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Gee Whiz! Traditional Geocache

Hidden : 10/20/2008
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Geocache Description:

Gee Whiz! may be your words as you peruse the view that Gee Point is reputed to have. Sadly, I can't vouch for it as it was hidden from us by clouds the day we were there. But I'm told you can see for miles in all directions: Mt. Baker, Mt. Rainier, Glacier Peak, the Twin Sisters Range, the Pickets, Puget Sound, the Olympics, and the San Juans. But I'll be there, on the next severe clear day that comes my way, to check it all out.

At one time, there was a forest fire lookout up here, at nearly 5000'. Built by the Forest Service in 1934, the L-5 style cabin overlooking Finney and Gee Creeks was abandoned in 1964. Today, there is little left to tell you that anything was ever here: rusty nails, telephone wire, and vague remains of a cabin below.

The three mile RT hike to Gee Point is not boring. It starts along an overgrown but easily found blocked dirt road. No, don't bring bikes of any kind, or horses as the trail quickly deteriorates as it heads up the hill, becoming nearly invisible and easily lost. Thankfully, our way up was marked by cairns left by an unknown hiker before us. As we entered the woods, the trail became clear, bringing us to a gorgeous meadow and the small valley where the cabin used to be. If you elect to bring small children, hold tightly to their hands both on the way up and at the top -- a flat spot barely 25' across. There are logs, rocks, and steep hills (dare I say cliffs?) to navigate, not to mention the brush. (A good description of the trail can be found in Bob Mooers' book Winter Hikes in Puget Sound & the Olympic Foothills.)

About the cache:
  • Please, other than the "Wish You Were Here" postcard geocoin that is to stay and live in this cache, please do not leave any traveling bugs or geocoins. The last ones were there for over a year before they were removed. Because of its remoteness, this cache is seldom found.
  • You are looking for a 30 cal ammo can.
  • The cache is not at the very top, but shortly before you get there.
  • At this point, although it is mentioned in a book of hikes for children, and a winter hiking book, I would not suggest looking for this cache in the snow, nor would I suggest you bring very young children along.
  • A forest pass is not needed for this cache.
  • If you're looking for a hike without many people, this is a great spot. We didn't see a soul.
  • Make sure to check out the avalanche path. It crosses the road in two spots on the way up. It is spectacular to consider its power.

Finally, please let me know if there are problems with either the cache or coordinates. Most importantly, have fun!


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