Cleveland National Forest
With my sister back in the state, she wanted to get another of the particularly old geocaches. This one is a little past a popular waterfall fabled for its graffiti. I decided I might get to see what all the fuss is about, although was not too excited about the second part. I borrowed the Explorer to come down because I wanted to poke around the roads and peaks above the waterfall. Unfortunately there are seasonal gates on those roads and the season they are closed for is fire, not winter. They were locked up tight and the only thing I got out of bringing the larger vehicle is an easier drive along the last 1.5 miles of road to the trailhead. Taking it in the Scion would have been exciting, I am sure. I grabbed a shady spot under some trees just before the fire station while the main parking is actually just after. There are at least a dozen vehicles there and four or five are small cars with clearance around 6" like mine.
|The Holy Jim Volunteer Fire Station next to a bit of road that is not at all challenging.|
The parking lot is just before a fork with one heading off to another trail and the other passing by a bunch of cabins. A map shows an overview of the area with mileages marked. From here to the closed roads above is only 4.5 miles. It feels like it will get hot along the way. We need to head past the cabins, so we do. Two roads go that way and we just go along the one that is handy. It gets to a cabin and stops, but there is a short scramble up to the correct road to get us passing by the rest of the cabins. The last has a supply of water and a note that basically states they do not want to have to go out and save you, so please drink some water.
|Odd things happen among the cabins. We are approached by a peacock with a cry like a goose rather than the haunting squawk they usually emit.|