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JustFindingOurWay: Health check today. Stages 3 and 4 were missing, so I removed stages 1 and 2. Beautiful country, but people will have to find it another way.

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SL0 - Take a Hike!

A cache by justfindingourway Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 09/01/2015
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
2.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   small (small)

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Geocache Description:

This one is a teaser for the rest of the upcoming Saguaro Lake series, and the only one where the easiest way to succeed won't get you wet. A nice hike in the desert with multiple views of the lake, ending with a view of the Stewart Mountain dam and portions of Saguaro Lake Ranch. I was going to take you past some petroglyphs but you'll have to find those on your own.


Congratulations to Just Hike for the First to Find!

Stewart Mountain Dam was built in the late 1920s to form Saguaro Lake. The impounded Salt River is used for hydroelectric generation and irrigation. Just below the dam on river right is the Saguaro Lake Ranch, created from the work camp that was built to facilitate construction of the dam. Lake levels vary both seasonally and daily.

It's quite possible that you many encounter horses on this trail, especially in the winter. Horses have the right of way. Step off the trail and stand quietly while they pass. The usual cautions regarding geocaching in the desert apply. Be sure to carry plenty of water for this 1.5 mile R/T hike. The trail is unmarked and rough in places, but there is no need for cross-country bushwacking. The trail is always the better option. Expect flora and fauna that want to poke, scratch, bite, and could be poison. Closed toed shoes and long pants are highly recommended for this quest. 

I've provided you with coordinates for the start of the trail. Follow the normally dry wash downhill to the second provided coordinate where the trail leaves the wash at approximate right angles. From that point, you're on your own to explore the saguaros, palo verdes, pencil cactus, and other wonders of our local desert. All stages except the final are micros. PLEASE, NO TRADES.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Xarr uvtu gb n tenffubccre

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)