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by TheHikers
(Finds: 27  Score: 125.5)    (Hidden: 3  Score: 17.5)

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Coordinates (WGS-84 datum)
N 42° 35.358'   W 077° 59.684'
Hunt,   New York   14846
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 07 Mar 2002
Waypoint (Landmark): N00156
Open Cache:  Personal use only
Cache type:  Normal
Cache size:   Normal

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

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


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We replaced the cache in a new location that will remove the need to cross the creek, hence preserving the dam.
This cache is in the lesser used east side of Letchworth State Park. It is an army-green 50mm ammo box with a geocache stencil on it. We stocked it with various useful items for outdoor activities, plus some fun things for the kids (large and small).

The name for this cache site will become very obvious as you get near the site -- the beavers have been VERY busy here for quite some time! When you see it, you’ll wish you’d brought your camera. This is a great place to show the kids some spectacular examples of the work of nature's original engineers. We found this area while scouting out a hike, and realized it would be a wonderful spot for a cache so that others would see this really neat area. Wander up and down the creek edge for a couple hundred feet and you'll see several examples of varying sized dams.

Parking at 42 36.114N 77 59.166W will ensure that you can get out again, but adds 2 miles to the round trip distance, and makes for a nice bit of exercise (our cache name is “the Hikers”, after all). Parking further south at 42 35.600 N 77 59.468W reduces the work to a half mile bushwack through fairly open woods, but this is not always possible as this portion of road is "seasonal" -- for good reason! When wet, it could be very difficult to get out.

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  • Hint 1 
    Jr cynprq gur pnpur fb gung lbh7q unir gb pyvzo gur yvggyr evqtr< fb lbh7q trg gur orfg ivrj bs gur ornire npgvivgl>

  • Hint 2 
    Gur pnpur jnf cynpr orgjrra gjb gerrf qbja gur uvyy fbzrjung naq pbirerq jvgu fbzr ynetr uhaxf bs onex> Gurer jrer fbzr fubgtha furyyf va gur nern naq jr jnagrq gb or fher bayl trbpnpuref sbhaq gur pnpur

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I found it! 06 Aug 2005 by  motionsmiley  (Finds: 71  Score: 338)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

This is in an area I have been to many times but never realized there was a beaver pond here. Nice scenic area. Smiley found this one as I was walking in circles. Nice hide Thanks.

I found it! 20 May 2005 by  Wolf Creek  (Finds: 12  Score: 56.5)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Nice hike to cache. Added more cover to cache (bark). TN/ left two batteries.

I found it! 19 Feb 2005 by  Getout  (Finds: 3  Score: 12)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

It was a beautiful mile walk in the snow. This was my daughter's first found cache - not bad for being 7 Months old. My Wife Teresa, Macy(our Dog), and my brother Rob (bkind) also went. The cache was completely frozen in the ground and it took us about a half hour after finding it just to get it out. It should be easier for the next person. We took out a necklace with a butterfly and left a clay jar made in Greece.

I found it! 18 Oct 2003 by  mrsmom  (Finds: 128  Score: 491.5)    (Hidden: 3  Score: 10)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Found this one with MrMom, his parents, the Goo, J-Ra, Barbershop Dru and QuilerCC. We did cross the dam as it has long been abandoned and is no longer being maintained by any beavers. Has a great time, even though I almost fell in.

I found it! 11 Apr 2003 by  Cracker7M  (Finds: 35  Score: 168.5)    (Hidden: 5  Score: 22)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Nice area....Thanx for sharing this set of beaver ponds.
It was a decently warm day, but overcast. My Merigreen had me down to 2ft at the cache... :)


On another note, I dont want to get preachy, but:
I noticed in the logbook that many people beelined to the cache and crossed the beaver dams.
PLEASE do NOT do this! We have already lost one set of large beaver ponds near by.
Also, if the Park Rangers, State Police or DEC (yes, they all patrol this area of the park), catch or hear of anyone doing it, and why, I am pretty sure they will remove the cache immediately, and possibly ban other caches in the park. You may even get fined.

There are many, easier places to cross the ravine farther upstream from the dams. I also noticed that most people who had crossed the dams noted that they wished they hadnt, as they ended up getting wet anyway, or it was difficult.
PLEASE go around and cross the creeks. It only took me an extra 15mins to scout a way around and make it to the cache. Even quicker coming back, since I then knew the way.

