One Final Solve For The Road…

A quick note from Dal-
Now that the chest has been found, this is the final searcher solution to be published on this blog until the REAL solution is announced by Forrest …which we expect in a few days


June 2020

By Desert Dan

 

A parting solve that I really, really, really hope is wrong!

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*Each of the nine lines in poem between WWWH (1st) & the Blaze (9th) are clues
*Each sentence indicates a different mode of transportation

Sentence 1: Driving (Clues 1-3)
Sentence 2: Walking (from car to river put-in) (Clue 4)
Sentence 3: Wading (across river, then up creek to FF’s secret fishing hole) (Clues 5-8)
Sentence 4: Back on land at TC (Clue 9)

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CLUE 1 (WWWH): Begin the 191 highway at Stinking Springs (thermal spring) in Grand Tetons (Jackson, WY area)

image 2CLUE 2 (CD): Take the 191 highway into Hoback Canyon
CLUE 3 (NTFBTFTW): Continue driving down the 191 highway in Hoback Canyon
CLUE 4 (HOB): Put-in to Hoback River below FF’s secret Brown trout fishing hole where I think the TC was locatedimage 3CLUE 5 (NPFTM): Wade across the Hoback River to Buck Creek at the edge of the forest
CLUE 6 (TEIEDN): Wade up Buck Creek which jogs to the left (roughly parallel with Hoback River)
CLUE 7 (NPUYC): Continue wading up Buck Creek which straightens out again (roughly perpendicular to Hoback River)
CLUE 8 (HLAWH): Continue wading up Buck Creek to FF’s secret fishing spot which is a boulder (heavy loads) plunge pool where the water deepens (waters high)
CLUE 9 (WAFTB): Exit creek at FF’s secret fishing hole where you see so type of location mark on tall pine tree where FF sat to fish

*My guess is that the TC was under the tall pine tree where he sat to fish; secret location is in a small clearing in the wood that has view of Grand Tetons.

-Desert Dan

 

 

 

 

 

56 thoughts on “One Final Solve For The Road…

  1. I once used Stinking Springs in NM as my WWWH. No luck, obviously. Thanks for sharing Desert Dan.

    • Firehole river meets Madison river(warm water halts) take 191 to fawn pass put in there below the home of brown (gallitin bear preserve) follow fan creek to Horseshoe (visible from google earth) on google maps draw a straight line to blaze mt from center of horse shoe it crosses end on pond on top of hill Treasure has a marker visible on google earth. next creek down from fan creek is terminal creek the end is drawing near} if you were in an airplane and line up horseshoe and blaze mt look quickly down) He had a fawn colored cow!

  2. Thanks for sharing Dan – that really was an amazing solve.
    I could see it being the correct one.
    Don’t give up on visiting it someday.
    I believe Forrest left quite a lot of “markings and tokens” all over the place to give us confidence in ourselves and our abilities.
    I know cuz I found a few myself.

    • Thanks Dan – impressive! Got in to this too late and didn’t get a chance to actually look yet.
      My solve to this point was Tunnel Drive Trailhead in Cañon City, CO…
      Maybe the new guy will pay it forward and create a new hunt for everyone! ( Or we can do what Forrest intended all along and create our own adventures.)

  3. I’m going to post my solve here before the true location is revealed, since I think it was a pretty interesting solve. Maybe I came close? I guess I’ll know soon.

    “Where warm waters halt” I interpret as “Where the warm (a dormant volcano) waters (is the source of) the halt (Cripple Creek)”. The Cripple Creek mine is dug into the hardened lava core of a dormant or extinct volcano, and Cripple Creek flows from this volcano down a canyon. I think Forrest was using parts of speech creatively here, which is why this first clue was so danged hard to solve. “The word that is key” is “halt”, which can mean “lame or crippled”.

    “Hint of riches old and new”: Cripple Creek was one of the biggest gold mines ever found; today it is a popular casino town.

    “Take it in the canyon down” — there’s a road, Shelf Road, that leaves the south end of Cripple Creek and heads down an insanely steep and beautiful canyon towards Canon City.

    Incidentally, Canon City was the source of one of the most important stegosaurus finds ever, since it helped scientists to figure out how the bony protrusions on a stegosaurus’ back were arranged. This fossil is in the Denver Museum of Nature and Science that was mentioned as Forrest’s “last clue” in the intro to Forrest’s book, i.e. where he would leave his car if he decided to throw himself down on the treasure chest in his last breath. There is a free shuttle bus a few blocks from the Denver museum that goes directly to Cripple Creek.

    “Shelf Road” may even be named in Forrest’s book. In the story *before* the chapter where he describes the treasure, “Flywater”, he talks about taking out a book and putting it on “another shelf, not far from my view”. He also talks about closing his tackle box (symbolic of the treasure chest), and he talks with great fondness about his best memories fishing. I think this story is the real story about the treasure, not the following story (“Gold and More”?) where he describes burying the chest.

    “Not far, but too far to walk” just means you should drive a few miles.

    “Put in below the Home of Brown”. There is a stunning brown-stone Window Rock on Shelf Road:

    https://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g33379-d107622-i20705611-Shelf_Road-Cripple_Creek_Colorado.html

    “Home” is a holonym of “window” — and the rock structure looks kind of like a house too. (It’s browner than the above-linked photo shows).

    “Put in below” just means “park your car and get out and walk”.

    I think Forrest may have seen Window Rock from the air, sometime he was out flying, and that’s what inspired him to land his plane at a local airstrip and drive down Shelf Road to Window Rock.

    This is made more likely by the fact that there are lines of magnetic declination on Forrest’s map! Why would these be there, if by “North of Santa Fe”, Forrest didn’t mean “literally to magnetic north of Santa Fe”? Lines of magnetic declination wouldn’t matter if north didn’t matter as anything more than an abstract concept. Well it turns out if you fly magnetic north from Santa Fe, you fly almost directly over the top of Window Rock.

    Oh, I forgot the best part. As you drive into Cripple Creek via the main route from Colorado Springs, you cross Tenderfoot Pass, which has elevation exactly 10,200 feet! (There is a sign as you pass the highest point on the main road). And Canon City to the south, at the South end of Shelf Road, is just higher than 5000 feet. This is the altitude range that Forrest specified the treasure was hidden within.

    So “put in below the Home of Brown” means “park below Window Rock and start searching”. The “No place for the meek” comment is either about the fact that the sides of the canyon are a bit steep, and take effort to climb, *or* Forrest meant “drive a little further down the canyon before putting in”, since Shelf Road turns into this beautiful but freaky drive down a dirt road carved into a very steep canyon wall (don’t ever drive it if there is any snow, ice, or water on the road surface — you might die).

    I searched several places in the canyon, because I couldn’t figure out where exactly Forrest was saying to get out of the car. There’s only really one part of the canon immediately below the Home of Brown that was wooded, so I searched there most recently (and didn’t find anything).

    This is where my trail ran dry, so I can’t tell you what the Blaze was. But there were so many correlates to Forrest’s poem that I figured I should share this!

    (I also searched nearby Fourmile Canyon, in case that was the canyon referred to, but didn’t find anything there either.)

