May 292013

fenn's treasureThe following is a collection of facts about the hidden treasure of Forrest Fenn.

I realize fact is a pretty strong word.  Some people may not think it is fact Forrest Fenn has hidden a million dollar (or more) treasure.  However, since I choose to believe Forrest Fenn is a person of integrity and not one to mislead, I believe what he says, and this, then, is how I am determining what is ‘fact’ or not.

The facts are:

The poem, if followed precisely (and understood correctly) will lead a person to the location of the hidden treasure.  Nothing more is said to be required.

The treasure is ‘hidden somewhere north of Santa Fe’.  This is written in the book.  However, Forrest later said, ‘hidden in the Rocky Mountains’ specifically.

Also written in the book is the statement that there are subtle clues sprinkled in the stories of The Thrill of the Chase (TTOTC).  In a radio interview (around 21:20) he said these help with the nine clues in the poem.

Forrest says when he wrote the poem he wasn’t playing any games. The poem is straightforward. He also said it took him 15 years to write it, and changed it many times. He felt like he was an architect writing the poem and each word is deliberate.

If a person reads the poem over and over again and deciphers the first few clues, he says they can find the treasure chest.

Only one person alive, Forrest Fenn, knows where the chest is hidden.


In Six Questions with Forrest Fenn, he says nothing about the finding of treasure will be accidental.

In Six Questions More with Forrest Fenn he says, “Many are giving serious thought to the clues in my poem, but only a few on in tight focus with a word that is key.”

On February 4th, 2015 in Six Questions Yet Again with Forrest Fenn, Forrest said that, ‘nobody to my uncertain knowledge has analyzed one important possibility related to the winning solve.’


The clues given on the Today Show are fact:

March 1st:  “The treasure is hidden higher than 5000 feet above sea level.”
March 27th:  “No need to dig up the old outhouses, the treasure is not associated with any structure.”
May 3rd:  “The treasure is not in a graveyard.”
June 28th: “The treasure in not hidden in Idaho or Utah.”

Forrest Fenn is known to have said a few other things about the treasure:
It is not in Nevada.
It is more than 300 miles west of Toledo
It is at least 8.25 miles north of Santa Fe
It is also not in Canada according to the 9/17/2013 article: 5 Million Rocky Mountain Treasure Waiting to be Found. (that 5 million amount is a rumor/not fact) Plus the map, showing the search area in Too Far to Walk (published fall 2013), does not include Canada highlighted.

There is a clue in the newer book (Too Far to Walk) that Forrest says he didn’t know was in there until after it was printed.  He says it is an important one if you can find it. (some believe it was the ‘not in Canada’ clue of the map)

The treasure is not on top of a mountain…… (but may be close to the top)

The treasure is hidden below 10,200 feet


Update 5/16/2014: On Dal’s site, scrapbook 68, is the following quote.  It informs us that WWWH (where warm waters halt) of the poem does NOT relate to any dam.

“Many searchers have thought that warm waters halt at a dam because water being released through flues near the bottom of the dam is much colder than water on the surface of the lake.  I have discussed around that subject with several people in the last few days and am concerned that not all searchers are aware of what has been said.  So to level the playing field to give everyone an equal chance I will say now that WWWH is not related to any dam.”  ff


This article has Forrest saying “There have been some who have been within 500 feet because they have told me where they have been.  Others have figured the first two clues and went right past the treasure and didn’t know it.”  The article also includes him saying how he prefers to say the treasure is hidden, instead of buried, because he does not want to give that as a clue.

(Update 12/31/2014- Forrest answered a question providing an end of 2014 summary for the hunt- He said again, “no one has given me the correct solve past the first two clues.”) 

(Update 5/5/2014) The following two quotes are from Forrest.  They were posted on Dal’s site in April 2014. They seem like great points to keep in mind when trying to discover the location of his treasure.

“It seems logical to me that a deep thinking treasure searcher could use logic to determine an important clue to the location of the treasure. Is someone doing that now and I don’t know it? It’s not what they say on the blogs that may be significant, it’s what they whisper. f”

“Some searchers overrate the complexity of the search. Knowing about head pressures, foot pounds, acre feet, bible verses, Latin, cubic inches, icons, fonts, charts, graphs, formulas, curved lines, magnetic variation, codes, depth meters, riddles, drones or ciphers, will not assist anyone to the treasure location, although those things have been offered as positive solutions. Excellent research materials are TTOTC, Google Earth, and/or a good map.” f


The following thoughts may be more my opinion: so I preface it with ‘I think’ it is fact that the finding of the treasure should in no way include ‘dangerous’ territory or actions; as in doing something that risks your life or requires special skills or equipment (a flashlight is not ‘special equipment’ but, scuba gear is, (my opinion).  I base this from Forrest saying to go only where a 79 or 80 year old man can go and that a child could pick it up (that is if he can lift 42 lbs.).

