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The cache is located near the top of Big Huckleberry Mt., a former lookout site in the southern part of the Gifford Pinchot national forest. A walk through the wildflowers and good views of Mt. Hood and Adams await anyone willing to make the 5 mile trek to the summit. The summit is getting overgrown but good views of the area can be had along the way. The trail passes by Grassy knoll, the site of another former fire lookout with spectacular views of the Columbia river gorge from afar.
To find the trailhead, Turn off of hwy. 14 onto hwy. 30/ Wind river hwy. and drive through the town of Carson for about 4 miles. Take a right/east on Bear creek rd. for about 11 miles. It turns to gravel/ forest service rd. 6808 after about 4 miles but it is well graded and my small car handled it just fine. After what seems like an eternity you will come to rd. 68 and take a left for another 2 miles until you reach the trailhead sign on the right. There is plenty of parking and i didn't see a sign requiring a northwest forest pass.
This is a good day hike in the forest, the trail rises and falls for an elevation gain of nearly 3,000 ft. After passing the Grassy Knoll lookout site, follow the trail another 3 miles until you come to a well marked junction with the PCT and go right. Take another immediate right at the marked trail to the top of Big Huckleberry mt. One of the maps i have shows a benchmark on top but i wasn't able to find it, sounds like a job for an expert, "Paul D K". As with any hike in the woods come prepared with the 10 essentials and tell someone where you're going.
Please make sure the lid seats properly on the container and let me know if there are any problems with it, there is only room for a few small trade items. No need to bring anything out here. Just come out and enjoy the hike and get away from it all.
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