Summer skiing, hiking, fishing and more
Mountain biking trails abound in Oregon's Mt Hood Territory
A couple on a bridge next to a vacation rental
Download the Tap Trail
Home > Plan Your Trip > Geocache

Geocaching

Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory is the home of geocaching.  Literally, the place where it all began. Back in May of 2000, when Dave Ulmer hid the world’s first geocache (stash) in the woods just outside of Estacada Oregon with instructions that finders “Take some stuff, leave some stuff”, little did he know that he was creating a new worldwide hobby.  Now, just fifteen years later, there are over 2,662,191 active geocaches and over 6 million geocachers around the world.  Interest in this activity continues to grow.  And it all started here. Learn more here.

 

 

 

Canby

Estacada

Molalla 

 
Coins Gone

Coins Gone

Coins Available
View Details
View Details
View Details

North Clackamas/
Sunrise Communities 

Willamette Falls Heritage Coin Challenge 

 

 


Coins Gone 

Coins Gone 
 
View Details
View Details
 

If you are a geocaching enthusiast, a visit Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory should be on your list of places to visit. Why? Because within relative close proximity to each other are GCGV0PThe Original Stash Tribute Plaque and GC92 - The Un-Original Stash (a.k.a. ground zero, the location of the first stash); GC12 - The 2nd oldest active cache in the world; GC16 - the 10th oldest active cache, and GC17 – the 26th oldest cache in the world.

If you are looking to do a geocaching heritage tour and mix it up with a bit of hiking, all of these caches can be visited in a long, well-planned day trip. Mid-summer is best as there is more daylight and the roads to GCs 12 and 17 won’t be snowed in. GCGV0P and GC92 are easy to get to, just off the side of a road, but hiking is needed to get to GCs 12, 16 and 17. 12 and 17 are in the Mt. Hood National Forest so a Northwest Forest Pass is required to park at trail heads. And bring a camera as there are some great photo-ops along the way.

Along with being the Official End of the Oregon Trail and the first seat of U.S. governance west of the Rockies, Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory is proud of our place in geocaching history. And we like to share it by creating geocaching opportunities within the Territory. To do this we often partner with local communities to create coin challenges. These challenges require cachers to find and log a series caches, and collect code words and clues found at each cache. When participants have finished a challenge the can turn in their completed log form to claim a commemorative, tractable geocoin. We mint new coins for each challenge and each one is designed to artistically represent the uniqueness of the community that hosted the challenge.

More information about these community coin challenges, and the availability of coins can be found below.

Want to learn more about Geocaching?