Ring of Fire — Geocache of the Week

Traditional
GCJYHZ
by ironman114
Difficulty:
3.5
Terrain:
5
Location:
Washington State, USA
N 47° 19.785 W 123° 38.595

MINUTE by MINUTE… MILE by MILE… The RING OF FIRE closed… on INNOCENT and GUILTY alike!

Ring of Fire movie poster
Ring of Fire movie poster

That’s the tagline for the 1961 Hollywood film titled Ring of Fire. The movie follows a small-town sheriff in Oregon who arrests a trio of robbers (two men and one woman). The tables turn, the robbers take the sheriff hostage, a forest fire rages out of control, and calamity ensues.

In the final scene, a burning railroad trestle collapses during an attempted crossing (forward to 14:00 for the “good part”). Although most of the movie takes place and was filmed in Oregon, this key scene was filmed along the Wynoochee River, in Washington State. The bridge and trestle were blown up, sending two passenger cars and a 60-ton steam engine to crash and burn in the river below.

The gorge was deemed too deep and the train too heavy to remove, so the passenger cars were cut in two and moved to the river’s edge. Almost 60 years later the wreckage remains, making this already beautiful hike even more epic. The movie may be a trainwreck, but this epic T5 geocache is definitely worth the effort! 

The hike down can be brutal and challenging, but the view from the bottom literally takes your breath away. Coordinates can jump around in the gorge making finding the exact location difficult, which is to be expected. Take your time and enjoy the epic journey and search, this cache will definitely be one to remember.

Ropes to the bottom of the gorge
Ropes to the bottom of the gorge
Train wreck at the river's edge
Train wreck at the river’s edge
A closer look
A closer look
From inside one of the passenger cars
From inside one of the passenger cars
The Ring of Fire geocache
The Ring of Fire geocache

 

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