Hog Heaven Theme Park  LbNA # 16526

OwnerFunhog    
Placed DateJul 11 2005
CountyTehama
LocationRed Bluff, CA
Boxes31
Found By Chaos Muppet
Last Found Nov 1 2014
StatusFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF  
Hike Distance?
Last EditedMar 14 2016



Hog Lake Plateau

The pig population has increased dramatically at this location. Pigs and Hogs of all types, sizes, races, creeds, and temperaments decided that the description of this place was just too wonderful. Everyone thinks that pigs are of one mind, and not diverse in any way, but this porcine collection has come from far and wide and shows all of the pigs in their own individual glory. Each letterbox was created by a letterboxer of some repute and placed at this location to drive Funhog nuts and give her a "Spamps" count. While the clues indicate that Funhog is the Placer, nothing could be further from the truth. The actual placer just didn't want to be responsible for keep tabs on all of these beauties. Each listing will have the carver's name and state of origin attached so that the finders will know who participated, as well as acknowledging the great artistic carving at each letterbox. This may be one of the biggest concentration of Letterboxes this side of Dartmoor, or at least on the west coast. If you are searching for these letterboxes when the oaks have no leaves, good luck! The best time would be when they are leafed out. Otherwise you can figure out how to tell a dead oak from a leafless one. In the summer months the temperature can exceed 100 degrees, so if you search during the summer then start very early in the day. Hey Funhog, Paybacks are hell, and since you are reading about this in the summer, enjoy the heat.

The pigs have been breeding like rabbits it seems. Be sure to collect the clues for these additions to the bountiful collection: Porcine Pet, Pee Thrittle Ligs, Ringo Rattler, Some Pig, Phantom Hawg (presumed missing 8/09,) Wig Wad Bolf, My Little Piggies, The Miracle, I'm Not a Pig, Swine de Oro, Pig-a-licious, Boring Boar, Pearls Before Swine, A Little Pig Goes A Long Way, Swine Flu, Hot Dog Car, Dead Peanuts, When Pigs Fly, Whistle Pig, Truffle Hunter and the first box planted here, FunHog Lake Plateau.

From I-5 in Red Bluff drive east on Highways 36 and 99. From the left turn on 36 drive 7 1/2 miles to the parking area for the Hog Lake Plateau trailhead on the left side of the road. From the parking area look north past the green pipe gate to the ridgeline in the distance and head that way along the gravel road. As you proceed along this gravel road you should note that directly ahead of you seems to be a separation of the ridgeline and you will be heading up to this separation.


#1 Even Pigs are Swingers, by Cherokee Rose, Ga.
NOTE: Missing 4/07
NOTE from finder LCAB 2/25/14: Replaced #1 with new carved stamp using the original's picture - it is now uphill of the tree and under a SPOR in a crevice between 2 large rocks. I tried to put it near tree but the ants were way too vicious there ... lol ... happy hunting!!

The truth be known, many pigs have alternate lifestyles. This first letterbox is proof that pigs like more than the mud they wallow in. CR was a little concerned that this letterbox clue would end up X rated so the story shall end here, but the story behind this little Georgia beauty could surely get your imagination flowing.

As you approach a sweeping left turn in the road take the path up to your right (note the largest oak on your right just below the ridge) and continue to the edge of the ridgeline and come back along the ridgeline toward the path you came up on. Look for the largest Oak tree nearest the path and this letterbox is hidden at the base under movable rocks. You will have to do some boulder scrambling.


#2 Letterboxing Buddies by Der Mad Stamper, Or.

This letterbox is represented as just a pair of pigs playing and cavorting. Neither one of these letterboxers portrayed publicly post the real number of finds to their credit which is a creditable credit and brings credence to their public letterboxing credentials, but if you have found that you followed this statement then that is a credit to your personal letterboxing clue reading in that you are able to find that you follow unfounded and unaccredited text, which is incredible in itself. Maybe you have been boxing too long, and have gone a little" Mad". What you worry? Just go find the dang thing!

Go back up to the top of the ridgeline and starting with the tree at box #1 count the oaks that are in the ridgeline in an easterly direction. Box #1 is at tree #1 and box #2 is at the base of tree #6, which is on the top of the ridgeline. Do not count the small oaks. The box is hidden under some movable boulders.


#3 Pigs can fly, by Don & Gwen, Ca.

Well can they? Sure they can. How else did this one get here from Cakeville, Crumbville, Corneyville, or where ever the heck Don & Gwen are from? I'm not even sure they know what planes are for in that hick town. There was a rumor that the sidewalks roll up at night, but that is false. There are no sidewalks. So how do they know anything about something as technical as flying? Well maybe it has something to do with the illegal crops growing in the national forests around their part of California. Is this punker pig really a farmer, and has he been smoking his crop?

After you find #2 look for tree #8 continuing easterly and just counting those trees in the ridgeline. As you are counting trees and hopping over rocks along the ridgeline there will be a small juniper at your level and tree #8 will be lower and on the same line down as this juniper. To verify your position, you should see that just below the ridgeline (at the same level as your vehicle) there is a longish boulder cluster and a baby oak is growing from the left side. This cluster is at a lower level than tree #8. The letterbox is hidden under a small overhang on the up hillside of tree #8 under movable rocks.


#4 Da Hawg, by Mark and Sue Pepe, Ct.

