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Posted 17 December 2009 - 09:57 PM

I was fumbling along on the website looking at caches in different states with the zoom out a bit, when I saw something that at first I thought was a mistake. You see I had the map tuned in to that great state of Louisana near Lake Ponchatrain. There, I notice a ton of caches all in a line along I55. Turns out, the caches were actually on old Hwy 51 which runs next to I55. The CO, BAMBOOZLE, laid out 144 caches along this highway. There is parking for each cache, and the caches are close to parking and are all EASY grabs. Cachers are posting finding all 144 caches in less than 5 hours! I wish I lived closure to Louisana than Washington State!

Anyway, this got me thinking. Could there be more "power roads" out there? There must be. So, I am taking it to the community. If you know of any cache power avenues, roads, parkways, etc, I would love to find out where these are. If there is one in the NW part of the U.S., I would be VERY interested in its location.

Thanks and Cache It Real!

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 09:59 PM

View Postmc3cats, on Dec 17 2009, 09:57 PM, said:

I was fumbling along on the website looking at caches in different states with the zoom out a bit, when I saw something that at first I thought was a mistake. You see I had the map tuned in to that great state of Louisana near Lake Ponchatrain. There, I notice a ton of caches all in a line along I55. Turns out, the caches were actually on old Hwy 51 which runs next to I55. The CO, BAMBOOZLE, laid out 144 caches along this highway. There is parking for each cache, and the caches are close to parking and are all EASY grabs. Cachers are posting finding all 144 caches in less than 5 hours! I wish I lived closure to Louisana than Washington State!

Anyway, this got me thinking. Could there be more "power roads" out there? There must be. So, I am taking it to the community. If you know of any cache power avenues, roads, parkways, etc, I would love to find out where these are. If there is one in the NW part of the U.S., I would be VERY interested in its location.

Thanks and Cache It Real!


Yes that one has be well cussed and discussed in the forums. As is the one by Bangor, ME. There are others out there.

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 05:20 AM

In CA it's typically an area that is saturated, and not so much a single road like you describe. Although, I'm sure you kind find areas that are like that, it's usually not intentional, or by the same person.

Sounds like a maintenance nightmare to me, and quite frankly, I'd probably fall asleep at the wheel with boredom if the containers/Listings were all a bunch of "cookie cutter" look alikes. I prefer a bit of variety, and something a bit further off the highway. Once you've seen one guardrail, you've pretty much seen them all :D

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 05:39 AM

View PostTouchstone, on Dec 18 2009, 07:20 AM, said:

In CA it's typically an area that is saturated, and not so much a single road like you describe. Although, I'm sure you kind find areas that are like that, it's usually not intentional, or by the same person.

Sounds like a maintenance nightmare to me, and quite frankly, I'd probably fall asleep at the wheel with boredom if the containers/Listings were all a bunch of "cookie cutter" look alikes. I prefer a bit of variety, and something a bit further off the highway. Once you've seen one guardrail, you've pretty much seen them all :D

Variety is the spice of life. That's why we have PQs. (The answer to every forum issue is pocket queries.)

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 06:02 AM

View PostTouchstone, on Dec 18 2009, 05:20 AM, said:

In CA it's typically an area that is saturated, and not so much a single road like you describe. Although, I'm sure you kind find areas that are like that, it's usually not intentional, or by the same person.

Sounds like a maintenance nightmare to me, and quite frankly, I'd probably fall asleep at the wheel with boredom if the containers/Listings were all a bunch of "cookie cutter" look alikes. I prefer a bit of variety, and something a bit further off the highway. Once you've seen one guardrail, you've pretty much seen them all :D


Yeah, me too. But it's been shown people love these things. So much so, power trails appear to have been dis-allowed for a couple of years, and now allowed again.

There are also power trails that involve walking (or biking, rollerblading), with caches every .1 mile along bike trails. I think I'd be more interested in one of these. So I guess the question is, is the original poster interested in both types of power trails, or just the roadside drive up variety?

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 06:16 AM

Seems like fun with a few other cachers along for the ride. A day out to spend with friends. Not something I would enjoy day after day of it.

By the way, how out one set up a Pocket Query of just the ones on this power run?

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 06:53 AM

View PostY2KOTA, on Dec 18 2009, 06:16 AM, said:

Seems like fun with a few other cachers along for the ride. A day out to spend with friends. Not something I would enjoy day after day of it.

By the way, how out one set up a Pocket Query of just the ones on this power run?
If it is along a road, use the "Caches Along a Route" feature. You'll need to use Google Earth to upload a .kml file, unless someone has already kindly uploaded one & made it public.

