The Minneapolis Geocaching Examiner is continuing a series featuring the top 10 parks to geocache in the Twin Cities metro area. This series is an opportunity to allow cachers to discover other Twin Cities parks that are hot spots for geocaching. If you are like any geocacher caching for a while, you most likely have found all the caches in your 5-mile radius. This will help answer the question, “What parks are worth the drive across town?”
These are the “Top 10 Geocaching parks” in no particular order.
#8- Purgatory Park in Minnetonka
When one thinks of the word “purgatory”, thoughts of a place of horrible waiting until one reaches the glory of heaven may come to mind. This is a poor description for the fun that geocachers will experience when playing at Purgatory Park in the western suburbs of Minnetonka.
If a geocacher is looking for nice hiking trails, a high concentration of hides, and a great variety in types of hides, look no further.
A few of the highlight caches, making this park a magnet for caching is one of the few Whereigo caches hidden in the Twin Cities area, “Elmer Bunyan”. If planning on searching for “Elmer Bunyan” it may be wise to start there and find some of the other caches as you go. Also, be prepared to spend at least an hour to find that cache only. Some of the logs have stated it has taken them up to 3 hours to find this Whereigo. No matter how long it takes, you will be amused by the surprises that await you on the journey.
Purgatory Park also offers the area’s only moving cache, “Traveling through Purgatory”. You are allowed to move this cache to a different spot in the park, then update the coordinates at the first stage.
Another must find is “Micro in the Woods”, where a fun surprise awaits you at the cache location.
At the writing of this article there are 12 caches to be found in Purgatory. There are a variety of trail types for hiking that includes blacktop, gravel, and dirt. One could get around the park quickly on a mountain bike. In the summer months, be sure to bring insect repellent as the marshy areas get quite buggy. Actually, the park was named for the mosquitoes that made the area “hell” for early settlers.
The #10 best park to geocache in the Twin Cities
The #9 best park to geocache in the Twin Cities
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