BCP220 - Grande Cache RR
Posted: N53° 38.279' W118° 07.163'
My GPSr: N53° 38.280' W118° 07.165'
I'd researched a couple of possible approaches to this one, hoping to be able to drive as close as I could to the cap. When I found that the southern approach option was a wash, I tried from the northern approach with much better success.
Leave HWY 40 at N53° 39.320' W118° 12.177'. At N53° 39.829' W118° 10.615' veer right and follow this road as far as you can. I decided the road looked just too dicey past N53° 38.739' W118° 08.284'. In drier weather one might be able to drive past here in an appropriate vehicle but you can tell from the attempts at installing logs to help with traction in spots that this section of road is perennially sub-standard. It was today.
It was about 1.5 km (as the crow flies) to the cap from where I started walking. After walking down the road, at times having to work hard to keep my feet dry - I was right not be be driving on this - I decided to take a big turn south at N53° 38.442' W118° 07.475' to get over to the railroad itself. That worked pretty well, taking me through a clearing and soon later to the tracks. From there it was a quick jaunt down the tracks and then up to the cap.
I have to say that when I arrived near gz I found the cap freakishly quickly (I don't get to say that often). Just when I got to the top of the berm, I noticed an indent in the mossy ground but even more noticeable were the nearby trees festooned in pink flagging tape. Okay, (thought I) before I check out the spot near the tape, I'll poke here with my hiking pole. The result was the sweet "tink, tink, tink" of brass. After clearing off about a quarter inch of moss, the pristine cap had some fresh air to breath again.
This was a really fun cap find. Prior research, combined with good situation decisions took me through some cool scenery and ultimately to the goal. (And again, I don't always get to say those things either!)
Thanks very much for the cap!