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How User Routes Work:
Your GPS will tell you the direction of a cache as the crow flies, which is great, if you're a crow. The rest of us, however, are hopelessly bound to the roads. This tool will help you find caches along a predefined route, within a specified distance from that route, anywhere in the world.
We do not generate the routes ourselves, but rely on other geocachers to create routes. Before creating your own route, be sure to search for other routes by location or keyword using the tabs at the top of the page.
Search for Previously Uploaded Routes:
- Search by location or keyword to view a list of user-submitted routes which match your search criteria
- Click the Route Name to view the details
- Click "Create GPX of Route" to download the route. NOTE: The file only contains the individual waypoints which define the route, not geocaches along that route
Click "Create Pocket Query"
- Edit your query options, select a day for the query to be generated, and submit the information
Tip: It is a good idea to not select a day for your Pocket Query to be generated until after you have previewed the results, as you are limited to 10 Pocket Queries per day. You can always go back later and edit your query.
Create Your Own Route:
Make your next road trip more enjoyable by creating a custom route to find geocaches as you travel. Choose the method below that best suits your needs and change the meaning of "are we there yet?" one cache at a time.
Using the Geocaching.com Map Feature:
It is easier than ever to create custom routes using the Geocaching.com map feature. Click on your starting and ending destinations to create a route. You can also create routes using a physical address, city, or postal code. Detailed directions can be found under the "Create New Route" tab at the top of this page.
Using Google Earth:
The Google Earth desktop application makes it easy to export and save a .KML file of your route. Below you'll find some steps to creating your own.
Download, install, and run Google Earth
- Click on the "Get Directions" link on the upper left-hand side of the page
- Enter your start and end locations and click "Get Directions"
- Click on the Folder icon below to save the route to "Places"
- Find the route under "Places", right click on it, and choose "Save Place As..."
- Save to your hard drive as type *.kmz or *.kml. Be sure to give the file a descriptive name like "Seattle To Portland", so you can easily find it later
That's it! Now upload your route to Geocaching.com:
- Revisit this page and choose the tab "Upload a Route"
- Click "Choose File" and find the file you saved from Google Earth, then click Upload
- Click Preview to double-check your saved route in the map to the right
- If you are satisfied with the results, check the box next to the name of your route and click the "Save Selected Routes" button.
- Go to the "Your Created Routes" tab. Here you can click on the Route Name to add more information and keywords, make it publicly available (recommended), and create a Pocket Query from your route