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!