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This cache was placed with many thoughts in mind. First, I wanted to place a cache that would be harder than normal to find and reward the first finder with something "special". Secondly, I often take this hike when I need to relax or work something out in my mind. The trail follows Benner Run in Centre County and is one of the most peaceful places I have ever visited.
The cache has been upgraded to an ammo can and is carefully hidden away from its original location due to unforseen problems. The hike to the cache is about 2 miles long but there is no steep terrain, however the trail is rocky and rough in some places.
There are several ways to get started on this cache.
One way would be to take the Rattlesnake Pike (RT 504) past the Tram Road to the Benner Run Road. Follow the Benner Run Road and park just past the cabin with the springs nearby, but do not pass the narrow gravel/dirt road to the right. Park near these coordinates:
Start your hike by following the narrow road through the rhododendron and past the cabins until the road ends in a cul-da-sac(Now called Moose Head Lane). Do not drive on this lane as one of the bridges is not safe for vehicles...trust me! Once you get to the cul-da-sac, follow the rough woods road to the right until you begin to see grayish blue blazes. These will eventually turn to orange blazes which denote the Allegheny Front trail. Once you find the orange blazes...your on your own.
Another way to do this hike would be to plan a car shuttle and make a day of it. Follow Moshannon Road out of Black Moshannon State Park and park a car at the Huckleberry Road bridge. There is a large parking area here, so you can't miss it. Follow the Benner Run Road around and park at the above coordinates and proceed with your hike as previously mentioned. Once you either find it or give up looking for the cache, cross the second wooden walk bridge over Black Moshannon Creek, turn left and proceed upstream, following Black Moshannon Creek and the Allegheny Front Trail. Eventually you will come to a trail junction with a register. Go left on the blue-blazed Shingle Mill Trail and follow this back to Huckleberry Road where you parked your other car. This hike is about 5 miles long, rocky, but flat. Afterward you can spend the rest of your day at nearby Black Moshannon State Park. This park is one of the few places where you can see wild carniviorus plants. Very interesting! It is also one of the few places in Pennsylvania with Borel Forest.
A third way, for the really adventureous souls who own a 4WD, would be to come down the trail from the backside of the mountain. This trail ends where Benner Run meets Black Moshannon Creek. Be warned! this is not a casual road. You should have some off-road driving experience before attempting this road. During wet periods it may not even be passable. A Moshannon State Forest map shows this trail. This is such a great area that I'm sure you'll be satisfied whether you find it or not.
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Last Updated: on 11/15/2017 3:57:42 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (11:57 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum