I have had my eye on Seared Sumac for quite a while. The cache has been MIA, so when I saw a Found log on it this week, I was curious. It turned out that it was really a DNF. I asked the cache owner if she would like me to replace it and her wrote back that she gave Gummyfrog permission to replace it. So I did what any good geocacher would do–I contacted Gummyfrog and invited myself to join him on his hike. Bart was gracious to say yes.
Bart, Mike, Sherry and I met at the corner of Valley Circle and Roscoe at 7:00 AM this morning and were driven up Woolsey Canyon Road by a friend of Bart’s. We started hiking just as the sun was lighting the sandstone rocks.
I had already found all the caches on this trail, except for Seared Sumac. It was fun trying to remember where the caches were stashed. On most of my other visits, it was much warmer than this morning so it felt like a different experience.
I had always hiked down the trail and then returned back the way I came. Today was the first time I made this a one-way trip. Getting out of the canyon was a little tricky; the end of the trail has been fenced off by a development company. Bart found a gap in the fence along Valley Circle where we could exit the area. Then it was on to Part II of today’s adventure.
Part II was the reverse of Part I; I had only found one cache along the trail. As we climbed up the hill from the trail head, we realized that we had another hiking companion–the wind. It was really blowing hard, especially went we were hiking along the exposed ridgeline.
After a false start with Witchy Wealth , we continued UP the ridge for Mezzanine With A View, Room with a Vue, and You’ve Got Mail. At You’ve Got Mail , we decided the even though we had 4 more caches to find along the trail, we would save them for another day. The “trail” after You’ve Got Mail is very iffy and the wind wasn’t. It didn’t seem very safe to continue today, so we turned back.
On the way DOWN the hill, we hold a game trail that led to a little larger path to ON THE TRAIL TO BILL’S RULE . In spite of its name, it really isn’t one on the trail.
After that find, we gave Witchy Wealth another try. We had it in name without must of a problem.
I had a great time hiking today with nice friends through a very nice area. I got 5 new finds, while the rest of the group found a total of 11. We also put out 2 new caches along the upper trail and replaced a cache that has been under the weather for quite a while. All in all, a very good day of caching.
Total mileage: 4.5 miles