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by AndyShissler
(Finds: 38  Score: 190)    (Hidden: 6  Score: 30)

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Coordinates (WGS-84 datum)
N 40° 14.108'   W 077° 38.658'
This may not be the actual cache coordinate.
Doylesburg,   Pennsylvania   17219
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 31 Dec 2007
Waypoint (Landmark): N02AE1
Open Cache:  Unrestricted
Cache type:  Multi-Part
Cache size:   Unknown

Difficulty: gps gps (easy)
Terrain: gps gps half gps (moderate)

Misc: No drinking water! No restrooms (water closets) available Pets are allowed. Parking is available No fees!


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Welcome to the Hemlocks Natural Area!


Come see one of the last few stands of virgin hemlock trees. These large towering hemlocks give us a glimpse of what the region looked like over 200 years ago when the pioneers first came. Here, the PA state tree reaches heights in excess of 100 feet and diameters greater than 2 feet. Some of the hemlocks are so large that it takes 2 people to put your arms around their trunks. The average age for the trees is between 300 and 500 years old. This obscure gem is tucked away in the Tuscarora State Forest (http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/Forestry/stateforests/tuscarora.aspx) in a narrow ravine along Patterson Run.

Unfortunately, the hemlocks are infected by the Wooly Adelgid (http://forestry.about.com/od/forestinsects/ss/hwa.htm), so these giant trees may not be around forever. So come now, explore, be amazed, and enjoy!

The Hemlocks Natural Area is located along Hemlock Road, near the Big Spring State Park(http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/StateParks/parks/bigspring.aspx). The parking area is located at N40° 14.108 W77° 38.658. There is a nearby picnic table, which is convenient if you brought a lunch/snack.

This multi-staged geocache gives you a tour of the Hemlocks Natural Area. Since DCNR does not permit geocaches inside of a natural area, there are several "virtual" stages from which you collect "clues" to derive the final cache coordinates, which is located outside of the natural area.

Enjoy your journey! Geocaching is more than just numbers.

In accordance to DCNR guidelines, this cache will expire on December 1, 2010.

STAGE 1: N 40° 14.108 W 77°38.658

At the parking area, there’s a very large sign with a map of the Hemlocks Natural Area. There are several bolts which go vertically thru the sign, which protrude out the tippy-top. Count them. There are more than 2, but less than 6. This number will be referred to as "C".

Near the entrance of the Hemlock trail, there’s a monument with a metal plaque indicating the year that the Hemlocks Natural Area became a national landmark. This number will be referred to as "D".

STAGE 2: N 40° 14.537 W 77°38.368

There’s a foot bridge near these coordinates. I recommend taking the Hemlock trail, even though it can be slippery. Count the number of floor boards. It’s an even number that’s greater than 25, but less than 35. This number will be referred to as "A".

STAGE 3: N 40° 14.070 W 77°38.454

There’s foot bridge near these coordinates, too. If you’re coming from Stage #2, then I recommend taking the Rim trail. You’ll pass all the big hemlock trees along the way. Count the number of floor boards on this bridge. It’s an even number that’s greater than 25, but less than 35. This bridge has fewer floorboards. This number will be referred to as "B".


Solve the equations based on the values that you have collected from around the natural area.

ww = 10 + C

xxx = (D – (37 * B)) + 2

yy = 35 + C

zzz = (A * B) + 63

Final Stage Coordinates: N40° ww.xxx W77° yy.zzz

The final stage is a 2 quart plastic Lock-N-Lock container.

Clue decoding tables - Top letter or symbol decodes to bottom letter or symbol:



Clues:    decode

  • Hint to find cache 
    Pnpur vf va fghzc bs n snyyra gerr> Jngpu bhg sbe fjvzzvat ornef1

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Note 09 Nov 2013 by  AndyShissler  (Finds: 38  Score: 190)    (Hidden: 6  Score: 30)
    Open Log:  Unrestricted

Time to say goodbye. This cache was pulled on Nov 9, 2013.

I found it! 15 Sept 2012 by  Kitakima  (Finds: 2  Score: 7.5)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

A very beautiful area with the huge trees. It is a shame that many of them are dying. This was one of the most strenuous caches that I have ever done, thanks to the overgrown trail system, much of which is barely visible or nonexistent. I spent four hours bushwacking my way along the trails. I would say that it is now a four or five star terrain. Found the final after a short search around GZ. TFTC

Note 02 Nov 2009 by  DudleyGrunt  (Finds: 41  Score: 115.5)    (Hidden: 19  Score: 46)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

While checking for abandoned cross listed caches, I found that this IS still listed and active on GC.com.


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