Although I think many may put the physical aspect to the 79 or 80 year old statement, I think it could also include the wisdom of a man of that age.  Forrest hid the chest in a ‘safe’, but ‘Thrilling’ location.


What’s in the Chest?

The treasure consists of (written in the book) “gold coins, mostly old American eagles and double eagles, along with lots of placer nuggets from Alaska. Two weigh more than a pound each and there are hundreds of smaller ones. Also included are pre-Columbian gold animal figures and ancient Chinese human faces carved from jade. The different objects in the cache are too numerous to mention one by one, but among them are a Spanish 17th century gold ring with a large emerald that was found with a metal detector, and an antique ladies gold dragon coat bracelet that contains 254 rubies, six emeralds, two Ceylon sapphires, and numerous small diamonds.”

In the book he also mentions the chest contains; a Tairona and Sinu Indian necklace from Columbia that consists of thirty-nine fetishes carved from quartz crystal, carnelian, jadeite, and other exotic stones. Plus, two cast gold objects (jaguar claw and frog).

A small silver bracelet that has 22 turquoise disc beads is known to be in the chest, as well. It is this item Forrest would like to have back and is willing to pay the finder for it. I would think most would just give it to him, though.

These items (along with some others not mentioned) are contained in a Romanesque Lock Box (dated to around 1150 AD) made of Bronze. The treasure chest is 10x10x5 and weighs 42 lbs.

In Featured Question with Forrest, ‘A Secret in the Chest’, Forrest says, “Oops, I forgot, there is one thing in the chest that I have not talked about except to say I don’t want to talk about it. It is something saved especially for the person who solves the clues.”


Many more links concerning thoughts on the treasure:  The Thrill of the Chase by Forrest Fenn.

Plus be sure to check out ‘Featured Questions with Forrest’.  Here he answers questions from searchers and so there is lots of additional information to be found there.


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  1. I had not heard the “at least 8.25 miles north of Santa Fe” clue before. When/where did Forest say that?

    Oh – you can add Forrest’s comment, “sounds like three or four clues to me” regarding the first key stanza beginning ” Begin it where warm waters halt…”

    and his comment “sounds like a couple more [clues]” regarding the next four line stanza beginning, “From there it’s no place for the meek.”

    • Hi Marc,

      The ‘at least 8.25 miles north of Santa Fe’ was mentioned in a comment Forrest made on the MountainWalk blog. ( Dal has confirmed it was actually Forrest who made the comment. Initially it wasn’t thought to be him.

      And thanks for the additions….

    • Marc,

      Regarding your first question, Marc, do not try to analyze this without knowing Fenn’s methods, like this 8.25 miles quote, because it issimilar to the “300 plus miles left of Toledo” quote.

      The important thing is Toledo is a city that has an inference to the clue “The home of Brown!”

      Can you hear me now?

      However the Clue “Begin it where warm waters halt” is simple, Forrest is an avid fisherman and he did not say Hot Water, or Hot Springs He said “WARM WATER HALT” every fisherman in New Mexico is familiar with this “Game and Fish Warm Waters Halt”and”Cold Waters Start” in the proclamation.

      If you want to understand more go to

      And email me
      Tom Gregory, Hunt Guide

  2. Hi – And where are you getting the fact that Forrest wants the turquoise bracelet back and is willing to pay for it? I have not seen this … Thank you.

  3. Do the clues have to be solved if you have an idea where it might be?

  4. could yellowstone still be a good place to look, and why the difference between warm and hot water. Water is warm once it touches cold.

  5. I posted a crude video on YouTube titled ” the answers to Forrest Fenn’s poem and the map ” the treasure is in a national park and now public domain so I’m afraid all you can do is “chase” check out the answers for yourselves

  6. Where did you hear it was in the Rockies?

  7. I have not heard of any mention about Toledo and the home of brown! Although I noticed Brown is capitalized in the poem, I take it to be a person…. Could be wrong…a place?

