Geocaching at the Park
You may already be aware that Lake Sammamish has more geocaches than any other state park in Washington. This makes it a coveted destination for geocachers from around the world. If you have never engaged in this fun family-friendly activity, here is a guide to get you started. Download the Geocaching App
It all starts with a little video tutorial and downloading the official Geocaching app. The app gives the locations of all of the caches on a highly-sophisticated map. Each cache has its own page where geocachers can talk about their experience searching for the cache and give hints when necessary. You can also learn a little background about the cache. There are both free and paid versions of the app. We strongly recommend giving the paid version a try since it gives you access to all of the caches (rather than a small percentage.)
Get to Know Some of the Basics
Magnets are a big part of geocaching. Hiders love to use magnets to securely conceal their geocaches on and under metal objects. Guardrails are a popular spot for these, but you will also find them on light poles and just about everywhere else.
Of course, there isn’t much metal along the trails in Lake Sammamish so this clue may not be all that helpful. However, camouflage is common throughout the park. We have seen caches that resemble fake logs, bolts, and plants. Once you get hooked on the hobby, we recommend attending a local geocaching event to learn even more tips and tricks from veterans.
What to Bring
In addition to the normal gear and snacks you might bring for a fun day at Lake Sammamish, there are a couple items you’ll need when you’re setting up for a geocaching adventure. First, bring your own pen. Sign the geocaches you track down with the date, your username, and give some details about your adventure if there is room. You should also log your find in the app. The other item you should bring is a knick-knack you would like to trade. Some of the larger caches are full of little trinkets that other geocachers have left. If you are going to take a little treasure, be sure to leave something for others. Examples include little action figures, stickers, special coins, and more.
With these simple steps, you will be well on your way to finding your first cache and creating lifelong memories with your family.