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Hints & Clues to Help You Find Forrest Fenn’s Treasure!


The treasure chest, combined with its contents of gold coins and nuggets, weighs-in at over 42 pounds!  So, it’s easy to suggest that ‘heavy loads’ is referring to you carrying the chest out of its hiding spot (or, alternately, Forrest Fenn carrying the chest in to place it at the hiding spot).

Of course, there are lots of other interpretations that fit equally well.  

‘Heavy loads’ could easily be referring to electricity of some sort.  

In our article about the Put-in that happens to be below Joe Brown Creek, we investigate two prominent electrical features, one on either side of the put-in:  Electric, Montana, a ghost town - and a prominent electrical sub-station.

Damnit, I’m going to have to carry something, aren’t I?



Some time in the middle of 2010, wealthy author/collector/archaeologist Forrest Fenn hid a medieval chest filled with gold coins and other valuable artefacts somewhere in the Rocky Mountains for anyone to go and retrieve.  He wrote a book called ‘The Thrill of the Chase’, in which he hid clues to help people find the treasure.

Inside the book is a poem which secretly encodes the whereabouts of this treasure chest.  If you can solve the puzzle, you can go and collect hundreds of thousands of dollars (if not well over a million) right now!

But, hold your horses!  It’s not that easy.  Thousands upon thousands of people have tried - with absolutely no luck whatsoever!

Fortunately for you, we’re here to help guide you right to Fenn’s gold!

Heavy Loads:

Queen's Laundry right by Ojo Caliente and the Firehole.  

ELECTRIC is just upriver from Joe Brown - right at the terminus of an old Cinnabar Railway line.  Electric was OWNED by H.F. Brown - and shipped 50 tons of coal a day (tarry and heavy).

Yellowstone's only hydroelectric generator from 1903 to the 50's was on Glen Creek in Golden Gate Canyon, just down from Mammoth Hot Springs.  Bunsen Peak nearby (blaze?).  FF's father born 1903.

Buffalo Bill Museum of the West is the first building downriver from the Bill Cody Dam (heavy loads and water high), a record-setting 325 feet high when built in 1910.  That's the fundraiser FF was supposedly at when he hid the treasure…  Although, he has stated that ‘where warm waters halt’ is not a dam.

Heavy Loads and Water High = High Lake Dam, Hydroelectric dam, Waterfall

Heavy Loads - high-voltage lines, trucking road, mine,  electrical sub-station, train tracks, train station, quarry, load-bearing wall, retaining wall

Water High - Highwater, high-water mark,

Possible Interpretations:

Fairies mentioned in TOTC - Fairy Falls near his secret swimming hole on the Firehole river.  Fairy Creek.  Right beside Lone Spring.  Fairy Meadows.

High Waters are pants that don’t go all the way down to the ankles, also called flooders.  They are what you’d wear if you were to go wading in a creek.

High water = unusually short

Heavy Lodes:

‘Just’ might not mean what you think it means.  It could mean ‘righteous’ or ‘justice’ - so look for a courthouse or police station!

Other Ideas...:


‘Heavy loads and water high’ is almost certainly a very important clue.  If your potential-solution for the Fenn Treasure doesn’t include a very good ‘heavy load’ or ‘water high’, it’s almost certainly wrong.

Electric, Montana seems to fit just way too perfectly.  With the gravel pit, Devil’s Slide, Sphinx, Joe Brown Put-In, etc...  Everything fits just way too well.

But, like always, we won’t know for sure until someone figures out the puzzle and finds the treasure chest.

The Verdict:

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The Forrest Fenn Treasure


The Nine Clues

Where Warm Waters Halt

No Place for the Meek

Find The Blaze

Heavy Loads and Water High

Tarry Scant with Marvel Gaze

Hear Me All and Listen Good

Brave and in the Wood

Treasures Bold

The End is Ever Drawing Nigh

Done it Tired and Weak

No Paddle Up Your Creek

Where to Begin?

Begin ===> Cease

Worth the Cold

Title to the Gold

As I have Gone Alone in There

Keep My Secret - Where?

Riches New and Old

The Canyon Down

Not Far, But Too Far to Walk

The Home of Brown

The Put-in Below the Home of Brown

Fenn Treasure Clues & Hints are right below.