Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Hello From New Mexico!

Date Placed: June 16, 2010
Letterbox: Traditional
Carver: Astro D
Logbook: Astro D
Planter: GreenJello
Location: Grove Creek Trail, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah
Distance: About a quarter mile round trip to box; 4 miles round trip to the falls
Status: Active

This is part of the "Hello From The United States!" series of boxes.

A lesser known hike in the Pleasant Grove area is the Grove Creek Canyon trail. It offers an unparalleled view of the Utah Valley (you can see all the way to the windmills in Spanish Fork Canyon at some points!), and breathtaking waterfalls.

Directions: From I-15, take exit 275 (Pleasant Grove). Go east off the exit. At the intersection with State Street, continue straight through the light onto Center Street. Turn left onto 100 East, then right at 500 North. Follow the road to the very end, and park at the trailhead.

Walk up the trail until you see the square with a lid. From the square, sight the rocks just up the hill at 250 degrees. Go approximately 10 steps up and look under the side of the rocks facing the square.

Notes: For those hiking past the letterbox to the waterfalls-- this is NOT a hike for young children! There are sheer dropoffs and loose shale on steep mountain sides. It may not be a good choice if you are afraid of heights. Dogs are allowed, though if yours has a tendency to wander off the trail, I'd make sure to keep them leashed and close by.

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