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Utah treasure hunt organizers release first clue for $20,000 bounty

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Posted at 7:45 PM, Jun 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-05 00:18:46-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The third annual treasure hunt organized by a pair of Utahns is officially underway after the first clue was released Friday afternoon.

David Cline and John Maxim have hidden a treasure chest filled with $20,000 in cash somewhere in Utah.

The pair of Salt Lake City real estate investors wanted to clarify a few things before the whole state begins searching for the bounty. First, the chest is hidden, not buried.

In addition, they wrote:

  • The chest is not on private property so no trespassing anywhere.
  • We picked this year's location with safety in mind. No rock climbing, mountain goating, crazy bush wacking or digging is necessary.
  • Treat the mountains and trails with utmost respect. Leave them cleaner than you found them.
  • Remember to take plenty of water and sunscreen.
  • Be aware of wildlife.

As promised, Cline and Maxim shared the first clue on Friday. It came in the form of a poem, which read:

Start your search with each cool morning
Think how they would send a warning
Around or through where two birds feed
Look down on your faithful steed
Rest a moment when that's done
Then turn now from the rising sun
Around the heart but don't yet stop
Wave as you pass Weathertop
Left or right it's up to you
One is better though both will do
You'll know your close with branches swinging
Listen to the hills all singing
Kiss the tree that's all alone
And find the chest beneath the stone

They will share a new clue every Friday on their Instagram pages.

The treasure hunt boundaries are outlined in the map below:


In the first hunt, the treasure was discovered in just four days. Last year, it took 17 days.