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Learning About the Ghost Town of Monte Cristo Mystery Cache

Hidden : 08/17/2008
2 out of 5
3 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:


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 2.

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 supposed 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.

Before you visit Monte Cristo, it would be best to know a little about this ghost town.

In what year was gold and silver discovered in the Monte Cristo area? This is ABCD

At the height of the boom town, how many operating hotels were in the area? This is E

In what year did flooding damage the road to the extent that Washington decided not to repair or reopen the road? This is FGHI

The actual coordinates are:

N 47 ED.6HI

W 121 24.EEI

To the left of the trail (heading to MC) under a big rock on a knoll overlooking the trail.

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