A geocache made in Hollywood (but placed in Washington). — Ring of Fire (GCJYHZ) — Geocache of the Week

Maybe this was the train Ozzy Osbourne was singing about in "Crazy Train". Photo by geocacher Brasstax.
Maybe this was the train Ozzy Osbourne was singing about in “Crazy Train”. Photo by geocacher Brasstax.

This week’s Geocache of the Week was born from the depths a fiery train crash. You might be thinking, “Jeez, that’s kind of a bummer. I hope no one was hurt in the wreck.” Until, of course, you learn that the train wreck was all a piece of Hollywood cinema. If you’re up for a hike and a challenging find, Ring of Fire (GCJYHZ) will show you a piece of movie history.

In 1961, the film “Ring of Fire” was released. This film is a classic, campy story of  boy meets girl, all while a giant forest fire rages through the Pacific Northwest. You can even watch the original trailer. Movie spoiler alert: The grand finale of the film occurs when a train is stuck on a flaming bridge. Eventually, the bridge weakens and collapses, sending the train cars tumbling into a ravine. While the movie is set in Oregon, the actual filming location for this stunt was in Washington. After filming, the crew did their best to remove the wreckage, but several pieces still remained. Several years later, geocacher ironman114 found the location and placed this geocache there.

Check out the epic grand finale (skip to the 13 minute mark):

A piece of wreckage from "Ring of Fire". Photo by geocacher cougarcach24.
A piece of wreckage from “Ring of Fire”. Photo by geocacher cougarcach24.

Since then, many geocachers have found this difficulty 3.5, terrain 5 geocache and ended up with great stories. Geocacher crouchcrew had this to say in their log, “What an awesome, amazing cache for an awe-inspiring, epic milestone! He did good by picking this one. From the ropes, the climb, the railcars, the view, the history, the celebration, the beautiful day and finding the cache en masse made for a geocaching top 10 day! Thanks so much for placing and maintaining this consummate cache!”

As a fan of old movies, the CO, ironman114, knew this spot would make a great geocache. Regarding the positive logs and favorite points, he says, “I derive a lot of satisfaction to see all the cachers enjoying the trek and hunt for this cache… If you get a lot of positive logs then you know you did it right.” He goes on with a message for other geocachers who plan to hide a geocache, “Location, Location, Location. Take time to think about it and if location is bland then make a good container or story to go with the geocache. Just because you can hide a geocache within feet of a full smelly pit toilet doesn’t mean you HAVE to!”

Have you ever come across old wrecks, abandoned buildings or other once-inhabited places while geocaching? Tell us about it in the comments.

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  • Scavenger12

    Found a cache by an old abandoned mineshaft one time

  • Lady Warwick

    This is hilarious… I don’t think this train should have moved just cos he pushed it with the engine, he never hooked up the air brake lines and release the coach car brakes….surely it was coupled, but that doesnt mean anything lol

  • ClarksJeepn

    We had a cache west of town that was part of a set for Ghosts of mars. GC59F0 Mars Express. It since has been archived and the prop destroyed but it still is one of my favorites. Here is New Mexico there have been about 600 movies filmed and there are many caches related to those locations.

  • Mextao39

    One of my fave caches is called the horses tomb in a wee village called wymess bay in Scotland. I’ve lived in a near-by town for 15 years and had no idea it was there until I started caching. Such a beautiful place to visit. And amazing history.

  • dancelovetigger

    The Lady Dolphin in Baton Rouge is a 4/4 cache and its and old ship that is half on land and half in the water. We had to wade through knee high water and climb a rope to gey up the ship and since the ship is at an angle you get a sense of vertigo because you feel off center.

  • NVgator

    This is the stuff geocaching was created to be about! I have only placed one cache and it’s on a mountain peak. Caching used to be about taking the cache hunter to a place of interest but anymore the majority (especially urban caches) are merely about how sneakily one can hide a tiny piece of crap…

  • Debbie Schroeder

    Just visited the Ring of Fire in August. I love the history and the challenge. If you haven’t been you ought to make it a plan!