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Family Geocaching Hike - Kids welcome! (Near Fountain Hills)

Description: We will be hiking and geo-hunting in a 21,000-acre park nestled in the lower Verde River basin - McDowell Mountain Regional Park. Geocaching is a treasure hunting game where you use GPS coordinates and clues to find containers hidden by others. For more information visit We will be starting out on the Pemberton Trail to the Scenic Trail for a clockwise loop. The total length will be about 4 miles - please know your children's limits. The park has given someone the permission to hide geocaches all along the trail. We will not be finding all of them but will try to find one about every quarter of a mile for a total of about 8 treasure hunts. You can bring your GPS or you can download a free app on your phone: "geocaching Intro". After our day of hiking and geocaching, we can get a late lunch in Fountain Hills.

Difficulty: Easy, Total Distance: 4.3 miles
Start Elevation: 1,875 ft., Elevation Gain: 284 ft.
Drive Time: 1/2 Hour, Water to Bring: 2 liters
Meeting Time/Place: 9 am, Einstein's Bagels located at 1919 S Gilbert Rd. NEC of Gilbert and Baseline
Estimated Return Time: 4pm is you decide to do lunch with the group, earlier if you forgo lunch with the group
Leader: Sunshine
Minimum Attendees Required: 4
RSVP By: Friday, Feb 1, 8pm
Special Instructions: Bring snacks and/or snack lunch, $6 park entrance fee per vehicle


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  • A former member
    A former member

    My wife and I had an awesome time. From the people, to the hike to the hangout afterwards, it was a day well spent.

    February 4, 2013

  • Sunshine

    I had so much fun hiking and caching with you all today. What a nice day too! Sitting on the patio at Phil’s Place watching the fountian was the perfect end to our Hiking/Caching adventure too!

    You all now belong to TEAM SUNSHINE. You become a member when you go caching with me and make the find! It's a life time membership...with no dues ;).

    Previous members: Sunshine (me) , Sunny Jr (Sydney), Sparky (Tanner), and Atomic Bomb (Gabbie) welcome these new members to TEAM SUNSHINE:

    Twilight Ginny
    Night Hawk Lisa
    Rainbow Mia
    Thunder Bolt Phi
    Bald Eagle Diane
    North Star Sham
    Planet Pluto Courtney
    Equinox Seth

    Thanks again…it was a awesome day!

    Photos coming!



    February 4, 2013

  • Sunshine

    The mileage signs we saw were for a running event they are having today (Sunday). Saw it posted in my triathlon club. Not that I have done or do tris...joined to get motivated. ;)

    February 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kids had a great time fantastic trip

    February 2, 2013

  • Sunshine

    Hey Judy - I look forward to meeting you and your family! It's going to be a great day.

    January 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be attending with my daughter, son, and grandson

    January 24, 2013

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