  8. Dear Forrest Fenn,

    You recently told a blogger named “Cowboy” that any clues translated by nmtreasure were “worthless” and furthermore, “everyone wants to get in on the act”.

    Now, we at carefully track all emails and I have none from you asking for “OUR” interpretation of your clues and hints from “Thrill Memoir” so, unless you are now into reading minds, we are not sure how you knew they were no good?

    Not so long ago a made for television film was shot on our family’s ranch in southern New Mexico, it was called “Treasure of Victorio Peak”. I will not go into great detail, but it turned out to be an elaborate hoax.

    Our intentions at are out in the open. We do believed in your altruistic motives and applauded your “John Muir” ethic for challenging people to save our beloved Rocky Mountains and respect your sacrifice in this cause. That is admirable.

    However, the truth is you have never read our interperation’s and you credibility may be in doubt?

    If you actually read this and read what we have gleamed from you poem and book, and you will tell us that we are completely wrong, then we will remove our web site and refund to all the people who paid us for these translations. We believe that if there is a treasure hidden out here in New Mexico, based on your clues, it is near “Hidden Lake, NM”.


  9. Forrest has answered me in “private” and we are still in business. See

    Tom Gregory, Hunt Guide

    • You guys are so full of it. First of all, Mr. Fenn did not contact you, and if he does, it won’t be to confirm that your interpretation of the clues is correct. He hasn’t done that for anyone and I’m uncertain why you think you would be the exception. You are, after all, a hunter just like everyone else. Furthermore, if Forrest said publicly that your clues are worthless then he would have publicly retracted that if he had contacted you and changed his mind. He has not.

      What you are running is no different than any other get rich quick scam. If you actually had valuable information you’d go find the treasure, not sell clues.

      So stop spamming message boards with sales pitches for your crap, which I can say without a shadow of a doubt (based on your statements above) is incorrect. You have no idea where the treasure is and are either trying to make a quick buck (or thirty) or worse, trick people into thinking that because they paid they are in some sort of partnership with you and can “collaborate” with you by sharing their interpretation of the clues where it differs from yours – information you’ll use to go find it yourself.

    • He answered you i less than 3 min.?

  10. On several occasions Forrest has said that he knows that people have been within 500 ft of the hiding place.

    1) Frist off, IF, IF no one but Forrest knows where the prize is hidden, how does Forrest know that people were 500 ft away?? Something is wrong with this statement that Forrest keeps repeating.
    2) Has anyone verified that people were 500 ft from the prize??
    3) Has he ever said WHO these people are??
    4) Has anyone contacted them??

    Forrest on a couple of TV interviews has stated that he (Forrest) has NOT gone back to check on the box. Nor has any representative of Forrest has checked on it. (since ONLY Forrest knows where the box is) So, how does he know people have been that close to the box?? He is not using human or electronical devices to receive information from.

    See, something doesn’t make sense about this whole “500 ft” business.

    Your thoughts and proofs (IF ANY) .

    • Hi DJ Frit, thanks for visiting….Forrest has said he knows people have been within ‘about’ 500ft is because people have sent him emails telling him where they have looked (but he has never shared who (other than searchers). Knowing where they have been, he would then have a way of knowing if they were within 500ft. Hope that helps..

  11. Hey Sixer,

    Thanks for your response. Like some Fenn enthusiasts I have spent many hrs researching and rereading his book. I also believe that I have hit a few sites and/or people (that no one else has contacted) that had information helping with the 9 clues. From all of time and effort (over 4,ooo hrs) I believe I can narrow that 500ft gap to 100ft and find our prize. I am hoping to test my theory in SEP or OCT. Then I will know if I got it right or not.

    Has anyone come up with a way to contact Forrest for authenticating the find, and not alerting the US Marshalls or FBI (who are both monitoring Forrest’s physical movements, post and e mails )?? Plus I wish to keep this from publicity with the news people.

    I wish you well in your search.

    GOD Bless

  12. Have to say Great site… just read “The Beale’s paper”, not really sure how to take it as of yet ( reading again ).
    About three months ago i heard of FF poem on the today show and , like ya’ll have been searching the poem for clues. warm waters, home of brown, etc. But on this blog and others i have not seen anyone talking about the structure of the poem. and yes the poem as more information than just the (9) lines people refer to as the 9 clues. Would like to hear from anyone else who may have found the other ummm clues or info imbedded in the poem. I’m not going to say i have solved it. But if I’m right in my theory I may have located the AREA to be searched. again like the mysterious writings… great site… need to try and solve the unicornis manuscripts next.

