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Task Difficulty: 1.5 Out of 5.0
Terrain Difficulty: 3.5 Out of 5.0
Statystyka skrzynki
Ned Hill Fire Lookout - OU0196

 Enjoy a short but steep trip up Ned Hill to a historic fire lookout on the edge of the Buckhorn Wilderness.

Hidden by  ricksto

N 47° 57.832' W 123° 10.366' (WGS84)

 Coordinates in Other Systems
 Location: United States > Washington
 Cache Type: Traditional
 Size: Large
 Status: Ready for Search
 Time: 1:30 h   Distance to Travel: 2.20 mi
 Date Hidden: 29 November 2010
 Date Created: 29 November 2010
 Last Modified: 02 December 2010
 Waypoint: OU0196
 Also Listed On: Geocaching.com

 


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In the Woods Historic Site 

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Description   EN   

The cache lies within 100' of an old pole platform tower built in the early 1930's. The old lookout consists of a crude platform, about 20' above ground, built on two standing tree trunks and several poles. Most of the rungs of the access ladder are gone, as is some of the platform itself. The structure is unsafe and one should not attempt to climb it. The trees around the lookout would obscure any view from the top. Ned Hill never had a live-in attendant, the fire guard at Slab Camp would occasionally hike up during spells of hot dry weather to observe the area when fire danger was high.

Tower

The trail was originally built in the early 1930's in a no-nonsense fashion to service a makeshift fire lookout at the top of Ned's Hill after much of the area went up in smoke a few years earlier. Eventually the forest returned, the lookout became obsolete, and the trail was abandoned. In the 1990's, long-time Forest Service employee, Jim Halvorsm, reopened the trail.

Trail

Officially reopened in 1994, this is a steep hike up to the old fire lookout on Ned Hill. Don't be mislead by the distance. The trail climbs Ned Hill is a series of three steep sections. To assist in your climb, four benches have been installed along the trail, some with nice peeks of mountains to the west. Each bench appears after a significantly steep stretch, so you know that the trail has flattened out, at least for a little while. On the way down, the benches serve to warn of steep stretches ahead.

rest Stop

Early summer provides an unbroken tunnel of rhododendrons splashing the hillside in shades of purple and pink. 

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1 18 September 2010 tolmaus Found it

Ok, there is proof that I found this cache...I'm in the picture!

What a nice walk up Ned's Hill to the old Fire Lookout. Excellent!