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cache type Wolf Tree cache size

by Barrington
(Finds: 23  Score: 99.5)    (Hidden: 27  Score: 139)

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Coordinates (WGS-84 datum)
N 43° 05.065'   W 077° 48.628'
This may not be the actual cache coordinate.
North Chili,   New York   14514
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 02 Nov 2005
Waypoint (Landmark): N01CD1
Open Cache:  Non-commercial use only
Cache type:  Multi-Part
Cache size:   Normal

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

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


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The cache is a nine part “Multi” that covers a portion of Black Creek Park, ten miles west of Rochester, NY. The theme is “Wolf Trees”, and you will visit several of them in the park. It’s a long walk on well maintained trails, and probably is most suitable for adults and older kids with adult supervision. The 4.0/3.5 rating seems a little high, but is the clayjar.com recommendation for the conditions. Bicycles are not permitted on the trails, and horses are prohibited on some trails (floating bridges), so you're stuck with walking.

A “wolf tree” is a tree in a wooded area that began life in an open field, unrestricted in available light and space to spread out, but in middle age became surrounded by a crowd of second growth trees which had to reach upward for light, and have a more vertical growth pattern than the original tree. Wolf trees often tower above the surrounding forest, still collecting the most sunlight, and being protected by the surrounding forest, can grow to great age and huge size.

Black Creek Park, a Monroe County park west of Rochester, NY consists of old farmland, much of it out of production for well over a century and grown back to hardwood forest, interspersed with swamps and wetlands. With that history, wolf trees are fairly common, often near artifacts (rock piles, fences) that indicate they were at the edges of farm fields, and often near swampy areas that couldn’t be farmed. It’s easy to visualize the (now wooded) open fields of 100-200 years ago being tilled with teams of horses or oxen, and those rock piles slowly growing over the years as the fields were cleared.

This is a multi-part cache that will take you through a variety of landscapes to visit nine trees or groups of trees that (I think) qualify as “wolf trees”, or the area near them. I originally was going to concentrate on Shagbark Hickories, but soon discovered they were mostly concentrated in one area of the park, so only three points feature them. Other points feature red oak, maple, and (tentatively identified) pignut hickory and a very old hawthorn (one of over 100 varieties native to NY, maybe a “Caughuawaga Hawthorn” based on a leaf ID on the USDA website).

The GPS coordinates for the next point on the “tour” are on small (2”X4”) plaques on or near the featured tree. The farthest (point 7) is about 50 feet from the tree. The posted coordinates indicate the location of the plaque or cache, not necessarily the featured tree. The plaques are somewhat concealed to prevent being seen from a distance. At the last point, the cache itself is placed about 50 feet east of a big red oak tree.

All stops on the tour are near well maintained established trails. The off-trail portions are through open woods or easy deer trails, varying from 10 to 300 feet off the trail. No heavy-duty bushwhacking required. But please note that there is not necessarily a direct trail connection from one point to the next, so backtracking and moving to a different trail may sometimes be a good idea. A park trail map is recommended. Also, please note that it took me over a week and a LOT of walking to set this up; you may not want to tackle it all in one day.

The cache itself is a .30 cal ammo box, painted black. The initial contents of the box included a special “First to Find” prize (now gone), and a couple other pretty good items to justify the effort finding it. Please swap appropriately.

This cache will be listed exclusively on Navicache.com for at least a few weeks before listing elsewhere.

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



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I found it! 22 Oct 2009 by  Darwin84  (Finds: 10  Score: 50.5)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Great cache! We started at around 11 in the morning and finished this one while grabbing others on the way around 3 in the afternoon! Thank you for a great adventure!

I found it! 13 Jun 2009 by  Szuchie  (Finds: 146  Score: 577)    (Hidden: 5  Score: 26)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Chicky and I enjoyed this cache with our famous hiking tour guide Cayuga Crew. This was a pretty long cache hike, and we somehow timed it during a really warm June day...but thankfully we were able to find each leg with minimal troubles. In total we did well over 7 miles of hiking enroute to completing this hide. This cache has been on our to-do list forever, and we were extremly happy to have completed it like we did.

Thank you Barrington for this great offering and for enabling us to explore so much of this beautiful park!


I found it! 02 Jan 2006 by  motionsmiley  (Finds: 71  Score: 338)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

This is definitely a quality multi-cache. Did this over two days while finding other caches along the way. Smiley found most of the finds but did let me find a couple. Only problem seemed to be with number four because snow was covering the plaque. The final is in a nice wooded area, not where I thought it would be. Still some nice items in the cache. Thanks for all your efforts.

Note 07 Nov 2005 by  Barrington  (Finds: 23  Score: 99.5)    (Hidden: 27  Score: 139)
    Open Log:  Non-commercial use only

A few days after initially placing the cache, I discovered a little-used trail to a secluded area of the park that fits well into the theme of this cache, so I added two legs to the route, and moved the cache to a much "niftier" hiding spot. Overall, it adds about 10-20% to the total distance, depending on routes traveled between points. The cache write-up has been edited appropriately. Have fun!!


I found it! 03 Nov 2005 by  Wheelygood  (Finds: 103  Score: 582)    (Hidden: 21  Score: 92)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Another quality cache by Mr. Barrington, a nice variety of Wolf Trees, well planned routes and good recommendations included in the cache listing, (read; I brought a map and I back tracked when I should have). I saw plenty of deer, a fox, a bunny and a few birds.
I floundered for a long time at the first wp, freaked out when I almost walked on a partially eaten deer, once I changed batteries the coords were very close at all wps.

Took the FTF prize and left a miniature mantle clock.
Thanks for taking the time to place this cache!

I stopped back after work to complete the extension and to see for myself the bonus features, I hope nobody steals any of them and leaves them for others to see. Weird, cool and interesting, I think you've improved upon an already excellent cache.

[Modified 2005-11-09 07:56:47]


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