Renegade Rendezvous #05 Clover Springs Traditional Geocache
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Renegade Rendezvous--The 50 Mile Trail.
This is the fifth in the Renegade Rendezvous series of caches.
Leaving the trail junction, you begin the 2 mile climb up to Clover Springs following Trail #697. The old road is primitive in places, with exposed roots and rocks along the way. Here and there are small open meadows, several filled with blooming wild onions that give off a pungent odor as you tread on them. A mile below Clover Springs, you rejoin the Mud Springs Trail (Trail #696) and follow it upward toward Clover Springs. Coming to a sandy area, you leave the road, turning onto an even older trail to the right through the trees. At this point about 100 yards to the left at N 46 52.027 W 121 11.171 is a wonderful view of Nelson Butte and the peaks and canyon to the west. Following the trail about ½ mile further on, you cross westward in a meadow and arrive at Clover Springs. You are halfway through your ride, and allow your horse to graze a few minutes, before hitting the trail again.
Clover Springs, on the edge of the William O. Douglas Wilderness, is the highest point on the 50 mile trail. In years past, when we had only a 35 mile loop, our out vet check was here. There are FS restrooms and several trails lead off into the wilderness. Climb the ridge to the west of the parking area to see spectacular views of Mt. Rainier, and look down toward Goose Prairie. Elk graze here and often there is still snow even in the hottest part of summer. From here the 50 mile trail follows road 1600 for 2 miles, before dropping off to the right into the timber. If you look closely, you may see the remains of white lime arrows marking the trail direction. Following a game trail, it rejoins road 1600 via road 1608 at Lindsay Camp. From Lindsay Camp, the trail is north of 1600 for a mile, before crossing and dropping down onto an old skid road in the canyon south of 1600. It follows this skid road to Vet Check #2.
The cache is another camo-ed ammo can, with various trade goods. It is located east from the parking area along the old trail. To find the cache, park near N46 52.245 W121 11.953. Walk toward N46 52.241 W121 11.892. This is the visible part of the old trail. Follow the trail toward the cache site. Because of spotty coverage in the trees, look at the photos for a view of the trail with the cache site. Cache contents include: log & pencil, geocaching notice, bag of marbles, squirt gun, emergency poncho, floating key holder, glo stick, battery operated mini fan, toy top, mini sewing kit. Please relocate the cache as you find it so it will not be muggled!
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