Geocaching with Navicache


cache type Along the Roots of Big Bend cache size

by Cracker7M
(Finds: 35  Score: 168.5)    (Hidden: 5  Score: 22)

printer versionPrinter Version   Spy on this cache.Spy on this Cache

cameraPicture clues below!
Coordinates (WGS-84 datum)
N 42° 36.008'   W 078° 00.511'
This may not be the actual cache coordinate.
Castile,   New York   14427
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 01 Nov 2002
Waypoint (Landmark): N003C0
Open Cache:  Personal use only
Cache type:  Multi-Part
Cache size:   Normal

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

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


Maps are queued for generation.
Additional maps for this cache available at: topozone.com logo    mapquest.com logo

"Along the Roots of Big Bend" is a five-part multi-cache. I broke it down into 3 main legs. I set it up so that you can do just the first couple of caches, or all five. Plan to spend between 3 to 4 hours if you want to take in all the views and all the caches. It is approx. 3.5 miles round trip. You can park in the vicinity of N 42°36.076 W 078°00.177. This is the beginning of the Park maintenance trail you will follow to the general vicinity of “The Foot of Big Bend Cache”.


This multi-cache is mostly easy terrain, and you will be following faint deer paths which pretty much stick to the flatter areas, but I rated it kinda high because it can be a long hike, and there are some climbs that will make you "Huff & Puff".

The Cache:

The first leg will be "The Foot of Big Bend", the 1st cache. The co-ordinates for the 2nd and 3rd caches will be inside.

The second leg is the "River-Walk Cache". You can skip this leg if you wish.
This leg offers several not-often seen views of a section of the Genesee River, (called Lee's Landing) as well as the beginning of the section known as Big Bend in the heart of Letchworth State Park. Lee’s Landing was once used as a fording to cross the Genesee by pioneers on their way westward, to settle the Niagara Frontier.
Once you locate the "River-Walk Cache", inside you will find co-ordinates for a couple of nearby spots offering interesting views. Due to the terrain, to get to the next cache you will have to return to the area of "The Foot of Big Bend".

The third, and longest leg of this multi-cache, starts with "The View Cache". Once you locate the cache, inside you will find the co-ordinates for "The View", as well as those for the next cache.
NOTE: "The View" is at the edge of a cliff. Please use good judgement and dont get too close to the edge.

"Beaver-View Cache", the 4th cache, will offer a close-up view of the first of three beaver dams, and the results of their work on the adjacent forest.
PLEASE do not climb on or cross the beaver dams. If you look downstream from the first dam, you will see a place you can cross if the water is not running high.

The 5th and last cache is called "Horse-shoe Pond Cache". You will take in a view of a uniquely shaped pond and more interesting topography. (The pond has dried up, and now is just a small creek and marsh). Inside this last cache you will find the route back to the maintenance road,
which includes one more view, and another beaver pond.

"The Foot of Big Bend" is in a 30 cal ammo can.
The rest of the caches are all in 50 cal ammo cans.

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



Clues:    decode

  • Check the inside cover of each logbook for co-ords of the other caches and for extra "views". 


NoteAdd a Log Entry

CACHE LOGS - May contain hints(spoilers)!    decode

Note 21 Oct 2008 by  mickemt  (Finds: 172  Score: 590.5)    (Hidden: 71  Score: 266)
    Open Log:  Unrestricted

Will the new version be posted on this site? There are still a few of us who use Navicache and, although I never got the chance to do this version, the replacement is just awesome.

Note 15 Nov 2006 by  Cracker7M  (Finds: 35  Score: 168.5)    (Hidden: 5  Score: 22)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

This one has been archived.