    • Hi Seeker,

      Thanks for the comments and visiting the site..hope to see you here often…..I am not sure what you mean by the ‘structure’ of the poem? Can you offer any clarification?

      I find the Beale Treasure fascinating. It is believed by some (even if the treasure is gone or was never there) that the remaining two undeciphered codes, once solved, do hold clues to the purpose of the story; if not the treasure itself.


  13. Sixer/Jenny

    What I mean by structure ( maybe not the best word ) is that there is more information in the poem then just the 9 clues…back on that in a sec… using archaic language, All poems seem to have many meanings by using certain words such as bad meaning wrong or bad meaning (now) cool. beyond that the poem also have other clues hidden in , for lack of a better term, format. I’m not saying that the 9 “common” lines are not the 9 clues but i have a different 9. 1st stanza last line clue one. 2nd stanza clue two. 3rd stanza clue three. (9) nine itself clue 4. in my method of solving the poem I have 8 clues with IF YOU BEEN WISE AND FIND THE BLAZE, LOOK QUICKLY DOWN YOUR QUEST TO CEASE as my achilles’ heel. tarry scant I get, But can not be used till I find the true meaning of blaze or go to the “location” where the chest is. my other 5 clues deal with, example all the capital letters. I have not seen any talk on this except ” that the way FF wanted it to be” Well yeaaaaaah! and there’s a reason for it as there are others. I was hoping maybe someone else was looking at the poem the same way and what they have come up with. I’m really not sure “exactly” what FF is implying what the nine clues are my method or just the nine lines.
    Any thoughts??
    letters on each line.

    • Seeker,
      I’m with you – the choices the Poet Fenn -not the millionaire Fenn- made
      are clues TO the clues. 9 sentences = 9 clues is how I see it, one of those sentences being a question.
      The ABAB structure is simple, so it tells us not to expect much high art, and the alliteration reinforces that stance, but the technical choices – the ‘backstage’ stuff – he made are very intriguing!!
      I’m also in the ‘there’s a code or cypher at work here’ camp. Though im confident I’ve got the blaze, oddly enough, 100% figured, so much so it affects/confirms in 4 other lines.

  14. Smith,
    Ah! the blaze… a debate all it’s own… but if one finds the blaze, what is the next step to find the chest? Some would say if you find it, the chest will be there. I feel that there is more in the search once you have solved the location of the blaze.
    The real question, is THE solution in the poem? Is there a HINT to solve the solution in the poem? or at this point, does one need boots on the ground to discover another or MORE CLUES to take you to the chest.
    There is a gap between heavy loads and water high—-If you been wise and find the blaze. which I take to say, once you “know” what the blaze is, go there and finish your field work on site. Then the chest will be found. So is there a cypher or code in the poem? or in the field waiting to be found by the one who is WISE? This is my Achilles’ heel.

    • yes seeker their are at least 5 additional clues that become clear once u find the approximate location

      • btw the whole thing is pretty strait forward the man tells you right where to go and the best advise Im going to share is simply dont think so hard if you have to question every thing you think than your wrong let the poem unravel itself then the answer to all the clues will be revealed with the exception of about 3 which are boots on the ground clues

  15. The area is not the problem its simple:-) its so simple people are passing by it I have done all my work at home I do know all that area been there in the past many times financially no money to get there at the moment. Has any one ever thought he has a tracking device in the box just a thought. I have four good clues to get me in the area after that just look for it the rest of the clues I can’t make out I’m in Tucson az

  16. Joe,
    Was wondering, you say there at least 5 additional clues that become clear…
    Would that make 9 clues or at least the 9 clues FF says are in the poem, in addition to your 5 clues? 15?
    One of my problems is not only trying to figure out what FF’s 9 clues are to him. But even knowing what they are is needed to solving the “meaning” to the poem and/or taking one to the 10″x10″x5″ spot. there are so many ways to look at what a clues IS never the less what they really are. 9 words, 9 sentences, 9 lines, 6 stanzas and 3 hidden clues, or even the poem as 1 clue and 8 hidden clues to be deciphered.
    I could even say…the poem clue 1 and information found in the poem leads to clues out side the poem. example: WWWH, if you know what it means, but the actual “clue” doesn’t have anything to do with Warm, Waters, or Halt. but in the research is the real clue and could mean a Bird. ( that is just an example )
    Or is 9 a clue itself. Whom ever find the treasure and meet the Author. Please ask him that for me… thanking you in advance…

  17. Hello my name is Paul, I found the treasure.
    I haven’t taken it though. Check out my web page if you get a chance

  18. Like many others- I claim to know where the treasure is-check it out it’s over at Kindle “The Fenn Treasure:How and Where to Find it. Think I’m full of shit-get a refund-for some of you that are in the know-it’s in Northeast-not west-but east Yellowstone. Yeah it’s quite a cache.

