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Bull of the Woods Traditional Geocache

Hidden : 07/02/2006
Difficulty:
2.5 out of 5
Terrain:
4 out of 5

Size: Size:   small (small)

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Geocache Description:



On a clear day the summit of Bull of the Woods mountain offers a view of the Cascade mountains that stretches from Mt. Ranier to the Three Sisters. For a real treat, climb the short flight of stairs to the deck of the abandoned lookout tower and enjoy this grand vista from there...


This cache is in the heart of the Bull of the Woods wilderness at the 5500 foot summit of the mountain of the same name. I placed it on day two of a three day backpack trip. Our route was from Elk Lake by way of the Geronimo trail and the Welcome Lakes, but there are several other easier ways to get here. No matter your route stellar views are likely to be constant companions as are giant old growth Doug firs and an amazing array of wildflowers. Rhododendrons by the hundreds line many of the trails in early summer. Solitude is the norm. We saw a total of only about a dozen people on the trails of this wilderness area over the course of three days and 22 miles of hiking. And that was on a 4th of July weekend!


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The L4 cab style lookout was built in 1942 replacing an earlier log cabin version from 1923. It was staffed up to 1963 and used periodically after that into the 1980's. It is one of only a handful that remain in the Mt. Hood National Forest. Its door is locked now and it is partially boarded up but you can still stroll its catwalk, peer inside the cabin and soak in the incredible views. I love these old fire lookout towers. Like steam locomotives and telegraph machines they are priceless relics of eras gone by.


Another of the many fine views from the summit...



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This is a designated wilderness area, so being mindful of that I sought and received permission from the Forest Service before placing this cache. The cache is a smallish container so think smaller trade items. For the first finder there is a nice "Clutch" mini tool by Gerber. Please replace the rocks carefully so this little bugger doesn't get blown off the mountain in winter. Thanks.

Enjoy!



Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)