I found it! 10 Nov 2006 by  Paleoman  (Finds: 95  Score: 428)    (Hidden: 14  Score: 60)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

I wanted to wait and log this one in as my 200th find. This has to be one of the best caches that this my home area has ever seen. I was fortunate to be able to do this one with Cracker. We spent the better part of an afternoon finding all five legs to this cache. Each leg was special and different from the others and the "views"! How does anyone describe such breathtaking scenery? I have lived my whole life next to Letchworth State park and I have never seen scenery better than the scenery I was exposed to on this caching experience. If I had done only one cache in my life I would have wanted it to be this one. The beaver dams are endless and the evidence of their work is very prevelant in some areas that we visited. Cracker thank you for the best caching experience a person could ask for, I will remember this one as long as I live. Great Cache! -Paleoman52-

I found it! 27 Aug 2005 by  motionsmiley  (Finds: 71  Score: 338)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

This was one of the better multi caches we've done. The first leg we found quickly. Decided to skip 2 and come back to it. Number three was a little tougher because the GPS was jumping all around but we eventually got it settled down. Then motion got bit by a spider on the cache container. Watch where you put your hands. Number four was in a neat area with a lot of beaver activity. Smiley had us going up and down hills but finally Motion spotted where it was. Tricky hiding spot. The final cache was left out in the open. We hid it very well though. Smiley had us on the wrong side of the bog but she followed Motion. Ended up being a fairly muddy way to go. That will teach her. Finally Motion decided to lead the way to number 2. Of course that was the wrong way to go because there was a very steep hill we had to go down. Survived though. Thanks for the adventure.

I found it! 17 Jun 2003 by  ROCKY  (Finds: 48  Score: 221)    (Hidden: 21  Score: 89)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

I have never been a big fan of multi-caches. It seems I never have the time, always in a hurry to get to work or whatever. After talking with caching buddy Harv I thought I better check this one out. My suggestion to anyone thinking about this is to find the time! There are 2 reasons; this is a well thought out and planned cache and it is Letchworth.

First Part: “The Foot of the Big Bend”
Found the parking and the start of the adventure no problem, was pleased with the nice easy walk on wide service road. Came up with the cache in short order, the bug spray is a very thoughtful touch. I was a little confused with the GPS saying part 3 was closer than part 2, but as I hiked I could see the lay of the land, which explained why.

Second Part: “ River Walk Cache”
Man I was concerned! Both Country Boy Gary and Harv could not find this one and had to come back a second time for it. They are both very good and experienced cachers, I felt I could be heading for trouble. The feeling of being right next to the river with all the rain having it run high and muddy was really cool. As I walked at the shore the picture taking and great views had me forget for a moment about the tough reputation this second leg had. As the GPS told me it was time to turn away from the river I could see what gave those guys so much trouble. Reception was going to be very difficult where I was heading. I have been caching with a compass from the very beginning, I knew it was going to be very necessary if I was going to come up with this one. While still out 325 feet and decent GPS reception I took a very careful compass reading. If I say it took me 5 minutes to find the cache that might be a little long. My head was so swelled that if part 5 did not humble me the way it did Mrs. Rocky might not be able to live with me.

Third Part: “The View”
I knew that I could have made a return trip for an easy approach. I choose instead to climb the saddle, which was a little tough but no regrets. With this approach I was at the view before the cache and got some needed rest as I took some great photos. While signing in a Doe and fawn walked by, it was like heaven. Part 2 a cakewalk, 3 in the bag, beautiful woods, man this is life!

Fourth Part: “Beaver View Cache”
I think for the last time I made more good decisions in choosing a route that was following contours rather than the shortest route the GPS was pointing out. Got some photos of the little beaver dam on my way in. I often find caches by patterning the cache hider. You gave me a little curve with the spot you choose, but I still made quick work of it. Thinking, “ROCKY are you good!!”

Fifth Part: “Horse Shoe Pond Cache”
I think to be honest I will have to admit I got burned because I tried to shortcut. It didn’t start out that way. I came to the large pond and made the wrong decision about which side to walk down. Rather than correct that I thought I would head back to my car with the last part looking like it was very near the road anyway. I drove down the road and jumped out very close to the cache. Not possible to get it from there! Very close but natural obstacle blocked me out. To make matters worse I got turned around. As in a little lost. Yea me Mr. found part 2 no problem. When I got back to the car I came with a plan that had me driving down the road to make another attempt only to encounter the same problem again. That cache was on a friggin island! Now it’s late and I have to be to work. I left very disappointed. Came back after work to finally log it.

