part of the trek easier. Ducked and hopped over miscellaneous trees/logs/bushes blocking the path until I found a nice hill of rock. Climbing this was difficult, as the rocks and dirt are loose and often gave way. Once up to the top I looked around for quite a bit (and read the hint...) but didn't find it. Finially it Dawned on me to scale the north face. That little 12oz brown coffee can really does blend in. I start looking for my jeep TB to place in this wonderful historic cache. Did I mention I left the 'tronics behind in the backpack? I left the TB as well! ARGH! So, took the Smokey the Bear baseball sitting on the ground (plastic wrapper has deteriated due to weather... but ball is fine) and left a doller.
On the way back, I was able to take a gradual incline down to my crossing point. This crossing was shallower (only a few feet off from the first) and I quickly dried my footsies , got my shoes and socks back on, and headed out.
I highly suggest tackling this cache adventure. It's not a very long hike if you don't mind getting wet, and the steepness can be taken slowly and gradually. I took almost two hours, but really took my time and was careful with the terrain. Give it a shot!!!