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Coordinates ( WGS-84 datum )
N 41° 22.283'   W 074° 08.769'
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New Windsor ,    New York    12553
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 04 Nov 2001
Waypoint (Landmark): N001BE
Open Cache:    Personal use only
Cache type:    Unknown
Cache size:    Unknown

Difficulty:   gps gps gps (moderate)
Terrain:   gps gps gps (moderate)


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Parking starts at 1200 ft and the towers are at about 1500 ft.

“And above Earl” is a cache right above the Earl Reservoir in Highland Mills, NY.

The route I enjoyed was parking atN 41 22.870 W 074 08.769 above the Mountain Lodge Community. At the end of the road, back into the space provided and make sure not to block the road. Parking there, you will see an old, old sign that says ‘no trespassing’. It’s not clear to me why it’s there unless it’s to scare away the non locals. The path leads right to the top of the Schunemunks, the radio towers, and the Jessup Trail. At the top head SW and enjoy the views.

The contents include a bit more jewelry I made (silver rings), a Home Depot HONDA pin, a “Miss Evans Boys” video tape, A Wonder Woman post card trying to get to New Mexico, and a Hitchhiker in the form of a seal stamp. I carved this seal and you’re free to use it from cache to cache to sign the logs. Dont forget to take your compass and binoculars to hone your orienteering skils and to enjoy the view from on top of the ridge.

Hurry before the snow sets in!!

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I found it! 17 Nov 2001 by  stayfloopy   (Finds: 82   Score: 274.5)   (Hidden: 5   Score: 17.5)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
#205 Hey! Hey! It's the Schunemunks! Getting there was certainly quite a journey. I first took a look at the south approach. There was indeed a trail but there were private property signs all over the place and I didn't see a cutoff on the road where I could park. Then I found out that in order to get to the north approach, I had to take the long way out to Route 208 and to top it off, there was a detour on Clove Rd back out to Route 208. The nice part about that was the detour led to Mountain Lodge Rd and from there, it was just a matter of staying on that road. Boy, that's one heck of a steep road! Had to use the lowest gear on the manual transmission just to move in some stretches. Towards the end, the road just disintegrated into a dirt road. I got coordinates that were a little different for the parking though but anyone who follows should just stay on that road until the very end and things will be fine. Then I started walking up the radio tower access road. Boy, that's one heck of a steep road again! Once at the top, I enjoyed the view and headed southwest. Bushwhacked 0.8 mi to the cache just to see if it could be done. Actually, that's not quite true. I had only bushwhacked for a quarter of a mile from boulder to boulder when I came across an unmarked trail. My guess would be that's an older incarnation of the Jessup Trail since I found a yellow blaze that they had not erased. It was a bit overgrown and hard to discern in some parts but still usable. After following it for some distance, it stopped going where I wanted to go so I cut through a bit of brush and came across the real Jessup Trail about 300 ft from the cache. From there, it was easy. As usual, I bushwhacked a little past the cache but saw it right away when I turned around. Took the paper flag. Left some Where's George ( dollar bills. Also took the Path Seal Stamp travel bug for relocation to another cache. It appears that I'm the first to sign the log. Took a look at the Earl Reservoir while I was there. The water level is very low. A few more weeks of dry weather and I think they'd be scraping the bottom. Very scenic though. With binoculars, it might be possible to see the south approach and also the entrance to Woodbury Park. On the way back, I just followed the Jessup Trail to the radio towers. Nice views all around as it runs along the top of the ridge. Thanks for a nice walk. On the way home, I stopped by the T&M Deli. (practice run for the event cache) They make a fine egg salad sandwich.

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