Grass Creek LbNA # 58443
|Placed Date||Jun 18 2011|
|Found By||Front Range Hiker|
|Last Update||Jul 30 2011|
This letterbox was planted next to the meadow where my fiancee ("J") proposed to me ("C") :)
Distance: 4.2 miles round trip
Allow yourself: 2-3 hours
Elevation gain: 500 feet (with a number of ups and downs)
- This area is open to fall hunting
- Public access to this area is prohibited from January 1st through June 14th each year
- In the summer, be prepared for the occasional afternoon thunderstorm or avoid them altogether by hiking early in the day
- You will need to bring your own inkpad for this letterbox
Getting there: From I-70, take Exit 252 to CO 74 and head south. At Evergreen Lake, turn right onto Upper Bear Creek Road and drive 6 miles. Take the right fork (stay on Upper Bear Creek Road) and follow Wilderness Management Area signs for approximately 3 miles to the entrance to the Mount Evans State Wildlife Area (Upper Bear Creek Road will pass directly through the gate). Follow Grass Creek signs to a wide, red metal gate that blocks the road. Park here (the Grass Creek Trailhead).
Once you've parked, pass around the red, metal gate and head up the steady incline and down the other side of the hill. You'll be walking alongside Bear Creek; signs along the route share information about the area and its plants and animals.
Cross over a sturdy plank bridge and continue up the trail for a long, aerobic climb.
At the top, the trail comes to a T intersection at the edge of a large meadow with Grass Creek running through it and Mount Evans in the distance.
Head to your right to a lone stone chimney - all that's left of a homesteader's cabin. Climb up the hill to the chimney, check out its surroundings, then walk around to the back of the chimney.
With your back pressed against the back of the chimney, look for a half-burned tree sitting between a tree with a birdhouse nailed to it on the left and a V-shaped tree on the right.
Walk over to the half-burned tree and walk around it to its back side. Directly in front of you is a large, somewhat flat, table-sized boulder.
Walk over to the right end of this boulder. Look beneath a pile of rocks to find the Grass Creek letterbox.
Please rehide the box as best you can, especially if you visit in the fall or early winter. Once you’ve stamped in, head back the way you came and enjoy the (almost entirely) downhill hike to your car.
Any questions, comments, or problems – don’t hesitate to send an e-mail to WoodlandWanderer@hotmail.com!