Donner & Blitzen  LbNA # 395

Placed DateJan 1 1990
LocationFrenchglen, OR
Planted ByThe Paisley Orca    
Found By goldenoldie
Last Found Mar 25 2015
Hike Distance?

This letterbox is located in the breathtaking Steens Mountain area. The river was originally called the Dunder und Blizten (thunder and lightening in German) and changed later to Donner und Blizten. It is said that the locals refer to the river as just "The Blitzen. The terrain and clues are easy.

LOCATION: Harney County, Frenchglen, Oregon

DIRECTIONS: From the very small town of Frenchglen in Southeastern Oregon, follow the signs for campgrounds. Turn into Page Springs campground. It will be on your right hand side and signs will make it obvious. You don't have to pay a fee to park at the trailhead, only if you get a site and camp. Go South through the campground all the way to the end past sites 12, 13 & 14 to the Donner und Blitzen trailhead parking.

CLUES: Go through the turnstyle and follow the trail. The Blitzen River is your companion to the right. At some point during your meander there will be a tree to your right with VERY exposed roots toward the river. On the trail from this "rooty" tree go approximately 17 steps till you reach a spot in the trail between rock and tree. Go 14 steps up at 150 degrees behind the overhanging rock. To your left is a secret cave where this letterbox resides. Poke a stick in first as snakes or other creatures live in this community. There is a rock at the entrance to the cave to hide the letterbox. Please make sure you are descreet and replace the box and rock so it is well-hidden as this spot and what you're up to can be seen from the trail.

Best regards,

Amanda Briles
The Paisley Orca