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Cooper Mountain Lookout Site Traditional Geocache

Hidden : 10/07/2007
2 out of 5
2.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

The cache is located on Cooper Mountain, 12 miles N of Chelan, or 9 miles SW of Pateros.

This is one of the views from the cache site, looking south toward Lake Chelan. The Columbia River is just right of center. Mission Ridge is in the distance.

Cooper Mountain was established as a lookout in 1920 with a crow's nest. Crows Nest 1920-1927 Seven years later, in 1927, a log cabin was built. It burned in a forest fire and wasn't replaced until 1932 with a new log cabin and accompanying 45' wooden tower with 7x7' cab. 45 foot wooden tower 1932-1939. Then in 1939 a 53' treated timber L-4 tower was constructed and staffed into the 1960's. 53 foot L-4 tower 1939-1968. The lookout was destroyed in 1968. (Information and photos courtesy of Rex's Forest Fire Lookout Page).

The Road to Cooper Mountain is very good. You could probably drive there in a car for all but the last 1/4 mile. From Chelan, follow SR-150 toward Manson and bear right onto Boyd road approximately 2.5 miles from Chelan. After a couple more miles, turn left onto Cooper Mountain road and follow the signs all the way to the top. The elevation at the summit is 5867 feet. You should also be able to drive in from Pateros on SR-153 and FR-4010, but I didn't come from that direction so I can't comment on the condition of those roads.

On the way up, I spotted other lookout sites, such as Chelan Butte to the south, Stormy Mountain to the west, and Leecher Mountain to the Northeast. The skies were dark with low hanging clouds when I hid the cache, but on a clear day you should be able to see Glacier Peak and Mt. Rainier.

For the Washington Lookout Challenge, this cache is located in Area 3.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Frr fcbvyre cubgb. N ovg gb gur yrsg bs gung gerr, sebz guvf cbvag bs ivrj.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)