There's a series running up an abandoned rail bed close to me. The only way to get a PQ of caches on a trail like this that Google Earth won't route along is to bookmark them. In the case of the rail trail here, I maintain a public bookmark that others can use. (Currently there are 111 caches on the bookmark, covering the 20+ mile trail. Some are archived, but there's well over 100 caches, regardless...)

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 07:08 AM

View Postmc3cats, on Dec 17 2009, 09:57 PM, said:

I was fumbling along on the website looking at caches in different states with the zoom out a bit, when I saw something that at first I thought was a mistake. You see I had the map tuned in to that great state of Louisana near Lake Ponchatrain. There, I notice a ton of caches all in a line along I55. Turns out, the caches were actually on old Hwy 51 which runs next to I55. The CO, BAMBOOZLE, laid out 144 caches along this highway. There is parking for each cache, and the caches are close to parking and are all EASY grabs. Cachers are posting finding all 144 caches in less than 5 hours! I wish I lived closure to Louisana than Washington State!

Anyway, this got me thinking. Could there be more "power roads" out there? There must be. So, I am taking it to the community. If you know of any cache power avenues, roads, parkways, etc, I would love to find out where these are. If there is one in the NW part of the U.S., I would be VERY interested in its location.

Thanks and Cache It Real!


Man 'o man that right there would be totally sweet. Hope some show up that are close by. Even in SoCal as we visit there ever once in a while. :D Arizona?......wherever.

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 07:13 AM

Yeah that PQ thing is really nice. I'd also like to see the settings that would reveal a couple of not too far away power trails. Any one got something like that?

No one mentioned GSAK, can GSAK do that?

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 07:23 AM

Working on the learning curve now on how to do a route.

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 07:25 AM

View PostTeam Cotati, on Dec 18 2009, 07:13 AM, said:

Yeah that PQ thing is really nice. I'd also like to see the settings that would reveal a couple of not too far away power trails. Any one got something like that?

No one mentioned GSAK, can GSAK do that?
Spotting them from Google Maps and WOM are the only two ways I know of, currently.

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 08:22 AM

View PostToo Tall John, on Dec 18 2009, 09:25 AM, said:

View PostTeam Cotati, on Dec 18 2009, 07:13 AM, said:

Yeah that PQ thing is really nice. I'd also like to see the settings that would reveal a couple of not too far away power trails. Any one got something like that?

No one mentioned GSAK, can GSAK do that?
Spotting them from Google Maps and WOM are the only two ways I know of, currently.

I generally just run a PQ on the entire area and tehn dump it into MapPoint. The power trails are then pretty darn easy to spot.

I then merely identify the jumping on point of the trail. Once you get that one, you just keep searching for the next closest unfound cache until you either find them all or run out of time.

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 08:26 AM

View PostTouchstone, on Dec 18 2009, 07:20 AM, said:


Sounds like a maintenance nightmare to me, and quite frankly, I'd probably fall asleep at the wheel with boredom if the containers/Listings were all a bunch of "cookie cutter" look alikes. I prefer a bit of variety, and something a bit further off the highway. Once you've seen one guardrail, you've pretty much seen them all :D
Same here. There's so few good caches out there as it is, then the power trails add to the monotony. Same cache title with a number, cut and paste description. Snooze. :D

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 09:31 AM

View Post9Key, on Dec 18 2009, 10:26 AM, said:

View PostTouchstone, on Dec 18 2009, 07:20 AM, said:


Sounds like a maintenance nightmare to me, and quite frankly, I'd probably fall asleep at the wheel with boredom if the containers/Listings were all a bunch of "cookie cutter" look alikes. I prefer a bit of variety, and something a bit further off the highway. Once you've seen one guardrail, you've pretty much seen them all :D
Same here. There's so few good caches out there as it is, then the power trails add to the monotony. Same cache title with a number, cut and paste description. Snooze. :D
Seems like the fact that they are proximally located and have similar names would make avoiding them a piece of cake, if one wanted to avoid them.

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 09:42 AM

View Post9Key, on Dec 18 2009, 10:26 AM, said:

View PostTouchstone, on Dec 18 2009, 07:20 AM, said:


Sounds like a maintenance nightmare to me, and quite frankly, I'd probably fall asleep at the wheel with boredom if the containers/Listings were all a bunch of "cookie cutter" look alikes. I prefer a bit of variety, and something a bit further off the highway. Once you've seen one guardrail, you've pretty much seen them all :D
Same here. There's so few good caches out there as it is, then the power trails add to the monotony. Same cache title with a number, cut and paste description. Snooze. :D

Why can't anyone have a thread to talk about something they enjoy without the 'I hate this, I wouldn't do it, y'all are losers' type posts showing up?

