My Solution…




Forrest has stated everything in the poem is deliberate and placed there for a reason.  Along with the words of the poem, the commas, semi colon, and the apostrophes’ all play their part to unlock the poem.

Forrest also said all you need is the book, poem, Google Earth, and a good map, a good map is an understatement, it must be the right map.  Forrest served in the military, the military uses topographical (topo) maps, because they show greater detail and information about a given area.  However, it is not just the type, but what edition to use as well. Forrest tells us he got cancer in 1988, and during this time, he began his plans for the chase.  The right map to use for the chase is the USGS topographical map edition of 1988.  The reason for this edition is it contains information that later editions change or do not show.

What is so important about using topo maps is elevation.  Forrest has told us the treasure is between 5000ft and 10,00ft, the places on the map we are looking for to correspond with the poem’s clues are altitude markers.  My War For Me, notice how Forrest mentions his altitude frequently during the story, what makes the 1988 edition so important over the other editions, is how the altitude markers are hand written, and marked with an X, verses no X and block printed in later editions.

“Begin it where warm waters halt”, is the starting point to identify the first altitude X marker.  Forrest has made statements that have confused people to which stanza has the first clues.  This is because the first stanza contains the first two clues given by the poem, but the second stanza is the starting point for the first X on the map and the poems path that gives the answers to the two clues in the first stanza. The drawing associated with the story, Teachers with ropes, is the hint instructing what to do, connect the dots. The drawing shows the teacher with her hand up to halt the car and she and the six students connected by the rope.  Forrest said, looking for the blaze first is a waste of time, because solving the clues shows the blaze, and when you recognize the blaze, you will know how to find the chest’s location.

The little girl from India hint, Forrest said she could not get any closer than the first two clues, and if you do not know the first clue, to just stay home and play Canasta.  The first stanza contains the first two clues, and it is not until you identify the other seven clues will you know what the first two clues are.  The first two clues are the blaze, and the chest location. That is why, the little girl from India, cannot get any closer than the first two clues, because if she has solved the first two, it is because she has also solved the other seven.

“Begin it where warm waters halt and take it in the canyon down,” three locations: Gallatin National Forest, Lee Metcalf Wilderness, multiple lakes that flow down Beaver Creek, and end in Earthquake Lake.  Down from where the waters converge, is a waterfall, and near that is the first altitude X marker, or number 1, altitude X marker 6901AT.  It is important to note, the altitude markers have an X drawn on the map with them, and the only letter not used in the poem is X.  We are looking for “treasures bold”, and treasures are the X’s printed on a map.

“Not far, but too far to walk.” From the first X, look for the next X following the water down, the comma tells us it is not far, and associated with walk.  Also following the canyon down from the waterfall, is a walking trail, “too far to walk.” follow it to our next altitude marker 6907T, NFBTFTW, is seven words, and where the trail and road meet is the X.

“Put in below the home of Brown.” Near the second marker 6907T, there is an old Ranger cabin. A cabin is a home brown in color, and we are looking to put in below for the capital B.  Below the cabin, and put in below Boat Mountain, we have altitude marker 6818T.  If you look closely at the map, you will see that the hand written number 8 next to the T looks like a capital B.  Tea with Olga here our black X’s have merged with red crosses or t’s, and the red crosses are called Found Corners, they now mark the altitude.  Also from Teachers with ropes the phrase “do not touch” is in red, connect the dots with red lines.

“From there it’s no place for the meek,” the apostrophe in “it’s” means two are tied together, from there to here, follow the red line to Ghost village, “no place for the meek,”, and to next red cross altitude marker, 6404T or 640for t-he meek.

“The end is ever drawing nigh;” Going left from here, following the red line, we arrive at our next altitude marker, this marker has an arrow “drawing” or pointing to it, marker 6398T.   The semi colon means this point and the next point perform same action nigh.

“There’ll be no paddle up your creek,” From the current point, there will be a red cross, and with “no” number, but the apostrophe tells us to go two red crosses up your creek.  Continuing nigh, take a diagonal line from 6398T through one unnumbered red cross and stopping at the second red cross.  “Just heavy loads and water high” is Boat Mountain, and “Just” means to adjust to center altitude X marker, 9019AT near the red cross.

“If you’ve been wise and found the blaze, “ If you were “Wise”, then you are now X, and with Found Corners found the blaze.  X’s and found corners tied together. “Look quickly down, your quest to cease,” follow the red line down to the last of our 7 points, 6547T.  Now, connect all the points to see the blaze.

In addition, notice next to this point, is a gauging station for the Madison River, but on the map, it is misspelled gage.  The definition of gage: a valued object deposited as a guarantee of good faith. Sounds like an I.O.U.

The blaze is a cursive capital f!  But we are not finished yet, back to the first stanza, and to find the chest.

“As I have gone alone in there and with my treasures bold, I can keep my secret where, and hint of riches new and old.” “As I” is f, and you find his blaze by finding the treasures and connecting the X’s.

