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7441 - Russel Mtn. Traditional Geocache

Hidden : 06/11/2007
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3 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

Scenic mountain views near the southern boundary of the Eagle Cap Wilderness

View of Russel Mtn. Lookout

This is hide #3 in my 6k+ elevation series. I was staying at a friend's house in this part of Baker County and bagging the Wallowa View cache that had been unfound on the website for 33 months. The cache page mentioned Russel Lookout as a "must-see" spot so I came prepared with a fully-stocked cache container. The 85' tower (110 steps lead to the top!) is evidently used only for emergencies so the road is not well maintained. I think I counted 9 blowdowns across the road and many spots scream "high-clearance rig." A couple serious snowdrifts remain as well. We parked at the first obstacle and hiked to the top (about 2.4 miles RT). The terrain rating is based on hiking from road 66, however access to the top may be available during peak fire season.

The cache itself is a camo-painted rubbermaid container with various swag items and a travel bug. It's placed a stone's throw from the Russel Mtn. trailhead. Much of the area was scorched by a recent wildfire. I guess given the purpose of these structures eventually one will get a front seat to the action!

This cache qualifies for the Oregon Fire Lookout Challenge; this is a section 8 cache.

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