Lonely Cache refers to a geocache that has gone unfound for over a year.
Not every geocache gets visited frequently. When a geocache goes for a significant amount of time without being found, it often gets referred to as a lonely cache. This term started popping up more frequently with the creation challenges such as Ranger Fox's Lonely Cache Challenge in North Carolina.
Most geocachers will identify a cache as a lonely cache if it goes for one year without being found. Once a lonely cache is found, it loses the lonely cache designation until it sits for another year without being found. As a result, lonely cache lists frequently change.
Lonely caches are Harder to find if they:
- are hidden in more rural locations away from major roads
- have a higher Difficulty and/or Terrain rating
- are difficult puzzles/multi's