|Letterboxing.org received the following email shortly after I
originally found the boxes. Please be careful about
where and how you walk to get the boxes. Also, please do not
plan to place any more boxes in the park. Thanks!|
"Cindy Mueller" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat Dec 28, 2002 1:48 pm
Subject: From a Letterbox Site
It would be highly appreciated that whomever is placing items at
State Park, near Sherwood, Wisconsin, please notify the park
staff of your placement activities in the future. There is unease
certain placements are 1. Not safe areas for people to be traveling
# 2. There are plants of concern in some of these areas.
If you have any questions, please contact the park office at (920)
during business hours or mail to the park naturalist at
High Cliff Series
Planted in High Cliff State Park
July 21, 2002 (LbNA post #13802)
High Cliff is located in Calumet County, Wisconsin. Nearest
town-Sherwood. High Cliff State Park is approx. 30 miles
southwest of Green Bay or 12 miles east of Appleton
Hiking-moderate, some climbing.
Do not attempt this series when the ground
is wet, especially with kids. The slopes are steep and the
rocks are sharp and will be slippery if wet.
Planted by Esperanza.
Adopted by The Dragon.
A series of three boxes have been hidden on a trail loop of
approx 3 miles. The park is located on the shores of Lake
Winnebago with great views from the top of the cliff and the
overlook tower in the park. The hike is family-orientated and
would take a leisurely 2 - 3 hours, depending on stops and exploring
time. There is a marina in the park, a beach for swimming and a
campground. There is a daily user fee, or a yearly sticker may be
purchased. Picking up a park/trail map at the entrance to the
park is recommended.
The hike begins on the Lime-Kiln
trail which starts in the paved parking lot by the lime kiln
ruins. The trail will pass several old kiln structures.
The path will fork to the left, but stay to the right and follow
along the lake. You'll reach a second place where the trail
forks and this time there is a sign. Again stay to the right
and follow the lake on the Long Loop portion of the trail. The
trail passes over small streams that are heading to the lake and
some very large cottonwood trees. The trail will take a left
turn at a bench and begin to ascend up the cliff. Take a rest
and enjoy the view and then begin the climb! As you ascend, on
your right are several large boulders and a huge tree. As you
ascend past its roots count the steps...5 steps and then roots...8
steps and then 4 more. Take 8 paces and then look to your
right to find a "family" trunked tree (2 large trunks + 2
babies) Go up the little hill to the back of this tree.
With your back to the largest trunk, take a bearing of 157 degrees
on your compass and find the rock across the woods that looks like
Mount Everest. It sticks out of the ground about 3' in an
inverted V shape. (From the tree it's approx. 12 paces to the
log, step over the log and then about 25 paces from the log to the
rock) On the south side of the rock is a tree whose roots hug
the rocks...find the box! As you head back you'll notice a
natural path heading to the south, a trail for the creature on the
stamp you've just found. Back on the main trail, continue to
ascend up the cliff. Once at the top you are near the
campground and you are now on the Red Bird Trail.
Box #2 - Head northeast on the Red Bird trail. It
will pass the Indian Mound trail which is interesting. This
trail follows the ridge of the cliffs, parents be sure to watch
children closely! The trail will pass over a rocky surface as
you pass a parking lot. After the lot, the
trail passes near a park road and enters a more wooded area.
Soon the trail will ascend to cross the road, but before it does,
stop at the spot where the stream passes under the trail and follow
the stream down to where it opens out into a small "canyon". Cross
the stream and take a seat on the rock sticking out of the wall near
the edge, with your feet on the 3rd "step" of rock. A small
waterfall is at your feet. Put your right hand on your thigh
and then notice the set of smaller rocks by your right hand in a
They can move. After finding the box please replace all the
rocks hiding the box well!
Box #3 -
Continue back on the main trail, which will cross the park road
and continue to follow the edge of the cliff up to another part
of the park and the statue to Chief Red Bird on your left.
The trail will come out to a parking lot, pavilion and a lookout
tower. After exploring this part of the park, the trail
continues at the edge of the parking lot, and it descends now
down the cliff. Half of the trail is blacktopped and was
an old road, the other side is gravel. Follow this down
until you reach the bench on the left hand side. Take the
path behind the bench up into the woods and up the side of the
cliff. On the way up you'll pass two large boulders on
your left, and then you'll cross over a series of small
boulders, and over a fallen tree. After the fallen tree
there are two trees side-by-side on the trail. Stand
between them and take a compass bearing of 167 degrees, the bearing is
pointing right to the box in the rocky "cave". Be sure to
re-cover the box with the stones so it cannot be seen. Continue back
to the main trail and descend to the road. Cross over and walk
back to the Lilm-Kiln trail parking lot.