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Squak Mountain Blackout

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Hidden : 07/21/2014
5 out of 5
3.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Squak Mountain Blackout

Welcome to the Squak Mountain Blackout Challenge cache!

This cache is another of the now familiar blackout caches located around the Seattle area for which, in order to complete the challenge and find the cache, you must first find all the other active caches within a given area.

About Squak Mountain

Squak Mountain is one in a group of six foothill mountains within the Issaquah Alps. This relatively unknown alp is located between the much more well-known Cougar and Tiger Mountains.

Squak Mountain State Forest Map
 Squak Mountain Map

Blackout Area

The area for this particular blackout is Squak Mountain. You may have noticed that the word ‘park’ was not included, that’s because I’ve defined the area by the greater geology and geopolitical boundaries not just those of the smaller state park located at the upper sections of the mountain.

Boundary Map
Interactive Google Map of the Blackout Area

In order to complete this challenge you must, for at a least one single point in time, have found or owned all the active caches in the given area as determined by the posted coordinates. At the time of posting there were 44 caches including this one.

The Specific Boundaries

The blackout area is the geological boundary of Squak Mountain which includes the politically defined Squak Mountain State Park. To make it easier, the boundary is then modified to coincide with natural or manmade features, specifically waterways and roads.

The boundaries are:
North: The center of I90
East: The center of Front Street N, Front Street S, Issaquah-Hobart Road SE
South: The center of SE May Valley Road
West: The center of Highway 900

These boundaries are also shown in the map above which is clickable to take you to an interactive Google terrain map. The map will help clarify the boundary but unfortunately will not identify any caches since it is not possible to have the boundary and current geocaches shown on the same Google map at the same time. The good news is that you can fairly easily determine the included caches using Groundspeak’s map tool. GSAK users can poly filter using these coordinates.

Questions will naturally come up for caches near the boundary or for other reasons so I’ve listed some of them below. Email me with questions you have about any others.

       + All active permanent caches
           GCMN1V Symbolism

Not Included:
           GC2CKHP Issaquah Photo Mystery Tour
       - Disabled Caches
       - Events and CITOs

Note regarding difficult hides and puzzles:
There are a number of very difficult caches and it’s not reasonable to expect everyone to be able to find and solve them all completely independently. Asking for help and hints or nudges is absolutely fine and even expected but do try to stick to the general intent of the game. For example, make a few attempts at the cache before asking for a location hint and spend a couple hours on the puzzle before asking for help. When you do ask for help try a hint or nudge rather than the full solution or location. There aren't any hint police, but let's all give it our best shot.

Logging Requirements

Once you have found all the required caches then you are free to go find the final; no need to check with me first. However, you need to show that you completed it by using one of the four methods below. Anyone failing to do so will be subject to having their found log deleted without notice. Be sure to note in your found log the day and time that you blacked out the area since that is a key point.

Bookmark List Method
- Create a bookmark list called "[your name]’s Squak Mountain Blackout"
- Make the bookmark list public and include this cache on it so that it shows up in the bookmark lists shown on this cache page
- Add to the list all the caches you have found within the boundaries

My Finds Pocket Query Method
- Forward by email your complete My Finds Pocket Query as downloaded from the geocaching website. My email address is shaddow.geo at

- Forward by email a gpx file created by GSAK with a poly filter using these coordinates. My email address is shaddow.geo at

Log List Method
- Post a log to the cache page listing the date you found each cache, the cache code and the cache name. Post one cache per line and start each line with a line number. Use a signal space between each item. You can order the list in any way that you want but maintain the given structure as it is very important to make it much easier to import into a spreadsheet. Please post the list only once after completing the challenges. Do not post as you go as each log would generate an email that will spam and irritate myself and the watchers. The list should look very similar to this:

001 5/4/11 GCXXX1 The First Cache In My List
002 6/1/11 GCXXX5 The Second Cache In My List
003 7/2/11 GCXXXB Another Cache Found By Me
203 8/17/12 GCXXXY The Second To Last Cache In My List
204 8/22/12 GCXXXZ The Last Cache In My List

The Cache

The cache is at the posted coordinates which will take you to a beautiful area of mature forest. The cache is a painted .30 cal ammo can placed about 15’ off the trail at ground level and covered with natural camouflage.


Finishers of the Squak Mountain Blackout
Order Geocacher Name Geocaching Logo Total Found Completion Date
Co-FTF PhilNi 55 7/25/14
Co-FTF FrodoB 75 7/25/14
Co-STF JesandTodd 51 7/27/14
Co-STF jim_carson 54 7/27/14
5 SMuddT 52 7/27/14
6 Muddy Teapot 56 7/29/14
7 pcakes 43 8/29/14
8 spewey 66 9/3/14
9 The Flying Dutchmen 54 9/13/14
10 CoolCowCachers 53 12/17/14
11 Babberly 55 1/4/15
12 jjfeiler 54 6/15/15
Co-13 RaptorKing350 57 7/20/15
Co-13 RaptorQueen 57 7/20/15
15 Highpointer 57 5/8/16
16 buti_oxa 58 7/24/16
17 Frisky Biscuits 61 9/22/16
18 gsbarnes 61 11/26/16
19 flying beagle 62 3/26/17
20 _Wynn 62 3/27/17
21 obarshay 65 4/26/17
22 mmcash 60 6/2/17
23 boshea 62 10/2/17
24 DM&K Cachers 61 5/29/18
25 tvern1 79 8/21/18
26 Valkarie63 56 8/17/19

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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