In this model, the Grouse Ridge Lookout represents the Sun, and each “cache” represents the location of a planet at its scale orbit. The lookout building is the correct scale size of Sol for this model – 14.4 feet across. (Ok, so it’s a square Sun, sorry!) Some caches have a reference stick – a tagged object in the cache of the correct size – but please bring a measuring tape or something to use (reference sticks have been known to wander off!)
Please Note: Most of this series lies above 7000 feet. The caches are under snow from about November to late May.
Scale model of the Solar System – 0 of 9
Scale: 1 inch equals 5000 miles
Coordinates in Model:
The center of the model, this is a great starting place. An easy hike from the Grouse Ridge parking area, the first 3 planets are all very close. This spot is right on the edge of a nasty drop, not recommended for small children. Altitude 7732′ – with fantastic views of the Sierras!