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Coordinates ( WGS-84 datum )
N 38° 26.562'   W 109° 14.213'
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Bedrock ,    Utah    81411
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 24 Aug 2001
Waypoint (Landmark): N00060
Open Cache:    Personal use only
Cache type:    Unknown
Cache size:    Unknown

Difficulty:   gps gps gps (moderate)
Terrain:   gps gps gps gps half gps (hard)


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This cache requires some gutsy climbing in Utah's second highest mountain range, the La Sal Mountains.

I used the GCRS to rate this cache, and it is every bit of a 4.5. It's actually a 5 if there is still snow in the couloirs (rocky gullies) in which you will be doing most of your climbing. Best time to go is mid to late summer. If the snow is still deep, you will want an ice axe and some crampons, or you might be treated to an unwanted glissade (slide) down the couloir. There is a road that will get you quite a bit closer than those shown on most maps, but you are on your own to find them. If you don't find them, you will just add some gorgeous, semi-level hiking to your trip, which you will find quite enjoyable.

I have posted two maps of possible routes. One is easier than the other. It is also the one which will let you drive closest to the mountain. The "trails" are actually more like places where the rocks have been leveled out a bit by traffic over the years. This "trail" is fairly obscure, but you should be able to follow it most of the way pretty easily. Since there is nothing but rock, you can pretty much choose any way you like to get to the top, just be careful of what little vegetation there is, it worked hard to get as big (not very)as it did. :D

If you find the road, you will need 4WD to take it. Essentially all of the climbing from there is over Diorite talus. The rocks are big enough to get good footing, but be careful, as they do have a tendency to rock when enough weight is placed on them.

The cache, as you will see from my maps, is not at the summit. I felt it would be less likely to be accidentally discovered in the spot where I placed it. I highly recommend making a trip to the summit, however. You can check your GPSR's elevation function there, if you find the USGS benchmark (pictured) It is at 12,721'. I let my Magellan Map330 average for the whole half hour or so I was there, and it read exactly that, and only a foot off the coordinates listed on the Topo map I used.

Bring lots of water, and I recommend pants and a light jacket. I was surprised how chilly it gets over 12,000 feet, even during the hottest time of year. Also bring sunscreen. The air is rather thin, and you will find that you burn much more easily. This is the highest I have ever hiked, and it was quite an experience. There are no trees, very little grass, and some gorgeous wildflowers that somehow managed to grow up there.

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