“I can keep my secret where and hint of riches new and old.”  I keeps his secret where and hints of where to look. The I is the eye from Forrest autograph.

“But tarry scant with marvel gaze, just take the chest and go in peace.”

 The area we are now in, is Refuge Point, here is the sign at the entrance to the trailhead, see the picture of the man parachuting in, seem familiar?

Forrest says the chest is 10” by 10”, and this, along with the eye in his signature, tells us altitude X marker 6610T is the spot.  However, we must adjust, “Just take the chest, altitude X marker 6610T, and go in peace.” Below X marker 6610T, there is a grove (leave my trove) of trees in the form of a cross (peace), which can be seen in Google earth.

Center tree of the cross, a good place to sit and think in the wood.

All of this is simply my opinion.

By NearIndianaJones-


Meek, Major Powell, and Maybe Escalante…

by Golden Horse


A recurring issue I have with many of my solutions is that I tend to make things fit the puzzle. As a result I find that there are several interpretations of the clues in any of my broad locations. I will use an asterisks to identify the correlations I believe make the best fit. The location this solution leads to has been searched by me twice, thoroughly, so I do not believe this area to be the resting place of Fenn’s gold. I am sharing my solutions on Dal’s page because I have used many of its members as a resource. A couple of my interruptions of the clues in this solve are nearly identical to other solves I have read here. That was in some cases by coincidence and in other cases intentional because some of you are just too darn smart. If you have read the Flaming Gorge/Brown’s Park/Joe Meek solve before feel free to skip to clue #6. From there I hope it is original.

#1. Begin it where warm waters halt

Forrest said that WWWH was not associated with a dam. I believe he did this in an effort to keep people as safe as possible. At the time of the release of this clue several searchers were putting themselves in danger around the base of large dams. I believe WWWH represents where a lake/reservoir meets a river. I have two/three reasons for this.



The first image (above) is located somewhere on the New Mexico parks webpage and the second is a photo from my Colorado Benchmark map opposite the map page of this solutions general search area. The third reason is that it fitsthis particular solution.




My grandfather and I started investigating this area because of its proximity to Butch Cassidy’s hideout.


#2. and take it in the canyon down,

Flaming Gorge flows into the Green River by way of the Red Canyon. In his book Forrest dedicates a chapter to a childhood adventure he took up Red Canyon near Hebgen Lake in Montana. (I have been there too. It is beautiful.)


#3. Not far, but too far to walk.

My interpretation of this clue is that the canyon is long and you shouldn’t get out of your car yet. Having driven red canyon myself I can assure you that walking it wouldn’t be fun. This could actually be part of clue #2 depending on how you interpret the 9 nine clues. The distance from the edge of the lake to our next destination, also the distance of the canyon, is 20.4 miles as the crow flies.



#4. Put in below the home of Brown.

Forrest said that all you need to solve his puzzle is the poem and a good map. When he published “Too Far To Walk” he partnered with Benchmark Maps which might mean that Forrest believes Benchmark Maps are good maps. There happens to be a “Put-in below” Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge just after Red Canyon.

These are notes I found attempting to identify where Browns Park got its name: “Janet Lecompte of Colorado Springs argues convincingly that Brown was a fictional character invented by Colonel Henry Inman in his book The Old Santa Fe Trail originally published in 1897. Still others feel that Baptiste Brown was actually an alias for Jean-Baptiste Chalifoux. Chalifoux was a French Canadian trapper who operated out of Taos. He led a horse stealing party to California in 1837, operated a trading post in Embudo, New Mexico, in the 1840s, and built the first house in Trinidad, Colorado, in 1869. He visited the Brown’s Hole area in 1835 and left his name carved on a cliffside in the Willow Creek drainage…”




#5. From there it’s no place for the meek, The end is ever drawing nigh;

There are two trains of thought here and I subscribe to both of them. One train will tell you that the rapids after the put-in are no place for the meek. In fact two historic shipwrecks occurred about six miles south of the put-in at Disaster Falls. The first was General Ashley’s expedition and the second was Major Powell’s expedition. The natives warned Powell of the dangers inside the canyons of Ladore. The second train of thought refers to Joe Meek a fur trader and mountain man that was living at Fort Davy Crockett. Some of you have seen the journal passage mentioned on this blog, I attached an image of it below. In the passage Robert Newell tells Meek that the green river is not place for them now because the fur trade is dead. So where is no place for the Meek? The green river and Ladore canyon is no place for the Meek so that is where we should be looking. I am also including a couple extra images that indicate the location of Fort Davy Crockett. (J. Meek Pictured on the bottom right)















#6. There’ll be no paddle up your creek,

To this point several of you must be saying I have read this solution before. Hopefully what follows is something most of you haven’t seen. I mentioned Major Powell earlier but his story really picks up over the next several clues. “The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons” by J.W. Powell and Dover Publications documents several of Major Powell’s adventures. The cover of this book has an illustration of one of Powell’s boats at disaster falls. If you recall I said that disaster falls could be considered no place for the meek. (Powell pictured to the right)









Powell begins his journey through the Gates of Ladore and down the Canyon of Ladore in chapter seven of his book. (Left: Powell’s Illustration of gates. Right a photo I took at the gates)











In the same chapter on the next page Major Powell chronicles the loss of their first ship the “No-Name.” Before the vessel is destroyed the No-Name loses their oars. Another word for paddle is oar. I have highlighted the passage below. (Bottom photo of Upper Disaster Falls)




#7. Just heavy loads and water high.

