Area 51 Box LbNA # 10770
|Placed Date||Jul 1 2004|
|Location||Soda Springs, CA|
|Last Found||Jul 8 2008|
This box is in the Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski area. You will need a trail map (www.royalgorge.com -- check out Ice Lakes region on the trail map) to find the AREA 51 letterbox. Hike up Claimjumper approximately 2 miles until you reach AREA 51. At this point you've reached an altitude of around 7,000 ft. Take a deep breath, and pat yourself on the back. At the AREA 51 sign, walk approximately 14 paces at 260 degrees. There you will find the box.
north 39 degrees 18.116
west 120 degrees 21.777
From this location, you can continue to LOLA'S LOOKOUT. You will need approximately 3-4 hours to make the loop. Once you're at LOLA'S LOOKOUT, you should walk the ridge, take advantage of the beautiful scenery.
Needless to say, this box is a 3 season box. Do not attempt it in the Winter as it will be dangerous (avalanches & quick moving storms) and you will be kicked off by the Royal Gorge ski patrol. And the box will be hidden under 6 feet of snow! When hiking in this area, watch out for brown bears*, alien beings and ticks* (Lyme's disease). Make sure you take a trail map, and do not go over the mountain to the other side. This is a wilderness area with no facilities.
*I've been informed that there are neither brown bears or ticks in the Soda Springs area. In researching, I read there is a species of ticks in the Sierra Nevada (Dermacentor variabilis). Regarding brown bears, it is correct. There are no brown bears, only black bears. My apologies for any mis-information, but I am not a biologist, only a wandering letterboxer. My warning, however, still stands. You should always be careful and alert while hiking in the mountains.
Note: this area is owned by Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort (aka Foster Symes Developers). They are planning on tearing up this area and building 900+ timeshare condos, lodges, and other recreational facilities. Enjoy this area while you can. It will soon be lost forever.