ALL LAND IS FOREST SERVICE LAND AND NOT PRIVATE PROPERTY. ACCESS TO CACHE IS ON FOREST SERVICE PROPERTY.
This beautiful area is located in the rain shadow of Mount Rainier, on US Forest Service land in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. The original use for this land was as Bennett’s Horse Outfitters in 1925, and many of the current cabins have been on site since the 1920’s and 1930’s. The historic name for the more current usage is Alta Silva Resort at Deep Creek, and has been operated as several enterprises over the years. At one time, this area was home to the College of Puget Sound Ski Team. There are a number of privately owned cabins on the forest service land that hold a long-standing lease. These cabins pre-date the nearby modern ski area by 40 years. At this time, the Forest Service and a private company operate a partnership in recreation.
Elk are frequently found making their way down to the White River to feed and drink. You are likely to see or hear other animals and birds in the area also. We saw elk as we were leaving the area after placing this cache. Please note that we had no cell phone coverage without using a hot spot connection, so do not rely on using only your cell phone to find this cache. Also note that the Resort has several scavenger hunt items placed that should not be disturbed or confused with this VisitRainier cache, which is specifically marked with the logo of this special series.
CACHE: This cache is placed with permission of Alta Crystal Resort management on a trail on forest service land leading out from the Resort. Turn off Hwy. 410 on to FS 7172, and drive past the resort office/store as paved road goes round and behind the resort. As you leave Resort property, the road becomes unpaved, but you are still on FS 7172. Parking Coordinates are located at an abandoned cabin, which allows for one or two vehicles at this location. The road ends just past this abandoned cabin and parking coordinates at the cabin you go behind to enter the trail. Other parking is available near the Resort Store, but will give a longer and more strenuous hike to the cache site. A few steps from the parking coordinates is the trail that begins next to an occupied private cabin. Please be respectful and move quietly past the cabin. ALL land is Forest Service land, and open to the public. This trail is NOT wheelchair accessible, and has a small elevation gain and somewhat uneven trailpack, but is frequented by guests at the resort as well as other visitors. Cache site is just over the bridge up the trail for a short distance at Deep Creek Falls, and the remnants of an old water wheel used to produce a small amount of power. A water chute is the only remaining evidence at these falls. Please re-hide cache as well or better than you find it.
2016 was the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, and to celebrate, Visit Rainier and WSGA hosted the Visit Rainier Centennial GeoTour - 100 caches placed in and around Mount Rainier National Park. The geocaches highlighted the rich history, scenic wonders, quaint communities, and hidden gems of the Rainier region. Participants received geocoin and pathtag prizes for finding all the caches.