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Bertha Lookout Traditional Geocache

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Hidden : 09/04/2007
3 out of 5
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

The road leads up to the top of the mountain. The last bit is a bit rough. We went in with a two-wheel drive PU but had to go slow because of the washboards and a few small ruts. You are looking for a navy ammo can.

I've placed this cache for those working on Lookout Lisa's Puzzle cache called, Idaho Forest Fire Lookout Challenge GC15059.

Bertha Hill Lookout is the first lookout in the Western US. It was originally called Thunder Mountain. One site states the year 1902 and another says 1900. Mable Gray, a cook at the trail camp climbed a 15' hemlock snag and sat looking for smoke between mealtimes. A sad part of it's history is the fact that two lookouts have been killed while on duty, one by lightening and the other by a fall.

The current tower is a 56 foot steel tower with a 14 x 14 foot live-in cab. It is the fifth to be located on this mountain. The current one was constructed in 1958-9.

This lookout is owned by CPTA.

Either before retrieving the cache or after, stop by and enjoy the view. There are picnic tables and outhouses nearby so make a day of it.

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