We decided to make a weekend camping trip out of it and planned to go out Father's Day weekend. We packed up all of our gear and an ATV and drove out to Scout Lake. The lake itself is about 21km (13 miles) from Whitehorse and then the cache is a bit further in. We stopped on the way and grabbed a couple more caches: Castle Cache and Just How Cold Is The Yukon? Both were fun caches to get.
When had noticed in the comments from previous cachers that the road had been washed out about 5 km (3 miles) from the cache site. Kelda suggested we hike in. She really wanted to try out her new backpack. The road going into the cache was getting really rough so we unloaded all our gear, packed up the ATV, applied bug spray on everyone and started out. It took us a couple hours to hike in (we had a 2 and 3 year old with us) but all the kids did really well hiking in and carrying their backpacks. We hiked to a clearing as close to the cache as we could without starting to hike up hills and decided to set up camp. We got the tents out and the food hung in the tree. We had a snack and a rest.
The geocache description said that there was a climb to get to the cache itself but that it was an easy climb. I am thinking that they did not have young children with them when they made the climb. First, we had to get to the hill. There didn't seem to be a clear path anywhere so we started bushwacking. We walked through quite a few spider webs before we got out of the trees. Then the climb up. The hill was grass covered with just a few small trees growing on it. We ended up a couple hills over from the right hill so there was a bit of up and down but it wasn't too bad. The last hill was much steeper. The older kids were able to climb up on their hands and feet. The younger kids were carried up on the backs of parents. The hike up didn't take that long, about 45 minutes. Finding the cache at the top ended up being very easy.
The geocache was in a plastic container wrapped in a garbage bag and flag. The flag was a mess. It was very ripped up and extremely smelly. The cache itself was in excellent shape. It was whole and dry. There was nothing on it or in it that was broken. We were pleasantly surprised at the shape of the cache. When we left we debated about taking or leaving the flag and decided to leave it as it helped the cache stay concealed.
We headed back down the hill happy, hungry and ready for our camp out. We were able to get our vehicles into our camping site the next morning so that we didn't have to hike back out. I logged the cache when we got home and then added pictures six days later. I was very surprised to see that two other people had found and logged the cache the day before. Boy, were we glad we had gone out when we did. We were super excited to have been the ones to find the original geocache in the Yukon almost six years after it had been last found.
Now, on to the next geocaching adventure!