KIFAS  LbNA # 17437

OwnerRubberband Man    
Placed DateAug 7 2005
LocationMissoula, MT
Found By MTMtnSkiesBigSkyGirl
Last Found Aug 19 2010
Hike Distance?

This next one is called the KIFAS letterbox. This one is rated easy, taking about 30 minutes. The instructions will lead you to one of Missoula’s many fishing destinations.

First, you have to decipher the following: I’m thinking of a two-syllable Missoula street which runs west to east. The first syllable is something a cowboy wears, and the second syllable is something a cowboy drinks. What’s the name?

Go all the way to the west on this street. You’ll find large signs along the way leading you to the fishing destination (if you’re at the end of this street, you can’t miss the signs). Eventually, the paved road ends, and a dirt road begins. Follow the dirt road for another minute, and then park your vehicle.

You should see a large sign spelling out the acronym KIFAS. To the left of this sign, there is a picnic table. Go to this table.

From there, you should see a trail. Before walking the trail, please read the following first.

This is where things get a little mathematical. The picnic table corner closest to the trail is one endpoint, and if you were to follow the trail along the river (for the most part) all the way to its end, you’d find a small pile of white rocks which is another endpoint. I won’t tell you how long the trail is, only that it is a reasonably short trail (and flat to boot).

Your job is to determine its approximate midpoint. You can do this in a variety of ways, the two simplest being the following: 1) count your footsteps from one endpoint to the other, divide the number by two, then walk back to the new count (if you don’t want to lose your count, place rocks on the side of the trail to mark every 50 or a 100 steps), or 2) time yourself, divide the time by two, then walk back and stop after the allotted time. The former is probably more accurate than the latter, though both will probably do the trick.

During certain parts of the trail, the walkway is less than perfect. Please be careful. Also, you’ll know you’re at the end of the trail because it forms a small peninsula (and you’ll see the small stack of rocks).

Go back to the midpoint, and you’ll find a wide opening. You should see a large trail branching off from the main trail, heading away from the river. Follow this path for about twenty yards until you hit a downed tree. Under this tree (but away from the center of the trail), you’ll find a letterbox!