Saturday, June 18, 2011

Hello From Georgia!

Date Placed: June 18, 2011
Letterbox: Traditional
Carver: buttercup
Logbook: buttercup
Planters: GreenJello and Teancum
Location: Kiwanis Park, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah
Distance: Approximately 1.5 miles, round trip
Status: Active

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

Ah, the hike to the "G" has been on my mind! If you're looking for incredible views of Utah Valley, make your way to the "G" on the mountainside.

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 right onto 100 East and then left onto 200 South. Continue to follow 200 South eastward until you dead end in a parking area next to Kiwanis Park. Cross the bridge into the park.

Trail starts from the NE corner of the pavilion, and heads to the right of the fence. Just past the big firepit on the right, take the left fork and start heading up. There will be little trails that seem to split off the main trail; stay on the main well-traveled trail that seems to hug the side of the mountain, and you will be headed to the right place.

As you round a bend, the "G" will be visible as an actual "G", and not just some white stuff on the mountain. You will notice a tall juniper tree that sticks up above the surrounding landscape. The letterbox is hidden behind this juniper under a flat rock with orange lichen. You will probably find it helpful to go 12-15 steps beyond the juniper before heading off-trail to get to it.

If you keep along the same trail, you will end up at the "G". Or, you can turn around and go back. It's up to you. :) Either way, the "G" hike will be on your mind!

Notes: This hike is very steep in parts! You will gain approximately 800 feet in .75 miles, with the steepest part being the first third of the hike. Hiking sticks and shoes with good traction HIGHLY recommended. Most of the trail is out in the open; it is best to hike during cooler temperatures.

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