Many, many years ago we discovered this scenic part of Cottonville Avenue when we took our first drive along its length. Long before it became Rustic Road #50, we followed a map that said we would come out on another road at the other end, but at times we weren’t sure we would!
Since then, we have become familiar with every twist and turn of this road and every colorful tree along its edges. Over the years we have seen many changes along the roadside. The “hippie” bus we would always look for was removed a few years back, and there has been some recent logging between WP4 and WP5. The area that was clear-cut quite a while ago near the western edge of this segment has now grown over with trees and bushes that hide the logging scars.
The best time to drive this section of the road is from mid-September to mid-October when the leaves of the different kinds of trees here take on their various colors at various times, but we have traveled the route at all times of the year. Because the road is gravel and sand, it is more difficult to navigate in the winter and after the spring thaw or a heavy rain. This segment of Cottonville Avenue lies in two townships, and each is responsible for the maintenance of its own miles, so there may be times when one part of the road is plowed, graded, or rocked, while the other part isn’t. The cache is available in winter, but the road conditions may be questionable, and the container may be harder to find.
This cache will have you driving from east to west for about five miles. There are seven waypoints along this route (WP1 is at the initial cache coordinates), each of which will take you to a red and white fire number marker. The first five of these are on the left (south) and the last two are on the right (north). You will need to write down the three numbers from each marker and place them in the corresponding spots of the coordinate listing below. If you have done all of this correctly, you will be less than three miles from the final cache location, which is located less than 100 feet off a paved road with a place to pull off.
While you are driving this road gathering information at the waypoints, somewhere there is another cache to find, one in BakRdz's rustic roads series: "WRR - Cottonville Ave." (GC20CD8). Check it out.
Cache can be located at: N 44* VX.QYB W 089* GP.UZA
- ABC is at WP1: N 44* 03.446 W 89* 39.656
- DEF is at WP2: N 44* 03.435 W 89* 40.385
- GHJ is at WP3: N 44* 03.507 W 89* 40.510
- KLM is at WP4: N 44* 03.472 W 89* 40.851
- NPQ is at WP5: N 44* 03.468 W 89* 41.241
- RST is at WP6: N 44* 03.506 W 89* 41.825
- UVW is at WP7: N 44* 03.321 W 89* 44.349
X = T - W
Y = L + M
Z = E + F
New as of 9/22/2010: If you find this cache from September 22 to October 22, you may log it a second time. If you have already found this cache, you may make a return visit to the road to log it a second time. No need to find the container and sign the log again. Requirement for the second smiley in either instance: Upload to your second find a current photo of some fall color along Cottonville Avenue, and list the coordinates of where you took that photo.
Land along both sides of this part of Cottonville Avenue is all privately owned and is used extensively for hunting, plus the final is located in a popular public hunting area. For these reasons, the cache will be disabled and the container removed for the gun deer hunting season. Wear blaze orange and take precautions if you are out of your vehicle in this area during hunting season.