Name: Eagle's Cliffs Box
Placed by: Eliza B.
date placed: 05/19/02
nearest town: Mt. St. Helens Park, WA, USA
county: ??
Although the hike to the box isn't all that strenuous, finding this amazing little park was a piece of serendipity for us -- one that we hope you enjoy repeating.

From I-5, take the exit for Cougar (I believe it's 23, don't hold me to that.) Head east and don't turn. The highway will take you through Yale (where the climber's registration is, if you're interested -- get there early, there's a lottery if conditions are good.), then Cougar, and eventually turns into state parks road 25. You'll see a turn off for Ape Caves -- go past it, toward Windy Ridge. Continue on 25 through the forest and just after the work station on your left is a junction of 25 and state parks road 90. Turn right. A short way down this road, on your left, will be a sign for Eagle Cliffs, just before a bridge.

Turn in and park. Find the greenish information sign and head down the hill toward the water. Follow the trail under the bridge and past the picnic area to a small clearing of sorts on your right.

In the middle of this clearing is a rock. Go to it. From there, face the road, and you'll see a log straight in front of you that's been charred in places. The letterbox you seek is at the near end of that log, hidden underneath. (easiest access is from the left side as you face the road.) It's very near a small evergreen tree, if that helps.

Once you've gotten the letterbox and have explored the Lewis River, if you head across the road there's a general store on the left. The owners were very nice on our trek (we were quite lost, due to the snow having closed some roads), and we found out they rent -cabins- for -$33- a night. Expect some letterboxes up that way soon.... :)

please also see the letterboxing USA site for all the regular disclaimers and waivers that you assume when you decide to go out looking for boxes. (blah blah blah, legalese saying that you know it's your own fault if you get bit by stuff, fall off a cliff, or if things aren't where they're supposed to be. That kind of thing.)


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