Anchorage Area Letterboxes LbNA # 4800 (ARCHIVED)
|Placed Date||Dec 31 1969|
Since I am sure you are all hurriedly planning your Alaskan vacation, I wanted to make sure there were plenty of boxes to greet you upon arrival. Here are clues to the first 5. :o)
8/2004 Please note that our family has moved from the area and will no longer be updating or caring for the boxes. However, in the last few months I have received more interested parties looking for boxes than in the many years prior to our move. I encourage the new Alaskans to place new boxes and post them online - I am sure a great little community will evolve! Good Luck!
Thunderbird Falls Box
Head out the Glenn Hwy. to Thunderbird Falls/Eklutna exit. Once you get to the parking area of Thunderbird falls, just head up the trial. Remember this is a steep trail so be prepared. Follow the trail until you cross a wooden railed fence. At the top of the next hill you will see a birch with a 2 foot notch cut out. Take a heading of 190 degrees and mark 15 paces to a lone birch with bottom moss and bear bread. Take another reading of 230 degrees and take 6 paces. The box is in the base of a small fallen birch tree. It is approximately 3/4 of a mile down the trail to the falls.
Spooky Cliff Box
Eklutna is a small village just outside Anchorage where many "Spirit Houses" are displayed. If you are searching for boxes in order, turn right when leaving Thunderbird Falls. Otherwise take the Eklutna exit off the Glenn Hwy. and follow the signs to Eklutna Lake. On the right you will see a small turn off with a trail blocked by a concrete slab. From the left of the slab take a reading of 185 degrees At 12 paces you will see a beheaded tree. At 17 paces to a small trail goes the right of an arched birch. Soon you will come to a mound in the trail that resembles a grave. The box is to the right under the first pine. BE VERY CAREFUL HERE - THERE IS A SHEER DROP INTO A GORGE SEVERAL THOUSAND FEET BELOW. However, if you are brave enough to look over the edge you will see the remaining wreckage of a fatal collision.
Finger Lake Box
Take the Glenn Hwy. to Palmer. Turn left at the first stop light in Palmer. You are now on the Palmer-Wasilla Hwy. Go to Trunk Road and turn right. Follow this around to a 4 way stop and take a left. The Finger Lake Campground is immediately on the left. When you get to a fork in the road, take a right (away from registration hut). Follow the dirt road through the camping areas to the lake. Park and follow the road around the bend to a trail on the right with several large stones at the entrance. Stay on the trail and go almost to the end (the road will be visible through the trees). At the first small trail to the right take a heading of 150 degrees and walk 11 paces down the root steps which dead end into a tree. Take a reading of 90 degrees and walk 10 paces. At a reading of 330 degrees there is a tree with a large root sawed off, the box is hidden well under this root.
Double Trouble Box
Drive out of Anchorage on the Seward Hwy. Once you pass Potters Marsh watch for a turn out on the left. Popular moose sighting area, there may be a crowd. Follow the road as it curves to the right. It will end at a parking lot. Start at the display and head down the path. Stay on the path as it turns and you will find a restrictive sign in a string of large rocks. Turn right. Watch for a double tree on your left. At the tree take a heading of 20, go approx. 30 paces. You will know you are there because it is well marked. Take a reading of 170 degrees, search behind the land mark.
Mini Waterfall Box
Heading out the Seward highway enjoy the scenery until you get to McHugh Creek. Then pay attention! One mile past McHugh Creek on the left is a crescent shaped gravel turn out. If you miss the turn out you can turn around at Beluga Point and go back 6/10 of a mile (gravel turnout will obviously be on your right now) You will see 2 wooden posts, standing between the posts take a heading of 210 degrees. It is approximately 14 paces to the correct boulder, but it is very steep! The box is level with the base of the tree to the left of the waterfall. It's muddy so take time to wash your hands in the falls. :o)