National Trails Day: Introduction to Geocaching Walkabout
This hike is cross-posted with other groups. There is a strict limit of 15 attendees total, so please sign up with only one group. Also, no +1’s. Thanks!
Please help us coordinate the participants from different groups by also signing up on the Conejo Open Space Foundation’s (COSF) website, https://cosf.org/events/event-on-line-signup/.
To celebrate National Trails Day on June 1st, COSCA (Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency of Thousand Oaks) has asked me since 2012 to lead an event to introduce hikers to a new activity to further enjoy the 150 miles of trails here. Never heard of geocaching? … this is you chance to learn! This event is for people who would like to learn about the sport/hobby/addiction 😉 of geocaching. You can learn more about geocaching in the Conejo Valley at this webpage https://cosf.org/openspace/geocaching/
After this event, you can boast to your friends, “I use billion dollar military satellites to find Tupperware when I’m hiking. What’s your hobby?”
This year the hike will be in the new Sapwi Trails Community Park. We’ll have about 400′ of climbing over 3 miles and look for 9 geocaches along the way. We’ll also see all of the diverse amenities of the park: A remote-control glider plane park, disc golf course, pump track, and more!
Afterwards, those who want can join us for lunch at the nearby mall. There are also two more caches we can search out in the mall. These are of a very different type from the ones we’ll find next to the trails!
This hike is expected to take about 3 hours, much longer than you would expect for the distance because we will spend about 10′ at all the caches we encounter along the way.
Some interesting facts about geocaches and geocaching…
– There are hundreds of geocaches hidden along the trails in Thousand Oaks and nearby.
– There are even more hidden in the neighborhoods, commercial areas and shopping malls.
– You can see their locations on the Thousand Oaks Geocaches Map (http://www.venturacountytrails.org/GeocachesInThousandOaks.pdf).
– The vast majority of people have never heard of geocaching nor have found a geocache. However, most people have seen geocaches but not realized what they were looking at.
– “Cache” is the short form for “geocache.”
Geocachers use Geographical Positioning System receivers (GPSr, also GPS’s) to locate the geocaches, or use apps for their smart phones. The former start at about $100 and can easily cost several hundred dollars. The latter are free or cost a few dollars. For this event we will have extra GPS’s to share, so you don’t need to invest any cash to try to find some caches!
Directions: From the 23 Freeway in Thousand Oaks, exit at Avenida De Los Arboles and head east. After about 2 blocks, turn right onto Erbes Rd, then take the first left onto Scenicpark St (across from Avenida De Las Flores) and immediately turn right into the parking lot. If the lot is full, park at the side of the street in the neighborhood.
NEW CDH POLICY: Any member with two NO SHOWS on CDH events since Jan. 1st 2017 will loose their membership with CDH. Members will not be allowed on this and future events until they have updated their CDH profile by answering the new questions as well as having a recognizable face photo of themselves.
Trail statistics are approximate. For safety purposes always assume they are underestimated. But don’t be disappointed if they are overestimated. Bring more water and snacks than you think you’ll need.
Trail descriptions are based on previous hikes. Current conditions are unknown until arrival. Expect the unexpected and plan accordingly.
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