Answer the following questions based on the most difficult parts of the cache:
Is an overnight stay likely?
Will it take more than a day to hike in, find the cache, and hike out again?
What is the length of the hike?
This is the length of the hike from the most logical parking area to the cache.
- Less than 1/2 mile
Less than 1 km
- 1/2 mile to 2 miles
About 1 to 3 km
- 2 miles to 10 miles
About 3 to 16 km
- Over 10 miles
Over 16 km
What is the trail like?
How is the the most difficult part of the cache? If the cache is within a few feet of a trail, don't worry about the last few feet.
- Paved pathways
Asphalt, concrete, or boardwalks.
- Well marked/defined hardpack
Well packed dirt. You could ride a standard bicycle or push a stroller on this trail without too much effort.
- Other trail types
Could be gravel, sand, mud, etc. May be an animal trail. If you're riding a bike, it had better be a mountain bike.
- Trail? What trail?
There is no real trail. Wheels are out. May be following a stream bed or be very rocky.
Is the path bushy or overgrown?
Overgrowth refers to any plant or other substance that impedes the path. Keep in mind that conditions change; rate based on your understanding of worst-case conditions.
- Not at all
There is no overgrowth at all.
- Some light overgrowth
An adult could step over or around this.
- Yeah, it's pretty overgrown
It's waist-high or so, or it may be thorny or have poison plants.
- The overgrowth is very heavy
I can't see the other side! Some type of machete or other cutting device is probably needed. Very likely to have thorns or poison plants.
What is the terrain elevation like?
How hard is the steepest part of the cache?
- Basically flat
Only slight elevation changes. Easy to do in a wheelchair, stroller, bike, etc.
- Some elevation changes
Changes are slight enough that someone could ride a bike up such a slope.
- Steep elevation changes
Change is steep. Probably could not ride a bike up this slope, but could push it up.
- Severe elevation changes
The only way up the slope is to use your hands. Going down may require the use of your backside.
How easy is it to find the cache?
Please consider visibility, accessibility, and relative signal strength due to tree cover or other obstructions when answering this question.
- Cache is in plain sight or location is fairly obvious.
- Cache could be in one of several locations. Hunter may have to look for a while.
- Cache may be very well hidden, may be multi-leg, or may use clues to location.
- Cache likely requires special skills, knowledge, or in-depth preparation to find. May require multiple days or trips to find.
- Finding this cache requires very specialized knowledge, skills, or equipment. This is a serious mental or physical challenge.
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