It's not your thing? Cool! Don't do it. But please don't bring your angst into threads that do not conform to your way of caching!

The question here is how to find power trails, not whether you like them. :D

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 09:47 AM

View Postmc3cats, on Dec 17 2009, 09:57 PM, said:

I was fumbling along on the website looking at caches in different states with the zoom out a bit, when I saw something that at first I thought was a mistake. You see I had the map tuned in to that great state of Louisana near Lake Ponchatrain. There, I notice a ton of caches all in a line along I55. Turns out, the caches were actually on old Hwy 51 which runs next to I55. The CO, BAMBOOZLE, laid out 144 caches along this highway. There is parking for each cache, and the caches are close to parking and are all EASY grabs. Cachers are posting finding all 144 caches in less than 5 hours! I wish I lived closure to Louisana than Washington State!

Anyway, this got me thinking. Could there be more "power roads" out there? There must be. So, I am taking it to the community. If you know of any cache power avenues, roads, parkways, etc, I would love to find out where these are. If there is one in the NW part of the U.S., I would be VERY interested in its location.

Thanks and Cache It Real!



Just a sick boring waste of time. I see no fun is this abomination. :D :D :D

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 09:54 AM

View PostToo Tall John, on Dec 18 2009, 08:25 AM, said:

View PostTeam Cotati, on Dec 18 2009, 07:13 AM, said:

Yeah that PQ thing is really nice. I'd also like to see the settings that would reveal a couple of not too far away power trails. Any one got something like that?

No one mentioned GSAK, can GSAK do that?
Spotting them from Google Maps and WOM are the only two ways I know of, currently.


And, of course, reading threads like this one on the forums.

The power trail near Bangor has already been mentioned, and there are the infamous caches near Denver Airport, and I've seen a few others posted here. One of the local cachers in my area attended a coin event in Salt Lake City in October. She did a power trail near Orem, Utah and found 187 caches in a day.

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 10:01 AM

View Postrustynails., on Dec 18 2009, 11:47 AM, said:

View Postmc3cats, on Dec 17 2009, 09:57 PM, said:

I was fumbling along on the website looking at caches in different states with the zoom out a bit, when I saw something that at first I thought was a mistake. You see I had the map tuned in to that great state of Louisana near Lake Ponchatrain. There, I notice a ton of caches all in a line along I55. Turns out, the caches were actually on old Hwy 51 which runs next to I55. The CO, BAMBOOZLE, laid out 144 caches along this highway. There is parking for each cache, and the caches are close to parking and are all EASY grabs. Cachers are posting finding all 144 caches in less than 5 hours! I wish I lived closure to Louisana than Washington State!

Anyway, this got me thinking. Could there be more "power roads" out there? There must be. So, I am taking it to the community. If you know of any cache power avenues, roads, parkways, etc, I would love to find out where these are. If there is one in the NW part of the U.S., I would be VERY interested in its location.

Thanks and Cache It Real!



Just a sick boring waste of time. I see no fun is this abomination. :D :D :D
Don't be so hard on yourself.

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 10:14 AM

View Postmc3cats, on Dec 17 2009, 09:57 PM, said:

I was fumbling along on the website looking at caches in different states with the zoom out a bit, when I saw something that at first I thought was a mistake. You see I had the map tuned in to that great state of Louisana near Lake Ponchatrain. There, I notice a ton of caches all in a line along I55. Turns out, the caches were actually on old Hwy 51 which runs next to I55. The CO, BAMBOOZLE, laid out 144 caches along this highway. There is parking for each cache, and the caches are close to parking and are all EASY grabs. Cachers are posting finding all 144 caches in less than 5 hours! I wish I lived closure to Louisana than Washington State!

Anyway, this got me thinking. Could there be more "power roads" out there? There must be. So, I am taking it to the community. If you know of any cache power avenues, roads, parkways, etc, I would love to find out where these are. If there is one in the NW part of the U.S., I would be VERY interested in its location.

Thanks and Cache It Real!


Northern Wisconsin has a great one on the Gandy Dancer trail. They start near St. Croix falls, Wisc. and run to Superior, Wisc. You can walk, bike or drive from cache to cache.

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 10:37 AM

We seem to be "specializing" in the bike version of those power trails in Quebec and they are quite popular. My favorite so far is a 200 km bike trail with a cache every km (translation : 120 miles with a cache every 0.6 mile). Took me 4 days with a couple of friends, staying at inns along the way. Some crazy people have done it in 2 days :D

In my experience, the fact that it is a power trail doesn't mean the caches will be all the same. They are just on the same trail. Size and hides are usually quite varied.

I've heard about some of the power roads where all the caches are identical. I don't think I would like them as much, but I can see how some people would. I can see the challenge of "how many can I do in one day" on foot, bike or car.

