Traditional Geocache

City of Granite

Hidden : 1/13/2002
In North Carolina, United States
Difficulty:
2.5 out of 5
Terrain:
4 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

This cache is hidden deep in a cave in the spectacular area known locally as "Granite City" in the Horse Cove community near Highlands, NC. From the parking area on Whiteside Cove Road, it is a steep climb up the mountain for several hundred yards until you get to the first "street" of the "city." Once there, go to the target coordinates and follow the directions listed below to assure success in finding this challenging cache!

FOR YOUR HUNT, YOU WILL NEED THIS PAGE WITH INSTRUCTIONS, A FLASHLIGHT, AND POSSIBLY THE PHOTOS (OR A GOOD MEMORY OF THEM!) Granite City is an extremely interesting and unusual area of high rock walls, tumbled masses of mammoth boulders, caves, crevices, ledges, and an intricate maze of narrow chasms (or "streets") which generally run parallel to the contour lines of the mountain. The "city" is located on the far southeastern slope of Blackrock Mountain. Exploring this breathtaking area is an adventure that could last an entire day!

IMPORTANT: A lot of climbing and scrambling is required to explore Granite City and to find the cache, so dress accordingly. [Long pants and possibly a jacket if attempted in the winter. Some of the cracks and caves are like air conditioners with cool air blowing out from the bowels of the mountain.] ALSO, A FLASHLIGHT OR HEADLAMP IS ESSENTIAL TO FIND THE CACHE! Finally, although the cache is located in an area with a low-risk concern, there are numerous steep drop-offs in the city. Granite City requires caution and attentiveness. Children (and many adults) will find this place wilder than their most imaginative dreams but please be careful and keep them close.

Due to the overhanging nature of some of the cliffs and tricky position of the cache, THE COORDINATES ARE NOT FOR THE CACHE'S ACTUAL RESTING PLACE! The target coordinates above will lead you to a crack. Once at the correct crack, closely follow the directions listed below to find the cache. The Right Crack is situated to the very left as you look towards the high city walls.

(1) Once at the correct crack -- see The Right Crack photo loaded to the cache page -- climb up into the crack, walk through a somewhat-tight squeeze (not impossible though), and drop down the other side.

(2) After you emerge from the crack, you will be standing at a "street" corner. To your left will be a street that gains elevation. To your right and straight ahead are high rock walls.

(3) Continue straight ahead until you are as close to the rock wall as you can get. Look for an opening to your right. The cache is about half way back in the cave, up and on the left as you enter. You might have to look around a bit before finding it. FLASHLIGHT AND/OR HEADLAMP REQUIRED!!!

An alternate route in exists -- take the "street" one to the left from The Right Crack. You will have to climb OVER a couple of suspended boulders or climb UNDER those same rocks. Over is tough and under is very tight. If you choose this route once you have gone over, or under, continue forward until you reach an intersection. Go right and down. At the "bottom" you should find the cave entrance to the left sort of in the corner.

The cache is a medium-sized Tupperware container with a dark reddish lid. The log is very pink. Please replace the container and the rocks that are providing it cover. Feel free to explore more of the City of Granite. And be careful out there! Enjoy!

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