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Ring The Peak

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Hidden : 11/16/2008
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Ring The Peak Final Cache

Do not search at the coordinates listed above. The coordinates are for a location near the top of Pikes Peak where you'll find nothing but inspiration. In fact, Katharine Lee Bates was so inspired by the countryside surrounding Pikes Peak that she wrote the following "America the Beautiful" poem in 1893 (look for the commemorative plaque at the summit):

O beautiful, for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea.

O beautiful, for pilgrim feet
Whose stern, impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America! God mend thine ev'ry flaw;
Confirm thy soul in self control, thy liberty in law!

O beautiful, for heroes proved
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America! May God thy gold refine,
'Til all success be nobleness, and ev'ry gain divine!

O beautiful, for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years,
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea!

To find this cache: You'll need to find 15 locations mentioned in this poem. The 15 locations are marked with traditional caches along the RTP trail. Inside each cache you'll find a clue to this final location. While the final location is more of a 4/4 rating, the cache is set at a 5/5 due to the 65 mile trek and 13,000 ft. in elevation change you'll have traveled via the the Ring The Peak Trail Network. So grab your GPS, lace up the hiking shoes, and come experience "America the Beautiful".

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