For those looking at how to find them, there is usually a bookmark associated with each power trail. Asking on your local forums or at local events could help you find those bookmarks for your area.

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 10:55 AM

View PostTheAlabamaRambler, on Dec 18 2009, 12:42 PM, said:

Why can't anyone have a thread to talk about something they enjoy without the 'I hate this, I wouldn't do it, y'all are losers' type posts showing up?

It's not your thing? Cool! Don't do it. But please don't bring your angst into threads that do not conform to your way of caching!

The question here is how to find power trails, not whether you like them. :D

Wow. Talk about angst. :D
Ed, folks are offering opinions. Some opinions are pro-power trails. Some are not.
Forums are a place fraught with opinions.
If that's not your thing, perhaps forums aren't for you?
They're even easier to avoid than power trails. :D

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 10:58 AM

View PostClan Riffster, on Dec 18 2009, 12:55 PM, said:

View PostTheAlabamaRambler, on Dec 18 2009, 12:42 PM, said:

Why can't anyone have a thread to talk about something they enjoy without the 'I hate this, I wouldn't do it, y'all are losers' type posts showing up?

It's not your thing? Cool! Don't do it. But please don't bring your angst into threads that do not conform to your way of caching!

The question here is how to find power trails, not whether you like them. :D

Wow. Talk about angst. :D
Ed, folks are offering opinions. Some opinions are pro-power trails. Some are not.
Forums are a place fraught with opinions.
If that's not your thing, perhaps forums aren't for you?
They're even easier to avoid than power trails. :D

Perhaps people could save those opinions for when they are on topic. You see, this thread is not about whether people like power trails.

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 11:01 AM

View PostClan Riffster, on Dec 18 2009, 12:55 PM, said:

View PostTheAlabamaRambler, on Dec 18 2009, 12:42 PM, said:

Why can't anyone have a thread to talk about something they enjoy without the 'I hate this, I wouldn't do it, y'all are losers' type posts showing up?

It's not your thing? Cool! Don't do it. But please don't bring your angst into threads that do not conform to your way of caching!

The question here is how to find power trails, not whether you like them. :D

Wow. Talk about angst. :D
Ed, folks are offering opinions. Some opinions are pro-power trails. Some are not.
Forums are a place fraught with opinions.
If that's not your thing, perhaps forums aren't for you?
They're even easier to avoid than power trails. :D

And that's fine... in a thread where the question is pro or con power trails... but that's not the question or topic here.

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 11:57 AM

I would LOVE to do a power trail.
But if all that existed were power trails, I wouldn't be a cacher.

I would LOVE to do a tree climb cache.
But if all that existed were tree climbing caches, I wouldn't be a cacher.

I would LOVE to do a 20 mile hike to a cache.
But if all that existed were 20 mile hike caches, i wouldn't be a cacher.

I LOVED my first nano cache.
But if all that existed were nano caches, i wouldn't be a cacher.

I LOVE ammo cans caches.
But if all that existed were ammo can caches, I would get bored and stop being a cacher.

I LOVED my first evil cache find.
But if all that existed were evil hides, i wouldn't be a cacher.

I LOVE guardrail and lamp post skirt caches
But if all that existed were GR and LPC caches, I wouldn't be a cacher.

I hope you all are getting the point.

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 12:14 PM

View Postbittsen, on Dec 18 2009, 11:57 AM, said:

I would LOVE to do a power trail.
But if all that existed were power trails, I wouldn't be a cacher.

I would LOVE to do a tree climb cache.
But if all that existed were tree climbing caches, I wouldn't be a cacher.

I would LOVE to do a 20 mile hike to a cache.
But if all that existed were 20 mile hike caches, i wouldn't be a cacher.

I LOVED my first nano cache.
But if all that existed were nano caches, i wouldn't be a cacher.

I LOVE ammo cans caches.
But if all that existed were ammo can caches, I would get bored and stop being a cacher.

I LOVED my first evil cache find.
But if all that existed were evil hides, i wouldn't be a cacher.

I LOVE guardrail and lamp post skirt caches
But if all that existed were GR and LPC caches, I wouldn't be a cacher.

I hope you all are getting the point.

That needs to pinned on the wall someplace.

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 12:17 PM

View Postsbell111, on Dec 18 2009, 01:58 PM, said:

Perhaps people could save those opinions for when they are on topic. You see, this thread is not about whether people like power trails.


View PostTheAlabamaRambler, on Dec 18 2009, 02:01 PM, said:

And that's fine... in a thread where the question is pro or con power trails... but that's not the question or topic here.


