6/2003: Welcome to the first of CoolCache's alpine caches. It's not too far from the access road but it is a tough but short climb to get to. The view, the solitude you'll rapidly achieve, the beauty of the woods, the waterfall I'll show you, and the sheer challenge hopefully will make it all worthwhile. And it makes the finds few and far between making it akin to an archaelogical find. You might get some good stories earning logbook rights on this one.
The cache is located up American Fork Canyon by Tibble Fork Lake, at the edge of the beautiful Lone Peak area. You'll be gearing up just down the road where there are lots of people and a ATVing jump-off point. I intentionally placed this cache in a fee area ($3 now) to weed out cheap skates and the unmotivated. Few traverse this route and as such you'll quickly leave the ATVs and summer crowds in the distance as you progress.
You should ascend on using the creek starting at N 40° 28.654 W 111° 38.912. I've placed the "Tibble Creek" micro nearby to help you log a find and find the place. Take your time, watch your footing. Some of the rocks are slick, even when dry (because your feet will be wet usually). As you near the cache there will be a steep ascent to the hide where some thick bushwhacking and steep hillside scrambling will be necessary. Take your time and hike carefully as you near the cache. If you're cursing me at the difficulty, you know you're getting close.
If you do bring a dog it will need to be in pretty good shape and “mountain wise” as you will encounter some bouldering and steep drop offs later in the hike. Also safety concerns for everyone precluded me from going higher to the South with this cache. But anyone exercising regular caution should have no problems.
7/21/05 UPDATE: Cache container moved and upgraded. Originally this cache was going to be placed up higher in the ravine and much nearer the very rugged ridgeline to the west. I contemplated doing that today. But "Stayin' Alive" receives few visits as it is, it already has a great view where it's at, and I don't want to infringe on wilderness boundaries. The current USFS map they hand out at the gate shows this immediate area outside such boundaries.
Moreover, as you'll see, the new cache container has been moved to an almost perfect little hiding place which was too good to pass up.
The original themed intent of the cache is no more... too few visits. Any quality trades are welcome now. The mere fact you hiked up to this cache shows you're a quality cacher. As such I'm sure you'll bring your best trade items with you. Please label them with your name (as they may be in there for years) and trade generously for the enjoyment of adventurers who will follow you.
Also I've placed two other caches on the way up to make the journey a bit more rewarding. CoolCache recommends a good GPS in this area with a double helix antenna (like Garmin GPS 60) because you're in a ravine most of the way. Signal coverage should be adequate near the hide.
Good luck and be careful!
Stayin' Alive View
If you liked this one, try CoolCache's "Dry Creek Trail" hides, accessed from the Alpine side (just over the mtn from this cache to the west). They're tough too!