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Collier's walk

A cache by edscott Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 03/01/2007
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Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

Longish walk in the seldom seen Eastern parts of French Creek. Plan on a 5 to 7 K round trip with 235 to 300 meters of climb. Access points include trails from Shed Road and Baptism Creek. DCNR approved this cache

Ensconced in rock, the collier toils,

His workplace now the cacher foils,

A billion rocks, but ne'er one,

Shields this treasure from the sun.

You are looking for a charcoal terrace where charcoal was made to feed the furnace at Hopewell. Undoubtedly you will pass many of these during your walk before you stumble toward the one you seek, but for a minute imagine this as your job... to live near this site, or a similar one, for most of the year. Perhaps getting to walk into Birdsboro every month or two for supplies and a night in a real bed. These guys were tough!!! Find out more by visiting Hopewell Furnace.
All approaches should be made over public land. Here is a link to a 1.6 MB PDF map of French Creek and Hopewell Furnace lands. href="">

I put a lot of French Creek East orienteering maps in local caches. If you pick one up before you try this one, it may make your day a lot easier. All the information you need is in the text, but if you have to log a DNF I'll give you a bit more. The Google map supplied by on the cache page won't help much in route selection, but coming from the West or South is highly recommended. Although there is a legal way in from the North, only the most knowledgeable of even the local residents will know where it is and there is no parking available. It's simpler and safer to avoid that approach.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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