Never heard of geocaching? Here’s a short introduction.
The Allegheny Highlands Trail includes 23 caches in some very interesting places along the 25 miles of trail from the trail heads in Highland Park, Elkins, to Hendricks, near Parsons.
We recommend geocaching via a bicycle – almost all of the cache sites are a mile or more from a trail entry point. You will need a GPS or a smartphone that has the Geocaching app installed. A pocket calculator and a compass could be handy, too! You can start your search by going to geocaching.com and entering the ID# below. If you have the smartphone app, you can also type in your location, and nearby geocaches will load on the map.
|SECTION||ALLEGHENY HIGHLANDS CACHE #||GEOCACHING.COM ID#|
|Highland Pk to Gilman||AHT-01||GC1Q907|
|Gilman to Kerens
|Stages MC-1 thru MC- 3||GC1CA1R|
|Kerens to Montrose
|Stages MC-4 thru MC-6||GC1CA57|
|Montrose to Porterwood||AHT-11||GC1Q9B9|
|Porterwood to Parsons||AHT-19||GC1Q9K8|
|Bretz to Hendricks||AHT-21||GC1Q9KM|
The trail is divided into six sections, two of which (Gilman/Kerens and Kerens/Montrose) contain multi-caches with puzzles that require answering questions to reveal numbers that help in finding cache locations.
The other four sections (Highland Park/Gilman – Montrose/Porterwood – Porterwood/Parsons – and Bretz/Hendricks) contain GPS coordinates that identify individual cache locations. AHT-01 is a two-part cache that requires some listening skills.
The clues in the puzzle cache sections are designed to take cache hunters in a North to North/West direction from Gilman to Kerens and Kerens to Montrose. Otherwise, you can start looking for caches from any of the trail access points.
Any questions? Feel free to contact us!