Rock Island Letterbox LbNA # 31066
|Placed Date||May 20 2007|
|Location||Colorado Springs, CO|
|Found By||The Woodshed |
|Last Update||Mar 25 2014 |
11/02/08 - FINALLY replaced stolen box - have fun finding it now!
This is a paved trail so it is wheelchair, stroller, bike, and pet-friendly. The walk is about 1.5 miles roundtrip and takes between 45 minutes and 1 hour to complete. Kids will love this trail as there is a lot of nature to see and explore.
The Rock Island Trail spans 3 miles between Powers Blvd. and Paseo Dr. It is especially peaceful on the way to the letterbox.
Make your way to the intersection of Constitution Avenue and Murray Boulevard. Park at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church at the southeast corner of the intersection. Head south down the sidewalk towards Washington Irving Middle School until you reach the Rock Island Trail. Cross Murray Boulevard and head east on the trail.
Pass a park bench on your right, pass horses on the left. As the trail bends to the left the street noises will fade. Pass a field behind a church on the right. Stop to read the placard about the Rock Island Railroad History. Cross the tracks, pass a park bench on your left. Pass horses on the left. Pass a stand of scrub oak trees on the left - on the right you will see an old railroad sign with Z0 on it. Pass a small rock wall with oak trees above it on your left. This is your destination. There is plenty of path before and after this rock wall so you are able to scout for walkers/bikers/fellow letterboxers.
There are two growths of holly bushes within the oak trees. The first growth is large and the second is small. At the base of the second growth are some misplaced rocks - rocks no longer part of the rock wall. Look beneath these rocks for your treasure.
If you have time - continue on the path to the rock formation on your left just before recrossing the tracks. It is a wonderful adventure - we suspect it is a frequently visited spot during the night hours.
On your return notice the wonderful view of Pikes Peak. Be certain to stop at the park bench before crossing the tracks to discover the history behind "America The Beautiful".