I went looking twice. I focused on Pagosa Springs. My solve.....
I think Forrest spent a lot of time fishing in the area. Discovered Pagosa hot springs end hot water 144° and begin very cold river water 42°. Perfect for fly fishing.
Old town Pagosa, there is a well head named Brown (read #6). You "put in" is an area just below it for rafts entry into the river here....Centennial park
"it's no place for the meek" means to leave the ground/earth and enter the river.
"take it in the canyon down" is the San Juan river down the canyon (5 miles). To the left "nigh" is a creek that is dry and has huge boulders. Up it and you will reach "water high" Echo Canyon reservoir. "Hear me all"
I believe up the dry creek you will see the blaze on the side of the canyon like a rock slide or formation.
Heavy loads could be the water that comes down every now and then from the reservoir above. Water would also be very cold and also keep the chest wet like Forrest said.
also....I do not think he hid it in a National Park
When I started my hunt (4 years after it was buried) I thought if it still hasn't been found maybe I should focus on second hand info. Interviews, phone calls, chat boards, etc.
And to me, I just don't think he would have hid it in a national park.... -If somebody were to find the Fenn treasure within the boundaries of Yellowstone, or any national park, it would be considered abandoned property, Reid says. “It’s not ‘finders, keepers.’ You would have to turn it in and go through a governmental procedure to lay claim to it.”
Another thing that stood out to me is about 6 years ago there was a quote floating around that Forrest's wife said something on the lines when asked. "I'm not sure what all the fuss is about, he was back later in the day"
So.... If true, it gives me a distance and we know to head NW out of Santa Fe.
I really don't think he was way out in Yellowstone in the heavy woods by himself at 80 yrs old.
I think he got in his car. Drove close to the spot. Carried the box, then carried the rest, said a prayer, then drove back to Santa Fe.
So..... If he drove 2/3 hours in one direction. 1hr at the spot maybe 30 min. Then 2/3 hrs home. Would be up to 7 to 8 hr journey. (doable)
Where would that place him?? Without National parks
My WWWH was Pagosa Springs. It was sacred enough to the Indians that violence was forbidden within sight of it. Take it in the canyon down was actually upstream, because of the elevation change. Not far, btftw was Saddle Mountain. This is why I thought the little girl from India could know this. It’s the second clue. Treasure Mountain is a perfect arrowhead shape due to the forks of the river. After leaving due to time constraint it hit me that it was somewhere in the volcanic crags above Treasure Falls. Below the HoB is the headwater of the San Juan. From there its no place for the meek. Sheep Mountain is directly across from Wolf Creek. I never got the chance to go back.