  19. You have a reference that Forrest Fenn said it took 15 years to write the poem. However, in the 6 questions section he is quoted: I see my memoir as being a story that was ordained by some unknown hand. It came to me at age eighty as though my entire life had been waiting for that moment. The bulk of the book was written in six weeks.

    Where did you get the statement it took 15 years to write the poem?

    • Hi Christy,

      He says that in an interview he did in the fall of 2013. Video of that event is here:

      The idea for hiding the treasure, and the writing of a poem leading someone to it, came to Fenn after he was diagnosed with cancer. He was told he only had a short time to live, but wonderfully (and miraculously), he got better. This allowed him more time to consider the poem, to which he then decided to include the poem in his memoir entitled, The Thrill of the Chase.

  20. If I think I know where the treasure is, how do I convey this to someone with contacts to Fenn?

  21. I am having such a hard time trying to understand all these people who seem to think that Forrest hid the gold in the mountain or in a stream. Can you not see any common sense in studying his character ? He has an ego and an desperation to not disappear after death. He is an archeologist at heart and loves to preserve things. He loves mystery and challenging others to a mental fighting game. So lets begin with being an archeologist ,,, What is the character of an archeologist ? it is to find and preserve. SO NOW ! do you think that he is going to buy an 1150 AD bronze box and then put his prized possessions in it AND THEN go and put it into a creek where the snow runoff can destroy it. Runoff is powerful enough to move much larger boulders and could and would destroy the box and contents easily. ALSO, Standing in the middle of Santa Fe you would be above 5000 ft. and in the Rockies. Also he never said it was in Santa Fe ( CITY ) …. Just Santa Fe !!! But there is Santa Fe rd, city, ave, restaurant, railroad, etc… His first book lays out a map that when turned at an angle, makes the gold on top to take the outline shape of a man with a backpack and a box behind him and pointing in an certain spot , but !!! what if the box behind him is the spot ? ALSO the first paragraph of the poem gives TWO words that describe the picture of the map next to it. ( BOLD and HINT. ) Check the definitions of those two words. next, look at the map and see what is out in bold and what is vague. NOTICE !!! to put gold on top of a map and then take a picture of them would make both either clear or out of focus, so to see them being both says to me PURPOSE . Now to jump ahead a bit, DID YOU NOTICE that his family ARE NOT bent out of shape with the idea of his SO CALLED intent to go up into the mountains and die with his gold ? That is because they KNOW that he is NOT !!! PAGE 125 or 127 ( can’t remember exactly which ) SAYS that he ( WILL BE ) PILLOWED DOWN AND SCENTED IN which is what the morgues do to people when they die. which means buried !!! NOW look at the poem again . Warm waters in my opinion is tears, heavy loads are heavy sorrow of the heart water high could be tears again or a specific water tower near a grave yard or something of the sort. put in below the home of brown , in the wood, no place for the meek ,,,, ALL THREE are names of people but only one is capitalized . He speaks of death ALL THROUGH his book … says about a little lady that if he could find her grave , he would go out one DARK NIGHT and push a nickel up under her marker ??? nickel = money under a stone and at night meaning doing it in hiding meaning something illegal and with is prior problems if you found it there it means HE TOO did something ILLEGAL !!!