Two birds, one stone:
This would be a good opportunity for you both to read the OP. Even a casual scan would show that, along with the questions and statements, the OP is demonstrating that, in his opinion, power trails are a good thing. Ergo, opinions showing them to be not such a good thing are perfectly on topic. Opinions are like that, ya know. Forums are a good place to find many various opinions, on many different topics. If being in an environment with varying opinions troubles either, or both of you, perhaps you would find less stress elsewhere.

My take?
Power trails are not my cup of tea, as the ones I've seen posted here, and the ones I've encountered in person, do not meet my particular biased caching aesthetic. The places they take you are, in my opinion, noteworthy only in that, if you stop there and grub around a bit, you can increase your smiley count. I prefer interesting locations, quality containers and unique write ups, none of which I've seen in a power trail. That being said, the guidelines allow them, and other folks enjoy them, so I can't complain about their existence. GSAK & PQs are wonderful things. :D

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 12:21 PM

View PostMoose Mob, on Dec 18 2009, 12:14 PM, said:

View Postbittsen, on Dec 18 2009, 11:57 AM, said:

I would LOVE to do a power trail.
But if all that existed were power trails, I wouldn't be a cacher.

I would LOVE to do a tree climb cache.
But if all that existed were tree climbing caches, I wouldn't be a cacher.

I would LOVE to do a 20 mile hike to a cache.
But if all that existed were 20 mile hike caches, i wouldn't be a cacher.

I LOVED my first nano cache.
But if all that existed were nano caches, i wouldn't be a cacher.

I LOVE ammo cans caches.
But if all that existed were ammo can caches, I would get bored and stop being a cacher.

I LOVED my first evil cache find.
But if all that existed were evil hides, i wouldn't be a cacher.

I LOVE guardrail and lamp post skirt caches
But if all that existed were GR and LPC caches, I wouldn't be a cacher.

I hope you all are getting the point.

That needs to pinned on the wall someplace.


Or pinned at the top of this subsection of the forum. :D

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 01:24 PM

View Postdibug, on Dec 18 2009, 12:14 PM, said:

Northern Wisconsin has a great one on the Gandy Dancer trail. They start near St. Croix falls, Wisc. and run to Superior, Wisc. You can walk, bike or drive from cache to cache.
Another one a bit south of that on I-94, west of Menomonie.



Click the map for this one, and zoom out: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_detai...75-53e7f8145cf2

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 02:49 PM

View PostClan Riffster, on Dec 18 2009, 03:17 PM, said:

View Postsbell111, on Dec 18 2009, 01:58 PM, said:

Perhaps people could save those opinions for when they are on topic. You see, this thread is not about whether people like power trails.


View PostTheAlabamaRambler, on Dec 18 2009, 02:01 PM, said:

And that's fine... in a thread where the question is pro or con power trails... but that's not the question or topic here.


Two birds, one stone:
This would be a good opportunity for you both to read the OP. Even a casual scan would show that, along with the questions and statements, the OP is demonstrating that, in his opinion, power trails are a good thing. Ergo, opinions showing them to be not such a good thing are perfectly on topic. Opinions are like that, ya know. Forums are a good place to find many various opinions, on many different topics. If being in an environment with varying opinions troubles either, or both of you, perhaps you would find less stress elsewhere.

My take?
Power trails are not my cup of tea, as the ones I've seen posted here, and the ones I've encountered in person, do not meet my particular biased caching aesthetic. The places they take you are, in my opinion, noteworthy only in that, if you stop there and grub around a bit, you can increase your smiley count. I prefer interesting locations, quality containers and unique write ups, none of which I've seen in a power trail. That being said, the guidelines allow them, and other folks enjoy them, so I can't complain about their existence. GSAK & PQs are wonderful things. :D


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Anyway, this got me thinking. Could there be more "power roads" out there? There must be. So, I am taking it to the community. If you know of any cache power avenues, roads, parkways, etc, I would love to find out where these are. If there is one in the NW part of the U.S., I would be VERY interested in its location.

Sorry CR, but I don't see anything in this OP asking for opinions on the like/dislike power trail topic. All I see is a simple request to help the OP and others who are interested in power trails locate them.

I'll be glad to contribute to the topic and answer the OP's question.
In the Raleigh-Durham NC area you can find a few dozen along the American Tobacco Trail (ATT). It's a converted rail trail that is mostly bordered by private property, so it's the only way to go here.
Dog's love Tunnels is a central cache along that trail.

There is also a nice trail that runs along the border of Camp Lejeune in eastern NC. But be careful to use the posted parking for that one and hike/bike the trail as intended. Someone in a hurry had their wheelman stop on the road at each cache while they dove into the woods for the find. After a few of these the MP's took notice and detained them for a little questioning. :D So much for saving time.

