Persian Palace LbNA # 46636
|Placed Date||Apr 16 2009|
|Location||Morgan Hill, CA|
The Persian Palace letterbox can be found in the largest State Park in Northern California. It is about 15 miles south of San Jose and in the hills east of Morgan Hill. Take the East Dunne Avenue exit from Hwy. 101 heading east. Your 13 mile drive will take about half an hour since much of the trip is on a narrow, winding road. If you have an RV, you will not be able to turn around until you reach the park. Follow the sign for the state park, past Anderson Reservoir and on up into the hills. You will end at the Visitor's Center. Park here, pay your $5 parking fee ($4 if anyone in your party is 62 or over.) Pick up a trail map.
There is a rest room behind the visitor center. Water is available. Bring plenty with you along with your sun screen, bug repellent, walking stick, snacks, and camera.
Start at the trail head for the Corral Trail, across the road from the stop sign near the Visitor's Center. Walk along the trail for about 15 minutes. We found this to be a magical place that set our imaginations soaring. Watch for some amazing natural elements as you pass. On the left look for the polished manzanita, then a boulder which resembles a huge granite cow paddy. Then on the right can you spot the tree that looks like a huge dead spider with its many legs stretching skyward? Soon you will see two kissing trees, one on either side of the trail. The large oaks have numerous balls of mistletoe adorning their branches.
You will reach a bench just as the trail turns left. From the bench go 80 steps/40 paces along the trail until you stand below a very large oak with a large dead fall on its right. Below that tree and just above the trail is another, smaller dead limb. Look under the uphill side of this smaller dead fall for the Persian Palace.
Continue east on the trail. At the next trail marker turn left, then turn left again onto the road heading west. Stay on the road back to the "headquarters" where you started.