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cache type Lake Poway Loop cache size

by Shandon
(Finds: 2  Score: 9.5)    (Hidden: 25  Score: 118)

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Coordinates (WGS-84 datum)
N 33° 00.428'   W 117° 00.838'
This may not be the actual cache coordinate.
Poway,   California   92064
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 09 Jan 2004
Waypoint (Landmark): N00D9E
Open Cache:  Personal use only
Cache type:  Multi-Part
Cache size:   Normal

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

Misc: There are restrooms (water closets) available Parking is available No fees!


There is a bathroom and water at the start of this hike. Along some of the loop, there are portopotties. But you will want to take enough water to hike about four miles. An energy bar might be nice, too.
NOTE: Please remember the position of the cache and return it as close as possible to its original state. Oh, and be discrete...

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Lake Poway Loop
Lake Poway is a stocked lake meaning that the fish don't breed fast enough for the number of fishermen who frequent its shores that it requires a constant influx of live fish to satisfy this sport. Although not a fan of fishing, I think it's great there is a lake nearby that affords this opportunity to its community.

The trailhead for this 3-mile hike culminating in a very steep climb of better than 340 feet is located at a sign inscribed with the words "Warren Canyon Trail" though I am not exactly quite sure what constitutes this trail which leads directly into the Lake Poway Trail whose actual trailhead is a bit south and east of this first waypoint near the fish cleaning area. You could begin there as well and pass by the dock as you start around the lake.

The Warren Canyon trailhead is more hidden and probably less known, so I chose it to begin this hike. Another sign near this trailhead displays distances to various points in the parks. Refer to this sign when determining the next waypoint.
A.B = the distance to Pine Point
C = A + 2
N 33 00.7AC
W 117 00.BC6
You can make your way into the Blue Sky Reserve at this intersection as the sign here attests. Use the info provided on the sign for the next waypoint.
A = the number of letters in the absolute middle word of the sign
B = the number of letters in the first word plus one
N 33 00.2AA
W 117 00.B0B
At this waypoint stands another sign with distances to perhaps ten locations. But only two of these distances are necessary for the waypoint that follows.
A.B = the distance to Mt. Woodson Estates
C.D = the distance to the Park Information Office
N 33 00.3AB
W 117 00.2DC
At this location is a plaque attached to a utilitarian memorial. This will provide clues to the actual cache location!
A = the last digit of the year on the plaque
B = the number of people listed on the plaque
N 33 00.4BA
W 117 00.22B
The cache, which is a camouflaged ammo can about 12" x 4" x 7", is located at the end of an overgrown trail. In my opinon, very little bushwhacking is involved. A purist might disagree. Either way, if you can't locate it within ten minutes or so, please refer to the hint.

To return to your car, head back the way you came until you get to the narrow signpost at a fairly large intersection. Turn left and follow that trail into the park. Follow your GPS to the starting coordinates. Good luck!

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Clues:    Do you normally cheat?

  • Cache Hint 
    Beneath a thick bush.

  • Another cache hint 
    Two stone balls.

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