The Spanish Mine- or Captain Kidd's Treasure
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This cache is placed in honor of our 400th find. To get to the site, park at Silvermine parking area. You will need to walk north on Seven Lakes Drive until an unmarked trail breaks off to the right.(About 300' before the closed comfort station). Walk down to the stream and cross the bridge. Continue on what is called the Old Silvermine Ski Trail.
We love this road- it is an engineering marvel from we're not sure what century. It looks like a mine road the farther you go. Stay on this road. It will cross the Appalachian Trail, but DO NOT go on the Appalachian Trail. Leave the old road at N.41 degrees, 16.982, W. 074 degrees, 02.674.
From here it's a bushwhack about .2 miles to the cache.
You can still see the Spanish mine from the site and if you are an intrepid hiker, you can climb up to it. Access is hazardous, due to seemingly endless loose rocks. The adit, or mine entrance is located about 250 feet from the cache. Set your compass bearing at 40 degrees from the cache site. You can read more about it in "Iron Mine Trails" by Edward J. Lenik.
According to legend, Captain Kidd hid his treasure here, but there are many other places with the same story. Having traveled to this precarious spot, it is hard to imagine pirates in big floppy boots and coats carrying a chest full of gold here.
But legend also has it, Spanish miners carried large amounts of silver from the site.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum