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This is the second in a series of "String of Pearls" caches. The trail begins wide and easy but gets progressively narrower and rougher. Not appropriate for bikes or strollers. Cache is 0.5 mile from paved parking area. No day-use fee. No water available. Outhouse at parking area.
This cache is in a camouflaged, two quart Rubbermaid container. Container is hidden from view. When placed it contained:
Come for the cache, stay for the view! The high cliffs are the remains of a lava flow that filled the former river bed of the Stanislaus River, but remains higher than the current river bed because it is harder than the rocks surrounding it. These cliffs have provided nesting sites for Turkey Vultures, White-throated Swifts, Golden Eagles, and Prairie Falcons.
- Geocache Note
- Logbook & Pencil
- Wild Flower Seed packet
- Plastic Lizard and Snake
- Mini-Pocket Knife
- Pin On Compass
- Key Chain Tape Measure
- Green glow stick
- 2 miniature geo-cash$ piggy banks
- Hugin Bear Travel Bug
This location can be very good for bird watching, and many people fish here. On the day we placed the cache an adult Bald Eagle was perched in a tree along the river. It was visible from the bridge and remained the entire time we were there. Other birds present included Canyon Wren, Phainopepla, Red-shouldered Hawk, and many Tree Swallows. Two Mule Deer were east of the bridge.
There is quite a bit of poison oak in the park, but it is not difficult to avoid along most of the trails. There are certainly ticks in the area as well, but we have never encountered any in many trips to this area.
"String of Pearls" is an occasionally-used local name for a series of parks along the Stanislaus River maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Park hours vary from park to park and season to season, but they are generally open from about dawn to dusk.
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