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The Old Railroad to Monte Cristo Multi-cache

Hidden : 08/17/2008
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
3 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

This is a multi only to be attempted if heading TO Monte Cristo

A medium lock-and-lock placed just off the trail to Monte Cristo.
By now you have used a log to cross a river – this is the only reason for the terrain difficulty. Otherwise I would rate this cache itself (as in off the trail) a 1.5
Tree cover is fairly dense so we are including descriptions on how to find it in the write-up and providing a hint to further help.
Monte Cristo is suppose to be the best ghost town to visit in Washington state. Curious to see it ourselves, we noticed the scarcity of caches along this more than four mile route (eight miles of hiking round trip) we decided to spice up the hike by adding some more geocaches and giving back to the geocaching community.
Don't forget your daily or yearly Northwest Forestry Pass so you don't get ticketed for parking.
This cache may not be available during winter months.

To the left of the trail (heading to MC) stands a plaque for a trail that has been mostly overgrown. Here once lay the Weden House.
To find the coordinates to the final cache use the information you find on the plaque to:
In what year did the first mine near Monte Cristo open? This number is ABCD
How many pictures are on this plaque? This number is E.
Around when were these photos taken? This number is FGHI.
How many thousands of feet was the aerial tram that the Northwest Consolidated Mining Company constructed? This number is J.
The coordinates to the final are:
N 4J 5G.EAB
W 121 2E.B2B
The final is when you are finally nearing Monte Cristo!

You will note other interesting railroad features as you travel this trail: part of the old track exposed by the changing course of the river and the railroad turntable at the town (which can still be rotated by a single person pushing hard enough).

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Gb gur evtug bs gur genvy (urnqvat gb ZP) va gur fghzc cnfg gur gerr jvgu gur nggnpurq fvggvat fghzc

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)