Moonlit Trail LbNA # 40870
|Placed Date||Jun 13 2008|
|Location||Stokes State Forest, Branchville, NJ|
|Found By||Indigo Vulture|
|Last Update||Dec 4 2009|
Moonlit Trail Letterbox.
(This hike takes place on Coursen Trail in Stokes State Forest. Coursen is a gently sloping trail along a hillside. The lower portion was once a glacial lake. It was beautiful in June with the blooming of Mountain Laurel. The Rhododendron in July should be equally pretty!)
Park at Stony Lake.*There is a fee to enter the park in the summer months.
After climbing the stairs at the trail map sign enter the woods to your left.
Hike the trail to the wooden Coursen Trail marker.
Stay on Coursen.
You will pass a plank bridge over a stream.
There will be a view of Stony Lake on your right.
The trail begins to take you gently uphill.
It levels off and you will glimpse the low lying glacial lake area on your left.
The trail continues gently down through an archway of young deciduous trees and a rocky path that curves down to a clear open view of the old beaver pond/glacial lake area on your left.
You should see a marker on a tree on the right just past this view of the old pond.
Continue to the next dry stream bed with a trail marker on a tree on your right.
(If you look ahead you will see another stream bed and young hemlock trees on your left)
Stand with your left shoulder under the trail marker.
Take a compass reading of 320 NW .This should take you down into the forest to a large boulder slightly in front of and between two trees. (This boulder had an old rotten tree strewn over it at the time.)
The Moonlit Trail Letterbox is at the base of the front of this boulder.
Return the way you came and enjoy Stony Lake recreation area.:)
*(This hike can be combined with the Scrappy microbox hike. This will eliminate paying to enter the park in the summer.
But consider a State Parks Pass. For 50 bucks it is well worth it and gets you in to any NJ State Park all summer long. )
~Sera and Doobie