One of my many favorite activities is to Geocache. With a Smartphone (that isn’t so smart) and a Garmin GPS with us pretty much constantly, we can Geocache anywhere we find ourselves. This was the motivation for heading up Clifty, that and the new hiking boots I had just bought myself earlier in the day. We took Abe’s little truck since the road is a little rough and we didn’t want to waste time trying to avoid the rough spots with the car. The easiest way to get to the Trailhead is to take Twenty-Mile Rd and follow it up quite a ways till it splits off to go to the Black Mountain Lookout Tower. The Trailhead isn’t quite to the tower so if you want to visit the tower you’ll have to continue on up the road.

Clifty Trail – Abe, Genna & Abram
The trail is really nice all the way from Black Mountain to Clifty Mountain. There were still a few trees across the trail since the Forest Service hadn’t gotten the Trail Maintenance Crew up in that area yet. From the parking area to where the trail Y’s it is 1 mile. Here you can decide to continue on to Katka Mountain (which I understand then continues down to come out on the road to Boulder Creek) or you can go up to Clifty Mountain. From the parking area to the Y the train is pretty easy, a few hills but nothing terrible. Once we reached the Y the trail starts to climb with 7 switchbacks before we reached the top. Genna is a great hiker and did so well all the way to the very top although we did have to stop and rest a few times once we really started to climb. 

The view from the top

Looking out over the edge is amazing! Of course a few rocks had to get thrown too.

Looking over the edge

After enjoying the view and a short rest it was time for some serious Geocaching! For those not familiar with Geocaching, it is basically treasure hunting with a GPS. There is a website where you can find all the coordinates for geocaches in any area and off you go! We were exited about this particular cache as it was the first MultiCache we had gone after. However after looking around for about 30 minutes it was obvious that the cache was gone.

Abe and Abram made quick work of getting back to the truck, while Genna and I took our time. There were many different flowers to look at and we found some Huckleberry bushes that had berries just starting to develop. We also had to watch a Squirrel for a bit, who wasn’t all that pleased with us for interrupting his day.

Round trip: 3 Miles