Hartland Blue Trail LbNA # 1268 (ARCHIVED)
|Placed Date||Apr 27 2003|
|Found By||Bell Lady|
|Last Found||May 27 2006|
Letterboxes placed July 2002.
This is a lovely hike, approximately 30 to 45 minutes along the Tunxis Trail to find both
letterboxes. It is relatively level with slight hills as trail progresses. Suitable for most
hikers. Pristine woods.
From I-91 Hartford/Springfield:
I-91 to Exit 40, Bradley International Airport exit. Take long connector to Granby/Route
20 exit. Follow Route 20 West thru E. Granby and Granby. Continue on Rt. 20 ten
minutes from Granby center, to stop sign in center of E. Hartland Go left on Walnut
Hill/Granville Road past South Rd (179).
Take Rt.8 North to where expressway ends in Winsted. Turn left at light at end of ramp
onto Rt.44 East. Turn left on Rt.318. (Note: Rt. 318 eventually takes a right turn.)
Continue over Saville Dam and bear left on Rt.219 North. Stay straight as road becomes
Rt.179 North. At stop sign in E. Hartland, turn left onto Walnut Hill Rd.
Follow Walnut Hill Rd. 1 mile to stop sign. Go straight through stop sign onto unmarked
cracked tar road in woods. Drive or walk 2/10 mile to where blue trail intersects road.
Park and go northeast onto blue trail, immediately crossing a small concrete bridge. When
trail splits, go northeast past a huge log, staying on blue trail. About 30 paces past the
log, the trail splits again; bear left on blue trail heading north. Walk several minutes,
slightly uphill until you reach a giant uprooted tree. Walk around base of tree to the left.
In back of tree, locate a cavity at the base of another smaller uprooted tree. You will find
the Sleeping Giant letterbox next to a green mossy ledge in the cavity.
Continue on blue trail. After a few minutes, it will head downhill. Pay attention to
double-marked blue trees to indicate sharp turns to the right. Soon you will come to a
rocky brook. If there has been recent rain, brook will be flowing. To find the letterbox,
do an about-face from the brook and head uphill toward the woods away from the stream
(southwest). Go about 35 paces to a small "landing" before the steep hill begins. You will
see a large, moss-covered fallen tree to your left. In a large crack of the log, you will find
the Rocky Brook letterbox.
To enjoy the brook, go back toward stream and cross it. Continue to the right up the hill
along the brook to a cute log bench, good for picnicking.
Hope you enjoyed this lovely hike.