  22. In continuation to the above : in his talks, Forrest speaks of how he likes history. and at the beginning of the book he has a place that says, ( not quoted precisely because I lent my book out ) it is like the respect thing, like when the sheriff told the outlaw that he respected him so much that he would hang him with a NEW rope. where have you heard that before ? ( Young Guns in Billy the kid ) and who’s picture is in the book TWICE playing Billy the kid ? Forrest ! Also, if you look at his picture in the book you will find his picture where he is on the ladder of his plane and the sticker on the plane says: Lucky me, I live in Lubbock Texas. Where is Lubbock ? 90 min from where the little square piece of gold on the map picture on the book is. AND guess what is there in that town ? SANTA FE Railroad and with its big sign there now go north of that and what do you find ? ( A cemetery with a water tower in the corner, and guess who is buried there ? AND ABOUT 4 to 6 Fenn’s ) ( also there is an Air force base there ) HMMMM . guess who else’s names are there , yep you guessed it, Brown, Wood, Fenn’s, Meek ! Also in the book above the map Forrest writes : I dreamed last night that I was Capt. Kid reincarnated and went to Gardeners Island to find the gold , it scared me so bad that I woke up ! why would he put that in there so abruptly ? BECAUSE Capt. Kid was a pirate who buried his gold with dead people! NOW with all of this AND MORE , the ONLY conclusion that can be made is Forrest has picked his place for burial , either in a cemetery or has bought his plots back when he first found out that he had 80% chance of dying for himself and his wife and hid his gold UNDER a MARKER near where he is to be buried. Some of the stones are 4″x12″x2′ and given the box is 10″x10″x 5″ and the gold figure is designed on the map to look like a man with a backpack , then it is possible for him to have gone into the cemetery with his gold , lifted a stone marker , dug a small hole beneath it , placed the dirt in the pack and the box in the hole , laid the stone back on top of the hole and then walk back to his car laughing. ALSO SOMETHING VERY INTERESTING , IT SEEMS,,, that he parallels things with other peoples writings and gathers ideas from them because he parallels Joseph Smith Jr. almost to a T. Look up on the internet the area where Joseph Smith Sr. Tells A Mr. Chase ( HMMMM ) that his son Jr. was told by a sprit to dress in black and ride a black horse with a switch tail to a specific place and get the BOX of gold plates and leave without looking back which according to him that he did dress in black and rode the black horse to the place and retrieved the gold and box BUT as he was leaving he thought someone would find where he got it and so he set the gold down and turned TO COVER THE HOLE WITH THE ( LID ) but when he turned back the gold was gone. hmmm , do you see any similarity’s here ? box, gold in box, hole with lid,….. black apparel ( death ) ride a black horse with a switch tail ( hearse ) hole with lid ( stone marker ) he says ( Forrest ) hat he expects that no one will find the gold for 1000 to 10000 years and that means something doesn’t change ! what doesn’t change ? CEMETERYS AND THE VALLEY OF FIRE LAVA SPILL IN NEW MEXICO , BOTH southerly direction of SANTA FE ( CITY ) but he didn’t say city and both on the map THAT HE FIRST PUT OUT and BOTH NORTH OF SANTA FE RD and Railroad !!! Can I be so wrong ??? NOT FROM WHAT I SEE.

  23. P.S. The blaze is the book and poem itself. it is the trail that leads to the gold. I also did not catch some misspelled words up there but I think you will get it. If this makes sense to you please post it so I can see your thoughts. Thanks

  24. LOL…you sure are tryiing to confuse people…The poem is straightfoward…Not straightbackward. (EDITED) Thanks

    (EDITED by moderator of site- thanks for understanding)

  25. Does anyone know the laws in NM, CO, WY, MONTANA about finding a treasure like Fenn’s? If it is not buried but hidden? Is it an antiquity the state can confiscate? I have heard folks talk about melting the treasure down if they found it, supposedly to keep people from knowing you have it, but if your bank account suddenly has hundreds of thousands of dollars in it the IRS is going to ask you where you got it? I know its pipe dreaming to think I might find it, but nothing would be worse than to find it and then find out you don’t have rights to it or a way to profit from it, Anybody know the laws about “treasure” found (not dug up)?

  26. Forrest,
    You stated ” There isn’t a human trail in very close proximaty to where I hid the treasure.f” My question is this. Is it possible, from the location of the treasure, to see ANY trail through the woods not including State or Federally recognized roads.

  27. Garrett, look up the definition of trail. It may surprise you.

  28. I am a Canadian planning on tripping to the States in search of the treasure. If I am lucky enough to discover it, as long as it is declared at the border, I believe I’d be allowed to keep it. Does anyone have any thoughts about this. Thanks

  29. Just wondering where the comment is posted about the treasure is hidden below 10,200 ft came from?? Is there an actual quote, video, or otherwise proof of this? I prefer to work with facts and as we all know the internet is full of fiction…lol

    Great website by the way.


  30. WD – here is a link to f’s statement that the treasure is under 10,200 feet elevation. Other helpful statements by Forrest contained there as well. (that statement came from a media interview I believe)
    Good luck.

