In my efforts to find all the caches in a 5-mile radius of my home, I set out this morning to get one or two finds. I’m getting within striking distance–after the 2 finds this morning, I only need 25 more finds.
I started the morning going for Trail Marker. I did it an easier way–drove up Bell Canyon to the trail head at N 34° 12.826 W 118° 42.568, then hiked in from there. The hike was 1.75 miles round trip and took just under an hour.
Here is the track and the trail profile of the hike.
I also checked if Bill’s Rule can be accessed from the west. It can’t be done–at least not easily or safely. I got within 800 feet of the cache, but the approach from a vacant lot ends with a very steep drop into a gully, then an even steeper ascent up to a road that would access the cache. I guess I’ll just have to do it the old fashioned way.
I then drove to Chatsworth to find D_J 3-K. I was a little concerned about how to approach this one, so I contacted a couple of previous finders. They both said pretty much the same thing–there are lots of trails to the cache; pick one you like and go for it.
I took the hard way–mostly climbing the rock near the east opening of the tunnel. The easier way is to approach from the south and the west. That’s how to returned.
I was hoping for a passing train while I was up there. My grandkids love trains and it would have been nice to send them a video of a train entering/leaving the tunnel. No such luck this morning
I found the cache right away, once I got to it. It was the getting to it that was the adventure.
Unfortunately, most all the “trails” in the area lead to places to deface the rocks with graffiti. I didn’t waste the time to take photos of the messes made on the rocks. I prefer beautiful over that stuff, so here is a shot of some wildflowers.
Here is the track of the hike/climb to D_J 3-K.
817 caches down (602 active and 215 archived) and 25 to go!