Looking for Five Stars in the Purple Mountain’s Majesty
As I’ve stated throughout this series, five stars or a five signifies the most difficult in the two categories of mentally solving the clues a site requires and overcoming the physical challenges to track it down (5/5). You can do advanced searches on these sites to determine what geocaches locales are the most difficult based on that rating system. Keep in mind the added excitement of wandering into tracts of forest that contain large creatures that are much more skilled predators than you will ever be too.
But for your convenience I’ll send you right to several strenuous cache stashes that will prove to be good hikes and brain teasers as well. The Beartooth mountains in the backcountry surrounding Red Lodge (near Yellowstone) has hundreds of hidden treasures but you will be hard pressed to keep your head down with those timeless jagged peaks enlightening you to the grander scheme of things.
An invaluable resource is Big Sky Cachers which concentrates on the more precipitous northwestern corner of our state around Libby that has a unique feel to it with giant cedars which aren’t prevalent elsewhere here. Be sure and check in with the Montana Cacher's Forum to see the latest and greatest from around the whole state. Onto specifics now.
Here is a favorite in the Bridger Bowl Ski area with a fabulous view of the Crazies known as the Bradley Meadows Cache. Find the Pirates of Boulderville and you can then reward yourself with a satisfying dip in nearby Lolo Hot Springs. Scroll through the Montana section of geocaching.com and you'll also come across an intriguing site called View of a Comet, a 4/4. I almost died there during a horrific storm at a high elevation long before GPS devices were in vogue and before I attained that age when one realizes invincibility is as much of a myth as Santa Claus. Up in Glacier National Park there are also some rugged finds and a segment of the country-wide "cache across America" so check in with these sites and the forums if you’re heading that way.
Since some backpackers are also geocachers or if you are looking for an unforgettable adventure far from the mad bustle of the world, read Wilderness Backpacking Adventures in Montana. Pristine tracts of forest and high alpine lakes await you in three different National Forests all chosen for their own unique grandeur while also sharing the common denominator which makes the Rocky Mountains legendary. These places are lesser known and dare I say you might not want to even bring a GPS or any other electronic device aside from your flashlight.
As with all these articles on specific places I’d like to invite anyone that resides where I’m talking about to comment below about a particular geocache that they found particularly difficult. Bright Hub is all about sharing local knowledge globally. Life is short so lace on up and get out there.