  31. I read where Mr. Fenn stated he received email(s) from a searcher(s) who correctly identified the first 2 clues but went past the next seven without knowing it being so close.

    I believe he also said some have been within 500ft of it.

    My question is this, is Mr. Fenn referring that the searcher who identified the first 2 clues but passed the next seven as the same as the one being within 500ft of it?

    I am under the impression these are two different statement referring to separate events but im not sure.

    • Christopher it is my opinion only that a searcher has been closer than 200 ft and knows it. The verdict is out on wether that searcher has the treasure as no one has been there to check.

  32. Christopher, it’s also my estimation those are separate statements and refer to different events. But only F could clarify that, and I doubt he’d give out that definitive of a hint. Boy am I glad he hid it under 10,200 feet elevation… I’m at 9600-11,000 today and dizzy with the effects of high altitude. Pilots, climbers and skiiers understand his health/safety concerns for searchers. Hoping hydration, O2 and carbs will help.

  33. Chris we really don’t know and we may ultimately never know. My own take is a deeply spiritual one that takes into account the name of the chest “indulgence”. I believe Forrest gave the chest to God as a sacrifice. So with this in mind it is my belief that God wills the chest to who he wills and confounds those that he doesn’t want it to come too. I’m thinking along the lines of “The Lord of The Rings” this chase to me is spiritual. I’m not joking either, I think he Forrest gave his best to God.

  34. Quick question. Has anyone ever heard Forrest say what color the “blaze” is?


    • Hi Chirs,

      Below is a question that was asked to Forrest about the color of the blaze and his answer. I am not thinking Forrest ever said what color the blaze is…….

      Question posted 6/24/2014:

      Did you really say the blaze is a white streak, as has been rumored? Thank you. ~Deb

      Thanks Deb,
      No, I did not say that. There is a lot of bad information floating around the blogs and many posts that are not well thought out. One person said (I’m paraphrasing) “He said the treasure is hidden in the trees. Then he contradicted himself and said it was in the sun. How could it be both.” Makes me wonder if that person has ever been in the forest.f

      This is found here:

      Best of luck! and thanks for visiting the site!

  35. I have come to believe it’s all about the “Thrill Of The Chase” and nothing more. There are too many discrepancies when he hid it.

    In an interview of Forrest, he said he hid the chest 15 years after he got sick with cancer in 1988. So 15 years from 1988 is 2003.

    He said in another interview after being told he had a 20 percent chance of living three years 1988 to1991, he decided to hide the chest and made the poem. After getting well he had to rewrite the original poem which said “just take the chest and leave my bones”.

    And finally he has said he hid the chest when he was 79 or 80 years old and to not look for it where a 79 or 80 years man couldn’t hide it. He doesn’t want anyone knowing the exact years which is why he says 79 or 80. Even so that would still make it 2009 or 2010.

    So here’s the problem.

    According to Forrest, he either hid three different chests or the same chest three different times. The first time from 1988-1991 or in 2003 or in 2009-2010.

    I find it difficult to understand and believe a person can’t remember what year he hid a chest full of gold. Why is it so hard to get the story straight and stick with the same time theme.

    As much as I would like to believe the chest exists I no long do so.

    I feel Forrest wants people to get out and enjoy the outdoors with family and friends and to experience what nature has to offer in all it’s beauty and I agree.

    I also feel it’s like Forrest has said, “It’s not who you are, It’s who people think you are” and It’s all about the “Thrill Of The Chase”…

  36. That’s great Chris but don’t you think that’s incredibly narcissistic on his part to lead people into thinking there’s a treasure and a possibility. I think he did Hide a treasure, sometimes I have my doubts. I guess seeing is believing.

  37. Jenny,

    You should update the clue – “The treasure is not hidden in Idaho or Utah.” to the correct statement that he made on the Today show – “The treasure is not in Idaho or Utah”. There is a big difference because with Fenn exact language is important. The first statement might be interpreted that the treasure is actually in Idaho or Utah and just NOT hidden.

  38. To Terry,, (EDITED). Re-read my theory paying close attention to the fact that NO archeologist would ever take an item of great value and load it with things that of great value as well , then put it into a creek where spring runoff would destroy the box WITH it’s contents , tell me who in their right mind would do that. Try (EDIT) to think like Forrest would (EDIT)

    (EDITED COMMENT by moderator of site- thanks for understanding)

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