The Corps Gets Steamed LbNA # 8060 (ARCHIVED)
|Placed Date||Apr 25 2004|
Difficulty: Easy walk and easy clues, but not handicap-accessible.
Lewis and Clark and their Corps of Discovery passed near Lolo Hot Springs twice on their expedition. The first time was on September 13, 1804, as the Corps journeyed west to the Pacific Ocean. They did not stop for a soak because they were in a race with the impending winter weather. However, on their journey home they allowed themselves the luxury of a soak in the springs and reached Travelers' Rest on June 30, 1806.
Directions: Drive 8 miles south of Missoula, Montana on Highway 93 to the town of Lolo. Turn right onto Highway 12. Drive 25 miles west of Lolo to Lolo Hot Springs. Just before arriving at the Hot Springs you will come to a sweeping right curve in the highway immediately after crossing a small bridge over Lolo Creek. (At this point the creek moves from the left side of the highway to the right side of the highway.) You will pass on the right a huge black granite boulder in the middle of Lolo Creek.
There is a small turn off on the right side of the highway where you can park your vehicle. If you are not comfortable with parking here, use the Lolo Hot Springs parking lot which is just around the curve and then walk back.
You will see a faint trail that leads you behind the huge boulder in Lolo Creek. Follow this trail until you are behind the boulder. At this point look to the left of you and on the hill you will see a moss covered smaller boulder with a stump in front of it. The "Corp Gets Steamed" Letterbox is underneath this boulder and is hidden by small rocks in front of it.
Please hide the box carefully as it could easily be seen.