Start at the northeast gate of the Yellowstone National Park (YNP). Any gate will do but from the gate get to US 212. US 212 runs a long the north part of YNP in a east west direction. From the northeast gate go past Soda Butte down the canyon to the Lamar Ranger Research Station and stop at the small turn-out on the south side of US 212 about a half mile from the station. For others coming from a different gate get the free YNP map and find the Lamar Ranger Research Station on Us 212. Park at the turn-out and being careful of the animals (read the rules about maintaining distances to the different animals) walk towards the grove of cottonwoods to the south and slightly east of the turn-out. Walking sticks come in handy as you cross water twice. I never got my shoes wet. When you arrive at the trees look west to the tree in the middle it splits into two trunks. Look at the bottom and find the hollow.
The place to “begin it” is not far from the northeast gate of YNP. Capt. Kidd hung out on Gardener Island but if he were in Gardener he could go into YNP any day of the year. Those who have read Fenn’s book will know about his “Captain Kidd” dream. Silver Gate is near Warm Springs and close to Soda Butte. The sign at Soda Butte describes how Soda Butte was once prolific but now has all but stopped– “Where warm waters halt.” On the first page I pointed out that each clue has three references. Here are the three for the starting point: Mammoth Hot Springs, Warm Springs and Soda Butte. Soda Butte is “far but too far to walk ” from the home of Brown (the Lamar Ranger Station.) Next time I will reveal the “blaze.”