Geocaching: The treasure-hunt activity you don’t want to miss
Looking for a fun road trip idea? How about one to find hidden treasure? Feel like adding some tech to the fun? Why not try geocaching? The Olympic Peninsula GeoTour is filled with creative caches just waiting to be found and includes commemorative coins awarded for completing each phase of the tour!
Choose your own adventure: Two tours in one!
The first phase of the Highway 101 Scenic Byway Loop GeoTour (also known as the Olympic Peninsula Geotour) launched in 2016, followed by a second phase in 2018, and is still the only official GeoTour in the area. As of September, 2021, the Olympic Peninsula GeoTour, Part 1 and Part 2 has now been UPDATED, and is the 2-for-1 Olympic Peninsula GeoTour. GeoTour 1 (2016) and GeoTour 2 (2018) have been updated and combined in to one passport. Some of the previous locations have been archived, and the updated 2-for-1 Tour now features a total of 30 caches. Please use the NEW passport. When completed, you will earn BOTH the 2016 coin and the 2018 coin … 2-for-1!
Fall 2021 geotour contest
We will be launching a contest this fall that you won’t want to miss out on. If you’re out caching this fall be sure to save a receipt from any purchase made on the Olympic Peninsula (meal, coffee, ice cream, gas) and attach it to the completed passport when you send it in to be automatically entered. More info coming soon!
Geocaching for beginners
Geocaching is an outdoor activity in which you use handheld devices to navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates, then hunt for the hidden container, also known as a “geocache.” If you are new to geocaching, check out these tips on how to get started.
Know before you go
Covid-19 compliance: In accordance with state and local guidelines in place due to the Covid-19 outbreak, several areas around the Olympic Peninsula remain closed to visitors. Any geocaches in this geotour that can be found in such regions have been temporarily disabled. We hope to reactivate these caches once the surrounding areas have reopened to the public. Not to worry, however- there is no time limit to complete your passport! Visit our Open & Closure Status of Recreational Lands blog for more information on park and land closures.
Take something, leave something: The idea behind hiding treasures in geocaches is to add a new item of your own to the cache if you take an item home with you. This way, the geocaches remain filled with fun items for the next person to find. If you decide to take a trackable item, please make sure to put it in a future cache for someone to find, rather than taking it home with you.
Recreate Responsibly: We want everyone to have fun exploring the Olympic Peninsula on our tour, while still respecting this beautiful area. Please make sure to “pack it in, pack it out” and leave each geocache area as clean (if not cleaner!) than it was when you found it.
Passport submission and contact information
Once you have completed a phase of the GeoTour, mail the corresponding passport to the following address (also located on the header of your passport):
Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau
618 S. Peabody Street
Port Angeles, WA 98362
As soon as your passport has been received and reviewed by a member of the staff, you will be mailed an individually numbered Geocoin. There are a limited number of these coins available, so the sooner you send your passport in, the better chance you have of earning a coin.
There are hundreds of geocaches waiting to be found across the Olympic Peninsula that are not part of this GeoTour. Download the Groundspeak, Inc. app or visit Geocaching.com to find a full list of caches in the area, as well as helpful tips to keep in mind while you’re out exploring. Also, check us out on Caching in the NorthWest’s December 2018 podcast episode “Caching in the NorthWest 283: Olympic Geotour with OP Tourism“!
We hope you have a great time exploring our area along the Olympic Peninsula GeoTour. Be safe, have fun, and (as we say in the geocaching community) Happy Caching!
Points of Interest
Start your next, great treasure hunt in the Olympic Peninsula.