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Lazy Siouxon

A cache by MAPANZIGAN Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 9/18/2014
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
3.5 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

...First things first: It isn't Soozin'. It's Sue-SAWN, like Tucson, only cleaner and greener, with a gentler demeanor...

Nestled comfortably among the forested hills of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Siouxon Peak rises to an elevation of 4,169' and offers a lovely panoramic view of its surrounding peaks and valleys. For several decades, it was among the DNR's lofty network of fire lookouts. (http://www.firelookout.com/wa/siouxon.html) Hikers have a number of options on how to approach the summit, and by far the easiest is to come from the east on Forest Road 6403 for a relatively easy 1.3-mile stroll to the top. However, for those of you who appreciate a more significant challenge, I'd like to suggest an approach from the southwest on Forest Road 5701 through the Lower Siouxon Valley. I've provided a link to a printable USDA map of the trail system here (http://www.fs.usda.gov/wps/PA_WIDConsumption/wid/EnlargeImage.jsp?param5=null&param1=PA_WIDConsumption&param2=STELPRDB5161049&param3=Siouxon ), as well as a few notable waypoints to help you along the way (see waypoints below). Keep in mind that whichever path you choose from this direction will add significant mileage and elevation gain to your hike, and will likely take up most of your day. (When I placed this cache, I logged a little over 16 miles, and the elevation gain provided a brutal workout. I was on the trail from dawn 'til dinnertime.) So make sure to bring plenty of food and water, and all the necessary precautions. The Siouxon Creek Trail (130) is very popular among cyclists and there are some amazing creekside camping spots along the middle stretch, as well as a refreshing ice-cold swimming hole between the Siouxon Creek Falls and the Little Siouxon Creek Falls above. Whether you opt to climb up the steep incline of the Huffman Peak Trail (129) or the arduous ridgeline ascent of the Wildcat Trail (156), you will first have to ford the creek, which runs knee-deep in late summer. Do not attempt the crossing(s) in the off-season. Please note: The bridge on the Chinook Creek Trail (130A) is currently closed due to unsafe conditions, so wading across may be necessary at that location as well. The same precautions apply. Also be aware that trail junctions to the North Fork of the Siouxon (126) from the Huffman Peak Trail should be dismissed, as these trails dwindle off as they cross over the boundary into state land, and no longer connect to the North Fork and Mt. Mitchell trails. Views are limited along much of the upper forested ridgeline of the Huffman Peak Trail, which makes the reward of Siouxon's summit that much sweeter, with views of Swift Reservoir and Mt. Adams to the northeast, Calamity Peak and Mt. Hood to the south. Bring a friend and a picnic lunch. Work up a sweat. Take it all in... For more detailed information about the trails, visit: (http://www.portlandhikersfieldguide.org/wiki/Huffman_Peak_Loop_Hike)

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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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