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cache type Summit Fire Tower cache size

This cache has been retired.
Please do not look for this cache.

by headmj
(Finds: 1  Score: 4.5)    (Hidden: 1  Score: 3)

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Coordinates (WGS-84 datum)
N 42° 07.599'   W 078° 41.985'
Salamanca,   New York   14779
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 15 Aug 2002
Waypoint (Landmark): N0043C
Open Cache:  Personal use only
Cache type:  Normal
Cache size:   Normal

Difficulty: gps (easy)
Terrain: gps gps (easy)

Misc: Pets are allowed. Parking is available There may be fees.

Comments:
FEE NOTICE From Memorial Day to Labor Day (when the beaches are open) there is a $7.00 vehicle use permit charged to enter the park. The access control points generally operate from 10:00AM to 5:00PM so there should be ample time to get to the box during the summer months. The rest of the year the vehicle use permit is $6.00 and is only charged on Saturday and Sunday.

Maps are queued for generation.
Additional maps for this cache available at: topozone.com logo    mapquest.com logo

This cache is a large pretzel bottle located in Allegany State Park near the historic Summit Fire Tower. This cache is not hard to reach and may be ideal for cachers without GPS equipment. (Compass and map users decode the hint.) It is also ideal for families because of the terrain. Two benchmarks are also retrievable at this site. PLEASE NOTE Certain times of the year there is a fee to enter the park. See the long description.

This is a reset of the original cache that was stolen between 8/1/2004 and 8/15/2004. I was camping in the park the week of 8/14 and used the materials for another cache I had planned to reset this one.

In the early 20th century the Adirondack and Catskill forests lost over 1 million acres of forest to fire. In response NYS established the forest patrol in 1909. Summit Fire Tower was built in 1926 and served continuously until 1970. In 1999 a local committee was formed to preserve and restore the tower. There is a movement in the Northeast U.S. to preserve these Adirondack style fire observation towers. You can obtain a great patch for $5 (or a tee shirt for $10) at the Red House administration building that will help to fund this restoration. (Mine really looks neat on my patch jacket!)

Park at the Roscoe hiking trail parking lot at the top of the Summit Road (Park St coming out of Salamanca.) The cache is a .27 mile walk one way and gently up slope. You can continue to walk the hiking trails for several miles if you wish. They are cross-country ski trails in the winter so the elevation changes are gradual. There is a great overlook on the Leonard Run Loop that would be a direct continuation of your hike from the cache.

The bottle has a calculator, water proof match container, a pocket knife, glow stick, waterproof matches and other neat stuff. There is also a can of bug repellent that is to stay with the cache for those who need it.

You can also pick up 2 Benchmarks and two reference marks along with the cache. Look up the following marks in the benchmark part of the geocaching site: NC1032 - the tower itself, NC1033 2nd order horizontal control. Compass and map users need the directions for all the marks as well as the encrypted hint.

PLEASE! NO FOOD OR CANDY OF ANY KIND IN THE CACHE!

FEE NOTICE From Memorial Day to Labor Day (when the beaches are open) there is a $7.00 vehicle use permit charged to enter the park. The access control points generally operate from 10:00AM to 5:00PM so there should be ample time to get to the box during the summer months. The rest of the year the vehicle use permit is $5.00 and is only charged on Saturday and Sunday.

Have fun and enjoy one of my favorite places in the world.




Clue decoding tables - Top letter or symbol decodes to bottom letter or symbol:

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
NOPQRSTUVWXYZABCDEFGHIJKLM

!"#$%&'()*+,-./0123456789:;<=>?
123456789:;<=>?@!"#$%&'()*+,-./

Clues:    decode

  • Compass Hints 
    Sbe sbyxf jub arrq gb qb guvf jvgubhg n TCF svaq gur AP!@## orapuznex> Sebz guvf orapuznex gnxr n &@ qrterr ornevat 8zntargvp9 naq jnyx nobhg "!$ sg> gb gur pnpur> Vg vf va n oebxra fghzc ,oe ?.,oe ?.,oe ?.,oe ?.,oe ?.,oe ?. ,oe ?.,oe ?.,oe ?.,oe ?.,oe ?.,oe ?.

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CACHE LOGS - May contain hints(spoilers)!    decode

I found it! 10 Oct 2006 by  mickemt  (Finds: 172  Score: 590.5)    (Hidden: 71  Score: 266)
    Open Log:  Unrestricted

Found this one with the owner. Yes, he did make me find it myself! ;-)
Owner has a ton of info on the local history! Hope to cache with you again soon!
MickEMT

I found it! 18 Jun 2006 by  Stepping Stones  (Finds: 1  Score: 3)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Easy find

I found it! 20 May 2006 by  Szuchie  (Finds: 146  Score: 577)    (Hidden: 5  Score: 26)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

This was our last cache today after attending the ASP Geobash...and really the entire day cannot possibly be summed up into words...but I think Absolutely Wonderful comes awfully darn close.

Chicky and I got to the general area for this cache, but then our GPS started jumping so we wandered around briefly until she made the snag. Nice spot! On our way out we got some nice pics of the fire tower....again, just another amazing thing in ASP. This park is awesome!

Thank you for the cache, and for ending our wonderful caching day on such a high-note!

~Szuchie

I found it! 20 May 2006 by  Rayman77  (Finds: 104  Score: 393.5)    (Hidden: 10  Score: 32.5)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

It never occured to me to see if any caches in Allegany were on Navicache. I found the new replacement container while at the Allegany Geobash last month. Hopefully the owner will let me log this on this site as well. The fire tower was pretty neat, unfortunately I didn't have time to climb up. TNLN, TFTC.

I found it! 11 Oct 2004 by  DocW  (Finds: 291  Score: 1187)    (Hidden: 18  Score: 83.5)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Began a wonderful caching day with this cache. Came from the north into the state park. Entered the park before 9:00, so I didn't have to pay entrance fee. Thanks for the hide and greetings from Germany, Wulf

I found it! 17 May 2003 by  Rippie  (Finds: 35  Score: 157)    (Hidden: 11  Score: 77.5)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Nice to see this old fire tower again that I climbed as a kid. Even nice to think it will be refurbished so we can enjoy it again. Worked off the bench mark to locate the cache my Gps wasn`t operating. Returned the following day with Aunt Margret from the Water`s nursing home to show her the fire tower. Her husband retired from the park some years back. Thanks for the hide and got my patch in support of the fire tower cause.
Huckle Buckle Beanstalk,
Rippie


 

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