The wait is finally over. We are beyond excited to announce Oregon’s first GeoTour! Eugene, Cascades & Coast GeoTour- McKenzie River Edition takes geocachers on a 36-stop tour to our favorite scenic and historical spots along the McKenzie River. It’s a great way to see the fall colors in the west slopes of the Cascade Mountains and collect awesome caches along the way. Let your GPS guide you through old growth forests, majestic waterfalls and historic landmarks.
The trail takes you more than 60 miles up river, so there’s no way you can complete it in two days. Make a weekend trip out of it. From Belknap Hot Springs riverside hotel rooms to McKenzie River Mountain River Resort’s cozy cabins, geocachers have a variety of lodging options to use as their home base while they complete the caches.
Here’s how it works:
Pick up a Eugene, Cascades & Coast GeoTour- McKenzie River Edition passport at the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Adventure Center starting October 20. Visit the sites, entering passwords left inside the caches. Complete a limited number of sites and get a limited edition, locally made trackable. Visit all 30+sites and enter to win a free trip up the McKenzie River.
Each site has its own corresponding webpage. Geocachers can click on those pages to learn more about the history of where they are and what they are seeing.
Travel Lane County will host three Geocaching 101 classes leading up to the October 20 launch. Join us Tuesday, October 9 at the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Adventure Center from 4-6:30. A geocaching expert will be on-hand to answer your questions. A second class will be held Thursday, October 18, up the McKenzie River. The exact location has not been decided. Finally, celebrate with us Saturday, October 20 at our official Eugene, Cascades & Coast GeoTour- McKenzie River Edition launch party. See the unique, locally made, trackable geocoin, pickup a Eugene, Cascades & Coast GeoTour- McKenzie Edition passport, visit with local cachers, and enjoy refreshments.
This is the first portion of a two-part geotour. Look for a second trail and a second trackable to launch in the spring.About Geocaching:
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.