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View Postmc3cats, on Dec 17 2009, 09:57 PM, said:

I was fumbling along on the website looking at caches in different states with the zoom out a bit, when I saw something that at first I thought was a mistake. You see I had the map tuned in to that great state of Louisana near Lake Ponchatrain. There, I notice a ton of caches all in a line along I55. Turns out, the caches were actually on old Hwy 51 which runs next to I55. The CO, BAMBOOZLE, laid out 144 caches along this highway. There is parking for each cache, and the caches are close to parking and are all EASY grabs. Cachers are posting finding all 144 caches in less than 5 hours! I wish I lived closure to Louisana than Washington State!

Anyway, this got me thinking. Could there be more "power roads" out there? There must be. So, I am taking it to the community. If you know of any cache power avenues, roads, parkways, etc, I would love to find out where these are. If there is one in the NW part of the U.S., I would be VERY interested in its location.

Thanks and Cache It Real!



Just a sick boring waste of time. I see no fun is this abomination. :D :D :D


you must have never been to this part of LA before or you didn't bother to look at some of the pics from the logs.if you think wading in a swamp looking for a small tube all the while keeping a eye out for snakes or gaters is no fun then don't do it.now it wont be so bad during the winter but in the summer you better beware.

on a side note we like to do power runs like we plan for sat.leave at 6am drive 2hrs and start our hunt and go until we just can't go no more then head home norm after 75 to 100 caches

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View Postwimseyguy, on Dec 18 2009, 05:49 PM, said:

Sorry CR, but I don't see anything in this OP asking for opinions on the like/dislike power trail topic.

That's kewl! I didn't either. :D
What I did see was the OP expressing a like for them. :D
Hence, counter opinions would be on topic. :D

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View Postbittsen, on Dec 18 2009, 01:57 PM, said:

I would LOVE to do a power trail.
But if all that existed were power trails, I wouldn't be a cacher.
I would LOVE to do a tree climb cache.
But if all that existed were tree climbing caches, I wouldn't be a cacher.
I would LOVE to do a 20 mile hike to a cache.
But if all that existed were 20 mile hike caches, i wouldn't be a cacher.
I LOVED my first nano cache.
But if all that existed were nano caches, i wouldn't be a cacher.
I LOVE ammo cans caches.
But if all that existed were ammo can caches, I would get bored and stop being a cacher.
I LOVED my first evil cache find.
But if all that existed were evil hides, i wouldn't be a cacher.
I LOVE guardrail and lamp post skirt caches
But if all that existed were GR and LPC caches, I wouldn't be a cacher.
Time for you to fire up Photoshop and do up a series of motivational posters!!

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 03:55 PM

View PostClan Riffster, on Dec 18 2009, 04:56 PM, said:

View Postwimseyguy, on Dec 18 2009, 05:49 PM, said:

Sorry CR, but I don't see anything in this OP asking for opinions on the like/dislike power trail topic.

That's kewl! I didn't either. :D
What I did see was the OP expressing a like for them. :D
Hence, counter opinions would be on topic. :D

Thanks Riffster! :D

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 04:10 PM

Check out no clue north of Lancaster Palmdale area so cal, Palm Springs area, and 29 palms, to name a few here in So Cal.
And yes we're planning a cache run New Years weekend :D :D

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View PostTheWhiteUrkel, on Dec 18 2009, 09:02 AM, said:

There are also power trails that involve walking (or biking, rollerblading), with caches every .1 mile along bike trails. I think I'd be more interested in one of these.


Me too. What's the closest one to the GTA I wonder?

View PostThe red-haired witch, on Dec 18 2009, 01:37 PM, said:

We seem to be "specializing" in the bike version of those power trails in Quebec and they are quite popular. My favorite so far is a 200 km bike trail with a cache every km (translation : 120 miles with a cache every 0.6 mile). Took me 4 days with a couple of friends, staying at inns along the way. Some crazy people have done it in 2 days


I wonder what's the 24hr caching record, NOT using an automobile?

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 06:05 PM

View Postknowschad, on Dec 18 2009, 03:50 PM, said:

View Postbittsen, on Dec 18 2009, 01:57 PM, said:

I would LOVE to do a power trail.
But if all that existed were power trails, I wouldn't be a cacher.
I would LOVE to do a tree climb cache.
But if all that existed were tree climbing caches, I wouldn't be a cacher.
I would LOVE to do a 20 mile hike to a cache.
But if all that existed were 20 mile hike caches, i wouldn't be a cacher.
I LOVED my first nano cache.
But if all that existed were nano caches, i wouldn't be a cacher.
I LOVE ammo cans caches.
But if all that existed were ammo can caches, I would get bored and stop being a cacher.
I LOVED my first evil cache find.
But if all that existed were evil hides, i wouldn't be a cacher.
I LOVE guardrail and lamp post skirt caches
But if all that existed were GR and LPC caches, I wouldn't be a cacher.
Time for you to fire up Photoshop and do up a series of motivational posters!!