The book is broken up by chapters and by (almost) daily journal entries. Some days something significant happens and there is a lot to read and other days there are only a few lines. The crew spends a couple days carrying the remaining boats around disaster falls. On the third day (June 12th) the men discover supplies and wreckage from the lost boat. They carry them above the HIGH WATER mark and leave them, because their cargo is already too HEAVY.



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

Over the next few days Powell’s crew encounters several more rapids but nothing exciting happens. They name the stretch of the canyon they just encountered, Hells Half Mile. On June 16th something unexpected happens… There is a fire in the camp. Read the passage I have highlighted below if you want the details.


When I read it the first time I believed I had solved the poem. I assumed I had found the blaze. Many people believe this blaze occurred at rippling brook. In fact I have heard river guides tell the story that way. However after careful reading you will find the historic blaze actually occurred at alcove brook. Alcove brook has been searched thoroughly by my group with a metal detector.


I found the blaze but, was I wise? If I was wise and searching for a fire where would I go or what would I do? I pondered this question as I scoured the map and the book. Then I realized if I was wise and looking for a fire I would go to a fire lookout tower and low and behold one of the oldest towers still in operation overlooks the entire search area from Dinosaur National Monuments highest point, Zenobia Peak.


My thought was that I needed to look in the direction of the historic blaze from the lookout tower. So we drove to the peak!




Above is the view from the tower in the general direction of the blaze. (Technically this photo is a little off center, but I chose it because it is more appealing to the eye.)


#9. Look quickly down, your quest to cease, (marvel gaze? Trust me… it is a marvel)
Look down…




I searched for hours and didn’t find the chest here. I figured I was still on the right track but had messed up somewhere along the way. So I developed a couple alternatives. I consider myself a math hobbyist but I attempted to calculate the odds of Powell’s book fitting so well after finding the first set of clues, it seem unlikely to be a coincidence. Later I consulted a mathematician who reassured me that it was unlikely that a book written over 200 years ago could so closely and sequentially match three clues from the poem. And so I flipped a few more pages in the book. It had occurred to me that some of the clues I outline above could be considered one clue instead of two. Thus leaving room for additional clues. For example WWWH and “take it in the canyon down” or the latter of the two and “not far, but too far to walk.” After the fire Powell finds himself in Pat’s Hole, now Echo Park. Echo Park is home to a monstrous rock appropriately named Steamboat Rock.


In his journal; Powell, who only has one arm, claims he climbed this behemoth. Of course he almost falls to his death in the process. It is said that he holds on with the only arm he has. I imagine hanging there and taking a QUICK peak at the canyon floor below. If Powell fell his quest would have undoubtedly CEASED. This calamity happens just two days after the blaze.


I have several interruptions of the clues from this point. For example Powell climbs Mt. Dawes (now Zenobia) a few days after his near miss with death. When on top of Zenobia he describes looking in all directions from the highest peak. He marvels at the beauty of his surroundings.

“So hear me all and listen good,” could be a way of describing Echo Park or Jenny Lind rock. The park is named after the great echoes that can be heard there. Jenny Lind Rock rest at the upper edge of the canyon near the confluence. Jenny was an opera singer, perhaps if you holler from there you can be heard by everyone in the canyon if they are listening good.

The illustration opposite page 169 is of Echo Park looking from a large rock across the Yampa/Green Confluence.

… What if… “the end is ever drawing nigh;” actually means the END is NIGH (near) an EVER DRAWING (or a drawing that lasts forever aka a petroglyph)? Inside Echo Park you will find the Pool Creek Petroglyphs.

I know this canyon well. I have searched it top to bottom. I have swam in all its waters, crossed all its creeks and ventured into the depths of all its caves (Pat’s included). I have even stepped over recently devoured deer or elk carcasses near Pool creek in search of the chest. Echo Park is MASSIVE and beautiful but the chest isn’t there. Feel free to message me if you are planning on taking the trip I would be happy to answer almost any questions. I have a couple other obscure solves for this area that I didn’t mention because the chest wasn’t there either and this post is already over 2000 words and nearly 18 pages.

I almost forgot to mention the possible Escalante Solution. While Powell was coming back down from the peak of Mt. Dawes he discovered a man-made monument which he believed might have been built by the Spanish Priest Escalante. I couldn’t find it. This isn’t at Escalante Overlook either. I think it is on limestone ridge. This is the last passage before Powell enters what is now Utah, which we know is outside the search area. Good Luck.


-Golden Horse

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.