Mountain Tourists LbNA # 17985
|Placed Date||Sep 4 2005|
|Hike Distance||3-5 mi||active|
|Last Edited||May 14 2016|
Last found/checked: 4-SEP-05
Location: It may be helpful to first get a road/trail map from the ranger station or a visitor info station. Turn north off Highway 26 onto East Lolo Pass Road (this is near a ranger station). After ~4.5 miles veer right onto a paved road at “Campground/Trailheads” sign. At next fork, don’t take the road to the campground, but instead take the road to the left. After approximately 7 miles you’ll reach another fork. Take the gravel road to the right until you reach the "Top Spur” trailhead.
Time: 2-3 hours roundtrip
Distance: ~4.6 miles roundtrip
Terrain: climbing trail through woods
Note: You will need a Northwest Forest Pass to park at the trailhead.
We placed this box when vacationing in the Portland area. This was our favorite hike of the whole trip and we strongly encourage you to do this entire hike, all the way to the McNeil shelter! If you do go all the way up, be sure to bring a jacket with you, because it can be quite windy above the treeline.
Start at the trailhead and don’t go the wrong way at the first intersection. At the next busy intersection you can leave the horses behind and continue until you need to leave your mark. Head for a depression of mounded stones. Eventually you will emerge from the forest to see your first impressive view of “The Mountain”. To find the tourists, backtrack on the trail 16 steps from the edge of the woods. They are resting on the left between a rock and a tree. Please watch for traffic on the trail when retrieving and replacing and be sure to cover them well so they can continue to enjoy their mountain home.
We hope you enjoyed your hunt and since we don’t live in the area we would really appreciate an update on the status of the box if you find it. We won’t be able to check on it very often.