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Quail Creek Reservoir East Overlook Traditional Geocache

Hidden : 03/28/2002
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

The cache is an ammo box hidden in a crack in some sandstone rocks near the top of the mountain east of Quail Creek Reservoir (Quail Lake), 10-15 feet from the edge, hidden by some smaller stones placed on top to keep it out of sight of casual hikers. AUC?U


This cache appears to be within the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve Upland Zone. Motorized vehicles are not permitted off of designated roads.

Responsible off-trail access by hikers and those on horseback is permitted.

Please visit for more information about the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve and responsible use of these public lands.

This cache overlooks not only Quail Creek Reservoir, but the Virgin River as it winds down from La Verkin, through Hurricane in the Brentwood area. If you take time to hike to the top of the hill (not far from the cache, and well worth your time), you get a 360 degree panoramic vista, from Little Purgatory directly below to the northeast, the pink sandstone formations of East Reef near Grapevine Wash and Sandstone Mountain to the east near the Virgin River, Sky Mountain Golf Course, verdant green, the "L" on the hill above the town of La Verkin, the Hurricane Cliffs, and the ever majestic cliffs of Zion National Park in the distance, Sand Mountain to the south, the myriad of sandstone foothills of Pine Valley Mountain to the west and northwest, to the stunning red sandstone cliffs of the Red Cliffs Recreation Area.

The cache site is not far from the top of the hill, as it begins to descend where an arm extends southward, bordering Quail Creek Reservoir. At first, I considered placing the cache at the summit, but decided to hide it closer to the lake. I was tempted to hike further south and put it at southernmost point of the mountain above the reservoir, but since I was wearing a short sleeved shirt and was hiking in full noonday sun without sun block, I compromized between the two (the summit and the southernmost arm).

The cache shouldn't be too hard to find, hidden from casual hikers in a sandstone nook, covered with a few more sandstone rocks, but is rated a "3" because you'll have to hike anywhere from 1.25 to 3 miles total round trip (or from 0.625 to 1.5 miles one way), depending on where you start. At first I didn't think this are would be frequented by many hikers, so I was surprised when I saw another hiker up on top in a white shirt with a small red backpack several hundred yards away.

I started my hike at the end of a short dirt road (at G.P.S. coordinates North 37 degrees 12.659 minutes, West 113 degrees 22.882 minutes -- it sounds like this is on private property, so please don't trespass -- start somewhere else) after leaving the paved road at the southern end of Leeds, Utah.

You may decide to park in Leeds and hike from there, or perhaps make your way up the hill from Harrisburg, or the east shore of Quail Lake (now THAT would be more challenging).

Originally I recommended that cachers start where I did. However, sometime since I placed the cache, probably sometime in 2003, the dirt road I originally recommended has been posted with a "Private Property - No Trespassing" sign. At the time I placed the cache, there was no such notice and I honestly believed the road was a public right-of-way. Please respect that property owner's rights, and find another place to start your hike.

The cache itself IS on public land (BLM managed, I believe).

A sister cache to this one that is a bit easier to reach is the Quail Creek Reservoir West Overlook cache across the lake.

I hope you enjoy this overlook site as much as I did.

St. George, Utah

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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