What is Geocaching?
Geocaching is an outdoor sport where participants navigate to a specific location using GPS (Global Positioning System) coordinates entered into a handheld device.
Geocaching has many variations. Traditional geocaching typically has a small container hidden at the destination. Standard practice is to sign the logbook found in the container. Frequently there are small items placed in the container with the logbook, and participants may take an item, replacing it with another item.
Virtual geocaching simply does not include the traditional container or logbook at the destination. With no logbook to sign, typically a photo is taken to document a participant’s successful arrival at the destination. Virtual geocaching is a viable alternative for natural or historic areas where placing a container is not appropriate, or not permitted.
Harney Peak is located within a designated Wilderness Area, therefore traditional geocaching where a container is placed at the destination is not permitted by the U.S. Forest Service. Respect the natural and historical significance of Harney Peak, and the surrounding 35,000 acres of Black Elk Wilderness Area, and take nothing but pictures, leave only footprints.