A Glacier National Park Solution…

gnpbbSeptember 2019

By Kurt


This is a Glacier National Park solve my wife and I did in early September 2019.

Here is my interpretation of the poem:

As I have gone alone in there
: He was literally alone.

And with my treasures bold,
: He had the treasure in a backpack and people could possibly see him as he started his trek to the hidden location.

I can keep my secret where,
: He is not going to tell anyone and no one else knows. “Two can keep a secret if one is dead.” ff

And hint of riches new and old.
: Riches new = Treasure State, Montana.  Riches old = The Treasure (Indulgence)

Begin it where warm waters halt
: At the east end of Going to the sun Road where the road begins. Evaporating waters are warm and halt going to the sun in the form of clouds. Fenn also mentioned that kids would have an easier time solving the poem.  Maybe that’s because they learn about the water cycle in school.

And take it in the canyon down,
: Head into the canyon westward.

Not far, but too far to walk.
: Go about 20 miles (see “Too Far to Walk” 20-mile bike ride.) Fenn also commented once when a reporter asked if the treasure really existed, he said what would keep him from riding his bike in there and throwing it in the water high. People do ride their bikes on the Going to the Sun road.

Put in below the home of Brown.
: Park just after Haystack Creek at the base of Haystack Butte. Haystack is in the brown color family. The parking area is about 500 ft from where the treasure may be.

From there it’s no place for the meek,
: Scary to drive with steep cliffs in that area. Walking on the road is dangerous too with cars going by.  There are no sidewalks.

The end is ever drawing nigh;
: The creek is on the left (nigh) as you leave your car. Also, nigh could mean close.

There’ll be no paddle up your creek,
: Head up the side of the creek.  You cannot use a canoe in this creek.

Just heavy loads and water high.
: Big boulders, cascading water.  It’s a very steep creek and very high.

If you’ve been wise and found the blaze,
: At about 200 ft from the road you will walk in a clockwise manner and head towards the road and end up on a small ledge. Is that light-colored rock the Blaze? It looks out of place amongst the dark rocks.

Look quickly down, your quest to cease,
: Maybe treasure is under the ledge that you are standing on. Jump down and look.



Haystack Creek is very visible to oncoming cars and to sightseers at the pullouts. I did not want to climb up in broad daylight, so we returned the next day just before sunrise with a flashlight.

The first ledge to get up from the road seemed like it may be too difficult for an 80-year-old man with 22lbs in a backpack.  It also didn’t seem like Forrest would want to climb up, twice, in broad daylight with many people possibly watching. This road is very busy, even before sunrise.

When I reached the Blaze, that lightly colored boulder that looked like it didn’t belong, I searched all around the boulder, near the creek, to the left, to the right, up, down, and under every ledge in the area.

Haystack Creek is known for avalanches/landslides so it’s possible that the boulder I saw wasn’t there when Forrest hid the chest or that it might end up getting knocked down in a future avalanche or rockslide.

My wife and I didn’t find the treasure, but we experienced some beautiful hikes while in Glacier National Park.  I highly recommend the Hidden Lake Overlook hike.

Keep searching, stay safe, and have fun!



Bighorn Ram, Logan Pass


Clements Mountain


Going to the Sun Road


Hidden Lake Overlook


Hidden Lake Trail


Lunch Creek


Red Rock


Haystack Creek




21 thoughts on “A Glacier National Park Solution…

  1. Beautiful country to visit. My mother had grown up there, and her grand parents had built the lodges in the park. Her father had worked the Great Northern Rail Road in that area. He had grown up in Apgar and met artist Charlie Russell. He was taught at the little red schoolhouse by the mother of artist Ace Powell. Later they lived in a little cabin across the tracks from Essex near the Rail Road hotel.
    We are familiar with the area and still have family up there. When we last went to visit we drove up the Going to the Sun road to the border. I thought about a search but I couldn’t spot where to begin it. It is a great place to visit, beautiful and pristine. That’s as far north as I would go, IMHO.

    • What a rich family history you have Michael. Charlie Russell is my favorite artist. Very cool that your family knew him.

      Glacier question for you…
      Have you hiked To the Ptarmigan tunnel in your younger days?

      We enjoy eating at Eddies in Apgar every summer before hiking and touring Glacier. We were lucky enough to stay at the lake McDonald Lodge – just once. National park lodges have become expensive.

      My favorite areas of Montana are west side of Glacier Park, and the Gallatin canyon between Bozeman in Yellowstone. It truly is the last best place!

  2. To me “new and old” is obvious. New = gold coins, etc. Old = Mayan gold necklace (over 3,000 years old). The contents of the chest are new and old. No clues there. The first clue is WWWH.

  3. Thank you for posting, and for the great pictures. The photo showing the light-colored rock
    (part of the cliff) suggests to me that this place is too dangerous for hiking with children, or
    for a person about 80 years old. All IMO.

  4. Hey Kurt, you definitely caught in your photos how beautiful this area is, well down on that part.

    Good luck,

  5. I enjoyed reading your story, Kurt. The photos are breathtaking. I’ve never been to Glacier National Park, but hope to some day.

  6. Beautiful photos! Looks like a gorgeous area to explore, treasure or no treasure. The photo titled ‘lunch creek’ made me smile. 🙂

    • Kurt – I laughed at that creek name, also. Especially because you mentioned having a flashlight on one of your hikes at first light.

      Did you bring a sandwich?


      • Lisa,

        I did think about bringing a flashlight so if I found the treasure I could take a picture.

        I asked a park ranger about the name, Lunch Creek. This is his reply:
        “It was a lunch stop for early groups of tourists that traveled, often by horseback, through the park. Thus the name Lunch Creek.”

  7. It’s like looking for a needle in a hay stack you say.
    What the Hay word is going on here.
    Going to the sun Road
    Beautiful pictures Kurt.
    The place looks very familiar. I was in that area back in 2018 trying to drive that road.
    A forest fire cut my drive short and we had to take the pass to the south. It was not a bad detour as I got to visit the Museum of the Plains Indian in Browning. Early in the quest I did look at Trout Lake below Heavens Peak. Montana is worth exploring and it brings back many good memories spending time there with family.
    Road to nowhere. IMO

    Reminds me of Jack Nicholson’s shiny head.
    Going to the sun Road is the road used in the “The Shining” the part where they drive up to ski lodge.

    Here’s Johnny. Watch: Jack Nicholson psyching up for The Shining’s axe scene.


    • me,

      That was one of my thoughts regarding the solve: A needle in the haystack.

      My wife and I were there in 2018 also and had to do the southern route detour due to closure of part of Going to the Sun road due to the fires in the area.

      I have posted this solve because we are giving up on that area and wanted to share some ides.

  8. Thanks for sharing, Kurt. Love your photos! My first visit to GNP was last year in the middle of the colossal forest fire on the park’s west side. There was a LOT that was closed to visitor access during that time, and I need to return during a less volatile time to enjoy some more of these areas that you were able to visit.

    • Blex,

      A return trip is definitely worthwhile. Glacier National Park is one of the most beautiful parks I have visited. My early years I lived in the Sierra Nevada’s (California) so I got to experience all the great parks in California. My father was in the US Forest Service.

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