At the eastern corner of the upper lake, the vehicle road
forms a "T" with the one-way road continuing to the right and
around the lake and a second road going left and down further into the
canyon. This is an all-way stop for vehicles.
Across from the lake, you will see a very clear trail with wood step
supports winding up the mountain. Head up that trail and enjoy the shade
oaks as you follow the road (on your right) and begin the hunt.
#1 - Franklin Canyon Box
At the fork in the trail, take a left and continue up the hill a bit
longer. A short time later, you will come to the first real clearing
along this path, on your right around an impressive shade tree. Face the
tree with your back to the path, looking in the general direction of the
road. Follow the far edge of the clearing around to the left and you
will spot a large, three trunk tree just beyond the clearing, down the
hill slightly. The box is hidden where the trunks come together at the
#2 - Natural Archway Box
Head back onto the trail, continuing in the way you were going
before. As you crest the hill and enter a sunny area, be sure and look
off to your right, above the far mountains to spot the circling
red-tailed hawks that inhabit this canyon.
After a short walk along the path (plants sometimes encroach on this
little used trail), you will come to an area where a large, bushy tree
has grown up and over the trail, forming a natural archway - and the
first real shade to be found since leaving the last box.
While standing under this archway, look to your left, where the
trunks of the tree have their start. The box is behind the middle trunk,
under some growing vines and dead plant matter.
#3 - Knotty Oak Box
Continue back on the trail in the same way you've been going and,
just a few feet ahead, you'll come to a point where you must go left,
uphill, or right, downhill. Turn right and start down, taking care to
use the wood supported steps instead of the water path beside it.
Continue down to where the trail meets
the vehicle road again. The left most road leads to more trails of
increasing difficulty and will be the home of additional boxes in the
near future. The moderate left road leads out of the canyon towards the
Beverly Hills side. You want to follow the road to the right, back up
the mountain towards the upper lake.
After a restful stroll along the asphalt - a nice break if the trail
was particularly overgrown during your visit - you'll come to a
"Y" where the left road is quite closed down by four large
boulders and a trashcan. Continuing on the road for only a few yards, you will notice a foot path cutting off and up the
mountain to the right. This is the path you ignored earlier on your way
to the first box.
Go up the path 15 paces from the road to where, on the right, a large
oak tree is flaunting it's roots by sticking them in the air for one and
all to see. The oak has two main trunks and the box is located between
them, on the ground just behind. There is no need to climb the hill
here, you can reach the box from the front by going to one side or the
other of the main root ball.
You can now continue back up the road to where you parked.