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Chumstick Mountain Lookout Site Traditional Geocache

Hidden : 11/14/2004
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Geocache Description:

Chumstick Mountain (Elev. 5810 Ft.)

Chumstick Mountain is the site of a former fire lookout at 5810’ elevation. Here is an archived photo of the original Lookout. This peak is one of the principal summits on the SE end of Entiat Ridge, a large geographic structure composed of a single continuous ridgeline over 40 miles in length.

Chumstick Mountain is in an Alpine environment with an incredible 360 degree view of the following: The Enchantments and Mt Stuart, Icicle Range, Lake Wenatchee area, Glacier Peak, Entiat Valley, Chelan Butte and portions of the Columbia Gorge, the Columbia Plateau, Mission Ridge, and on a really clear day, Mt Adams.

See the VIEW OF GLACIER PEAK at top of Chumstick Mountain. This Benchmark is located at the very top, where the lookout tower once stood.

Getting There:

Chumstick is in the midst of a major road network, there are at least 5 ways to get to the top, all of which boil down to driving the final summit ridge from either the N, or SE, on a road which traverses Entiat ridge for miles. Any forest service map will show the peak and road network and by choosing an approach and sticking to obvious main roads it is not difficult, but there are numerous junctions and being good with a map is definitely a plus the first time. The following major approach directions should get you there:

  • From Leavenworth (17 miles to cache): Take Hwy 209 2 miles North (towards Plain). Turn right (east) onto Eagle Creek Road. Drive to the end of pavement and follow roads to Entiat Summit road then to the top. This is the route we took returning from the summit. It wasn't too bad, but a little muddy.
  • From Hwy 2 near Peshastin (14 miles to cache): Take Derby Canyon Road heading NE to road FR-7400, then to Entiat Summit Road to the top.
  • From Hwy 2 by Cashmere (13.5 miles to cache): Take Nahahum Canyon road N to dirt road, hard left at obvious multiple junction at top of valley in wooded pass. Follow road several miles to intersection with Derby Canyon road, turn right onto FR-7400, then to Entiat Summit Road to the top. This is the route we took to hide the cache (It was quite muddy)
  • From Swakane Canyon Road off Hiway 97-A (16 miles to cache): Follow Swakane Canyon road in NW direction to FR-7400, and Entiat Summit Road to the top.
  • From town of Entiat (19 miles to cache): Take Entiat river road, left on Mills Canyon road to Entiat Summit Road and proceed NW along ridge some miles to summit.
Here is a MAP showing two possible routes.

The cache container is a large ammo box.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


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