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Alpine Loop

A cache by davidaknz Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 06/29/2013
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Size: Size:   small (small)

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The cache is located a step or two off the Alpine Loop Trail near the upper terminal of the Mt. Roberts Tramway.  The purpose of this cache is to get you outside and active.  It shouldn’t be hard to find.  The coordinates should put you near a short bridge. You are looking for a small lock-n-lock. Cache elevation: 1,776

NOTE: Container replaced and hint updated, August 3, 2013

On the way to the cache, be sure to locate the three living tree carvings; Sentry, Caretaker, and Raven.  The carvings are by Richard Beasley on trees and are examples of an ancient Tlingit custom known as Culturally Modified Trees. Always placed on spruce trees, each carving is made without endangering the tree, which creates a protective seal around the carving that discourages insects and diseases from penetrating the surface.

The cache placement tries to respect the natural vegetation and should not require moving far from the bridge. Not far at all! As of July 2013, three traditional and one earthcache are within a quarter mile.

1) Ride the Mount Roberts Tram. This will get you to 1,745 feet. It will cost $33.00 for an adult, $16.00 for youth 6-12, and 5 and under ride free (2017 prices). The tram is open May through September. Note: No dogs on the tram.

2) Hike the Mount Roberts Trail from the trailhead on Basin Road. The trail is very well established and is popular. Can be muddy. Steady switchbacks help with the elevation gain. Stay on the main trail to reduce erosion from short-cuts. Plan on 60 minutes to 80 minutes to reach the cache. Spend $10 at the restaurant/bar/gift shop and ride the tram down for "free" (a cold beer or two from the Alaska Brewing Co. is my choice). Keep your receipt, the tram crew check.

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