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This was the first cache we hid and one of the very first in Yuma County (placed 10/02).
This cache is technically visible from I-8 (if you're an eagle). Although no climbing is involved and the trail up the hill is roughly paved, the terrain is quite steep and you could injure yourself (pull a muscle) if you're not already in good shape or warmed up. The elevation on the trail to the cache changes from apprx. 200' to 1500' at the top.
Again it's been a painful 2 years since we made this hike. I had to commute from Yuma to LA to work for 2 years and since I've been back home in Yuma just haven't had (=aka "MADE") time. So New Year's we hiked it with our now 7.5 year son and even I, the cache owner, could not find the darn thing! GRRRR! and we brought lots of new goodies to put in it. So....we will have to make another venture very soon and replace with a bigger case as I can't find the pillbox everybody is talking about!.
After realizing we hadn't visited in our cache since 2004 before our son was born and since we had forgotten how darn hard this hike is we took our 3.5 year old up there today with us. The cache was found in the same area we first hid it in '02.
THANK YOU to whomever replaced the original plastic container with the nice metal box. We need to get some nice items back into this though as originally we had a nice theme of hiking items in there and now there are only pens, and a tshirt and the geotag, which our son took. We would like to know what happened to the original log book from '02...
Plan on about a 2 hour, 4.5 mile hike up and back. (Jan. '09 it took us 4 hours with a 3.5 yr. old). Recommend going prior to noon before it heats up. Don't recommend even attempting this one between June - September.
The old parking area right off of I-8 to the trail has been closed. You will have to hike an additional mile from the new parking area. Do NOT and I repeat do NOT try to cross I-8 at the "old illegal" parking lot. ADOT has made it very clear that this is not legal. Take Foothills Boulevard Exit off I-8 and head east on the NORTH Frontage Road (north side of I-8). Go past the "End of County Maintenance" sign onto the gravel road and turn left before the reflective barricade at the end of the road onto the vehicle trail. Follow it around to the foothills close to the I-8 side. Park and head east up the trail. Trail head coordinates are N32d39.686, W114d21.668.
The original cache contained: a disposable camera, the log book, some WWII shells, mine railroad spikes, fruit candy, pumpkin seeds, colored pencils, thermometer keychain and magnet, counterfeit Confederate $5 bill, petrified wood, and a few other knick knacks. The cache is now contained in a heavy duty metal box.
The view at the top is great. To the east you can see "Mohawk" Valley mountains. "Coronation Peak" and "Castle Dome" are to the northeast a little. To the west, "Pilot Knob" and the Imperial County sanddunes are visible.
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