High Pass Mystery  LbNA # 5902

OwnerCalifornia Bear      
Placed DateSep 26 2003
CountyMystery
LocationCascade Mountain Range, MY
Boxes1
Found By???
Last UpdateJul 4 2005

Clues

The Cascade Mountain Range stretched from British Coumbia, in Canada, south across Washington, Oregon and ending in California. This range contains many well known mountains and volcanoes including Mt. St. Helens, Rainer, shasta, Hood and Lassen. Several highways and roads cut across this range along its length.

This box is located in the highest road mountain pass through the Cascade Mountain Range. Beacuse of the altitude of the pass, it is not open year round so this box will only be available from the time the road is plowed (usually late May or early June [somtimes as late as the end of July in years of bad snow]) through the first snow storm of the season (usually late October or early November).

At the top of the pass is a sign that notes the summit and gives the elevation. There is a tiny spot next to the sign that you may be able to squeeze into if you have a small car and quick reflexes.

About 1/10 of a mile east of the summit sign, there is a slightly larger turnout area. If you park there, walk back to the summit sign along the edge of the road.

Whichever parking option you choose, be very careful as you are next to the highway which can get busy.

From the summit sign, climb up the rocky knoll next to the sign. The knoll is topped with trees. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO CROSS THE ROAD!! Near the top of the knoll are a pair of trees growing close together. Next to the trees, find a boulder that is shaped somewhat like a seat. Between this boulder and one next to it, you will find the box covered with rocks and sticks.

Note: Climbing up the knoll will require scrambling up a rocky slope so excercise caution. Also be aware of the high altitude when exerting oneself.

If you need a hint as to where to find this mountain pass, the highway number is the first two digits of the public law that created the Agate Fossil Beds National Monument.

Difficulty - 2.00 Average. The average letterboxer would be able to find this in less than 30 minutes of hunting.
Terrain rating: 4.25 - Steep rocky slope

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