Hickory Trail Run

LOCATION:  Hickory Run State Park, Carbon County, PA

CHALLENGE:  1 star

DATE/NUMBER:  19-Jun-1999/11

MAP:  One way to to get to the park is: From exit 35 of the PA Turnpike (I-476), turn right directly after passing through the tolls (onto PA-940 west). After about 2 miles, turn left onto PA-534 east. From there, it is about 9.7 miles to where you can park at the trail head.

Follow the yellow blazed trail north, passing by fern meadows, through mountain laurel, rhododendrons, and tall hemlocks, and if you're lucky, some rarely seen wildlife. Cross the trail to the theater and end your hike at the last blazed tree, where the trail ends in the sea of rocks.

From that tree, sight a pine at 50 degrees, and a hemlock at 224 degrees. Proceed 17 paces to the hemlock, thence 26 paces on bearing 266 to the top of a large boulder. From the middle of this large rock, proceed on bearing 176 for 17 paces to a small rock.

NOTE 1:  Click here for another Hickory Run letterbox.

NOTE 2:  Its a beautiful trail in a beautiful park. Don't forget your running shoes or hiking boots, and stop by the ranger station on the way in for a trail map, and make a day of it.

NOTE 3:  Off-trail walking is involved.

NOTE 4:  Be wary of snakes and other wildlife when reaching into dark places. No need to dig for this box. All bearings magnetic unless otherwise noted. A pace is a long stride counted on a footfall of either foot, i.e. two paces are counted each time the right foot hits the ground. Be aware of if or when there is game hunting in the area.

NOTE 5:  Please re-hide the thing well just as you found it, and be discreet when stamping up.

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