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Raccoon Ridge Multi-cache

Hidden : 06/28/2008
Difficulty:
2.5 out of 5
Terrain:
2.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

A 3-stage multi-cache in Difficult Run Stream Valley Park along the well-marked and maintained Fairfax County Cross Country Trail. All stages are near the trail. Stages 1 is virtual, stage 2 is a micro with coordinates to the final stage. The final is a lock-n-lock.

There is not a container at posted coordinates. See below for how to progress.

I found this trail while looking for a short hike good for the young kids and old dogs. When we were leaving after one trip, my son asked me what the trail was called. Thinking that “Section 7 of the CCT” might sound a little dry, I looked up at a nearby street sign for inspiration. Hence we know this walk as Raccoon Ridge. (We have yet to see a raccoon.)

There is a new (2019) grass parking lot off Lawyers Road (see additional waypoint). The trail is dirt and steep in some places. During periods of heavy rainfall crossing the stream can be very difficult—please use caution. Round trip is about a mile. Suitable for adventurous youngsters.

At stage 1, find number at top right of sign, call it X. S2 North decimal coords 3480/X. S2 West decimal coords 4260/X.

Click here for a picture of GZ for S2 taken from the curve in the trail. Here's another picture at S2.

NOTICE: This cache was approved by the Fairfax County Park Authority, and adheres to their guidelines for cache placement. All stages are near the trail, and digging or altering of the environment is prohibited. Trail is closed at dark. If you enter the park after hours you are trespassing. If you are stopped you can be ticketed, or arrested and you will jeopardize the future of geocaching in the parks. Do NOT hunt this cache at night!

(for Best Multi-Cache in 2008)


Congratulations to wetfit for the FTF!

Congratulations to The Malfoys find #200 at this cache!

After 1 year, 25 finds, 10 DNFs.

After 2 years, 36 finds, 13 DNFs.

After 3 years, 49 finds, 16 DNFs.

After 4 years, 59 finds, 19 DNFs.

After 5 years, 79 finds, 19 DNFs.

After 6 years, 86 finds, 19 DNFs.

After 7 years, 92 finds, 23 DNFs.

After 8 years, 100 finds, 23 DNFs.

After 10 years, 116 finds, 25 DNFs.

After 12 years, 125 finds, 25 DNFs.

After 14 years, 133 finds, 25 DNFs.


Additional Hints (Decrypt)

1: Frpgvba 7 bs gur PPG fvta (7 vf abg gur ahzore, hfr gur ahzore ng gbc evtug)
2: Pyvzo bire cvpxhc-fgvpxf; jura genvy tbrf funec yrsg ng obggbz bs uvyy, tb funec evtug; ybj naq grgurerq
3: Qnex pnir va n ubyybj snyyra tvnag

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
-------------------------
N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)