Past Post ~Dudley LbNA # 22739
|Placed Date||Jun 3 2006|
***In Place July 2013***
The Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes bike path follows the Union Pacific Railroad's right-of-way from Mullan, a mining town near the Montana border, to Plummer, a town near the Washington border. 73 miles of paved path takes you from high mountain splendor, through the historic Silver Valley, into the chain lake region, along the shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene, over a bridge to Heyburn State Park and then on to the Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation. All along the way there are Trailheads so the entire route can be accessed and walked or riden in smaller sections.
The Past Post ~Dudley Letterbox is located on a stretch of this bike path between the town Cataldo, Idaho and Bull Run Lake along The Coeur d'Alene River. Whether you walk or ride, from the *Cataldo Trailhead it is approximately 6 miles and from the *Bull Run Trailhead it is approximately 3 miles to this letterbox. You will know you are at Dudley when you see a trailside Information Plague along the path on the river side with some nice history about Dudley. There is also a picnic table nearby and a park bench. This is a nice place to stop and enjoy the area. Also, please be mindful of the warning on the plaque. The soil in this area is concidered unsafe. Please don't let children play off trail. This letterbox is off trail on RR right-of-way. If you come to find it please use your best judgement.
Here is how to find the letterbox.
After reading the information plaque stand facing it. To your left is a picnic table. On the riverside of the picnic table there is a path that will take you to the bank of the river. While here look upriver to see some bushes about 65 steps away. Take these steps and then work your way to the other side of these bushes. You should see a stump and a debris field beyond it. This debris field has been left from the year's high water (2011). In this debris field you will find a large piece of drift wood. This was the hiding place of Past Post Dudley 100 feet upriver. Drift wood and letterbox were carried here from it's original hiding spot. The river has hidden it well so why change things? The letterbox is still under this drift wood plus a little more debris.
Hope you enjoy the hunt, the find and the area. Please re-hide well, Please replace all items exactly as you find them in this letterbox. Please be aware of the many other people in the area.
* Cataldo Trailhead from I-90 take the Cataldo exit 40, travel North East on E Latour Creek Road to East Canyon Road to find Cataldo Trailhead parking area at the intersection.
** Bull Run Trailhead from I-90 take the Rose Lake exit 34, drive along Hwy 3 South for approximately 3.5 miles until you reach Bull Run Lake access road to Bull Run Trailhead parking area.
There is another way.
Thanks for visiting. God bless, Sondog
(Hitch Hiker friendly)