I have been coming up here for a few years now, as I think it is
one of the most spectacular view points in the Wenatchee National
Forest and was surprised that it did not already have a cache.
Massive Mt Rainer is directly West and in full view, the cascades
North and South, and the Columbia Basin to the East and you get a
glorious 360deg feast of all of them. In addition, there are some
amazing examples of columnar basalt surrounding the peak.
The elevation is right at 6,091 feet, and up until 1980, held a
fire lookout cabin. (read more about the fire lookout here) Now
the only structures are some antennas and a snowmobile hut..
although because of the location I chose to hide it, it probably
won't be easy to find in winter.
It's a long drive up dirt and gravel forest roads and there are
a couple of different ways to get here, but consult your maps as
there are a maze of roads in here. If you have a Garmin, I cannot
recommend Northwest Trails and
Northwest Topo highly enough.
The roads are fairly good shape for most of the way.. but the
last half mile or so to the top is a bit rougher and the last
stretch is over baseball size volcanic rock, so I personally would
take a 4x4 vehicle (or dualsport motorcyle as we use), but most
other vehicles would probably make it just fine. Just take it
There is also a multi-use trail (trail 961) that leads right up
to the peak from the Halfway Flat campground near hwy 410. The
trail is open to dirt bikes, mountain bikes, and hikers. It's a
beautiful trail that follows the ridge above Bumping Lake, but the
last mile or so is quite difficult and rocky and I wouldn't attempt
it unless your an advanced rider, but you can bail out on a road
near the top, and ride around if your on a bicycle or a street
legal motor bike. IF YOU TAKE THE TRAIL, I WOULD RATE THE TERRAIN
AS FOUR STARS
Your GPS should get great reception here as there are few
obstructions to mess with your connection.
I put a sleeve of Nike golf balls, and a Uno type card game in
the cache. If you hurry, you can probably still get this before
winter sets in..