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St. Joseph's Hill Open Space Preserve ~ MROSD

Hidden : 8/1/2004
1.5 out of 5
3 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

Very close to the top of the hill, not far from the Manzanita Trail. When you reach the vista point, you'll be about 100’ from the cache. From the end of the small wooden fence, look in the direction of the quarry - head that way, come to a small clearing almost immediately, and start your hunt!
Pls Note: The full Preserve and Program description below will not load properly onto most GPS screens. Everything you need to know to locate this cache is here (and in the hint if needed).

St. Joseph's Hill Open Space Preserve  
Cache Information
Steward: not2b
Coordinates: N 37° 12.350 W 121° 58.582
Difficulty: 1.5
Terrain: 3
Size: Regular

Cache Description
This hide is very close to the top of the hill, not far from the beautiful Manzanita Trail. On a busy day, you will be surrounded by local athletic residents on foot or bike, but you should be able to find the cache without attracting unwanted attention. When you reach the vista point at the top of the Preserve, you will be about 100 feet from the cache. From the end of the small wooden fence, look in the direction of the quarry and head that way. You will come to a small clearing almost immediately and can start your hunt without being observed by people on the main trail.

About this Preserve

270 Acres | 4.2 Miles of Trails

St. Joseph's Hill Preserve provides a quick escape from the nearby urban areas. The often steep trails of this Preserve wind through grassland, chaparral, and oak woodland offering an interesting variety of environments and opportunities. At the eastern edge of the Preserve, the top of 1,250-foot St. Joseph’s Hill features panoramic views of Santa Clara Valley, Lexington Reservoir, and the impressive Sierra Azul mountain range. Visit the preserve page for detailed information about preserve uses, accessibility, and amenities.

Important Information
Once you’ve found the cache, please replace it exactly as you found it. Please do not remove the game piece stamp from the cache. Your safety and the safety of the environment come first, please tread lightly and carefully.

This cache is part of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District's (District) "Preserve Circuit Geo-Challenge." While we encourage you to participate in this fun challenge, it is not a requirement for finding and/or logging this cache. Click here to check out the other 21 caches that are part of this program circuit.

Preserves: Sunrise to one-half hour after sunset
Administrative Office: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mon-Fri)

Directions and Parking
When parking coordinates are not listed in the cache listings "additional waypoints", please refer to the
Preserve page.

Instructions for the "Preserve Circuit Geo-Challenge"

  1. Obtain a Preserve Circuit Geo-Challenge ("Preserve Circuit") Passport. You can have one mailed to you, pick one up in person at the District’s administrative office, or download an alternate .pdf version online at
  2. Go to, register for a free basic membership, and obtain the GPS coordinates for the Preserve Circuit geocaches ("caches"). Search by user name "MROSD". You can also get the coordinates by using the hyperlinks at
  3. Start your search to locate the Preserve Circuit caches using your GPS-enabled device. A small number of GPS devices are available for loan through the District.
  4. Bring water (and food for longer excursions), dress in layers, wear sturdy footwear, and take a preserve map with you.
  5. Search smart! Use your GPS device for guidance only; keep your eyes on the terrain as you walk! Don't put your hands where you can’t see; use a stick or similar object to search around objects.
  6. When you find a Preserve Circuit cache, sign the log book and stamp your passport with the unique stamp specific for that preserve.
  7. There are often small items for trade located in the caches; if you take something, leave something of equal or greater value. (Do NOT remove the game piece stamp from the cache!)
  8. Share your experiences online when you get home. Log into your account and track all of the caches you’ve found. Let us know in your log if you’re a first time visitor to any of the preserves!

Earn Prizes

  • For children 16 years and younger, stamp any 12 of the Preserve Circuit cache locations in your passport with the corresponding cache stamp and receive a limited custom District cache tag.*
  • For geocachers of all ages, complete the entire Preserve Circuit Geo-Challenge (have every preserve cache location stamped) and receive a limited custom geocoin.*

To Redeem Prizes
  • For age verification purposes, cache tags must be redeemed in person, see contact information below.
  • Geocoins can be redeemed via mail or in person. You may mail in your qualifying passport (keep a copy for your records, the District is not responsible for lost mail) and receive it back along with your geocoin or make arrangements in advance to bring your passport in person to receive your geocoin.

* Prizes are available while supplies last. Please visit to check the status of prize supplies.

To see a list of our Challenge finishers, visit

District Information
The District's purpose is to purchase, permanently protect, and restore lands forming a regional open space greenbelt, preserve unspoiled wilderness, wildlife habitat, watershed, viewshed, and fragile ecosystems, and provide opportunities for low-intensity recreation and environmental education.

For information about the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, visit

For further program information
Jennifer Williams
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
330 Distel Circle
Los Altos, Ca. 94022
(650) 691-1200

Special Thanks
Special thanks to the Geocachers of the Bay Area and not2b, volunteer steward of the St. Joseph's Hill "Preserve Circuit" cache.

Agreement and Guidelines for the "Preserve Circuit Geo-Challenge"

Participants in the District's Geocaching Program must read and accept the terms of the District's Geocaching Guidelines and Agreement and Release of Liability.

Cache History and Previous Entries:
Thank you to Marky and Joani for allowing us to adopt this cache location (previously titled "Serpent of Dreams"). Logs dated before July 9, 2011 were under the previous ownership of this cache and will not count as finds for the "Preserve Circuit" challenge.
(To log a find for a cache you found previously under its original owner, you may log your return visit as a new 'find' [as the cache is now under a new owner as part of a series within a Challenge] or you can log your visit with a 'note'.)

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


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Last Updated: on 7/2/2018 7:28:13 PM Pacific Daylight Time (2:28 AM GMT)
Rendered From:Unknown
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum

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