    I did get to see a baby beaver, and its mother busily building a dam, which I had never seen before in the wild. And I was watched as I searched by a bighorn sheep standing majestically on a ridge. Thank you Forrest for the great experiences in getting back to nature!

  4. My solve, start at the Gates of Lodore in Colorado, take a raft down to Wild Canyon, hike up to Hackings Draw at the other end, then walk on over to Burnt Springs. You’d be able to see it from a certain position at the top of the cliff, most likely standing in the sage brush (wise=sage). Plenty of Two Needle Pinyon growing at that altitude, as well.

    WWWH obviously Gates of Lodore
    The canyon down would’ve been Lodore Canyon South, as labeled on a topo map.
    HoB would have been Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge, just north/upstream of the put in
    NPFTM would have been Wild Canyon
    “The end is ever drawing nigh” Hackings Draw
    “There’ll be no paddle up your creek, just heavy loads and water high.” Hackings Springs, a stream of the same name, which is only intermittently active (around high tide, maybe even spring high tide).
    And last would’ve been the blaze, Burnt Springs.

    9 clues, 7 locations. I played too much Canasta and missed my chance to search. Oh well, according to mythology, Pandora’s Box still holds hope.

    • If you head to Burnt Springs in Colorado and go to a ground view in Google Earth, it’s a breathtaking sight, just for y’all’s info.

  5. This is the final location of the chest I was at the exact location on 6/5/2020.
    I have a large story to tell but don’t believe that a blog comment section is a place for this but here goes the condensed version:

    I first discovered this back in April and have been working it since in New Mexico.
    The first stanza does not have anything interesting but as Forrest said it is all about WWWH:
    Begin it where warm waters halt = Jemez river and Rio Guadalupe.
    And take it in the canyon down, not far but too far to walk. = take canyon all the way down
    Put in below the home of Brown = Turn right on Hwy 550
    From there it’s no place for the meek, = Stay on 550 (Indian Pueblos) 30 miles north
    The end is ever drawing nigh; = Turn left off Hwy on left side just past old Hwy 44
    There’ll be no paddle up your creek, Just heavy loads and water high. = Cross over the Rio Puerco
    If you’ve been wise and found the blaze, look quickly down, your quest to cease, but tarry scant with marvel gaze, just take the chest and go in peace. = This is where wise comes into play:
    Drive from Hwy 550 7 miles turning left onto BLM 1102 you will cross over a cattle guard and there will be a small house on the left of the pasture.
    You have to be Brave to hike in to the right side of the house into the area the looks like a plane in google earth. The exact spot (Indian girl in book store and war for me story about the blink) is close to the point of the plane.
    I did find the mark for father on the banco but failed to find Skippy’s mark and then I found the other but no chest.
    The funny thing is I was there approximately 1-2 days after it was supposedly retrieved but during our search, we found no foot prints or other indications anyone had been there recently.
    We had spent a total of 7 days searching the area south of the house before I realized that It was not around the reservoir (Headcut = guillotine) but then on the 8th day at the spot there was nothing there.
    This area does not get a lot of traffic as we spent a total of 8 days here and met the 2 ranchers and only 1 other vehicle passed by the area.
    I have so much more to say but I want this public prior to the finders solve.

    SecondFiddle

  6. My solve was around Trout Lake, CO. I’m bummed because I had my very first BOTG trip planned from June 1 to June 12. But because of COVID 19, the DoD halted all travel for military personnel until June 30 (I am active duty). Therefore, I wasn’t allowed to travel from where I’m stationed. Congrats to the finder. Perhaps if the solve is posted in the coming days, I can take comfort in knowing whether I was close or not. And maybe when things die down and I am allow to travel again, I can take the trip as originally planned and enjoy the sweet sights and sounds of the Rockies.

    Trout Lake, CO was my home of brown. There is a creek just south of the lake where I would park my car and use that creek as the key terrain. Alongside the that creek, I’d look for the blaze. Elevation was just less than 10000ft.

  7. Dan this is really a great solve. I just put in the thread at hint of riches yesterday that the way you put in the river and wad down to the other side a ways down is the “secret” or maybe a better way to put it the main riddle of the poem. Although I had the NFBTFTW involved because you don’t walk you wad and that combined with his answer on transportation. But regardless I truly believe the way you explain this if not being at this exact spot will be the way it was found at whatever spot. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Hard to say for sure from the pictures, but are you sure that’s (safely) wadeable?

    Also, FWIW, Dal’s note is encouraging regarding the real solution being announced by FF in the next few days.

  9. I’ve been searching since 2018. Never posted. My search area is Los Alamos ( ICKMSW) , “secret city” and “where discoveries are made”. My WWWH is “bathtub row” and the aquatic center (“warm water weekends”), down Pueblo Canyon (NFBTFTW) to home of Brown (Brown, Bill; HQ New Mexico Civil Air Patrol) at the Los Alamos airport. Then NPFTM at the Zipline Trail. NPUYC is a USGS The National Map (“YOUR creek”) mapped waterway just East of the airport, at that spot are powerlines and a H2O retention basin (JHLAWH). At that very spot on the USGS The National Map map is an asterisk (page 15 of TTOTC, “Important Literature” there is a serif asterisk at the very end of the page, identicl to the one on the USGS TNM). Yes, I’m not sure of the significance of the spot/area to FF, but it’s a “destination is small but it’s location is huge” kinda spot. If I was kept from searching b/c of the Covid 19 state lockdown. If it was there would you be surprised??

    • Should be, “I was kept from searching b/c of the Covid 19 state lockdown”.

      • And…..to top it off …this spot is at the beginning of the CAMP HAMILTON TRAIL!

  10. Here’s my solve. I too hope it’s wrong.

    Like most searchers I too was looking for geographic clues, because he loved being outside
    in nature, then it dawned on me he also loves words and writing. When he said the chest was
    66,000 links n. a light went off words are linked to each other. So I got a thesaurus and started
    researching words in the poem. Then the misplaced semicolon in line ten caught my eye.
    after looking at it I discovered it was an anagram “vide wingdings enhearth” or “dish nigh ET
    veneer”. I looked up wingdings and found all the letters were zodiac symbols, with a box and a diamond. So that lead me to this solve.

    1 Eagle Ashi native nee honor
    (Ashly Pond, Peggy Pond Church Memorial L.A New Mexico)

    2 embrasure wady holds tint
    (cemetery wadi hods fortune)

    3 my crest can keep i.e. where
    (where he was going to die)

    4 in endow ranch land of tsideh
    (Los Alamos Ranchschool on tsideh plateau now known as Parajito Plateau (means little
    bird In Tiwa speak and in spanish respectfully)

    5 where at it brawling waters hem
    (where fire trucks park which by the way are on the corner of Diamond Dr. and Range Rd.
    In Los Alamos)

    6 None want want the yon kid can adit
    (cemetery entrance at the end of Range Rd. it’s name is Gujae Pines means youth in spanish) The address by the way is “9”01 Range Rd.

