A Work of Art…



Since 2013, I have devoted a large portion of my mind and soul to finding Forrest Fenn’s secret cache, many of my brain cells have given their life in the effort to extrapolate the end of WWWH.  I have followed so many paths since my first trip to Montana, I do not really remember all the details, it has changed and evolved so much since then.

My first attempt at the poem took me to Montana and to a little mountain lake with no name in the Lee Metcalfe Wilderness.  One thing I did when following the poem, was to use the poem’s punctuation marks to identify physical clues, and or instructions.

      1. Begin it where warm waters halt
      and take it in the canyon down,

    There is no punctuation at the end of halt, so using my rationale, these two lines represent one location, two rivers join two-make one body of water and flow into a canyon down. Hebgen Lake.

      2. Not far, but too far to walk.

    Here we have a comma and a period.  Physical clue and instructions, I did not recognize both at first, and I went too far to walk.  At first I interpreted this to simple mean, I am not walking for this stage of the poem.

      3. Put in below the home of Brown.

    This line has a period, so it is instructional, and combined with TFTW, I believe it gives instructions to follow the water.  Brown is capitalized, a proper noun, a cabin is a home brown in color, Cabin creek.  However, I believe it tells me to not to go up Cabin creek, but past it, below, downstream.

      4, From there it’s no place for the meek,

    From Cabin creek, we are looking for our next spot on the map, and I believe that is ghost village.  Ghost Village, no place for the meek.

      5. The end is ever drawing nigh;
      There’ll be no paddle up your creek,

    Here we have a semicolon, the semicolon means that this line from the poem and the next share a strong bond.  Next to Ghost village is a draw, in a draw, the ground slopes upward in three directions and downward in the other direction. This draw is the mouth of Beaver creek, and it is ever drawing nigh.  From Ghost village we follow Beaver creek and go left each time it forks.

      6. Just heavy loads and water high.

    Means we are looking for a lake high in the mountains. Following these instructions took me to an un-named lake.  You can use Google Earth or go to


    And type in earthquake lake, it will bring up a map to view, and you can see the lake.

    Also, with Google Earth, use the time function and look at images taken at different dates.


    Also, page 99 of TTOTC, I believe is the map to this location, right below JF, is this lake.

    This is where it really starts to get interesting.  I know many of you are thinking this place is too difficult for Forrest to reach and make two trips in one afternoon.  True, but I have some interesting things to show you.

      7. If you’ve been wise and found the blaze,

    Here is a view of the area in Google Earth.


    Do you see the Dragon and his tail?


      8. Look quickly down, your quest to cease,
      But tarry scant with marvel gaze,

    The tail is an arrow pointing to the un-named lake.  This is something a pilot might see.

      9. If you are brave and in the wood
      I give you title to the gold.

    A person must be brave to fight a dragon, and climb the mountain to get to the wood.

    Now let me show you more, this is where I really started to get excited and run out the door to Montana, in search of a chest of gold.

    There are other programs out there like Google Earth, one of them is Zoom Earth, and this program I will use to show you some other things about this spot.


    This is where imagination comes in handy.  There are images on the ground!


    Red circle lower right, do you see the lower case f?  How about the dancing gypsy in the upper left or what appears to be a person’s face in the next image?

    I know for some of you this may be a stretch, but this is not the end, there is more, this was just the beginning for me.  After several trips to this location and coming back empty handed, I had to reevaluate my solution, I had missed something, and I believe I had gone too far to walk.  Therefore, I went back to Hebgen lake.

    While researching the area, I found that the name of the road you take to get to the peninsula in the middle of Hebgen lake is Rainbow point. Seeing that made me think about what Forrest wrote, the part right before the poem, follow the nine clues and they will lead to the end of my rainbow and the treasure.  In other words, where the rainbow points, and this place was not far.


    Now this part is where it gets interesting.


    From right to left, see a boy setting on a stool, a rear view of a cow with her tail and milk pail up in the air, and a boy falling into a fresh cow pie.

    Forrest served in the military, I served in the military, and people in the military use MGRS, military grid referencing system to plot points on a map.  I discovered eight-digit grid coordinates hidden in the stories from TTOTC and plotted them in this area of Horse Butte Peninsula and adjoining edards, I mean Edwards peninsula.  Within the stories, I group together items of relevance, like time, length, people, nouns, and added them together, to create grid coordinates.  One of the spots that I discovered by this method, I searched last year, and found a W blazed into a tree.


    If you are Brave and in the wood…

    Some other areas of note,


    Miss Ford was 40


    A possible sock with a hole, and a big toe sticking out.

    Double Omegas

    For the next part, the answer lays in Temple, Texas.

    Hillcrest cemetery, tombstones, head stones, is a reoccurring theme in TTOTC, and needed some investigation.  While researching Hillcrest, I found, within Hillcrest cemetery, is buried a person by the name of, I Brown.  Because of the importance of “I” and “Brown” in the poem, this appeared interesting to me, and I dug a little deeper.  Looking at the online cemetery record I found the burial section for I Brown.

    I can keep my secret where and hint of riches new and old.

