Colorado Cowboys  LbNA # 11602

Placed DateOct 14 2004
LocationDurham, CT
Found By red-5
Last Found Feb 27 2010
Hike Distance?

I placed my Colorado Cowboys letterbox on the Mattabesett Trail near the Coginchaug Cave in Durham, CT. My Dad and I have been visiting Grandma and Grandpa Higgins in Durham. We live in Colorado Springs, CO. I am 8 years old. This is the first letterbox I've hidden. When you find the letterbox, take a postcard and send me a note about yourself.

Directions: The Coginchaug Cave is on the Mattabesett Trail, just East of Route 79, south of Durham. Go to Durham Center and go south. At the junctions of Routes 79 and 17, take Route 79 south for approximately one mile to Old Blue Hills Road, on the left. You should see the blue oval Mattabesett Trail sign at the intersection. Turn left, go along Old Blue Hills Road for 0.7 miles. The Cockaponset State Forest lands begin on the right side. Look for the pale blue blazes of the Trail entering the woods on the right and park on the grass. Follow the trail through the woods, over a stream, up rocks, and along a ledge to the Cave. The Cave is a huge overhang of rock that you can stand under and imagine American Indians taking shelter there hundreds of years ago. You can tell people have built fires there. You can also get to the Cave by following the trail West from where it crosses Higganum Road. The hike is about a mile from the Higganum Road.

Clues: Stand in front of the Coginchaug Cave with your back to the cave opening. There is a double tree with two blue blazes on it just in front of the cave. By the tree, turn left and walk to a huge outcropping of boulders with old logs sticking out over the rocks. Stand in front of the boulders. Colorado Cowboys is hidden at ground level in an opening under the left boulder. It's under a stone and a log. After you stamp and sign my book, please wrap up and hide the box again.

Enjoy the trail and Cave. We had fun in Connecticut.

Little Feather (Emmy Higgins)