We've lived in the Coachella Valley all our lives, but did not know this “trail” existed until we were drawn here by a geocache. The original portion of the Bear Creek Ridge Trail has a trailhead that begins where the paved urban one ends. We're told that the first short leg to the oasis is a short “easy” hike through a sandy wash, and the remaining eight-mile hike quite strenuous. While there are caches along that trail, the Urban Trail caches are along a level trail with only the slightest elevation gain. We tried to make the caches as varied and different as the surroundings would allow.
Having physical limitations ourselves, we are well aware of the large number of adventurous sorts out there who will never be able to tackle a T4 again. Our goal was to use the striking scenery of the urban portion of this trail to provide a not-too-strenuous adventure for those sorts.
With bad knees and sciatica, we were able to hide the caches without undue stress, so we know they are accessible to the physically challenged. You can walk the roughly five-mile round trip if you wish. You can also drive up the cove, and park-as-you-go, as we did when planting some of the caches.The path that runs along flood control channel is open from dawn to 10:00 pm, and the scenery is awesome. As always, keep an eye out for creepy crawlies when caching in the desert. Convenient, trail-side parking is available for every cache. Do pay attention to the bike lanes. Parking is allowed on the east side of the street only.
There are 14 caches in this series, including one placed by a fellow cacher. We have hopes to add a couple more to the mix, but that could be a year down the line. We will update the list with GC codes as soon as additional caches are published. We spend a fair amount of time keeping all of our caches in tip top shape, so please email us with any issues we should know about BEFORE you alter the cache in any way.
In reverse order, from north to south, the caches are:
GC6581B – BEAR IN MIND GC6581Q –
Palo Verde Creek GC7Z9TB –
BABY BEAR GC65815 –
BEAR CONE GC6581D –
BEARLY A SPRINKLE GC6C77C -
Serpentine Creek GC6C3DQ -
FROG CREEK POND GC6C3DX -
BEAR-IED TREASURE GC6C77P -
Creek Crossing GCJ8WK –
PowerCache Deluxe GC6C3E7 -
BEAR STINGER GC6C3EC -
ROCKY CREEK GC6C77Y -
SUN-RISE Creek GC6FDV6 -
Bear Spring GC6FDV6
This cache is a few feet off the trail. The short berm is very mellow and not at all hard to "climb", but you cannot reach the cache from the path. Please replace it exactly as you found it so the next person to find it is a geocacher and not a muggle.!