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  • What is geocaching?


is fun and adds an extra element to any hike. Geocaching (pronounced geo-cashing) is a worldwide game of hide and seek. A geocacher can place a geocache any place in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache's existence and location online. Anyone with a GPS device can then locate the geocache. Geocaching has grown in popularity because of the GPS units being available and affordable.

There are not a lot of rules. Write in the log book, take something and lave something.

Most geocaches are small metal or plastic containers. An Altoids mints container is the most common. A container that hold a small notebook and a couple of pencils and still has room for your gift (we put business card in ours) and a little room if you want to leave something.

Geocachers invest their time, money and creativity into placing cache containers for you and I to find. Geocaches are usually along a known trail but not on the trail. Geocaches are also found in cities and along country roads. A geocache should be easily reach but not easily seen. We should work for our prize.

The are many hand held GPS units on the market today. Ii have a Garmin eTrex Vista CX. It is an older unit but still works well. Some of the new telephones will also work as a GPS unit.

Be careful geocaching on Federal Property as it is limited use property and you would need permission to leave a cache. Take a look at this memo from the National Parks Service.



I've place four geocaches around the Art Smith Trail areas - Hope you enjoy the find.

Dropped a GeoCache around three quarts of a mile past the first oasis. Look for “Bird Shit Rock” and look east while on the trail and you will see a larger rock in the distance with similar characteristics and the cache is in between at N 33° 40.796 and W 116° 26.279.

Dropped a GeoCache around the four mile mark of the Art Smith Trail – up a wash on the south side – N 33° 41.477 and W 116° 26.884.

Buried a GeoCache on the east side of the Hopalong Cassidy Trail a bit south of the Art Smith Trail.

Buried a GeoCache nearby Gorrila Rock at N 33°40.312 and W 116°24.966 


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