Stone Living Room LbNA # 2157
|Owner||the cross-tie walker|
|Placed Date||Aug 27 2002|
|Location||Norvin Green State Forest, West Milford, NJ|
K & Q's Letterboxes
The Stone Living Room
Norvin Green State Forest
West Milford Township, Passaic County, New Jersey
Place by K & Q on 8/27/02
Adopted by The Cross-Tie Walker 3/7/2014
Clues updated 4/17/2014
Clues: Easy to moderate
Terrain: Moderate-strenuous , immediate steep ascent
Time: approximately 1 ½ hours (longer if you linger to enjoy what you will discover)
Note: For more information on the actual site of the Stone Living Room, visit www.weirdnj.com or see issue #10 page 51.
FROM INTERSTATE 287 NORTH OR SOUTH BOUND
Interstate 287 North Bound, Exit 53, 694/511/Bloomingdale/Pompton Lakes. Proceed to traffic light at end of ramp. Turn LEFT onto Hamburg Turnpike. After 1.7 miles bear RIGHT onto Glenwild Ave. Approximately 3.5 miles up the road, park at the dirt lot on the
right with the brown wooden sign that says "Welcome to West Milford Township".
FROM ROUTE 23 SOUTH BOUND
Just past Smoke Rise in West Milford, take the High Crest Rd/Hamburg Turnpike exit, passing under Route 23. At approximately 2 miles (just past the Municipal Building) bear slightly LEFT uphill onto Delazier Place (Do not make the sharp left onto Star Lake Rd). At stop sign turn LEFT onto Glenwild Ave. Approximately 3.4 miles up the road, park at the dirt lot on the right with the brown wooden sign that says "Welcome to West Milford Township".
The Stone Livingroom Letterbox
Carefully cross road and begin up the blue blazed Hewitt-Butler trail. Cross the intersection of the red Torne Trail and continue following the blue blazed trail which immediately ascends steeply. After 10-15 minutes of climbing you will come to a small rock vista. Catch your breath while you enjoy the view. Proceed on the trail. Very shortly you will come to a second vista with a rock cairn. You should be able to see the living room through the trees. Standing at the cairn, walk about 75 steps at 200 degrees. Enter the Stone Living room and be amazed at your awesome discovery.
From the center fire pit go 25 steps at 225 degrees to a medium sized boulder. Turn and face 160 degrees and take 17 steps down a small deer path to a large boulder on left. Another 8 steps to a fallen log across the path. About 8 feet past the log is a small double tree on the left. To the left of the double tree you will see a triangular nook with a brown rock hiding what you seek. Use a stick - just in case.
After stamping up and returning the letterbox to its secret location, sit and enjoy the wonder of the Stone Living room. Its true makers are unknown, but we thank them for their ingenious design. When ready, return to the blue trail. You may go in either direction. To the right and you will retrace your steps the way you came. The more adventurous may choose to go left. The trail becomes less traveled but still well marked and easy to follow. After approximately 10 minutes you will encounter a nice rocky vista from which the descent can be rough (on your butt). At the bottom you will encounter a large fallen tree. The trail goes left here and enters a gully. The red Torne trail begins on the left in the gully, where the blue trail begins a steep rocky climb to the right. After a short but steep climb, the red trail is a lovely, fairly level walk of about 10 minutes to its end at the blue trail. Turn right on the blue trail, once at the road go left to return to your car.
Before you set out read the waiver of responsibility and disclaimer.