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The Hook Challenge Traditional Geocache

This cache has been archived.

Keystone: Seeing that a cache container rescue mission is in the works, it is time for me to archive this cache, in deference to the DCNR geocaching rules adopted earlier this year. Step lightly, and may the final hunt for this cache be a memorable one. Please feel free to log a find on the archived cache if you are part of the group that retrieves it, and you've not yet visited.

Happy caching,
Keystone Approver Admin

Hidden : 11/03/2001
3 out of 5
4 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

Cache is in the Hook Natural Area, one of the most beautiful parts of Bald Eagle State Forest. The hike in is very steep and rocky and the trails are all very rocky.

The way we intend the cache hunt is to start off on Old Shingle Road and head down Molasses Gap Trail into the natural area. Head to the left at the bottom of the (very steep and rocky) trail and you will cross a bridge. You are very close at that point. We recommend continuing on Molasses Gap all the way to Jones Mountain. Road and left around to Mule Shanty Trail.
The total hike is 4 miles with about 1100 vertical feet of climbing. The terrain is extremely varied and beautiful mixing between fern covered groves, mossy rocks, dark pine forest, and huge Rhododendron. This is definitely one of the most beautiful areas I have seen in Bald Eagle. For a continued adventure, continue down the North Branch of Buffalo creek to the Mifflinburg Reservoir. Note that the State Forest map (you will really want one!) in this area isn’t accurate at all. Mule shanty trail really continues right along Panther Run and meets Molasses Gap right where Middle Ridge branches off, not earlier as the map shows.

If someone can, I forgot to put a Geocaching info sheet in the container in case someone finds it. Mind printing one and putting it inside? I'll bring one for sure on my next visit. Thanks!

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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