Cascades Railroad-CT #1 Traditional Geocache
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|This series of 129 railway-inspired caches has been placed along the Cascade Trail that follows the Skagit River along an old rail bed of the Burlington Northern line. The Cascade Trail is 22.5 miles in length and parallels State Route 20 (North Cascades Highway) between Sedro-Woolley and Concrete, through cultivated fields, open space, scattered woodlands and river bottoms until it climbs to a wooded hillside near Concrete. There are twenty-three old railroad trestles that are being used as bridges on the trail. The trail is open year round for caching, with nice river views, as well as scenic vistas of Sauk Mountain and other Cascade Range peaks.
Skagit Transit (SKAT) stops at four points near the trail enabling users to walk, run or cycle a stretch of the trail, then take the bus back to where they started. For information, including a bus schedule (Route 8/Route 717), see http://www.skagittransit.org/page-1412.html.
Trail access is also possible from a number of roads that cross the trail. Users should take care not to park on private property or block traffic.
The Parking Lot Coords:
Sedro-Woolley - 48 30.540 122 13.462
Fruitdale Rd - 48 30.962 122 12.667
Helmick Rd - 48 31.381 122 11.662
Lyman - 48 31.574 122 03.588
Hamilton - 48 31.533 121 59.388
Baker Lake Rd - 48 31.941 121 53.190
Challenger Rd - 48 32.480 121 50.302
Concrete - 48 32.296 121 44.899
|The Cascade Trail has very little change in elevation. However, the areas off the trail where the caches are hidden may be sloped up or down. Most caches are within a step or two off the trail, but please note the terrain rating and the hint to give you a clear indication for what is expected in order to locate the cache. Also, there is a section just to the east of the Baker Lake parking area where the there is no bridge and trail users need to walk briefly along SR 20 to cross the creek. Please use caution. Keep your eyes open for signs of wildlife; during the placements of these caches, we saw elk, horses, turkeys, cows, geese, ducks, dogs, swans, eagles, llamas, ravens, pileated woodpeckers, stellar jays, red-tailed hawks, evidence of beavers, and.....mosquitoes.
Map of Trail:
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