Geocache Rules and Links

Rules & Links

Before going out and seeking the caches, you will need to download The Main Line Canal GeoTrail Logbook.

The latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates for each cache will be available at www.geocaching.com. You will need to create a free account at geocaching.com to access the geocache locations. You can also search for the caches by typing in “MLCG” in the keyword search.

Caches may be found in an outdoor recreation destination, a key heritage location or an environmental education site- all ways the Greenway is making new connections between old neighbors.

Using the Global Positioning System (GPS), geocachers will seek each cache. At each cache there will be either a code or a question that leads to a code. You will record that code in the official MLCG Logbook. You must find at least 4 caches from each of the six regional Greenway clusters to claim a trackable, commemorative geocoin. There will be a total of 24 finds. Each cache will be given a name that identifies which cluster it is in. Once you have collected the codes, the Logbook can be turned in to the Allegheny Ridge Corporation. After the logbook is verified, the geocacher will be given the MLCG geocoin. Only the first 500 geocachers to complete the MLCG Logbook will receive the geocoin.

Geocaching families may keep multiple Logbooks but only one geocoin will be allowed per mailing address.

Share your story:

We want to hear about your adventures on the geotrail!

Did you set out to find a cache, and then realize you didn’t have enough day light? Or did you get caught in unusually high water? Or did you just have an overall great time with your family while completing the geotrail?

Visit our Facebook discussion board to share your story! Share what ever story you like- try not to give out too many spoilers. If you do not have facebook but want you share, e-mail your story to info@alleghenyridge.org and we can share it on the website and post it on facebook.

CITO and LEAVE NO TRACE


Cache In Trash Out (CITO) is a movement from the geocaching community to keep parks, trails, and cache sites in good condition. CITO events are held around the world to encourage large groups of volunteers to gather and protect our Earth’s natural resources. The CITO initiative is also promoted on a daily basis. Geocachers are encouraged to take along trash bags and pick up trash items on their hikes to and from caches. Some cache owners provide trash bags to further promote CITO.

Leave No Trace (LNT) is an educational and ethical program to inspire outdoor recreationalists to think about the impacts that they have on the environment that surrounds them. There are seven principals that guide this program: plan ahead and be prepared, travel and camp on durable surfaces, dispose of waste properly, leave what you find, respect wildlife, minimize campfire impacts, and be considerate of others. These principals are important to geocaching because of the inherent nature of the game. Geocaches are often hidden in hard to get to/off the trail places. Also, LNT ties in with the friendly rule that if you take something you should leave something in the cache. When participating in geocaching, remember to Leave No Trace.

 

Contact Us

Completed MLCG Logbooks should be mailed to the address below. Logbooks may be dropped off at this address with prior notice.

Please send us your name, address, phone number, and email address along with you completed MLCG Logbook and we will return your Logbook with the geocoin free of charge.

Got a good adventure on the geotrail? We want to hear all about it!

Visit our Facebook discussion board to share your story! Share what ever story you like- try not to give out too many spoilers. If you do not have facebook but want you share, e-mail your story to info@alleghenyridge.org and we can share it on the website and post it on facebook.

For additional information about the GeoTrail please contact:

ATTN: GeoTrail
P.O Box 348
1421-1427 Twelfth Ave
Altoona, PA 16603
814-940-1922
info@alleghenyridge.org

The Main Line Canal Greenway Geotrail is funded in part by the Allegheny Mountains Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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