    7 no fat r 2375
    ( ancient greek numerals in the line without the r)

    8 whet be Brown in the home of Pluto
    (flag be Amber in the cemetery, N.M. State Flag, yellow and red, Zia indian symbol for the sun)

    9 ca. three plethron from item of seek
    ( ancient Greek meas. = 100 feet)

    10 Vide wingdings enthearth

    11 keeper re youth cradle pound

    12 adjust raw Long. v dash eight
    (adjust youth Long. 5-8=-3 106 letters in stanza 26 letters in line 6 words in line
    106*18′.12″ on Garmin: 106*18’7.2″ standard: 106.301988 Google maps search
    you can do the math) (1988 mean anything to you)

    13 you have found blaze be wise find tee
    (ancient Greek numerals = 355

    14 unique yellowy cast do quote crock
    (trash points to chest) 7 words in line 31 letters 7-31=24 =35*54’24= 35.906667 google maps search

    15 tub with tarry scant gravel maze
    (chest beside (as in tar) and gravel roads

    16 take just ten chain paces to hedge

    17 Youth go t what is I miss

    18 My love to trek and see vale flora

    19 Left blank freely

    20 Left blank freely

    21 Left blank freely

    22 rub of the cold will throw feretory

    23 if you are in ravewood band

    24 give little i.o.u. to thy god

  11. Based on how Fenn described it, I think my solve is wrong. However, based on the poem and the “paddle” I found and other things, my best solve was Nevada City, MT with the chest located outside the boundaries of the museum property. Here is a picture of where I think it might have been. I didn’t explore it much as I still felt that I was missing something, but it certainly is in all the “right” spots for this particular solve:

    https://imgur.com/a/gPRiGKF

    Up from that location there’s a place where the creek makes a double-omega sort of bend. Further up there’s a location where all the “arms” of the creek show on the “paddle” come together (assuming the “paddle” plays a role in this at all). There were multiple choices and it wasn’t entirely clear which one was “correct”, so I took a bunch of photos of the location and my next step was to match them up with Google Satellite View, to consult the “paddle” and the companion piece of wire sculpture I found, and to see if I could make sense of it.

    I wouldn’t describe the vegetation here though as “lush”, and there aren’t a huge number of trees around, so I suspect that this was a case of “happy coincidence” and it was time to move on to the next solve. I suppose we shall see.

  12. Montana below Bald Mountain along Palmer Creek 10 miles northeast of Mammoth Hot Springs. If nothing else I am sure the first stanza is the names of four mountains that put an x on Mammoth Hot Springs for the starting point.

  13. So here’s where I went with my final destination. I made many trips to New Mexico, and had many solves over the years. I went with the notion that it was unlikely that Forrest went much farther than a few hours from home, for a number of reasons. As such, I believed the solve was likely in New Mexico.

    Additionally, looking at the various laws that would come into play to ensure that it could be retrieved, and kept, played a great deal into where to look. I won’t go into all the boring details.

    Since it really doesn’t make a whole lot of difference any more, I’ll gloss over what I was thinking.

    Rio Chama, translates from Portugese to “River Flame”. Just slightly above the NM/CO border, there is a waterfall that stays frozen at the base, at least well into June, it would seem. (WWWH)

    Following the Chama South, you legally, and realistically can’t walk to the Colorado border, because the direct path crosses privately owned land, and the landowners are actually known to string barbed wire across the river (illegally), as navigable waters fall under maritime law. (ITCD/NFBTFTW).

    I believed the home of Brown either indicated Molly Brown, or perhaps Clara Brown. Thus, Colorado. I think Molly was more likely, as there seems to be a strong tendency towards a naval theme throughout the poem. (PIBTHOB)

    Immediately following the first put in point in Colorado, leads to class III and IV rapids. One of the landmarks indicating the last chance to put out before the more severe rapids, is marked by a large squarish boulder. (NPFTM/HLWH)

    Immediately following the rapids, the canyon walls turn a reddish color, leading me to believe this might be the blaze. This was solidified by the idea that the area around is a, from what I can gather, a relatively little known fishing area, and is a Wildlife Preserve.

    I searched this area in the hopes that the rest of the clues would reveal themselves, but alas, they obviously never did for me.

    I could go into more, and better detail, but I think I’ve given more than enough that anyone might care about at this point.

    I have to admit, I’m finding myself in a range of emotions at the knowledge that the chest has been found. I think the best I can describe it is like mourning the loss of a friend. I’ve had so many adventures, spent so much time researching, reading, exploring, and thinking about the chest for the better part or 10 years, and there is a profound sense of satisfaction, knowing that all those who told me I was chasing a hoax will be proven wrong. As well as a sense of loss that I won’t have any reason to continue searching for the treasure any longer.

    I look forward to knowing more, and thank everyone for participating in this grand adventure.

    Most of all, I would like to thank Forrest for opening my paths to a part of the country I likely never would have discovered without The Chase.

  14. This was my best guess: 45°12’10.7″N 111°03’56

    Warm Waters Halt: 45th parallel north (Inside Yellowstone)

    Canyon Down: Highway 89 North

    Home of Brown: Joe Brown (Take the 1st left across the Yellowstone River)

    Meek: Joe Meek (I think most of us know who he was)

    End is ever drawing nigh: After you cross the river take the 1st right, keep moving and then take the left to Rock Creek Road

    No paddle: That’s because your driving up Rock Creek Road

    Heavy Loads and Water High: Approx. 8.25 miles from the turnoff onto Rock Creek Road there is a small bridge that crosses Rock Creek. You have to zoom in w/Google Earth to see it. Looks like you’ll have to park and walk from there.

    Wise and blaze: Like the Wise Men, start walking from the east. Ahead of you there is a large lightly colored bluff. I don’t what to call it white but it is close to it. That’s the blaze. Follow the trail until you come out of the trees. There’s a spot where the trail makes a jog and drops in elevation. That’s where you should see the blaze.

    Look quickly down: Turn to the south

    tarry scant and marvel gaze: Move slow, your looking for something small, keep a sharp eye out

    Brave and in the wood: You’re in Grizzly bear country and a designated petrified forest

    A bit more than the 9 clues that Fenn said were in the poem I know. It does tie in with his comments about the 8.25 miles, what he said could be a blaze and the preface in his book about walking the river while fishing and enjoying the outdoors.

    I can’t wait to hear more details about the search from Forest.

  15. My Solve started at the Boiling river and followed the Gardner river down along Sheepeater canyon and ended just south of Bunsen Peak in Yellowstone. If you look on GPS there’s a marsh that looks like a meadowlark in the moon (Fenn means marshland in Gaelic) and it’s staring directly at a waterfall. Likewise there’s a patch of trees that look like a hand and thumb which criss-crosses the meadowlark’s line of sight; it creates a an X over a group of rocks which look remarkably like a cemetary.
    I ransacked that place twice and came up empty–maybe I should of looked a third…I was so certain of my solve I figured Jonah Hill would play me in the movie. 😉

  16. My Solve started at the Boiling river and followed the Gardner river down along Sheepeater canyon and ended just south of Bunsen Peak in West Yellowstone. If you look on GPS there’s a marsh that looks like a meadowlark in the moon (Fenn means marshland in Gaelic) and it’s staring directly at a waterfall. Likewise there’s a patch of trees that look like a hand and thumb which criss-crosses the meadowlark’s line of sight; it creates a an X over a group of rocks which look remarkably like a cemetary.
    I ransacked that place twice and came up empty–maybe I should of looked a third…I was so certain of my solve I figured Jonah Hill would play me in the movie. 😉

  17. I’m sad to hear that the chase has come to an end. My brother and I were considering going out one last time (we’ve only been out twice before, but that was over five years ago). Here’s our solve:

    It’s hidden just north of Romy Lake in Montana, deep inside the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.

    I’ll spell it out here, but I’ve created a Google Earth path that allows you to follow along with details of each geographical feature.

    Let me know if the link doesn’t work: https://bit.ly/2XJWbnF

    Begin it where warm waters halt -> Junction of Warm Springs Creek and Ruby River (near Reeders Place, MT)

    And take it in the canyon down, Not Far but too far to walk -> Head north just under two miles before turning up NF-8325 (a national forest road that leads to Romy Lake)

    Put in below the home of Brown -> The turn off from NF-100 to NF-8325 is your “Put in below”. The home of Brown is Romy Lake. We believe Romy Lake to be the home of Brown because it is the home of Brown Bear Creek (the main tributary that feeds into the lake).

    From there its no place for the meek, The end is ever drawing nigh -> Get out of the car and face the two creek that contribute to Romy Lake: Brown Bear Creek and White Bear Creek. “The end is ever drawing nigh” draws upon the secondary definition of “nigh” (which means ‘on the left’). As we’ve arrived at the home of Brown, we can expect a directional clue to point us in the direction of where to continue. If the clue is “ever drawing to the left”, White Bear Creek is the left creek that we are to follow.

    There’ll be no paddle up your creek -> Follow along the creek as your guide.

    Just heavy loads and water high -> There’s no way of knowing what this refers to unless you’re physically there. But I would guess its referring to large rocks that have rolled down the side of Sheep Mountain for “heavy loads” and the source of White Bear Creek lies inside this small canyon so I suspect it’s a small cascade of water pouring into the creek.

    If you’ve been wise and found the blaze, look quickly down your quest to cease -> The blaze is the only mad-made clue you’ll find in this journey. It was left by Forrest as a trail blaze to notify you that you’d reached your destination. I suspect it’s a mark of his initials on a tree or rock. Directly below the blaze lies the treasure.

    I should also note two interesting facts about this solve: 1) You’ll arrive at Warm Waters Halt if you follow Osbourne Russell’s route that Forrest refers to in The Thrill of the Case. After going up the Madison, Forrest tells us that Russell was attacked by Blackfoot Indians and escaped with his life by heading west toward Sticking Creek (more commonly known today as Ruby River) and headed north toward Jefferson Fork. If you follow this route, you’ll pass right by mouth of Warm Springs Creek where it’s feed into the river. I believe this to be the hint that Forrest provided in his book to help with the clues. And 2) “Hint of Riches New and Old” always stumped me. However, Romy Lake is rumored to be home to the infamous Plummer Gang Loot. Google “Romy Lake Loot” and read for yourself.

    Before we discovered our final solve of Romy Lake, we analyzed each clue from beginning to end. You can read that analysis here: https://bit.ly/2UoociF

    We then decided that “warm waters halt”, “canyon down” and “home of Brown” must be geographical features. So we downloaded all registered geographical features across NM, CO, WY, and MT, filtered for the following: 1) All springs or streams with the “hot” or “warm” in the name, 2) all canyons, and 3) any geographical feature that included the name “Brown”.

    We uploaded these into Google Earth (there were hundreds) and began going down the list marking anywhere we could find these three features in close proximity to each other. We then applied a checklist of statements from Forrest to further clean up the list (such as the elevation range, no dams for WWWH, no man-made structures, etc.). At the end, we only had one result — our Romy Lake solve. Please, Forrest. Please tell me I’m wrong. I’m so hoping I’m wrong. Otherwise, I missed the treasure by only a few weeks (the road to Romy Lake opens on July 1).

    • Need to correct some typos:
      1) “…the two creeks** that contribute to Romy Lake”.
      2) man*-made
      3) “…by heading west toward Stinking** Creek.”

  18. I’ve got the server upgrades scheduled for tonight, so if the site goes down, it’ll be back up within 30 mins to an hour.

  19. Man, I wasn’t expecting to get a little emotional when hearing the news. This has been something my Mom and I have done since I was a kid, now I’m 24. My solve, which we literally had already paid for the trip before hearing the news, was the old cabin he spoke of in TTOTC. I’m assuming, based off the time period in which Forrest spoke of said cabin, it seems almost certain that the path to the old cabin had grown up, thus why he wanted to be buried there. “Two people can keep a secret if only one is still alive.” Makes me think of the secrets him and his brother shared growing up. Possibly a “Important” secret was sworn at that location. I would like to know, once the location is revealed, if I was correct/semi-correct and it really was near Forrest’s Special Cabin in Yellowstone. Thank you Forrest Fenn for bringing something into the world that brought family and friends together to share in the “quest” you created. From Kim and Dakota Stroud, Oklahoma, thank you for all the amazing memories you help create between us. To us, that is the true Thrill Of The Chase.

  20. My basic solve;

    Start at Old Faithful (a place where warm waters actually halt) then follow along the Firehole River to the Madison River and then out of Yellow Stone Park (the home of Brown) ending up in Hebgan Lake.
    From there go down along Hebgen Lake to Kirkwood Creek (the start of no place for the meek if you continue down along the lake). No place for the meek is the 1959 earthquake area.
    See Google Earth for a view of Kirkwood canyon.
    Kirkwood Creek is your “put in”.
    From Google Earth of Kirkwood canyon notice the rainbow shape of the scarf from the earthquake and the large blaze (white outcropping at the west end of the blaze/rainbow.
    Forrest said the treasure was at the end of his rainbow.
    More details can be added to this search area if needed.

    Just my opinion, most likely it’s not where the chest was found.

    Most likely too late, but does any have any thoughts on this answer to the poem?

  21. Here’s my solve-I didn’t search it well enough.

    Warm waters halt=Porcelain Basin
    Canyon down=Yellowstone River Canyon
    Home of Brown=Mammoth Hot Springs
    (Brown was acting Park superintendent)
    Below HOB=Gardiner MT
    No Place=Zipline over Gallatin River
    Blaze=fire tower on Garnet Peak
    Look quickly down=Survey marker
    Quest to cease=”West to East”

    This all leads to the southern
    boundary of the zipline property
    on the Gallatin.

    I searched there for the last six
    years, but was unable to find the
    hiding place. I was going back this
    fall, but now I’m not…

    • OK, a couple of clarifications…

      -Porcelain Basin is in Yellowstone National Park
      -Mammoth Hot Springs is location of Park Headquarters just above Gardiner
      -There are several white water rafting companies in Gardiner. One of them also operates the zipline over the Gallatin River, south of Bozeman.

      -I will search harder next time…

  22. In southwest New Mexico there is a little town called Quemado, roughly translated to “burned” or “scorched”. It’s at the top end of Route 32, which if a temperature would clearly halt any water.

    If you take “it”, Route 32 that is, south you will be heading down into Armstrong Canyon. It’s beautiful country. About 22.7 miles down Route 32 you will pass Brown Spring to the East. The home of Brown Spring is not marked and can’t been seen from the road, but don’t worry there is a parking area you mile south you can put in to called Jewett Gap Campground and Rest Area.

    It’s small but nice and quiet. Believe it or not you are now located in Gila National Forest, the first National Wilderness ever established in the United States. Aldo Leopold, the author of the Sand County Almanac had great influence in establishing Gila National Forest in 1924, yet modern Americans know little about him or the area.

    Me and my brother flew out there and spend a few nights. I’ll tell you what, for richer or poorer I will always remember the Aldo Leopold and my time south of Quemado. In the woods of Apache Creek, thinking of Indian Braves. Trudging to the peak of Agua Fria mountain, sweating and thinking, “is climbing this cold mountain worth it?” It was. Thanks ff.

    And you know, if you hold that picture of you with the shadow over the map just right, I could swear you are standing in where I did Catron County N.M.

    https://share.icloud.com/photos/02Lui03HPvtM-60-3V-RIq8Zg

    • Any taxes owed could be offset by selling the story. Shucks, this guy/gal could make more off the story then the box.

      When I was looking I thought about how I could keep this going after I found it. I saw certain it was a matter of time. Maybe leave half for the next guy.

      I really hope we never learn where it was. What is worse, having your solve way off or having know where it was and stepped right over it.

  23. International news of Forrest reporting that the chest was found on June 6th 2020 started the I.R.S. Clock ticking for 1 calendar year to report and pay treasure trove taxes on the fair value of the treasure.

    [IRS Tax code]
    Anyone who finds and keeps property that has been lost or abandoned, such as a treasure trove, will also find it “taxable to you at its fair market value in the first year it’s your undisputed possession,” according to the I.R.S.

    If the finder does not report and pay before June 6, 2021 the IRS would likely require forrest to disclose the email, the name of recipient, IP address from sender, etc. You can escape the media for a while, but you can’t escape the IRS. If the finder waits longer than 1 year, they will likely owe back taxes.

    (My spouse, who is an attorney consulted a tax code specialist in 2014 about this issue.).

    • Forgot to mention, the treasure has to be in possession for the IRS clock set to 1 year.

  24. I hope this post doesn’t get deleted because I truly wanted to thank Forrest for all he’s done. It’s been a real pleasure enjoying the many adventures that have come my way due to his efforts which includes all the time Forrest has devoted to the searcher community. Without the “Thrill of the Chase”, I might never have known the beauty of getting outdoors again or knowing what it’s like to relive the adventures of my childhood. That “little pig-tailed girl” found freedom in me once more and I’d be twice-a-lyin’ if I claimed she wouldn’t be missed.

    I’m not sure if I want to release my solve like everyone else… especially if the treasure has only been located and not retrieved. However, the closest solve I’ve found online is the one presented by Decall Thomas, including the relevance to the Salamander. Truly a submerged and hidden solve. In fact, my newly acquired poodle seemed to be hot on its trail before running out of money and having to give it up. Unfortunately, due to lack of funds, my adventures will have to be closer to home for quite some time.

    Anyways, I hope everyone the best! …and CONGRATS to the lucky finder!

  25. You are most likely correct, but remember who planned this:
    “I thought of everything”.

  26. There were many important words in the poem that came into play at various stages. You had to get the long version of the poem. I wasted nearly a year looking for clues in the book that would come into play, but much later. To get started you must get the definition of warm that includes the word yellow. Then the definition of waters contains the word stone. The definition of and is to connect words….Yellowstone

  27. May I make a suggestion to the Finder or Mr. Fenn about going forward with the Chase for those who would wish to still solve the clues. Obviously, there is some fear that Mr. Fenn’s special location would be trampled by the mecca that is sure to follow the location’s reveal. So, what if it doesn’t get revealed and what if those who solve the poem and take a photo of themselves at the correct location, perhaps with the help of a physical confirmation in the place that the chest once sat, and sent it in to Mr. Fenn and/or the Finder, to have an opportunity to get their confirmation and the peace of mind that comes with solving the puzzle that obviously means so much to so many dedicated people. Then, eventually, a very small bonded group would be formed over the years as more searchers solve the clues. The people who are still in it for the puzzle will remain in the Chase, and those who were in it for the chest will likely lose interest. I, admittedly am posting on this website for the first time, but I am still a part of this community, and have been proud to call myself a Searcher for many years. I, like all of you, have fallen in love with the romantic ideology and childlike excitement that this Chase has represented in our lives. The whole point has been about experiencing the richness in life that is available to us if we choose to seek it out. If we make the time, it is all out there waiting for us. Let the Chase culture continue, keep the passion alive.

    Thank you Mr. Fenn, your encouraging words have been heard by all of those who have chosen to listen. And in my honest opinion, it seems to be a pretty great group of people.

  28. I sort of feel the same way — I had already determined that if I found the chest, I would leave behind 10 gold coins as a consolation prize for other searchers to go find. Part of me wants the location to be revealed, so I can see how close I was, but part of me wants it to stay a mystery.

  29. 10-Years of searching .. SOLVE..
    Warm Waters Halt…..Yellowstone Caldera by Lewis Falls
    Canyon Down……Lewis Canyon Drive aprox 10-miles down
    Home of Brown… Thomas Brown -Trapper .. Grave marker still
    visible died 1891… Bridger Teton National Forest Browns Meadow
    Put in Below .. Arizona Creek Picnic pull out ..Grand Teton National
    No human trail .. Bushwhack along Jackson Lake toward Arizona
    Island about 1/2 mile .. Directly across from Owl Peak…
    Aspen Grove with a large patch of sage.
    Water high .. just above water high mark in trees BLAZE to be found

    FUN TIMES!!!! Hope its not here!!!!!

  30. Despite how hard the puzzle was was solve, I always tried to find simple solutions. “Don’t overcook the poem,” Fenn said. I never had a complete “solve” but I did go BOTG many times just to get the feel for certain areas. I even got stalked by a bear once. If the bear didn’t get me, I thought a heart attack would.

    From the get-go, I felt that the blaze was a mark on a map drawn by the treasure seeker. This would require at least 4, if not 6 clues to make this blaze. My early theory was that those first 4 to 6 clues would represent 4 locations on a map, and then drawing intercepting lines between them would give the seeker their blaze, which would be somewhere in the vicinity of the TC, and the final 2 or 3 clues would make the final adjustment or “leap” to the TC. Over the years, there was a lot of reinforcement on this “X marks the spot” idea and Preston’s introduction in the third bio just kept propelling it.

    After some time, I realized just how hard it would be to describe these 4 locations in such a short span of words, and just how unlikely 4 notable locations would conveniently mark the TC area. BUT THEN, I had an epiphany: I was wasting my time! Actually, I already knew that. The revelation was that you don’t need 4 points to make the X; you only need 2 points and 2 directions (or vectors). It doesn’t matter where the vectors end up… you can draw them to Canada or Mexico or to China for all it matters. It’s the intercept of these two vectors that makes the blaze.

    So, my partial solve, using some obvious, well-explored examples…

    Stanza 1: Intro… moving on…

    Stanza 2, Line 1: What is “it”? It’s the hunt; the thrill of the chase, right? But it’s more. “It” is the beginning of the first line drawn on a map. WWWH is the starting point of this line… just for argument, let’s say it’s Old Faithful.

    Stanza 2, Line 2: “Take it Down”. There’s “it” again… the line you began on the map. Down could be directly south, or down could be descending a nearby canyon, like the Firehole Canyon, which in this instance is almost precisely north of Old Faithful. But it doesn’t matter! It’s a line either way. Draw a north-south line from Canada all the way to Mexico – you’ve got a longitude.

    Stanza 2, Line 3: Seems like a throw away line but there are two reinforcing aspects to it. From the bio, too far to walk seems like 8–10 miles for a 79 year old. The point is, you’re not expected to walk the entire distance of this line, and the length is arbitrary – so again, just make it a long line of longitude. (FF said that some chasers were close just from the first 2 clues… so perhaps they were on the right line of latitude or longitude – in my made up example, near Old Faithful.)

    Another comment about TFTW statement … I memorized the poem years ago so I seldom examined it in the past few. Only last year did something stand out on a re-read: this stanza line ends with a PERIOD! Most other lines do not…

    Stanza 2, Line 4: “Put in” – considering that the previous line ends with a period, I believe this is the second spot to draw a line from. It means, pick up your pen and set it back down at the new spot: home of Brown.

    Brown: maybe it’s trout, but I like the historic pioneer angle instead; and not just a minor “blip” in history, but someone enduring, that has a place named after them. My top 2 are Joe Brown (Jardine, MT) and Bible Back Brown (Savery, WY and Brown’s Hole). The historical clues have to stand the test of time just as much as the geologic ones. As most know, pioneer Joe Brown found gold at the mouth of Bear Creek along the Yellowstone River. So let’s say the mouth of Bear and Yellowstone is our “put in.”

    Stanza 3, Line 1: From there it’s no place for the meek. This one is still pretty murky for me. It might mean to “take flight” (for the Meek shall inherit the Earth, not the Sky or Heavens). But it does at least say, “from there”, which to me feels like motion/travel, as “take it in the canyon down” did as well. But the next line cleans this up a bit…

    Stanza 3, Line 2: As many pointed out, “nigh” could be left. Perfect! Start you second point below HOB, and draw your line left. This line also says “drawing”… you’re drawing a line again! And “ever”, just like TFTW, the distance is arbitrary… just draw it as far as you need to.

    Sorry if I’m laboring this point, but… having two precise locations means establishing two precise latitudes and longitudes, assuming the vectors follow cardinal directions. With so few words to parse through, FF had to make them count.

    Stanza 3, Lines 3 and 4: I could not come up with a satisfactory solution here. If I had the correct two points and vectors, I had hoped that my “X” would make these descriptions more apparent.

    Stanza 4, Line 1: “found”… past tense! You found the blaze before you ever walked out your front door… you would go to the treasure with deliberate resolve. FWIW, in this imagined scenario, the X is a little north of Electric Peak, MT, which several other searchers already gave consideration to.

    As for the rest of the poem, I never found an “X” that looked like it fit a creek, a water high, etc.

    Thanks for reading my crazy theories. Just wanted to memorialize them in case I got any part correct.

    One more note: Bible Back Brown (aka Henry Brockmeyer) lived his final years in Savery, Wyoming at a ranch just above the confluence of the Little Snake River and the PUTT CREEK. I’ve had a hard time ignoring that little bit of trivia. (You can visit his headstone in the Reader Cemetery).

  31. Here’s my solve. It was on the hill beside the lookout near the Grand Prismatic Spring. Thanks everyone!
    1. WWWH: Start at Madison Junction. Aside from the usual, there is a double word-play here. The word “it” here refers to Yellowstone Park itself. So “begin IT where WWWH” (Yellowstone started at Madison Junction) and “take IT in the canyon down” (take in the views as you drive down cause its too far to walk).
    2. Put in below the home of Brown. Start walking the freight road trail head below the confluence of the Firehole and Nez perce creek (where Brown trout were first stocked).
    3. No place for the meek. An old biblical reference – the meek shall inherit the earth…we can’t be meek so head for the hills near the Grand Prismatic Spring.
    4. End is ever drawing nigh. “Nigh” means “left” – its telling you the GPS (the blaze) is on the left of the trail. The colors of the GPS resemble a colorful drawing.
    5. There’ll be no paddle up your creek, just heavy loads and water high. The “creek” here is your path to the treasure. You’re climbing up hill (the heavy load) and you will be seeing a lot of water high (geysers along the trail).
    6. If you been wise. Another clue that the GPS is the blaze. Because you are turning up the hill, you would be walking away from the geyser (if you didn’t know it was what you were looking for you may never turn around to see it). It is said “the wise listen”, and later in the poem it says “here me all and listen good”. So if you are wise, you’d listen to Fenn and listen as you walk up the hill: if you did you’d hear the geysers and turn around to view them.
    7. The blaze. The GPS is a blaze of colors, its hot, and it leads people down the Firehole like a trail blaze.
    8 & 9. Look quickly down & marvel gaze. Poem is telling you where to look to find the treasure. Down is simple. Where does “marvel” fit in? Fenn loved marvel comics and Stan Lee, the creator of Marvel comics, would sign off with “Excelsior”. Excelsior geyser is the next to the GPS. So, you orient yourself so that the Excelsior geyser is behind the GPS. You

    We were told to go in June because that is the first time when it is warm enough to see the GPS’ colors – any earlier, the fog from evaporation blocks the view of the colors. The overlook near the GPS ensured someone would find it eventually, as Fenn predicted.

  32. “In the Middle”
    In TTOTC Forrest stated on page 35, “My siblings are gone now and so are my parents. It sure would be nice if they could all come back so I could be in the middle again.”
    Here’s my solve:
    Where warm waters halt: At Pahaska Teepee outside the east gate of Yellowstone where Middle Creek exits Yellowstone National Park and empties into the Northfork of the Shoshone River.

    Take it in the canyon down, not far but too far to walk. Put in below the home of Brown.
    15 miles down the canyon is Blackwater Creek guest ranch. This is the site of the first Forest Service ranger cabin. It was built in 1899 but burned down in 1905 (So it predates the oldest forest cabin still standing at Wapiti Ranger Station). When built, this forest was named the Yellowstone Timberland Reserve. It was later parceled out and became the Shoshone National Forest, the very first national forest. The official color of the Forest Service is 20059 Brown. Fenn has said “sometimes it’s wise to dress the fox as a hound.” I like the home of Brown being black. I also smiled when I realized the home of the Forest Service is Washington, DC which was also the home of Nicolas Cage in the first “National Treasure” movie, Paul Brown.

    This is also the site of the Blackwater Fire that occurred in 1937. 15 were killed and 30+ injured. 10 of those killed were young men who lived within 75 miles of Forest’s home in Temple, Texas. They were working for the CCC and were called in to help fight the fire. It’s likely that as an educator, Fenn’s father knew some of those boys. The boys died on August 21 and were removed from the forest on August 22, 1937, Forrest Fenn’s 7th birthday. It’s likely the Fenn family was there as they were in Yellowstone that summer. It was huge news nationally at the time. Certainly, this would’ve been a memorable, emotionally charged event for Forrest. At the least, the Fenn’s would’ve attended the memorial dedication ceremony on the same dates in 1939. I never saw Forrest write anything about this event, which made me think he avoided the story to not give clues about the chest. He also used the name “Forrest Fire” in some of his blog posts.

    After putting in at Blackwater, the road leads to a trailhead parking lot. There is a hike to the various memorials where the firefighters actually died. There is also another road there “From there it’s no place (one definition of place is a short road) for the meek.” This road has heavy grizzly bear activity, with bear tracks along it’s short 1.25 mile length.
    “The end is ever drawing nigh.” Three key word definitions make this sentence read “Death is ever drafting a fire on the left.”
    “They’ll be no paddle up your creek.” That’s because Fenn drove his sedan up this road, which does not open it’s gate (due to heavy bear activity) until June 30. Just heavy loads (cars, and horseback riders from the ranch) and water high. You are driving upstream along the creek from an elevated position over the creek.
    “If you’ve been wise and found the blaze:” at the end of this road what pops clearly into view toward the left? Clayton Mountain, showing the exact area of the mountain where the firefighters died. The Blaze. Clayton Mountain just happens to be 10,200 feet. This is the best view of the mountain, gotten to in the easiest possible manner for a 79-year-old man. The alternative is walking the five-mile hike to the mountain itself. Which is another five-miles back. Which is much too long for Fenn to have walked.
    Clayton Mountain is also very similar to Crayton, which is the name of Skippy’s son (and also the maiden name of Fenn’s grandparents). The top of Clayton Mountain is also the source of June Creek, representing Fenn’s sister. “Skippy was older so I looked up to him, and June was younger but I couldn’t look down to her because my father wouldn’t allow it.” (page 35 TTOTC)

    Directly a couple miles north of this location is Mummy Cave, where Fenn’s parents stopped to hold family picnics on their trips to Yellowstone. So Mummy Cave represents Fenn’s parents and Clayton Mountain represents Skippy & June. If you draw a line between Mummy Cave & Clayton Mountain, Fenn and his chest are “in the middle again.”

    I also think Fenn would’ve enjoyed placing something good (his treasure chest) in a place that represented something bad (the fire & deaths). This was a way for him to leave his positive mark on history.

    This location is also in the middle between the Shoshone National Forest border and Yellowstone National Park. It is also between Cody, WY (5,000 feet) and Clayton Mountain (10,200 feet). It is also in the middle of the multiple guest ranches between Cody & YNP.

    And we know Fenn loved Cody. He named his dog Cody. He named that buffalo Cody. It was his entryway into YNP every summer as a kid. He was an active member and donator to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center and came for museum meetings every year to Cody.

    “I’ve done it tired and now I’m weak.” I think this means he did not greatly exert himself as he was already tired. It would be an easy, 40 mile drive to this location from Cody and I think he hid the treasure within 500 feet of exiting his sedan.

    Unfortunately, after 30+ trips into the field, I did not find the chest, but had a couple more places to check when I heard the announcement of its discovery. Had I found the chest, I was going to leave some of the treasure in that exact place so the search could continue for everyone.

    I had a great advantage living just 15 miles from my solve. But I only learned of the treasure in May 2019 so had to jam lots of research and trips into the field in a short time to become a serious, viable searcher. I greatly enjoyed learning and studying Fenn’s life to gain insight into the man. I also learned so much about the forest surrounding me that I’d otherwise never taken the time to so deeply explore and research.

    So thank you Forrest! As you say, the real treasure was the thrill of the chase!

  33. What a great adventure! I traveled to Yellowstone to hunt for the treasure and fly fished with bison roaming 30 yards away. Thank you Forrest! My next trip for this year was going to be flying fishing in SW Colorado and the Animas River, with a stop at Deadwood Gulch, and a little jaunt to the west of the road.

    Deadwood Gulch was one of two solves I had that I believed fit all of the criteria. Further up the Gulch is an abandoned mine which used to produce…..lead. Heavy loads and water high for sure, near the town of Silverton. I hope it turns out that it wasn’t found here. I was going to look at the 10,200 ft elevation. Even if I didn’t find the treasure, I was going to enjoy fly fishing in the river of lost souls for trout and take in the wonderful view.

  34. “People have been within 200 feet that I know for sure because they tell me where they are. They have figured the first couple of clues and unfortunately walked right past the chest.”

    Does that mean the first couple of clues should bring you within 200 feet distance of the chest?

  35. Here is my solve, just north of Fulford, CO, near Triangle Reservoir.
    From my readings/research I am thinking Forrest would have clues that have double meanings and both meanings are appropriate and helpful. So when there is a double meaning that fits and/or helps in the solution, I have listed both.
    1) Begin it where warm waters halt
    a) Forrest encourages exploration, to explore you need to leave your home and go to the great outdoors. There is no warm water, just cold showers in the outdoors.
    b) Glenwood Springs, CO is known for its hot springs. Going west and south of there is cold water upstream. The warm water is halted.
    c) Dotsero is so named because surveyor Ferdinand Hayden used it as his Dot Zero for his survey maps. What better place to start.
    2) And take it in the canyon down,
    a) down is “down south”, not down in elevation.
    b) canyon is Eagle River, Brush Creek, East Brush Creek
    3) Not far, but too far to walk.
    a) it is too far to walk from here to Yeoman Park
    b) leaving from Eagle, eagles fly
    4) Put in below the home of Brown.
    a) ranger Bill Brown had his house at Yeoman park, Brown’s Loop trail is named after him
    b) below – lower elevation and before you get there, turn in at Old Fulford road
    5) From there it’s no place for the meek,
    a) this is wilderness, off roading/jeep trail, bear territory
    The end is ever drawing nigh;
    6) There’ll be no paddle up your creek,
    a) Nolan Creek cannot be paddled and you are going upstream
    7) Just heavy loads and water high.
    a) water is high because we are going up the Nolan Creek bed, water would be high in the spring
    b) Yeomen handled the heavy loads, coming from Yeoman park
    c) Old Fulford road/trail four wheel trail, so heavy load is the vehicle
    8) If you’ve been wise and found the blaze
    a) Old Fulford trail leads to Triangle Park/Triangle Reservoir and Triangle Creek. Trail blazes are typically square, circle, or triangle.
    b) at this point there is a cemetery (near Graveyard Flats) just to the south, is this where Forrest wanted to be buried?
    c) this area is at an altitude of 9800 feet, so less than the 10200 limit
    d) need boots on the ground at this point to spot the blaze.
    9) Look quickly down, your quest to cease
    a) need to spot the blaze first, then look down
    But tarry scant with marvel gaze,
    Just take the chest and go in peace.