    Looking on Google Earth at this section of the cemetery, I found this,


    Looks like a number 9.  Is this the ninth clue?  If you are using Google Earth to look this up, you will need to use the historical imagery function and look at images from different dates.  What I did next, and found, was beyond coincidence.

    Almost like Indian Jones and the map room from Raiders of the lost Ark.  I used the measurement tool in Google Earth, plotted the distance and radius from the front porch of Forrest’s old house to this spot, and then took that measurement and overlaid it on the W in Montana. This is what I found.



    A square, that looks just like a burial plot.

    Think of the double omegas, the secret location of the hidden treasure kept by the location of “some dead guy’s grave marker”.  Two people can keep a secret, if one is dead.

    Just take the chest and go in peace.

    32 thoughts on “A Work of Art…

    1. I certainly have to applaud your imagination. Good effort.

      TRY to STAY SAFE, and hope you find all you are searching for.


    2. Very very impressed. Now that’s what you call an adventure. Excellent job. 🙂

    3. Um, err, ok… I need to say this Indiana… Most of those images are of trees and tree lines. Does it seem reasonable that they would be the same in 100 years? One of my problems with the thought of maps “and/or” GE is detail. It’s not as if we all have aerial views with picture perfect matches of ground level. GE was released to the public around 2005. This kinda loses it value for the poem which we have been told took some 15 years to finalize from approx 1988. I say this because that would map GE a “must have”, “a needed tool” or we could never see these images. I doubt an out of work Texan with 12 mouths to feed would spend hundreds of dollars for copies of these types of maps as well, { and of 4 states }.

      The “lower case f ” seems to be a shadow within the the trees. This gives me pause to how long one or more of those trees will remain standing, as well as, If you look at this area on another ‘date’… that shadow does not appear. I also wonder if The picture on page 99 of the book is also a must need, how does the comment ‘…all the information is in the poem…’ will lead to the chest, say to using this picture as a “much needed clue”? …imo… IF needed, it goes far beyond a hint and even a clue, but an actual answer. I have a hard time thinking that fenn’s comments about “…hints in book will help with the clues…” is saying are needed answers in the book. [ without that pic, what do you really have as a solve? ]

      To be perfectly honest… I could pick out a piece of land almost anywhere in the Rockies and match GE pictures on a single give day to clues, using your idea of wwwh as ” two rivers join two-make one body of water and flow into a canyon down.”
      So I ask you, do you think GE is a ‘needed’ tool that fenn thought of, to solve the poem? or simply a very good helpful tool to use because it is ‘now’ available and has great details?

      • Seeker,
        “I could pick out a piece of land almost anywhere in the Rockies and match GE pictures on a single give day to clues”
        Been there done that.
        You have a valid point.
        So, how was your vacation anyway?

      • You make a good point about the trees and Wood line being around 100 years. However, those images in Google earth will be around for people to see as long as there is a Googlw Earth or another platform to view them in.
        You are correct about shadows and such. It is almost as someone photoshopped the images in Google Earth, I mean take a look at the image of the boy setting on a stool, it looks like the initials JF are in his head, crazy stuff.

        • IndianaJones,

          I’m just observing the angle of Sunlight and how it affects what we may see at that moment, and changes from each date when you set GE. Another words this is no controlling the optical allusion. As far as images in GE or another platform… I still have to question when the poem was written [or as we have been told approx when] to GE and these type of tool were available to the public and/or when fenn finalize was there even a thought of GE as a needed tool.

          I’m not downing your work, I’m questioning the need for these GE style tools…[ zoom in and out capability ] other than simply assisting a searcher.

          Question posted 6/28/2014:
          “Is the map that needs to be used to discover where warm waters halt found online or in paper form? or both?” ~mdc777
          C’mon now agent 777, a map is a map. The more detailed maps are most useful if you have the right map, but I’m not sure I needed to tell you that.f

          I wonder if fenn suggested GE as a helpful, yet not needed, simply because it has many options for viewing. Like I said before, and is my concern is the sunlight… it plays a big roll in what is viewed by the observer… such as your “f” or even the “9” and changes from viewing date to viewing date, in which case the whole thing falls apart. So does it really matter if 100 years from now another researcher looks at it and doesn’t see what you see simply because the date of the satellite and angle of the sunlight changes…. and those ‘f’ and ‘P’ are no longer there?

          I’m really hesitant using GE in this manor… that is all I’m saying.

          • It’s all good, everything is relative to our own perspective, and I wanted to share my interesting images.

          • I often use goggle earth for the ground view from the road, it’s exact picture from a car driving with a 360 camera. I’ve used it for a lot of things not chase related. When one is driving they don’t often have time to enjoy the wonderful landscape or see things around them. It also kinda like a time machine for me because my dog that passed away a few years ago is sitting on the porch of my old house and I enjoy seeing those old images.

    4. Very nice sir. Love your imagination and at the same time your expertise. Thanks for all you do.

    5. SB130..”Not tired yet”. No,not tired and weak yet. 🙂
      I thought this SB to be hilarious but very informative towards the final steps to retrieving Indulgence.
      “A possible sock with a hole and a big toe sticking out”….hmmmm. R(s)ock with a hole..maybe. 🙂
      Thanks for the reminder. Enjoyed your write up .

