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Tower of Terror
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The radio tower atop Senior Mountain* in Mahopac is easy to spot from Route 6. But getting there can be quite terrifying, requiring navigation through a twisting nest of steep local streets where a wrong turn can easily take you back where you came from instead of where you are going. Not to mention the need for good brakes. Really, really good brakes. There was no incentive to make this hide snow friendly, because no way would anyone encourage trying this one in winter conditions. Hard to believe these are residential streets, which the local denizens drive, up, down and all around, every day. And they face the terror without the added incentive of hunting a cache.
If you do get to the tower, you'll find the parking area for Volz Park. It is a small park owned by the town of Carmel. A short walk along the blue trail will bring you close to the cache. You also can follow some of the unmarked paths toward the hide. Sections of the blue trail are clearly blazed, but you will encounter intersections with no sign of which way to go. Just keep trending toward the coordinates and you'll be fine. Please stay alert when you are off the trail; there are some steep drop-offs. This is only a 15-acre park, atop a hill in the middle of a suburban neighborhood, so getting lost ought not be an issue. At least not until you return to your vehicle and try to figure out how to get back home. (OK. You can use a GPS device -- parking coordinates are provided for the inbound trip, but I don't know where you live so you'll have to provide your own coordinates for the outbound leg -- but that will take half the fun out of this hide.)
Be aware there were signs of past human habitation in some sections of the park. Don't know if some unfortunate souls took up residence there, or if the local scouts were practicing outdoor living. But I saw nobody on two recent visits, and no evidence of recent activity.
Please rehide the cache at least as securely as you found it.
Congratulations to GRSchmid for being the first to find it.
*Most maps show this as Senior "Hill." "Mountain" is more terrifying. So I made a mountain out of a Mahopac hill.
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- The Tower of TerrorThe tower, looking northeast from Route 6 at Union Valley Road.
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Last Updated: on 4/9/2017 5:46:46 PM Pacific Daylight Time (12:46 AM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum