SUBMITTED JUly 2016
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.
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.