It’s a treasure hunt and a test of your navigational skills all rolled into one. Geocaching is an outdoor activity that is gaining popularity not just in Lake Tahoe, but throughout the entire country. Here’s how it works. First, you locate the GPS coordinates and general direction for a geocache in your area. Then, using a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver, you travel to the coordinates provided to find out what treasure awaits you there. Usually, a geocache will consist of a journal and some inexpensive, although interesting, trinkets. Remember, the thrill is in hunting for and finding the treasure, so don’t expect to find any real gold coins or expensive jewelry. Once you’ve located the geocache, be sure to put in back where you found it so other people can join in the fun.
Incline Village is perhaps the best place to enjoy this unique outdoor sport, although there are geocaches spread throughout the entire Lake Tahoe area. There are dozens of geocaches in and around Incline Village, and directions to these hidden treasures can be found by visiting GeoCaching.com. In addition to coordinates, this site also provides the mapped location, general directions, and feedback from others who have found the treasure in question, which can help you decide whether you want to search for the booty or leave it for your fellow geocachers to find.