This is a fantastic cache. Thank you for your very very thoughtful work. I enjoyed this as much as any I have done.

Note 06 May 2003 by  Cracker7M  (Finds: 35  Score: 168.5)    (Hidden: 5  Score: 22)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Ok, I moved the 2nd, RiverWalk cache away from the slopes.
If there is another log that it cant be found, I guess I will move it closer to the river bank.

I found it! 04 May 2003 by  Harv and Donna  (Finds: 152  Score: 707)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

4 May 03, Found 1st part at 11 AM, couldn’t find 2nd part, 3rd part at 12:21 PM, 4th part at 12:45 PM and 5th part at 1:20 PM
Same as Country Boy Gary, we found parts 1,3,4 and 5 without any problem but we looked for about 45 minutes for part 2 without any luck. Sats. were all over in that dip but the cords. kept bringing us back to the same point – but no cache that we could find. We enjoyed all the interesting parts to this cache. Except Donna wasn’t to thrilled to see a big black snake sunning it self in the roots of the tree that hangs on the edge of the cliff at The View. She was jumpy all the rest of the trip. As we approached the Horseshoe Pond Cache a deer crashed across the pond making spectacular splashes with every bound. This was a well thought out cache. Thanks for the hide.
Harv & Donna Dansville, NY

22May 03
After doing Dishmill Creek Micro cache and being so close, I had to come back and see if I could find Part 2 again. As the last time the sats. were all over the place. They would bring me to the cache cords. then jump a 100 feet. Looked for about ½ hour before I finally found it. It is hid well!!! If you just moved it away from the slope then I must have been in the right spot the first time and just couldn’t find it since where I found it is straight from the slope directly in-line with where we were looking the first time. When I first found the cache the GPS said 13 feet with 31-foot accuracy. Then while I was logging in it would jump a 100 feet to another spot. This one is a real challenge with the poor sat. coverage and the location of the hiding spot. But now I feel better having found all 5 parts.
Harv & Donna (without Donna)

[Modified 2003-05-23 20:40:36]

I found it! 03 May 2003 by  country boy gary  (Finds: 20  Score: 99)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

what a nice day for a cache hike. Had no problems finding 1st. part but
never did find 2nd. part. The sat's were all over and they kept taking me
to a certain location but I could't find anything there.So we moved on to
the remaining caches and had no problem finding them even though the
sat's were jumping all over. We spent about 3hr. doing the whole thing.
Thanks for the hide!!

I found it! 15 Nov 2002 by  Wheelygood  (Finds: 103  Score: 582)    (Hidden: 21  Score: 92)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Fantastic cache! If only they all could be this good…mine included. This hike will take you to some very interesting and rewarding areas in a part of the park most of us will seldom visit. I did not see or hear another person while hiking but I did witness a squirrel fall about 40’ out of a tree. All the coords were pretty good and the hides done well. The only comment I have is the 1st cache has only one set of coords written in the logbook, there are not coords for River-View Cache. I did walk down to the river to look around a bit and I took advantage of all the recommended viewing sites. I highly recommend this cache. I picked up the traveling cache and left a bug in a box.

When I yelled Huckle Buckle Wheelygood Beanstalk the beavers slapped their tales and dove under, must have been the first time they heard that before.

Thanks for the fun,

Note 08 Nov 2002 by  Cracker7M  (Finds: 35  Score: 168.5)    (Hidden: 5  Score: 22)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

I added a travelling cache to the Horse-Shoe Pond Cache. Locutus of Borg is just waiting for some unsuspecting Geocacher to find him and be assimilated. Help him locate the USS ENTERPRISE NCC1701-D.



Order your Navi-Tees and more

© Copyright 2009 Navicache. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer     Contact Us