Yes that was well done! It sums up alot about caching for me.You'll never see big numbers from me because
I like to try new things,caching is just one, but its on my keeper list.Bittsen,you stated the diversity and
options available to cachers very very well.All the above have appeal for me when the time is right.

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 06:32 PM

View Postsbell111, on Dec 18 2009, 08:22 AM, said:

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View PostTeam Cotati, on Dec 18 2009, 07:13 AM, said:

Yeah that PQ thing is really nice. I'd also like to see the settings that would reveal a couple of not too far away power trails. Any one got something like that?

No one mentioned GSAK, can GSAK do that?
Spotting them from Google Maps and WOM are the only two ways I know of, currently.

I generally just run a PQ on the entire area and tehn dump it into MapPoint. The power trails are then pretty darn easy to spot.

I then merely identify the jumping on point of the trail. Once you get that one, you just keep searching for the next closest unfound cache until you either find them all or run out of time.


A new PQ feature that I was not aware of, thank you very much. Can't wait to hop onto one of them power trail things. :D

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 06:35 PM

I've tried back-tracking, but can't seem to figure out what this "new pocket-query thing" is. Would you mind elaborating?

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View PostTeam Cotati, on Dec 18 2009, 08:08 AM, said:

Man 'o man that right there would be totally sweet. Hope some show up that are close by. Even in SoCal as we visit there ever once in a while. :D Arizona?......wherever.



There are a few power trails in Arizona. I did one along Rio Verde that was fun. Each cache was differently hidden. Only 30 caches in the series though. There is one filling in along a historic road. Thats the kind of power trail I would like to see more of. We are not into high numbers runs so if we do a power trail, we usually do it in smaller sections over the course of months.

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 07:04 PM

View PostTheWhiteUrkel, on Dec 18 2009, 06:02 AM, said:


There are also power trails that involve walking (or biking, rollerblading), with caches every .1 mile along bike trails. I think I'd be more interested in one of these. So I guess the question is, is the original poster interested in both types of power trails, or just the roadside drive up variety?


There's several biking/rollerblading power trails in the Twin Cities. We've done one along a biking path in NE Mpls and the caches varied. One was a bison tube that required climbing a tree. Another was a babushka type of cache, a pleasant surprise. Others were made out of goofy toys. It was a nice way to stroll and find a bunch of caches. Plus, the paved trail made it easy to push a stroller.

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 07:09 PM

View Postbittsen, on Dec 18 2009, 11:57 AM, said:

I would LOVE to do a power trail.
But if all that existed were power trails, I wouldn't be a cacher.

I would LOVE to do a tree climb cache.
But if all that existed were tree climbing caches, I wouldn't be a cacher.

I would LOVE to do a 20 mile hike to a cache.
But if all that existed were 20 mile hike caches, i wouldn't be a cacher.

I LOVED my first nano cache.
But if all that existed were nano caches, i wouldn't be a cacher.

I LOVE ammo cans caches.
But if all that existed were ammo can caches, I would get bored and stop being a cacher.

I LOVED my first evil cache find.
But if all that existed were evil hides, i wouldn't be a cacher.

I LOVE guardrail and lamp post skirt caches
But if all that existed were GR and LPC caches, I wouldn't be a cacher.

I hope you all are getting the point.


This is so true, I appreciate the sentiment. We once cached for a weekend up by Biwabik MN and every cache was an ammo can hidden under piles of sticks. Walk up, oh here's a pile of sticks. While I appreciated the larger sizes, it made us long for some creative urban micro hides. We live in a suburb with a lot of LPHs and we were disappointed when we moved here. But they proved useful. Last winter, there were days we wanted to go caching, but it was in the negatives and our daughter would've frozen solid. So a little PNGing took the caching edge off. Thanks for posting!

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 07:52 PM

View PostNYPaddleCacher, on Dec 18 2009, 09:55 AM, said:

View PostToo Tall John, on Dec 18 2009, 08:25 AM, said:

Spotting them from Google Maps and WOM are the only two ways I know of, currently.
And, of course, reading threads like this one on the forums.
Yep, but that sort of falls under WOM.

Word of Mouth, that is.

:D

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Posted 20 December 2009 - 09:33 PM

There are a few here in Vegas that follow a trail or road, but the funniest one is a huge smiley out in the desert.

