Growing up in the '80s, me and some of my friends believed that this area on the side of the mountain across from Tipton was a national monument. It's not. Although this clearing of bare, bleached rubble doesn't look quite as good as it did in my youth, it still looks distinctly like an eagle in flight. To the best of my knowledge, this is only a fascinating natural feature on the mountainside.
As the cache name implies, this cache is hidden near the "head" of the eagle. Also as the cache name implies, you will be privy to an amazing eagle's view of Tipton and the surrounding valley.
As with any arduous trek, please plan ahead before attempting this cache. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for rough terrain and the weather, and don't forget to bring some water. This is not a far hike, but you will be exerting some energy. The climb up involves traversing very steep, rocky and uneven ground. Please be wary of snakes at all times. Though I haven't heard or seen any up here, I know that they are around. I'm sure your agree that this is prime real estate for rattlers.
Blaze Orange is required during hunting season as this area is heavily hunted during the primary seasons.
There are really two approaches to this cache. (1) park just north of the eagle at the pull-off along Skelp Mountain Road and hike south to the eagle's tail. Then, climb up the debris field to the cache. or (2) hike along the top of the ridge to just above the cache. I prefer the first method, however, this is not for everyone.
This cache's container has been changed to a regular Ammo box. After re-climbing and reassessing other cacher's opinions, I have upped the D/T rating to 3/4.5.
Again, please be appropriately prepared and be careful. Also, some of the land below the eagle IS posted. Please do not enter into or trespass onto private property. As always, cache-in, trash-out!
Congratulations to rabjack: First to Find!
Congratulations carels: Second to Find!
Explanation of Difficulty/Terrain Ratings:
Difficulty: very well hidden in one of several locations / may require multiple trips to find; camouflaged and could be mistaken for part of the environment; vague, slightly cryptic, but can be solved using using common knowledge, the data on the cache page, or information at the cache location; very little or no traffic and/or muggle activity; spotty GPSr reception.
Terrain: unmarked trail or path with a medium to rough surface; less than 1/2 mile from paved parking/road; heavy vegetation growth / encounters with poisonous plants and/or wildlife likely/frequent; severe changes in elevation, max slope greater than 45 degrees.
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