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Geocaching in the Coalmont - Tulameen Area

 

Geocaching  is the new high tech version of Treasure Hunting. In its simplest form, someone hides a container (Cache) and then posts or publishes the coordinates (Longitude and Latitude). Others then enter those coordinates in a GPS unit and home in on the location. Once they are as close as the GPS unit can get them (typically within 10m or less) they then search around until they find the container. The container can be virtually anything, from a 5 gallon pail or large rubbermaid tub down to a film can. Caches are rated by their size, difficulty, and the terrain, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the easiest.  Inside there is typically a log book, sometimes a history of the location, and some "prizes". Geocachers are welcome to take something from the Cache as long as they add something else in return. They sign and date the log book, and then usually log their find on the Internet at Geocaching.com

Local Caches

The Mozey-On-Inn welcomes Geocachers to stay with us when searching for (or placing) Caches in the area.  We are in the process of placing Caches, which will vary in size, difficulty, and terrain to challenge most if not all enthusiasts.  All our Caches will be listed on Geocaching.com and will conform with their standards and rating system.  We will have the coordinates of all our Caches and others nearby (within 10 miles) available in printed format for our Guests' convenience.  For an up-to-date list of all Caches within a 50 mile radius of us, please Click Here.  Distances are measured "as the crow flies" from the Mozey-On-Inn, and you may have to travel significantly further to find the Cache.  For our own Caches, if we list the size as "Large", the Cache is a Blue Rubbermaid Tub, 14"L x 11"W x 7"D.  Most of our Caches will contain interesting information about the history of the Cache location.

Please remember - SAFETY FIRST !!!  Coalmont is in a mountainous area, and wildlife abounds.  Always prepare properly before going out.  Wear proper clothing and footwear, and remember that the weather can change quickly.  Expect that you may meet a bear, and be prepared - wear a bear bell, carry bear spray and/or bear bangers.  Tell someone where you are going, or leave a note in your room, giving your destination and the time you expect to be back.  Always set a Waypoint where you start, so that your GPS can lead you safely home, and don't forget extra batteries.  Carry a flashlight if there is any possibility you may not get home before dark.  Geocaching is fun, but please - BE CAREFUL !!!

The photo below was taken at "The Great Coal Rush 2009" at which about 140 Geocachers gathered in the Coalmont - Tulameen - Princeton area to try and find 55 caches in a Poker Run format.  The hard-working organizers of the event, the "Tulameen Turtles" are in the center of the photo, relaxing around a campfire with other Geocachers.

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Our Caches - Local History in a Box!

Coalmont Centennial - GC2QQY5  A special cache overlooking Coalmont, placed to celebrate the Centennial, 0.1 mi. away, @  N 49° 30.726'  W 120° 41.600'   Type: Traditional; Size: Regular; Difficulty 2.0; Terrain: 3.0;  Inside the cache is a photo of what Coalmont looked like 100 years ago that you can compare to the view today and see how much we've changed (or not!). 

Hattie's Place - GC1FK0V  Our first and easiest Cache, (just a short walk), 0.2 mi. away @  N 49° 30.584'  W 120° 41.288'   Type: Traditional; Size: Large;  Difficulty: 1.5; Terrain: 1.5;  Thistles & wild rosebushes, wear long pants & bring your bug spray. 

Days Gone By - GC1GGM4  Another easy Cache, 0.3 mi. away @  N 49° 30.323'  W 120° 41.650'   Type: Traditional; Size: Large; Difficulty: 1.5; Terrain: 1.5;  Walk or quad in from the Blakeburn Road or from N 49° 30.488'  W 120° 42.070'.

Swirling Waters - GC1GHG1  A nice hike along the River, 0.6 mi. away @ N 49° 30.807'  W 120° 42.345'   Type: Traditional; Size: Large; Difficulty: 1.0; Terrain: 3.0;  Park at the South end of the bridge, follow Waypoints.  Carry Bear Spray and use caution.  Trailhead at N 49° 30.400'  W 120° 41.520', follow abandoned roadbed to N 49° 30.735'  W 120° 42.297', then follow dry river channel and riverbank.  Reach Cache from below (don't climb) and replace high to avoid Spring floodwaters.

Wooden Monster - GC1GH7M  A bit more challenging, 0.6 mi. away @ N 49° 30.722'  W 120° 42.378'   Type: Traditional; Size: Large; Difficulty: 2.5; Terrain: 3.0;  Quad or 4WD most of the way, or park at N 49° 30.488'  W 120° 42.070' and hike in.  Uneven ground, wear proper footwear and watch your step.  Carry Bear Spray and use caution.

Granite Creek Bridge - GC1Q3ZK  Nice easy Cache, 0.8 mi. away @ N 49° 30.342'  W 120° 40.578'   Type: Traditional; Size: Regular; Difficulty: 1.5; Terrain: 2.5;  Only the last few yards is difficulty 2.5, and you can park close by.  If you try and access it from the KVR / TCT be warned that the difficulty is 5.0 (straight up)!  Our Welldo Cache is down the hill not far away. 

C.C.C. Mine - GC1GJ9K  Very challenging terrain, 1.0 mi. away @ N 49° 30.752'  W 120° 42.832'   Type: Traditional; Size: Regular; Difficulty: 1.5; Terrain: 4.0;  Park at N 49° 30.738'  W 120° 42.663' and follow the game trail if you can find it!  Steep terrain, loose footing in places, deadfalls, wild rosebushes. Wear long pants & sleeves, proper footwear, carry Bear Spray, and use caution.  Mark return Waypoint before you start.

