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Asahel Curtis Cache Traditional Geocache

Hidden : 06/18/2006
3 out of 5
2.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   small (small)

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Geocache Description:

The cache is located just off the Asahel Curtis Nature Trail. The trail is a 1.3 mile loop and is suitable for children with no significant elevation gain.

This cache was hidden on Father's Day 2006 on a trail which has become a family favorite. You are looking for a lock-n-lock about six feet off the trail. Please re-hide carefully as it is often busy with visitors. Reception can be poor at the cache site, which is reflected in the higher difficulty rating. Take I-90 to exit 47 and park at the Annette Lake trail head (Northwest Forest Pass is required).

About Asahel Curtis Nature Trail (From the USFS)
The nature trail is a short, easy walk through one of the last remaining stands of old growth in the Snoqualmie Valley. The trail crosses Humpback Creek several times before rising gently into a grove of mature Douglas-fir, western hemlock and western red cedar. Mosses, ferns, orchids and a large variety of other wildflowers abound on the forest floor. Winter wrens can be heard from their perches among the trees and occasionally a pileated woodpecker can be spotted. This is an excellent walk for families with young children as well as for older people; however, use caution for some of the cedar boardwalk planks become slippery when wet.

About Asahel Curtis (From Wikipedia)
Asahel Curtis was the most prominent Seattle photographer of the early twentieth century, as well as a noted outdoorsman and regional booster. Born in Minnesota in 1874, he moved with his family to Washington Territory in 1888. Asahel photographed Washington's natural resources and their related industries, as well as the early cities of Washington State, historic events, and its population. He once said, "One comes more intimately in touch with the mountains when he travels the trails. In the valleys the forests seem lower, the giant trees rise from one's side to tremendous heights and the lower growth reaches out a friendly hand to bid you welcome; but it is on the untrodden mountain heights that the traveler receives a true reward for his toil. Here where vegetation makes its last stand amid a world of ice and snow, with the lower world stretching away to the distant horizon, nature unfolds in all her beauty."

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Haqre ynetr, pebff-phg ybtf.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)