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


Where Warm Waters Halt is believed by many to be the KEY clue to solving the puzzle.  Especially considering the usage of the phrase ‘begin it’ immediately preceding.

So, it appears that we are being told to start our journey at ‘where warm waters halt’.  Forrest has intimated that the puzzle involves a starting-point.  So, WWWH seems to be that starting point.

And, whether or not you believe that WWWH is the starting-point or not, that line is clearly important - as it’s the only couplet in the entire poem that doesn’t rhyme!

But, the interesting part…  There’s no need for it not to rhyme.  

What are these warm waters and why do they halt?

Forrest could have used the phrase ‘where warm waters balk’ - and it would mean exactly the same thing (if you believe it means where warm waters stop)!  And, balk would rhyme perfectly with walk (where halt doesn’t).

Forrest claimed he worked on this poem for 15 years, agonizing over word-choices.  So, it’s hard to believe he didn’t think of using balk.  So, why did he choose a word which doesn’t rhyme?  Is halt important?  Like really important to solving the puzzle and finding the treasure?

But, then of course, it’s easy to get lost in tangents when searching for the gold.  Perhaps it just means what it says.

Definitions of Halt - lame, limp, stop, falter, to stand in perplexity or doubt between alternate courses, a small railroad stop at which there is no station, come to an abrupt stop, a temporary freeze in activity, lame, walk with a limp

We could be looking for any type of hot spring of thermal feature (like an of the billions of ones in Yellowstone and the rest of the rocky mountains).

www.halt.com (bug spray manufacturer)

A hot spring with a name related to multiple of the following words or phrases:  ‘alone’, ‘treasures’, ‘bold’, ‘keep’, ‘secret’, ‘hint’, ‘riches’, or ‘new & old’.

The last hot spring or thermal pool when leaving an area.

A location with a name that’s a combination of ‘hot/warm/temperature’ & ‘waters/liquid/body-of-water’ & ‘halt/end/stop/finish’.

‘Warm water salt’ - salt-water feature?

Highway 212 (boiling point of water, where warm water becomes steam)

Similarly, Boiling River in Yellowstone.

A hot pool right on the continental divide (it halts there and doesn’t know what direction to go).

Near the top of a Canyon (with road?)

Possible Interpretations:

Other Ideas...:

Where warm waters halt is almost surely the starting-position.  Discovering where exactly this location is should be your top priority.  

As Forrest has said, people have solved the first two clues - and ended up within a couple hundred feet of the treasure.  WWWH seems to be clue #1.  So, deciphering it and where you go from there will get you almost all the way to the end of the rainbow (to use FF’s term).

But, don’t ignore the First Stanza!  There are almost certainly clues in there that tell you the right warm waters to start at.

The Verdict:

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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

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