This cache is dedicated to my dad, who was a lookout on Sullivan Mountain in 1958. He helped us place this cache. It had been many years since he had taken the trip to the top of Sullivan Mountain. Even though his tower was a different one (replaced in 1959), the sense of nostalgia was still there.
Several months ago we were surprised to find that there wasn't a geocache on Sullivan Mountain. We planned the trip to the lookout and told my dad about it. Even though he lives in Alaska, he jumped at the chance to go back to his old stomping grounds.
Today he was back on top of Sullivan Mountain where he spent "the best summer of his life." He took pictures, told lookout stories, and hunted for artifacts that he left there over 50 years ago.
My Dad At His Lookout In 1958
My Dad At His Lookout In 2010
The journey to the cache is a fairly challenging one. This is probably the reason why the area remained without a cache for so long!
Take the Highline Rd off of Sullivan Lake Rd. Then at the waypoint below, turn left onto FS Rd 245. Drive approximately 7 miles on FS Rd 245 until you reach a signed trailhead next to the road. There is a gate a couple hundred feet further on the road. The lookout is now visible. Don't take the trail, but instead walk past the gate and up the road approximately 1/2 mile to the lookout. The cache is on the way to the lookout. Sign the log book and continue to the summit for an awesome view!
Roads are well maintained until you reach FS Rd 245. From here on we'd HIGHLY recommend a 4WD vehicle with good ground clearance or walking or mountain biking the 14 mile round trip to the lookout.