Alpine Pal - UNKNOWN LbNA # 19662
|Placed Date||Dec 13 2005|
|Found By||karate hiker|
|Last Found||Aug 20 2007|
“Alpine Pal” Letterbox
Clue Difficulty: Easy
Terrain Difficulty: Moderate/Steep in some areas
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Child Friendly: Yes
Pet Friendly: Yes
Number of Boxes: 1
Hand Carved Stamps: Yes
First Finder Certificates: Yes
Stamp Pad/Ink: No
8/5/2008 May have been destroyed in a wild fire - unsure of it's status.
Special Notes: This box was created and planted for the great Colorado boxers we met in Utah. I sent this box to my sister (a non boxer) and she planted it for us. Access to this box should be good almost all year long, although, it will likely be very difficult to find after a heavy snow storm and would not be a fun hike in the rain. It took my sister about an hour and a half round-trip, going at a very leisurely pace. The path has a gradual incline most of the way, until you get to the water tank, then it gets rather steep. But steep is all relative. If someone hikes a lot, they are not going to consider this too steep. Dogs on a leash only please.
Take 6th Avenue to Indiana.
Go South on Indiana to West 6th Avenue Service Road.
Take a Left on West 6th Avenue Service Road.
Take a Right on Arbutus, same road for Red Rocks Community College.
At 1st Roundabout, take a Left and continue on Arbutus. You will pass a cutoff called “Campus Loop” in the roundabout to get to the Arbutus cutoff.
At 2nd Roundabout, take a Right to Warren Tech school. The road is also called “Campus Loop”.
The trail head is across from the Warren Tech school, where the sign says “No Motorized Vehicles”.
I’m not sure the best place to park without being towed, so please do use your best judgment. There are also several neighborhood entrances that you may use as access points.
Follow the narrow path for a while.
Path has branches to the right, but keep going straight/left, until you come to somewhat of a fork in the road. To the left, you will see that the trail goes into a neighborhood. You will want to head right at this juncture.
The path widens to somewhat of a gravel road – follow this (it curves a bit to the left) until you see the water tank.
Take a right, just before the red fire hydrant.
The path goes up the hill to the left.
Once you get to the top of the 1st hill, it plateaus. Soak in the panoramic views, then look to the South.
There are a series of hills, but we’re going to the top of this 1st one. Continue on the path at the top of this plateau until you reach a fork. The main path continues to the left of this hill with virtually no incline. Straight ahead is a steep path going to the top of this hill. Stop.
Getting your bearings:
At this point, the steep path is to the South of the water tank and SouthWest of Downtown Denver. You can look down on the water tank. You will now be walking along the platue towards the steep hill. When the trail turns sharply to the left, you will want to go on the trail that heads straight up the hill.
As you start up this path, you’ll notice a cluster of grey, sharp shrubs that look dormant or dead. They are on both the right and left hand side of the path. Continue going past these shrubs. As you look up the hill, you’ll notice that there is a large open area of wild grass on the hill. Continue to the point where the shrubs are on both the right and left hand side of the trail again. Stop here. Look to the right, where the dead-looking grey shrubs start up again. About one or two paces in, at the second shrub, you’ll see a cluster of rocks.
The letterbox is buried underneath these rocks. There is a cluster of large and small rocks on top of the letterbox, although most are medium to large size rocks. It is not obvious that a letterbox would necessarily be here, so you will want to turn over a number of rocks to be sure to find it.
Be sure to continue to the top of this hill, roughly 50 long and 70 short paces away, to soak in the panoramic views. I had counted 50 longer paces when climbing from the letterbox to the top of the hill. I then counted roughly 70 paces from the top of the hill down to the letterbox. The differential is that the trail is steep, so my paces were pretty short paces when coming down the hill. From the top of the hill, you can continue on this trail, or follow your steps back to the trailhead.
Enjoy your hike in Colorado. Should you note the box missing, it’s contents in bad repair or if you just want to say “Hi” please contact me at Blackvelvetrav@yahoo.com. Please note that I am from Idaho so if the box requires first aid or relocation assistance it might take some local intervention to assist. Thank you & happy hunting!