We didn’t start this hike until 5:30pm. Our goal was to summit Crow’s Nest and grab a geocache that had never been found before (a FTF = First To Find). We parked at Sugar Bowl Summit Access Road. We followed a snow cat trail that was completely overgrown with wild flowers and bushes.
Unfortunately, the field was also filled with annoying burrs/stickers.
After one hour, we reached the ridge of Sugar Bowl and found an old single track trail heading over to Crow’s Nest. The actual peak is made up of a large rock outcropping about 40 feet high. We made our way completely around to the south side. We ascended a steep chute with lots of scree that was about class 2. Upon reaching the true summit, we immediately recognized where the cache was placed. Eureka! The log was empty, and we were the first to find!
From the top, we followed the old singletrack back along the ridgeline. This time, we discovered a road leading all the way down the hill. It was longer than our route up but much quicker as it was easy to follow.
About 30 minutes down the hill, we came across this super cool cave. It was one room cave with a large opening and a few smaller caves shooting off. These all dead ended quickly.
From the cave, we followed the road back to our car. We stopped a few times for cool photo ops.
We arrived back at our car happy and ready for a nice big dinner!
Here is a GPS track of our hike with the cave as the waypoint.