Rattlesnake Letterbox  LbNA # 41925

Placed DateJul 17 2008
LocationMountain Lakes, NJ
Found By (hidden)
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Rattlesnake Letterbox
Wilcox Park
Placed 07/17/08 by Wingfoot & Angelfoot
Mountain Lakes, Morris County, New Jersey

Clues: Easy
Terrain: Relatively Flat with some small climbs
Time: 1 Hour

While this letterbox is located in Mountain Lakes in Wilcox Park, the hike starts out in Boonton in Tourne County Park

Traveling NORTH on 287, take Exit 43 for Intervale Road (Mountain Lakes). At the end of the ramp turn LEFT and cross over I-287 to the traffic light. Turn RIGHT at the light onto Fanny Road. Proceed straight to the second stop sign. Turn RIGHT onto West Main Street. Bear LEFT at the "Y" onto Powerville Road. Continue until the first road on the left, McCaffrey Lane. Turn LEFT. A sign for Tourne Park marks the entrance. Early Dutch settlers named this land "Torren", which means tower.

The Tourne is the only remaining undeveloped fragment of the Great Boonton Tract, purchased by David Ogden, Colonial Attorney-General of New Jersey in 1759. McCaffrey Lane, which serves as the main entrance to the park, was created in 1767 by Samuel Ogden to haul iron ore from Hibernia's mines to his iron works in Old Boonton. Within this historic region, the Continental Army manufactured cannon balls for use during the American Revolution.

Start at the baseball field parking lot. Start by going left down McCaffrey Lane from parking lot. Youíll come to the white trail which starts on the left hand side of the road. Take white trail. Youíll come to a sign with arrows indicating to go straight ahead to Mountain Lakes or go right for the Tourne. Go straight. White trail will eventually end. Where white trail ends go left picking up red trail. Red trail will go left at next intersection. Stay with red trail. This is the Rattlesnake trail. Eventually youíll come to a blaze indicating to make a right with red trail. From tree with red blazes indicating to make a right across the trail will appear to be an unblazed trail. If you look closely at the tree on the right of the unblazed trail you should notice very faded blue blazes. Keep going up red trail until the next single blazed red tree. Right behind the single blazed tree is another tree with a cavity at itís base. Under a rock within the cavity is what you seek.

Please hide box completely hidden from view after stamping in.

Continue on red trail the way you didnít come. Eventually youíll notice off the left of the trail Rattlesnake Meadow. Itís a marshy area with hundreds of dead trees, itís a spooky looking area. Trail will soon split. Take the unblazed trail left staying next to the meadow. Youíll shortly cross a bridge and then come to the baseball field where you parked.

The Tourne, Rattlesnake, Evergreen, Baby Box, and Birchwood Lake letterboxes hikes can be combined. Wilcox and Tourne Parks border each other.