I found it! 06 Oct 2002 by  owlnebula  (Finds: 4  Score: 18)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

There has to be a better way into this cache. My last of the day, and last one before heading home to Richmond Hill, Ontario. It was getting late in the day so I just decided to continue on as I was determined to find this one. As I got close I realised I would have to cross the water or find another longer way in, and did so over the beaver dam (one shoe got soaked). I just plowed through the tall brush, and ended up with several scrapes on the arms and legs and over 200 small prickly burrs that I had to remove from T-shirt, shorts, and skin.

The cache itself was easy to spot, and I quickly filled in the log entry and headed back on my way before it got too dark. I wanted to find a better way back, but I did want to get back to the same road I had entered by as my car was about a mile away. I was able to go around the water and find a better way back although it was about 1/2 mile longer. Next time I visit I will look to enter from the other side.

I found it! 31 Aug 2002 by  Geo G  (Finds: 64  Score: 319)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Well Hikers, you told us not to miss this one when we met you at the 1856 Mule Path. You were right, this was worth the hike in. Luckily there hasn't been too much rain lately, so we parked at the closer spot, and didn't get too wet traversing the creeks. Both of us wondered, "how in the world do they find these spots?" I've enjoyed other Hikers outings such as Orient Express, and I'm going to look for more of yours. What great adventures! Took a dinosaur and left Play-Doh.
Geo G and POG

I found it! 27 Jul 2002 by  country boy gary  (Finds: 20  Score: 99)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

The wife and I went for a bike ride this afternoon and thought we would do this cache and see what beaver activity was at the ponds.There didn't seem to be much going on today. Thanks for the hide.

I found it! 29 Jun 2002 by  balloonpilot and chickenlips  (Finds: 52  Score: 252.5)    (Hidden: 7  Score: 31)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Who put that there?? What a cool spot. We had some free time before the evening flight and decided to do some serious caching.. Balloonpilot, Chickenlips, WW Gobstopper and Roadkill made time for this one. Roadkill had been to this cache earlier in the year and was along for some good laughs. Between falling down, stepping in wet spots and getting hot feet... we had a great time.. We took the potato chip bag clip and left a rain poncho. Thanks for a nice way to spend the morning.

I found it! 29 Jun 2002 by  Harv and Donna  (Finds: 152  Score: 707)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

1st of 4 finds today. Had heard so much about this one we had to see for ourselfs. Think we must have went in the hard way. Bushwacked straight from the road. Picked our way across the ponds and dams. Got a little damp and muddy. A deer let us walk right by her less than 20 yards away and never moved. Donna found the cache without any problems. Logged in, took pictures, traded nothing. Couldn't believe the size of some of the trees they had cut down. Went back the same way we came in as it was the shortest and the bugs were starting to get to us. Thanks for the hide. Saw Balloon Pilots truck on our way out. We didn't meet them as we were coming out so they must have went in a different
(easier,drier,better???) way.

I found it! 16 Jun 2002 by  Blackpete  (Finds: 406  Score: 1774)    (Hidden: 19  Score: 73)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Found it at 2:20 pm. Of course we crossed over to the wrong side and ended up on the wrong side of the beaver pond. We found a way to cross without getting too wet. Nice area. Stayed on the right side going out and it was faster and dryer. Took nothing, left nothing.

I found it! 13 Apr 2002 by  Road Kill  (Finds: 54  Score: 244.5)    (Hidden: 11  Score: 55)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Found it in the rain. Now that I know what the attraction is I highly recommend going on a sunny day, Especially early morning for photos from the cache. I for one will be returning. Yes Rocky I feel like number two.

Note 01 Apr 2002 by  ROCKY  (Finds: 48  Score: 221)    (Hidden: 21  Score: 89)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Wanted to let you know I was back for a third visit on Good Friday. Mrs Rocky wanted to see the area, we stayed quite a long time, took many more pictures, and I wrote another note in the log book.

I found it! 08 Mar 2002 by  ROCKY  (Finds: 48  Score: 221)    (Hidden: 21  Score: 89)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

What a great spot Hikers!! I did not ending up wishing I brought my camera, I only wish I would have taken more than the 20 shots I did. If this is your first cache I can't wait for your next one as you did a superb job on this one. I almost forgot I was cache hunting as I really got into the photos. Found the cache without any problem, your coordinates are dead on! This fantastic area and a sunny 65 degree sunny picture perfect day helped make this one of my most memorable caches. Put on top of that I beat Road Kill, Quinn, and Gimpy to be the first, what more can I say. One thing, THANK YOU, you should take great delight that you found something so special to share.


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