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Roaring Ridge Lookout Traditional Geocache

Hidden : 09/15/2006
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Geocache Description:

Situated on the southwest side of Lake Keechelus, this former lookout has some fine views.

A lookout was originally placed here in 1937. It was replaced in 1948 and destroyed in 1968 (ref: here)

There are two possible routes to get to this location.  A longer but perhaps easier route along the original but rather overgrown road/trail (perhaps 0.7 miles,) or a shorter route from the ridge top but harder due to the bushwhack (about 700 feet.)  Can you guess which route we took?  I'll give you a hint - we got very wet from the waist down.

October 2, 2015 There is now a trail from the upper parking area all the way up that avoids any bushwhacking

The day we were up here, the weather became a typical fall day, light rain and snow.  The clouds were down low so we could only imagine what the views might be like on a fine summer day.
The remains of the lookout are the four large concrete footers, the anchors off to the sides, cables, some timber, and other minor debris.  Most of it's long gone and the trees have grown up around the site.  Just image a lonely ranger spending the summer up here on the lookout for the wisp of smoke.  To get a sense of that loneliness, read Tatoosh by Martha Hardy (originally published 1946, republished by the Mountaineers 1980.)

(Alciato on one of the anchor points)

Looking down on Lake Keechelus
(such as it was)

The cache is a small lock-n-lock with a rite-n-rain notebook and a couple pencils.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)