Water Works LbNA # 18586 (ARCHIVED)
|Placed Date||Oct 10 2005|
10/04/2008 Box is broken and logbook is missing, but stamp is okay. First aid needed: new logbook and new box.
This letterbox is near the summit of a local mountain that is a popular destination for local hikers. The mountain is named for a mineral that is abundant in the area.
The hike is approximately 6 miles roundtrip, with an elevation gain of 900 feet. Plan at least 3 hours of hiking and another 30 - 60 minutes at the summit. Wear a hat. Take sunscreen, LOTS of water, and a picnic to enjoy at the top. We were glad to have sturdy hiking sticks with us. As you walk, note the many charred plants and the evidence of red flame-retardent chemicals that were dropped on fires over the mountain in past years. Would that water works had been available!
The trailhead is at the intersection of Hwy 67 and Poway Road. There is limited roadside parking. A porta potty is near the trailhead.
Follow the main trail east for 1 1/2 miles until you see the Ramona Overlook Trail marker. Turn right and continue to follow the main trail another 1 1/2 miles to the summit.
Take a deep breath, enjoy the view and your picnic, and sign in to the hiker's logbook in the mailbox. From the mailbox take the trail south, past the telescope. Scramble down the rocky trail to see the San Vicente Reservoir and two smaller reservoirs to its left.
Go left then double back about 10 steps northeast on a small trail to the backside of the mailbox boulder. Go northeast around the right side of the boulder to another row of large rocks. You will pass a large bush on your left. Look under the rock cairn on the back side of a large 3-boulder group with a 4th boulder atop the center.