      • Thanks for your opinion. I got just recently into this when I heard the chest was found and I was amazed that it really took 10 years.
        I did not yet get FFs twist of thinking. And there must be a twist otherwise you cannot get as close as 200 feet to the chest and yet miss it. Also miss 7(!!!) clues in waling distance and not find it. Even worse as he stated: Walking past by it.
        For me that means also the “blaze” is something that can be overlooked easily. At least it sounds like it can’t be something that stands out too much like a monument or something.
        But still it must be something that is not prone to change much over time.

        Even after the chest has been found, it remains very fascinating.

  36. I would like to congratulate the person or persons who found Forrest Fenn’s treasure. I would also like to thank Forrest for his generosity and inspiring hundreds of thousands of searchers. I also want to thank Dal Nietzel for operating this website.

    I was able to take several of my children on an adventure of a lifetime searching for the treasure. Along the way we encountered the beauty of nature and wildlife. I think I found my favorite spot in the world in Lamar Valley while searching for this treasure.

    Here is my interpretation of the poem along with my final solve. I am attempting to establish lines on a map that cross and where those lines cross is where I believe the treasure was found.

    1.Where warm waters halt: I interpreted this as where Highway 212 ends in Yellowstone near the Roosevelt Lodge. The best way to explain this is if you “warm” water, the temperature will increase to a point where it stops increasing (or halts) at 212 degrees. In order to get the plural of waters halt is that Highway 212 ends (or halts) at that location.

    2.And take it in the canyon down, not far, but too far to walk: I am using the definition of down as in down the street, which does not refer to elevation but away from where you are currently located.

    3.Put in below the home of Brown: I believe the home of Brown is the Silver Tip Ranch in the Slough Creek Valley. A Silvertip is a grizzly bear and a grizzly bear is a brown bear. In the poem the capitalization of Brown may refer to a proper place- the Silver Tip Ranch. This is the beginning of establishing my first line of direction. The Slough Creek Valley is aligned at 32 degrees clockwise from north.

    4.The end is ever drawing nigh: From the Silver Tip Ranch if you travel in a 32 degree direction you will run into the town of Nye.

    5.There’ll be no paddle up your creek: means head up Stillwater Creek.

    6.Just heavy loads and water high: I believe heavy loads refers to Silvergate/Cook City. Silvergate/Cook City was historically a gold and silver mining town. Water high refers to it’s location along Highway 212.

    7.If you’ve been wise and found the blaze: I believe the blaze refers to Pilot Peak. Pilot Peak along with Index Peak was used by early explorers of Yellowstone as a navigational reference point (Going along my idea of establishing lines of direction it is interesting to note that from WWWH to Pilot Peak is aligned at 79 degrees which is the atomic number of gold).

    8.Look quickly down, your quest to cease: My interpretation is that you are done with the first part of the poem.

    9.Just take the chest and go in peace: In my opinion you don’t have enough information yet to find the chest.

    10.The following pairs of words are synonyms: go and leave, tired and weak, hear and listen. It seems to me he is trying to tell us something- which I will explain at the end.

    11.So hear me all and listen good: I believe this to mean you better pay attention to the next couple of lines of the poem because they are critical.

    12.Your effort will be worth the cold: we have already established that 212 is the boiling point of water so I would then define cold as 32 degrees. Remember we have already established a 32 degree line between Silver Tip Ranch and the town of Nye.

    13.If you are brave and in the wood: I believe this to mean you must be brave to go to the petrified tree which is located slightly northwest of where we began our journey (WWWH).

    14.I give you title to the gold: Another word for title is heading. In other words I give you heading or the direction to the gold.

    Discussion Points:

    Some of my earlier solves involve from the petrified tree heading at a 79 degree direction until it crossed the 32 degree mark and in addition I have tried the 79 degree direction from where WWWH and tried variations using true north and magnetic north. Lots of variables!

    My Final Solve:

    I believe that the key word that Forrest Fenn suggested we focus on is water or the properties of water. We have established both the boiling point (212 degrees) and the freezing point of water (32 degrees). The pairs of synonyms that I mentioned earlier I felt were trying to tell me something. What I concluded was that the solve had something to do with 212 degrees -so what is the same or a synonym of 212 degrees … 100 degrees celsius. So my final solve and where I believe the treasure was found is if you stand at the petrified tree and then head in a 100 degree direction clockwise from north where that crosses the 32 degree line which we established earlier, is where I believe the treasure chest was found.

    • Wow.
      You know what I like from your solve: It leads to a precise spot. And this is what FF has said always. He never said with the poem you gonna get near the place and then good luck. Instead he has always indicated that the clues will lead directly to the chest. Like your solve with degrees and lines that finally cross to mark a specific place, that is very interesting.

  37. Dan,

    While I don’t think yours was the spot, it does have one big thing going for it that 99% of the solves I’ve seen here don’t. One of Forrest’s comments was, “If I told you what the Home of Brown was, you’d go right to it (the chest).” This implies that the HoB is either extremely close to the chest or that there are few if any alternative search routes one might take once at HoB. Your solve fits this hint quite well. Nice try!

  38. Here’s my solve … with the clues specifically referenced in TTOTC

    WWWH – Firehole river where he used to bathe.

    Canyon Down – Firehole Canyon to the Madison river and down to the …

    HOB – Hebgen Lake (and that is too far to walk)

    Below HOB – Watkins Creek

    Meek – Bears, Moose & Wolves and other scary critters in that drainage

    Cofffin Creek – where he planned to leave his remains.

    Blaze – Just about anything that would seem unnatural or probably man made … a pile of rocks … something scratched on a tree … a symbol chiseled/painted on a stone … etc … etc

  39. Here is my solve:
    1. WWWH, Firehole river confluence with Madison.
    2. West down Madison to Hebgen lake.
    3. Home of Brown is grizzly country above and north of Hebgen.
    4. Drive forrest service roads to their end.
    5. Hike up Little Teppee creek toward it’s headwater (also headwater of Red Canyon creek)
    6. When Sage Peak (the blaze) comes into view begin searching.

  40. My solve was this, and planned on being there early July. From osier to the spot is not far, but following the train tracks makes the journey twice as long, the same if you follow the Los pinos..

    Where the Los pinos exits the gorge, or no place for the meek, you arrive at Toltec canyon and creek. Up the old forest road 494, takes you to the border of CO/NM just below phantom curve . The fence separating the two states is the Borders bookstore reference f made. F also made reference to “only the phantom knows”. 50 feet below phantom are remnants of an old train accident. In this area is where the quest shall cease. Begin it wwwh is clue one we know, clue nine is your quest to cease. The chest was found in the Los pinos rocks, and layered on top of that is Tertiary Hinsdale Older Basalt THOB, laid down 50 million years ago (yep another 50 reference). In the wood refers to the Los pinos formation. Final location is border of CO NM in Toltec canyon.

    • I liked Osier too for a while …. enough to make one trip there. I followed the train tracks upstream from the station to the trestle at Cascade Creek. There is no paddle up that creek, heavy loads (trestle) and water high (a Cascade is a waterfall or water high) … obviously I did not find the blaze.

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