difficulty & terrain (D/T)

Every geocache has a difficulty (D) rating and a terrain (T) rating on a five point scale known as a D/T rating. To increase your chances of finding a geocache, look for one with a low difficulty and terrain rating.

DIFFICULTY - Effort needed to solve and find the geocache and logbook.

TERRAIN - Physical effort needed to arrive at the geocache coordinates

Ratings vary from one community to the next. A 3-star terrain in Perth, Scotland, is a different experience than a 3-star terrain in Amsterdam, Holland. Please rate your cache accurately based on standards in your  area and guidance in the table below. 


  • This rating system is subjective.  
  • Events are in plain sight or can be found in a few minutes of searching, so the appropriate difficulty rating for events is one star. 
  • The length of the hike is from the most logical parking area to the cache. 
  • Keep in mind that some cachers have mobility issues and rely heavily on accurate terrain ratings. For example, a T2 should be: no significant elevation change or overgrowth. That means no significant change or overgrowth all the way to the cache.