|"I loved the tour! Even though I've been up the McKenzie many times, I still saw many new places! Thanks for the encouragement to stop & check things out."- Philomath, OR |
Follow your GPS into the heart of Oregon's Cascade Mountains. Traverse some of the most acclaimed hiking trails, bikeways and scenic byways encountering dramatic waterfalls, crystal clear rivers, brilliant lakes and stunning vistas.
|This adventure covers diverse territory from lava fields to old growth forest. Immerse yourself in a wonderland of bird song, lush greenery, tall trees and serene natural sanctuaries. Uncover 36 caches along the first half of the Eugene, Cascades & Coast GeoTour - the McKenzie River Edition. |
McKenzie River Highlights
|Beginning just an hour east of Eugene - Springfield along HWY 126, the McKenzie River is composed of a dozen small riverfront communities. There are a few general stores and the ever popular Takoda's Restaurant in Rainbow. During the summer, Belknap Hot Springs Resort offers outdoor BBQ sandwiches. But it's probably a good idea to pack some picnic provisions. |
To complete the McKenzie River Edition, allow for at least one overnight in the Cascades. There are a variety of affordable and fun places to stay. Curl up in a cozy cabin, relax at a rustic B&B or pitch your tent at one of many exquisite campgrounds. Depending on the time of year, advance reservations are recommended.
What's the Cache?We are glad you asked! The Eugene, Cascades & Coast GeoTour is organized in two editions, McKenzie River and Florence, each with a separate passport and trackable geocoin.
Record at least 24 geocache passwords (out of 36) and redeem your completed GeoTour McKenzie River Edition Passport at the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Adventure Center in Springfield for a limited edition geocoin while supplies last. Record all 36 passwords and enter to win a return trip to the McKenzie River region!
If this is your first geocaching journey, drop by the Adventure Center for some geocaching coaching and pointers. The Adventure Center is an excellent resource for travel planning, maps and local recommendations.