Upon arriving at the park, head down to the lower day
parking area. Park and then look for the signs near the bathrooms (the
last non porta-potty ones you'll find here) pointing towards the
"Backcountry Trails" and follow those to find the first box.
#1 - Too Many Bees In This Park
Shortly after starting on the backcountry trail, you will cross a
cement bridge over the creek itself. Just on the other side, stop.
Look to your left and you'll see a small cut-off trail that goes down
to the creek itself. Take a couple of steps down that trail and stop.
Turn around and look back the way you came. Right where the trails
intersect, on the left, you'll see a short tree with lots of limbs.
Follow the limbs to the trunk then to the ground. The roots have pushed
up a bit of the road itself just to the right (12 inches or so over, we
didn't measure exactly). The box is tucked under that area, in the
little cave the roots formed.
We called it Too Many Bees after we tried to plant it down near the
creek and were scared away by, you guessed it, too many bees :)
#2 - The Long Walk
Head back onto the trail and follow the signs for "Craggs
Road". At one point, you'll see a trail cutoff to the left over a
broken (people can pass, no vehicles) bridge. While that route is
shorter and won't miss the box, it is sans all shade, so don't go that
way on a hot day!
The high road follows the "Craggs Road" signs through
intermitant patches of sun and shade from the local oak trees. You will,
after about 8/10 of a mile, come to a "Y" in the trail, with
the left path leading towards the Visitor Center and the right leading
towards Century Lake/MASH Site.
Take the path to the left. This will eventually be the turn off for
the future Century Lake/MASH series, however we're waiting for cooler
weather to plant those boxes.
A few steps later, you'll come to another "Y" and again you
want to go left. Just before another bridge across the creek to the
Visitor Center, you'll come to a porta-potty and a trail marked as
"Rock Pool" cutting off to the right.
Take the Rock Pool trail. After a short walk in the shade, you'll
come to a clearing of sorts that is set up as a picnic area - tables,
trash containers and, of course, porta-potties!
Hold your nose now...
Go to the right side of the potties and find 220-degrees on your
compass. Walk 75 paces at 220-degrees. You may have to walk around one
tree (a redwood) and duck under a low branch (depending upon how
straight you walk).
At the end of your paces, you'll be in the last patch of shrubs
before they burst out into another sunny clearing. Look down at the
shrub in front of you and find where another tree has fallen over,
leaving it's decaying trunk at the base of the shrub.
On the left end of the trunk, two branches form a "Y" and
there is a heavy looking, triangular piece of rock sitting atop it. The
box is under that rock - it's size is deceiving since it's lava rock.
#3 - Holey Rock
Reported missing but not confirmed. Will be
verified and replaced, if necessary, in early October after the county
fair is over.
Back onto the trail, heading down hill. Just a few steps down, you'll
see a very large lava boulder on your right.
On the side of the boulder facing you as you come down the trail,
people have worn a small path of dirt up to higher levels. Go sit on
that path of dirt, facing the trail.
Look down and to your left to where the natural holes in the rock
have formed a cave just about at your "seat" level. The box is
hidden in this space, under a few more lava rocks.
At this point, you can either continue a few hundred paces to the
rock pool - alright for swimming some days, not so good others and
definetly NOT for wheeled transportation or beginning walkers past this
point. Or you can return to your car the way you came.
The Visitor's Center is worth a visit, if you are at the park on a