Beer Hill - GC1HTKH  Our first Multicache, 1.1 mi. away @ N49° 31.339'  W120° 42.563'   Type: Multicache (2 stage); Size: Small; Difficulty: 3.5; Terrain: 3.0; You can drive (with care) within a few yards of both stages.  First stage difficulty 1.5, terrain only 3.0 for the last few yards.  Second stage difficulty 3.5, terrain only 2.0 if you drive from stage one.

Welldo - the little town that wasn't - GC1Q401  Another easy Cache, 1.2 mi. away @ N 49° 30.044'  W 120° 40.175'   Type: Traditional; Size: Regular; Difficulty: 1.5; Terrain: 2.0;  A nice easy hike along the KVR / TCT or you can park at N 49° 30.250'  W 120° 40.378' and hike or 4WD down to the cache.  Parking area is near the Granite Creek Bridge Cache, and may not be accessable in the Winter.  Nice secluded camping area just across the KVR by the River.  Carry Bear Spray just in case.

Dead Horse Bluff - GC1GH6X   Beautiful view of the Tulameen River Valley, 1.4 mi. away @ N 49° 31.260'  W 120° 43.178'   Type: Traditional; Size: Large; Difficulty: 2.0; Terrain: 3.0;  Only the last 30 yd. is difficulty 3.0, otherwise 2WD except in Winter.

Bear's Den Mine - GC2C3ZD   A nice ATV ride (or a 4km. hike), 1.9 mi. away @ N 49° 30.834'  W 120° 44.066'  Type: Traditional; Size: Regular; Difficulty: 2.0; Terrain: 3.0 (if you hike);  Park at 1.5 km. on the Blakeburn FSR.  Make sure you close the cattle gate both going in and coming out, and carry Bear Spray just in case.  There is a great spot for a picnic just past the cache on the main trail, which continues to the Collin's Gulch FSR and eventually Lodestone Lake, making a great ATV loop. 

Tower Hill - GC35FFJ   A nice ATV ride (or a 5.5 km. hike), 2.1 mi. away @ N 49° 31.114'  W 120° 44.213'  Type: Traditional; Size: Small; Difficulty 1.5; Terrain 3.5 (if you hike); Park at 1.5 km. on the Blakeburn FSR.  Make sure you close the cattle gate both going in and coming out, and carry Bear Spray just in case. There is a great spot for a picnic before you get to the cache on the main trail, which continues to the Collin's Gulch FSR and eventually Lodestone Lake, making a great ATV loop. 

Sasquatch Castle - GC5D2KT  Watch out for Logging Trucks!  2.3 mi. away @ N 49° 30.321'  W 120° 44.527'  Type: Traditional; Size: Small; Difficulty 1.5; Terrain 2.5 (take care scrambling over the rocks).  Access by car in the summer with care, up the Blakeburn FSR and then the Collin's Gulch FSR, but in wet weather the latter turns to a greasy clay and you will need a 4WD or ATV.  Be on the lookout for signs of Bigfoot, aka Souie Appoo, aka Stenwyken, aka Big Men of the Mountains in the area.

Collins Gulch Mine - GC35FC1   A nice ATV ride (or a 6 km. hike), 2.7 mi. away @ N 49° 31.113' W 120° 45.112'  Type: Traditional; Size: Small; Difficulty 1.5; Terrain 3.5 (you have to hike the last part); Park at 1.5 km. on the Blakeburn FSR. Make sure you close the cattle gate both going in and coming out, and carry Bear Spray just in case. There is a great spot for a picnic before you get to the cache on the main trail, which continues to the Collin's Gulch FSR and eventually Lodestone Lake, making a great ATV loop.    

Downtown - GC1GGK8  A bit further out, 2.9 mi. away @ N 49° 28.906'  W 120° 44.479'   Type: Traditional; Size: Large; Difficulty: 1.0; Terrain: 1.5;  Forest Service Road, 2WD no problem except in Winter.  Watch for logging and coal trucks on weekdays.

Roaneys Station - GC1Q40C  Good long hike / bike along the KVR / TCT, 4.5 mi. away @ N 49° 27.831'  W 120° 37.253'   Type: Traditional; Size: Regular; Difficulty: 1.5; Terrain: 3.0;  Terrain rating reflects the length of hike only, very flat.  You can also get there with a mountain bike.  Wear proper footwear and carry Bear Spray. 

Demon Drink - GC1GGJN   More rugged country, 4.9 mi. away @ N 49° 29.893'  W 120° 47.967'   Type: Traditional; Size: Large; Difficulty: 1.5; Terrain: 2.0;  Forest Service Road, 2WD in dry weather, the road is steep and may be a bit slippery when wet. Watch for logging and coal trucks on weekdays.

Ancient Travels - GC1JFR6   Indian Pictograph sites, 16.2 mi. away @ N 49° 27.501'  W 120° 20.433'   Type: Multicache (6 stage plus bonus pictographs); Size: Small; Difficulty: 1.5; Terrain: 2.5;  You can drive within a few yards of each stage along the Old Hedley Road (paved), starting from Princeton. Only traversing the ditches or climbing the banks makes the terrain 1.5 to 2.5. Coordinates above are for Stage 1, each stage leads to the next.  DO NOT TOUCH THE PICTOGRAPHS!

 

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Remember - Cache In, Trash Out

As responsible Geocachers, the Mozey-On-Inn encourages you to practice Cache In, Trash Out. Take a garbage bag with you and pick up small pieces of trash you encounter along the way. By this simple act, you can make a huge difference. For more information, click on the Logo below:

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