Posted by: cosmicgarden | May 11, 2009

Geocaching -Bigfork and the Wild Mile II (Multi-cache) in Montana

We found this geocache a few years back. It is one of my best memories of a fun day with my husband and sons. A fun puzzle to solve, and a beautiful hike.  We left a japanese bandana and I still treasure the tiger jump-rope we took from the cache.

Everyone should do this one at least once.

Bigfork and the Wild Mile II
A  cache by Eve’n’Steven Hidden: 8/15/2002

N/S ? ??.??? W/E ??? ??.??? []

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This re-located, easy to solve puzzle cache starts in Bigfork, Montana and proceeds to the Swan River Nature Trail.

How does this puzzle cache work?

Start by going to the coordinates listed above. From this point you will find clues along the way that will lead you to the Wild Mile of the Swan River, and the cache. You will walk a total of about 4 miles round trip, almost all level hiking. You can complete this trek on a mountain bike.

Print this cache information so you can fill in the blanks. Bring a couple of pens or pencils.

Read the instructions carefully! You should also look at the pictures.

Begin your adventure in downtown Bigfork. Park at the Everit L. Sliter Memorial Park at N48° 03.542, W114° 04.390. The first puzzle piece is found on the green Bigfork Power Plant information sign.

A=___, the third digit of the year (19?1) that the original power plant was constructed by Lafayette Tinkel.

Now, complete more puzzle pieces by walking through the Village of Bigfork.
B=___
, the third digit of the year (19?1) that the old bridge over the Swan River was built by A.Y. Bayne & Co.

From the pedestrian walkway on the bridge,
C=___, the number of large white roof vents of the power plant.

Walk up the street into Bigfork.
D=___. The third digit of the year (19?9) Eva Gates Homemade Preserves was established.

Go to the front steps of the Bigfork Inn. (Inside the first set of doors in the winter) and read the Bigfork Inn history sheet on the wall.
E=___, the third digit of the year (19?2) that the Bigfork Inn got its current name. (See last paragraph). The Bigfork Inn is owned and run by Bob & Suzie Keenan. Bob is a Montana State Senator.

NOTE: The History Sheet is currently not displayed; the Bigfork Inn got it’s current name in 1972

Checksum: A+B+C+D+E = 14. Check your numbers. If they don’t add up to 14, better check your data again!

Now calculate some of the coordinates for the Wild Mile.
F = ___ B+C
G = ___ D+D
H = ___ D+B
I = ___ C+E
J = ___ E-B

Checksum: F+G+H+I+J = 31

Walk 3 blocks or so up to
N 4 8° A F . G A H, W 1 1 4° A D . B G E
N 4 8°_ _ . _ _ _ , W 1 1 4° _ _ . _ _ _
These coordinates put you near the green Swan River Nature Trail sign. If not, check your figures.

K=___, the last digit of the year (199?) that the Swan River Trail was established by Art & Maude Whitney.

Go east on the trail to a bench at
N 4 8° A F . G F A, W 1 1 4° A F . F H F
N 4 8° _ _ . _ _ _ , W 1 1 4° _ _ . _ _ _

Take the small trail south to
N 4 8° A F . E J K, W 1 1 4° A F . F F A
N 4 8° _ _ . _ _ _ , W 1 1 4° _ _ . _ _ _
You should be standing on a big rock. Enjoy this spot for a while.

Now go to
N 4 8° A F . E J I, W 1 1 4° A F . F A E
N 4 8° _ _ . _ _ _ , W 1 1 4° _ _ . _ _ _
M=___, the number of red exclamation marks (!) on the Danger Sign.

Continue up river on the trail (may want to walk bikes) to
N 4 8° A F . E K M , W 1 1 4° A F . B G C
N 4 8° _ _ . _ _ _ , W 1 1 4° _ _ . _ _ _
P=___, the number of black exclamation marks (!) on the Spillway Sign.

Go up the trail to
N 4 8° A F . E M J , W 1 1 4° A F . A J K
N 4 8° _ _ . _ _ _ , W 1 1 4° _ _ . _ _ _
Q=___, the number of large orange balls floating on the water.

Checksum: K+M+P+Q = 17

Go to a small trail at
N 4 8° A F . Q Q I , W 1 1 4° A P . M M F
N 4 8° _ _ . _ _ _ , W 1 1 4° _ _ . _ _ _

Take the small trail up and left, then left again to a fire ring overlooking the river at
N 4 8° A F . Q E F, W 1 1 4° A P . M E M
N 4 8° _ _ . _ _ _ , W 1 1 4° _ _ . _ _ _

Now find the cache in an olive drab ammo box at
N 4 8° A F . Q I K, W 1 1 4° A P . H C E
N 4 8° _ _ . _ _ _ , W 1 1 4° _ _ . _ _ _

Please leave an item, and take an item. Log in and report your adventure. Have Fun!

Eve’n’Steven

GC1DCE Bigfork and the Wild Mile II (Multi-cache) in Montana, United States created by Eve’n’Steven

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