I found out about Burning Conifers sometime between when it was placed and when it was first found, I forget how. I liked reading the logs, but Burning Conifers is not a cache that I would want to try to find.
However, I did want to figure out a place where I could place a difficult cache, but I didn't want to have to climb a tree in the early morning. I eventually came up with this cliff that I know of because there used to be a cache here, another one that I didn't find. You can park at the 36th Street Trailhead or at the northern end of Beus Drive. From the 36th Street Trailhead, it is about three hundred feet in elevation gain over half of a mile. From the Beus Drive Trailhead, the first half mile is fairly level, to the top of the set of cliffs, then you'll have to come down about one-hundred twenty feet and maybe about another quarter of a mile along the trail.
The cliff is at an altitude of 5140 MSL, and about fifty feet south of and across the stream from the trail. There are several sets of cliffs, so that you know you're at the right place, there are the remains of two cars at the bottom of the cliff. This particular section of the cliff is about fifty feet wide and tall enough to need the ladder I brought. The coordinates are about the approximate center of the search box. The search box is the cliff, the stream, and two imaginary lines from the cliff ends running perpendicular to the cliff between the cliff and the stream
Now, you get to find out about the ladder; it wouldn't be this difficult if there weren't some semi-special equipment involved.
Somewhere in this search box are two pieces of rusted metal with fractional-minute coordinates on them. One of them has the info stamped on it, the other the info is punched (with small holes). One is marked with an "N" and the other is marked with a "W". I made sure that the digits were easily readable even in the failing light because I don't want to come back. I brought a ladder with me that extends to twenty feet. You'll need a ladder to retrieve at least one of the washers. The second washer isn't on either of the car remains, but it is at least waist-high when standing on the ground. The two washers are placed and/or secured where they will not be dislodged except by a high-magnitude earthquake or a careless cacher.
You are responsible for replacing these washers back where you found them, where they are secure. If you drop either, you are responsible for finding it/them or getting replacement(s) from me and replacing it/them where it/they should be. I really don't want to do this again.
Now that you have the coordinates and know which is which, you need to find the cache. It is within fifty feet of one of the trails. This is near where the north/south Bonneville Shoreline Trail and the Strong Canyon Trail cross, so make sure that you get the coordinates correct. I specifically chose a day to place this cache when my tracks would soon be covered by a snow storm. I'm not giving any clues for the final stage because it will be easy compared to finding the washers. I'm not saying if you'll need the ladder to retrieve this ammo can, but you must sign the log to count this as a find.
The hike isn't difficult, just bringing and using the ladder is, so bring the kids along so that they can watch the fun.
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I've been telling cachers about my plans for this cache for months. Now it is here.
Congratulations to Mtnman1830 and Shphilby for being first to find.
Congratulations to railroader921, MarshallOD and B.O.S.N. on being the first ones to find both washers.