T&T's Favorite Letterboxer Series #3 LbNA # 33681
|Owner||Tiptoe & Tonto|
|Placed Date||Jul 23 2007|
|Last Found||Oct 11 2010|
Tiptoe & Tonto’s Favorite Letterboxer Series - #3**
To commemorate finding our 500th box, we would like to take this opportunity to show our gratitude to all of the wonderful letterbox planters that have made it all possible!
** Please note: The number associated with this box in no way reflects favoritism, but simply the order in which we were able to plant the boxes!
Difficulty: trail moderate, clues easy
Hike time: about 15 - 20 minutes one way
Status: Planted July 23, 2007
To find this little tribute and token of gratitude in our series of “Tiptoe & Tonto’s Favorite Letterboxer,” we had to pay tribute to one of the letteboxers that went way beyond the call of duty to make sure our visit to the Hocking Hills, Ohio area was a successful one. There are letterboxes galore, but none at one of the “Seven Wonders” of Hocking Hills State Park…Cantwell Cliffs. We couldn’t let this area be missed just because there weren’t any boxes to find! The Cantwell Cliffs area is at the far north end of the park and can be found 17 miles from Old Man’s Cave on State Route 374.
After parking, go to the north end of the parking lot and take the red trail toward the shelter house and the “Welcome to Cantwell Cliffs” information kiosk. Take time to familiarize yourself with the map. Follow the red trail to the left of the kiosk and the shelter. It will lead you down a long series of steps to a “T”. At that point, going to your left a few steps, you will see the end trail of the famous “Fat Woman’s Squeeze. That would be the wrong way, but worth a peek down the crevice. Instead head right on the trail. Don’t be fooled by stairs or trails heading down into the valley. Stay up on the rim. You will cross a wooden bridge asking you “not to throw rocks”. You will eventually come to a man made stone wall to the left of the trail with a small arch underfoot where you can look down to a spectacular view. The small arch is the bridge over the source of a potential waterfall over the cliffs and into the valley below. It was fairly dry when the box was planted, but a small trickle of a stream led us to believe this could swell at certain times of the year.
After peering over the edge and waiting until the coast is clear, stand on the stone arch with your back to the canyon. Take a compass reading of 150* you will see at about 25 steps a tree with three trunks, two have met their demise. There on the backside under a rock you should find our tribute to a favorite letterboxer. Please go further upstream to stamp in, as this area can be busy.
After stamping in and rehiding well, you can continue on the red trail that eventually leads you down onto the valley floor and into the area directly below the arch. You can pick up the yellow trail and find you way back through Fat Woman’s Squeeze and back to the stairs to the parking lot. Or for those not so inclined, turn around and return to the first trail that leads up to the parking lot on your right. The full hike is worth it! A further note, Tiptoe had no problem in the squeeze even though she is a candidate for WW!