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Evidence of a Violent Past

A cache by Danielc Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 11/07/2009
Difficulty:
3.5 out of 5
Terrain:
3.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   small (small)

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Geocache Description:

The cache has room for small swaps only. Besides some of these, it initially has a First Finder’s Trophy.

This cache is located on a volcanic knoll at the base of Mt. Moore. It was possibly formed from a side vent in Mt. Moore or even by a large section of Mt. Moore breaking away and slumping down the side. Those interested in Geology might find this a very interesting site. The cache can be approached from two directions, but each will entail a considerable hike. Stout boots are a must and protective clothing is recommended. Carry water.
Travel south west from Atherton towards Herberton. On the outskirts of Atherton take the Rifle Range road and continue past the rifle range. If a red flag is up as you approach the rifle range, stop. If shooting is going on, it should be manned and you should take the advice of the official. It may mean abandoning the expedition for that day. In most cases the official will radio through and he will be told when it is safe for you to proceed. If the flag station is not manned, then listen. If there is no sounds of gunfire, drive up to the buildings and ask there. If you hear the sound of shots, it would be better not to proceed until there is a lull. (The only danger is that a rifle might be accidently fired towards the road - not at all likely, but possible.) On return you may be faced with a red flag at the west end of the rifle range (gate). The same conditions apply. If flag is not manned, proceed with caution.
With that hurdle over, continue on the State Forest road. You will pass through a gate. Make sure you shut it after you.
The first approach leaves the the Rifle Rang Ridge Road at S 17º 16.052’ E 145º 26.523’ Here all two wheel drive vehicles should be left. A hike of about 3.5 ks is faced, but it is mostly a fairly easy terrain along, initially an old sleeper cutters track, and then along a mountain bike track. Four wheel drivers might be able to continue along the track for some distance though crossing the stream would need care and one would need to check to see if the crossing is not washed out, as the track is not maintained at all.
The second approach is for the four wheel drivers. Follow the State forest road around to the suggested park for the “Mt Moore - Ancient Fire” cache namely S 17° 15.793’ E 145° 25.512’ I suggest you park here and have a look at the next descent. My advice is hike from here. You leave the track in any case at S 17º 15.625’ E 145º 25.537’ where you pick up a cattle pad that will lead you around the flank of Mt. Moore to the site of the cache. In places there is shoulder high grass but the going is not too tough.
When you get there have a look at the exposed rock. I found it interesting and a little puzzling.

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