Mission Accomplished: Scenic Yachats Geocaching Tour

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The Scenic Yachats Geocaching Tour was on my radar for a long time. After I finally got a chance to come back to Oregon, I started the Tour on a Saturday morning. It was about a two-hour drive from my hotel in Eugene. I drove over to the coast and approached Yachats from the south. I had already preloaded all the geocaches to my smartphone and was ready to hunt them down one by one. Because of my approach from the south, I started the Tour in reverse order.

From Highway 101 I followed National Forest Development Road 55 also knows as Cummins Peak Road. It’s a one lane road with turnouts along the way and mostly paved and otherwise still in very good condition. At GC4G690, which I was unable to find, I took the small logging road further up the hill, which brought me to a closed area for motorized vehicles. The first cache was right at the gate and two more just down the path and up the mountain a bit. Not a very difficult or long hike but very scenic.

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Road up to Cape Ridge
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Road to Cape Ridge
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View of the Pacific Ocean

Now back on NFD 55 and heading further east. I found some more caches along the way and came to a fork. The cache, located at the fork, asks you if you know which way to go. I knew which way I have to go from here, thanks to offline maps and my pre-loaded caches. If you find the cache here, it will also tell you which direction you have to head. Here you will also leave NFD 55 and you will follow NF-5590 which is also a one-lane forest road with turnouts.

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Forest Road 5590
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A short hike to another cache

The drive was a lot of fun and every now and then a car was coming my way. Shortly before the Yachats River Road, I stopped at a Recreation Site called Keller Creek. Here is another cache of the Scenic Yachats Tour hidden. This area is a great recreation site away from everything and two small rivers are merging here. Thanks to my adventures approach of GZ, the cache was easy to find. However, if you take the easy route, you will quite a hard time to find it.

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Keller Creek Recreation Site
Bridge over the Yachats River
Bridge over the Yachats River
Ocean Cove Inn
Ocean Cove Inn
Yachats River
Yachats River

From here on I followed the Yachats River Road down to Yachats on the Oregon coast with a few more caches along the way. Shortly before approaching Yachats, I was 6 caches short of the required 20 caches to earn the Geocoin. GC4H3HT was hard to retrieve. A lot of muggles were here to enjoy the viewpoint and the upcoming sunset. With a quick grab, I was able to retrieve the cache, note the password, and replace it without being noticed.

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Sunset view of the Yachats State Recreation Area
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Yachats

After a few more caches, I was only one cache short of reaching the required 20 geocaches. After I wasn’t able to find the next 2 caches I got desperate and was not sure if I would be able to complete the Tour today because the sun has already set. As I approached the last available cache of this Tour I was hoping to be able to find it. There it was, after a short search, I could retrieve the last cache and password to complete my passport for the Scenic Yachats Geocaching Tour. I was so relieved after finding the last cache to complete the requirements.

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Log Church in Yachats

Unfortunately, the pick-up location of the Geocoin is not open on weekends and it was already shortly before 9 p.m.I did as instruct on the geocache website, to contact them to get verified that I completed the tour and they will mail the geocoin to me.

It took me about 6 hours to complete this tour and find 20 geocaches.  Most of them are really close to a turnout or you can park not too far away. Only a very few needed some walking. I don’t consider 500 ft as hiking. Some of the caches were very hard to find and so well hidden, that you can look forever but standing right in front of it.

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