    6. This reminds me of a place where I worked 35 years ago in this section of Lake Hebgen. It’s called Parade Rest. It’s north east of Hebgen just across from Rainbow Point. When I told this to FF he thought back for a moment and remembered that it was owned by a real cow rancher back when he lived in West Yellowstone. Then he added that Grayling Creek doesn’t have any fish in it anymore. Not a clue or hint. It was just some shared memory.
      As for Rainbow Point, many searchers have been there at the camp ground. If you walked out on the point it’s about 200 feet to the other shore to the north. That area is also called Rainbow. If I understand you correctly, that is the area where you are looking. Which looks good to me. Just stay out of the grave yard.

    7. Great results with your sleuthing, thanks for sharing. I especially liked the ’40” because it made me think about pg 146 of ttotc, the ax in hand, tree stumps. Trees might very well be felled to aid the search.

    8. Thank you “nearindianajones” for publishing your solution to the puzzle. I admire anyone who does this. It adds a sense of realism to all the hypothetical chitchat that so monopolizes this blog.

      Let me offer a minor critique or two if you don’t mind. First, I agree with “Seeker”, regarding the use of Google Earth (or any other online map for that matter), the use of which seems a bit too easy. I don’t think it was FF’s intention that we sit at home and strain our eyes at our monitors to find the answers to the poem’s clues. To do so is tantamount to a Rorschach test … looking for patterns in some random drawing. It’s really tempting to see what we want to see. Beware of the logical fallacy called “confirmation bias”.

      Second, just a couple of questions …

      1. What exactly in the poem points to Lee Metcalfe Wilderness?
      2. Why would FF find this particular spot, inside the Wilderness, to be special to him? There must be billions of tiny lakes in the Rockies; why this one?
      3. After your small lake search, why did you go to Hebgan Lake in particular? Was this lake a completely different solution, or was it a modification of the small lake solution?
      4. Have you tried searching outside Montana? If not, why not?

      Best of luck in the future. Thanks again for posting your solution.

      Ken 🙂

    9. nearindianajones – I posted a solve on the WWWH thread in the past week called:

      Aaaarrgghhh! That Looks Like Gardiners Island!
      (referring to the boot shape similarity of Edwards Point to Gardiners Island)

      It’s in three parts (not in that order due to link posting difficulties) and was a response to a post about Captain Kidd above it:


      In it,…I chose the exact same grove of trees at Edwards Point that you show in your map you described as follows:

      “From right to left, see a boy setting on a stool, a rear view of a cow with her tail and milk pail up in the air, and a boy falling into a fresh cow pie.”

      But I chose it because of the direct spyglass view from nearby Horse Butte Lookout to it,…its visual correspondence to the location of Bostwick Forest on Gardiners Island (where Captain Kidd hid his famous treasure) and its proximity where I think ff would have tied his pirate vessel,…at this stump (see the map to the right):


      I very much appreciate you posting such a great, detailed solve,…complete with maps and explanations. It was very lepful to me. 🙂

      • nearindianajones – And I too enjoy finding images in the topo landscape to represent possibly Poem-related clues. I think ff found images while he circled the area,…before he landed his Piper plane at West Yellowstone airport (when he still had that plane). When you mentioned Beaver Creek and your unnamed lake,…I wondered if you had found where the Creator “put in” a HUGE boat below the hob (well,…blow MY hoB, anyway!):


        And if THIS isn’t a “blaze” (a bolt of lightning formed by the ridge on which Lightning Creek runs),…I don’t know what is!:

        (switch to satellite view to really see it)

        That “blaze” points “quickly down” to Potamogeton Park,…where I think ff may have parked his car (one of two proposed locations in my main solve). And Lightning Lake (at the upper tip of that lightning bolt) is a hidey hole for Golden Trout, btw,…which ff hiked ALL THE WAY up to find (7 hours one way),…when he went up to Avalanche Lake from that Potamogeton Park area trail head.

        I mean,…did you read that story about images ff saw while taking a shower in the stone floor???? I think he has an imagination….

    10. nearindianajones – You posting this:

      “Think of the double omegas, the secret location of the hidden treasure kept by the location of “some dead guy’s grave marker”. Two people can keep a secret, if one is dead.”

      Made me remember this location I found (but did not go to visit):


      According to the person I spoke to at Firehole Ranch in Spring of 2013,…there are two graves from maybe the late 1800s or early 1900s at that “Grave” spot on the map. The place that you see called Watkins Creek Ranch on that map is now Firehole Ranch,…where you can spend $700+ per night to stay in a cabin:


    11. I’ve been to that exact small square fenced in area on Horse Butte to look as well as combing over the entire peninsula. I too thought it was a gravesite. It is a fenced in area placed by the Forest Service to compare the grazed over area from the buffalo to ungrazed area inside the fenced space to see the impact the grazing has on the local ecology. It has been there for quite some time.

    12. You ever been searching there huge grizz area horse butte they eat on the dead animals carcasses in there

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