Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest  LbNA # 24004

Placed DateJul 21 2006
LocationJoseph, OR
Found By Jolly Mon
Last Found Sep 15 2011
Hike Distance?

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” Letterbox Series
Clue Difficulty: Easy
Terrain Difficulty: Moderate
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Child Friendly: Maybe - See Notes
Pet Friendly: Yes
Number of Boxes: 6
Hand Carved Stamps: Yes
Stamp Pad/Ink: No

7/10/2010 – Box # 1 (Naughty Monkey) and Box # 2 (Tia Dalma) are both alive and well. Box # 3(Captain Jack Sparrow) is confirmed as MIA. If you continue on the trail you will eventually come to a beautiful waterfall that is flowing extremely heavy and cannot be crossed. Box # 4 (Davy Jones ), Box # 5 (Davy’s Key) and Box # 6 (Davy’s Treasure Chest) are all on the opposite side of the waterfall. Kelly O noted the following after finging boxes # 4, # 5 and # 6 alive and well on 8/6/2010:

What an awesome hike on the Chief Joseph trail! We were child free and had the right footwear, so we were able to walk across the bottom of the falls and found Boxes #4, 5, 6. They are in great shape. The water was very cold and the rocks were slippery, not something you should do with children in tow. The last entry for Boxes #4, 5, and 6 was Sept 2009.

Directions: US Highway 84 to exit #261 at LaGrande, then Oregon Highway 82 to Joseph and Wallowa Lake.

Area Information: Fishing, boating, camping and hiking are just a few of the activities available to visitors to Wallowa Lake. The lake bed and moraines, formed by glacial activity, are geologically unique and often studies by scientists. The Chief Joseph Trail, the Aneroid Lake Trail, and the West Fork Trail are the three main trails that go into the Eagle Cap Wilderness from the Wallowa Lake area. All three trails start from the trail parking area, a short 1 mile drive/walk from the Wallowa Lake Lodge. Each provides the opportunity to day hike or to backpack to one's own ability. The trailheads are on your left and parking on the right.

Trail Details: Your quest to find Davy Jones treasure chest is the Chief Joseph Mountain Trail # 1803. The first part of the Chief Joseph Trail is shared with the West Fork Wallowa River Trail # 1820 and then parts company with its neighbor at the 1/4 mile mark with a gentle right hand fork. At the 1/2 mile mark, the first bridge crosses the West Fork of the Wallowa River. Another 1+ mile a mountain waterfall cascades beneath the second bridge. While many consider this the "destination", the next 200 yards on the trail yields two stunning experiences. The first occurs within 25 yards of the falls as you become surrounded by the fragrance of wild roses and mock orange. The shrubs extend for only about 10 yards along the trail, but if you linger and allow the magic of the fragrances to perform, your heart will thank you. Another 175 yards along the Trail leads you to a large rock outcrop that provides a great look North towards Wallowa Lake and the East Moraine. But if you look South there is an even more spectacular view of the two valleys formed by the East and West forks of the Wallowa River. If you hike the entire trail it is 7 miles one way. For letterboxing purposes you will be hiking maybe ¼ mile past the waterfall and then returning. The trail head elevation starts at 4,646. This trail is best hiked summer and fall. Use is heavier in the summer than in the fall. It is best for hikers and back packers as the trail is narrow in some parts.

Trail Notes: Total hiking time round trip for the bounty you seek will be two+ hours. This is a well maintained trail. The youngest person on our hike was 6 years old. Davy Jones will not give up his treasure chest to the faint of heart! Please be prepared for a rocky hike in some areas, switch backs with some elevation gains and the nerve to cross the waterfall on some thin logs. Wear appropriate footwear and take plenty of water and snacks. None of the boxes are located far from the trail and much of the hike is in the shade by large evergreen trees. This trail is a one way trail so the direction you hiked is the same direction you will return. Like any good pirate keep a close eye out for landlubbers who may not know of the bounty you seek!

Legend has it that a tortured soul called Davy Jones lives beneath the sea, his still-beating broken heart locked away in a chest, and a terrible sea beast at his command. Once again thrown into the world of the supernatural, Captain Jack Sparrow finds out that he owes a blood debt to the legendary Davey Jones, Captain of the ghostly Flying Dutchman. With time running out, Jack must find a way out of his debt or else be doomed to eternal damnation and servitude in the afterlife. Can you find Davy Jones key and treasure chest before it is too late for Captain Jack?

Box # 1 “Naughty Monkey”
A mischievous monkey has taken Captain Jack’s hat again. Follow the Chief Joseph trail to the “Y” in the trail (1/4 mile). Standing at the sign that reads “Chief Joseph Trail No 1803” check your compass and take 14 steps or 7 paces behind you (North 30 degrees). You will find the “Naughty Monkey” hiding under some moss covered rocks and some smaller rocks. This area looks very natural so you will need to search a bit to uncover this mischievous little fellow.

Box # 2 “Tia Dalma”
It is time to seek the advice of a woman who lives in the mist. Continue on the trail to a wooden bridge that is over the river. Before you cross the bridge you will find this woman of potions and magic under the left side of the bridge under the truss. Be careful not to slip as you retrieve this box. Please be sure to replace the stone that helps keep her safe under the bridge.

Box # 3 “Captain Jack Sparrow” - MIA
To find Captain Jack you will encounter many switch backs until you reach a plateau with a nice size opening, a small grove of trees and a rock in the middle of your path. Standing at the rock in the path facing the small grove of trees you will notice another large rock (West 280 degrees). This boulder is 26 steps or 12 paces from the rock you are standing at. Captain Jack is hidden at the base of this bounder on the right under a black and white specked rock and a small branch.

Box # 4 “Davy Jones”
You must find Davy Jones to uncover the key that he guards so well. To find Davy you must be willing to walk the plank over the falls. Watch your step as the logs can be slippery. Continue on the trail and you will come to a large waterfall of rocks. On your left there is a tree right before the rocks. Take 4 steps or two paces from the tree towards the waterfall of rocks. Davy Jones is hidden behind a bunch of small stones at waist height on your left. Some of the stones are white in color to help you uncover his hiding place. However, rocks do have a way of moving and all looking the same so really watch your clues on this one.

Box # 5 “Davy’s Key”
Continue to the wooden sign on your right that reads “Eagle Cap Wilderness…” Stop. Turnaround at the sign and count 20 steps or 10 paces back down the trail (the direction you just came from). At approximately 210 degrees on your right and up a little hill you will see some rocks and moss. Davy’s Key is hidden under some smaller rocks and moss at the base of the large rock. A very small amount of climbing is involved here.

Box # 6 “Davy’s Treasure Chest”
Now that you have uncovered the key it is time to find Davy’s Treasure Chest! Continuing back down the trail (the direction you came). You will come to a small clearing. You will walk just past a stump in the middle of the path and at 120 degrees to your left you will see a small path towards some rocks and an overlook. The treasure you seek is hidden under the last large boulder at the end of the overlook, under the edge nearest the lake.

Should you note any of the boxes missing, their 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 and it will take me time to repair or replace these boxes without local intervention. Thank you & happy treasure hunting!