Go to GC18PTM then click on the map. You'll see all 18 caches that make out a smiley.

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View PostClan Riffster, on Dec 18 2009, 04:56 PM, said:

View Postwimseyguy, on Dec 18 2009, 05:49 PM, said:

Sorry CR, but I don't see anything in this OP asking for opinions on the like/dislike power trail topic.

That's kewl! I didn't either. :o
What I did see was the OP expressing a like for them. :angry:
Hence, counter opinions would be on topic. :lol:

Your logic is bent. By that logic, a thread about how to load caches to a triton is really just an opportunity for you to complain about Magellan, even though those gripes are of no use to the triton owners who would come to the thread for info.

Rather, it seems like your position is merely an excuse for you to be able to have off-topic rants in any old thread that you feel like.

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 11:26 AM

View Postsbell111, on Dec 21 2009, 06:54 AM, said:

View PostClan Riffster, on Dec 18 2009, 04:56 PM, said:

View Postwimseyguy, on Dec 18 2009, 05:49 PM, said:

Sorry CR, but I don't see anything in this OP asking for opinions on the like/dislike power trail topic.
That's kewl! I didn't either. :laughing: What I did see was the OP expressing a like for them. :laughing: Hence, counter opinions would be on topic. :)
Your logic is bent. By that logic, a thread about how to load caches to a triton is really just an opportunity for you to complain about Magellan, even though those gripes are of no use to the triton owners who would come to the thread for info.

Rather, it seems like your position is merely an excuse for you to be able to have off-topic rants in any old thread that you feel like.
A better analogy, I think:

This is more like a thread where someone posts "Hey, I saw a Bushnell GPS on Woot, and want to know if there are more great GPS's like it?"

Letting the OP know why you think the Bushnell is a piece of junk is quite on topic. They may even thank you for your opinion.

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 11:48 AM

View PostToo Tall John, on Dec 21 2009, 01:26 PM, said:

View Postsbell111, on Dec 21 2009, 06:54 AM, said:

View PostClan Riffster, on Dec 18 2009, 04:56 PM, said:

View Postwimseyguy, on Dec 18 2009, 05:49 PM, said:

Sorry CR, but I don't see anything in this OP asking for opinions on the like/dislike power trail topic.
That's kewl! I didn't either. :laughing: What I did see was the OP expressing a like for them. :laughing: Hence, counter opinions would be on topic. :)
Your logic is bent. By that logic, a thread about how to load caches to a triton is really just an opportunity for you to complain about Magellan, even though those gripes are of no use to the triton owners who would come to the thread for info.

Rather, it seems like your position is merely an excuse for you to be able to have off-topic rants in any old thread that you feel like.
A better analogy, I think:

This is more like a thread where someone posts "Hey, I saw a Bushnell GPS on Woot, and want to know if there are more great GPS's like it?"

Letting the OP know why you think the Bushnell is a piece of junk is quite on topic. They may even thank you for your opinion.

That analogy doesn't work, either.

As you can tell from post 1, the OP completely understands the concept of cache power runs and thinks their great. Just because CR disagrees with that basic premise doesn't make his posts on point.

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 12:15 PM

View Postsbell111, on Dec 21 2009, 09:54 AM, said:

Your logic is bent.

Well, something is bent here, that's for sure. :laughing:
A more accurate twist of your twist would be thus:
The OP posts, raving about the joys of Magellan ownership, asking if anyone else uses them. Posts which run counterpoint to the Magellan love would be perfectly on topic. In fact, the only thing I've seen in here that is off topic is your continued attempts to call dissenting opinions off topic, while interjecting your own amusing brand of belittlement.

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 12:33 PM

View PostClan Riffster, on Dec 21 2009, 02:15 PM, said:

View Postsbell111, on Dec 21 2009, 09:54 AM, said:

Your logic is bent.

Well, something is bent here, that's for sure. :laughing:
A more accurate twist of your twist would be thus:
The OP posts, raving about the joys of Magellan ownership, asking if anyone else uses them. Posts which run counterpoint to the Magellan love would be perfectly on topic. In fact, the only thing I've seen in here that is off topic is your continued attempts to call dissenting opinions off topic, while interjecting your own amusing brand of belittlement.
More poor excuses to be off topic.

Regarding the bolded bit, you might want to take a look at this:
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Posted 21 December 2009 - 12:34 PM

Great. More off topic belittling.
Not that I'd expect anything else, considering the source... :laughing:

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 12:44 PM

View PostClan Riffster, on Dec 21 2009, 02:34 PM, said:

Great. More off topic belittling.
Not that I'd expect anything else, considering the source... :laughing:

As the wise one said "rabble, rabble, rabble".

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