Cress Creek LbNA # 8974
|Placed Date||May 24 2004|
|Last Update||Jun 19 2010|
This is a nice short hike overlooking the Snake River and following Cress Creek. The trail itself is wheelchair accessible, but the letterbox isn't. Unfortunately they were doing construction on the trail and I didn't dare leave the box there.
To get to the Cress Creek trail, drive about 16 miles past Idaho Falls on Highway 26. Take the turnoff for Heise Hot Springs/Kelly Canyon/7N Ranch. Go three miles to the bridge over the river (take the right fork in the road at about two miles). On the far side of the bridge at the "T" in the road take a left and go 1.2 miles up the dirt road and park at the lot for the trail.
fairly easy with a little hiking
Follow the trail up, you will pass a fork in the trail--go to the right. Stop at the first picnic table spot on the right side of the trail after the fork. From the northwest corner of the picnic table, go on one of the small trails under the trees that goes into the small clearing. On the right side you will see the very large boulder. Keep following around it. When you step over the rocks, go approximately 20 steps toward the view at 196 degrees and come to a smaller rock boulder. On the eastern edge of this smaller boulder there is a crack with a juniper tree growing out of it. At the bottom of this crack, hidden under rocks, is the letterbox.