Oh my, at least the image should be clothed!!!! My goodness even the nudist pigs have been hanging out here (pun intended). Oh well it is a neutral image, so no X rating required. At least Hog Lake is a proper cavorting spot.

From letterbox #3 take 9 steps at 20 degrees and look in the hollow at the base of the tree.


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#6 Pigmalion, by Poison Ivy, WV

Who said you can't make a silk purse from a sow's ear? Poison Ivy has won the prize for the most impractical, audacious, largest, porcine production in this little piggy caper. The only question would be "How to hide the dang thing!" The stamp ain't too bad either!

The following little song must be sung aloud after you find this letterbox and are in the midst of opening it.
"All I want is a room somewhere, far away from the cold night air.
With one enormous chair; Oh wouldn't it be loverly?
Lots of choc'late for me to eat; Lots of coal makin' lots of heat.
Warm face, warm 'ands, warm feet, Oh wouldn't it be loverly?
Oh, so loverly sittin' abso-bloomin'-lutely still!
I would never budge 'til Spring crept over my window sill.
Someone's head restin' on my knee; Warm and tender as he can be,
Who takes good care of me; Oh wouldn't it be loverly?
Loverly, loverly, loverly, loverly."

From oxbay #5 look for a hill across the way from highway 36 that has a group of antennas and has one very tall red and white antenna. Look for the tree (only 1/2 of the tree can be seen from box #5) below the top of the ridge that is in line with the antennas and the tree where box #5 is hidden. Box #6 has a very large hiding spot near the base of this tree. Wow, in any other place this might have been impossible to hide! Well, not if you used a backhoe. Beware, Poison Oak! Not poison ivy.


#7 Pig in a Poke by Knit Wit of NC.

In this age of "try it before you buy it" this saying has lost much usage. Even though we are poking fun at the pig, the pig is no pig in the poke.

Go back to the location of box #5 and walk 25 steps at 65 degrees to a leaning oak. Poke your hands into the end of a protruding dead limb that points away from box #5 and you will find the letterbox behind a rock that is in the end of the limb. A rock in the end of a limb? Only in letterboxing.



#8 Hog Splashing Fun, ABear, Idaho.

Somebody said there was a Hog Lake around here, well where the heck is it? I mean I'm looking for "Big Water" not just a little dampness. When I'm wallowing I like it wet, wet, WET!

From box #7 take 28 steps at 340 degrees to a medium sized oak and you will find the letterbox high and dry at the base of this tree.

Okay time to take a break and head to the other (left and west side of the ridgeline). For those Geocachers that do both there is a cache in a gnarly multi-trunked oak not far from the open area between the two areas on the left side of the trail up to the ridgeline. If you sign in please do not mention the letterboxes planted in the area as we do not want the stamps becoming trade bait.


#9 This Little Piggy, dvn2rCkr, Wa.

You will just have to read the text in the box.

Head back down to the gravel road and when you reach the gravel road count 58 steps southwest along the road and then head 32 steps at 320 degrees toward a large oak just below the ridgeline. The letterbox is covered with an angular rock near the base of the tree.


#10 Scary likeness of Funhog on her Harley, by Pungent Bob, OR
NOTE: the last finder reported that the box is in the middle of the pile of boulders, not at the Northernmost point. 5/12

This image was taken from a photo of Funhog on a trip to Sturgis, South Dakota. This chopper has really been tricked out. Special risers, straight pipes, custom wheels, and fantastic paint job are just a few of the custom items on this Electra Glide Classic. Maybe this is how Funhog got her name?

Return to the gravel path and count an additional 80 steps and look toward the ridge and locate a long line of boulders that parallel the ridgeline about 1/2 way from the gravel path to the ridgeline. On the backside of the northern most large boulder you will find this smelly offering ready to do a wheelie.



#11 Year of the Hog, by Amanda of Seattle, Wa.

With this crop of letterboxes Amanda is certainly right, this has to be the "Year of the Pig".

From box #10 find a very tall oak at 270 degrees on top of the ridgeline 80 steps up the hill. This oak will be in line with box #10 and the green pipe gate in the parking area, at 110 degrees from this tree. The camo box is in the rock crevice 2 1/2 feet south of the tree, hidden by rocks and some wood.



#12 Pigs in Space, by Green Tortuga, Wa.

We all figured that the Great Green One was from way out there, but now there is proof. How else could he have captured this image?

From box #11 find another Oak tree (what else could it be) that is bare on the right side and has foliage on the left side at 20 degrees. Head in that direction and you will pass an arched oak tree on your right at 30 steps. Continue another 100 steps to the oak that is bare on the right side. Once you reach this tree you should see that it is hollowed out on one side, but keep walking in the same direction toward it's fatter more normally formed brother 40 steps further. Find the rock cairn near the base.



#13 Tired Little Piggy, by Wingnut, Oregon

Everyone knows the rhyme, but since this little piggy didn't venture out, no one knows what she looks like. The look in her eye and the laid back expression gives the impression that she is sleepy but then again maybe she was just hitting the sauce just a tad too much. Maybe her pig slop was fermenting, but in any case you will finally get a glimpse of "this little piggy that stayed home."

Return to the bare-on-one-side tree that is hollowed out. From this tree look at 320 degrees for a dead tree (box #13) and then at 305 degrees for another dead tree (near box #14). Head toward the dead tree 160 steps on your left at 320 degrees. When you reach this tree look back and locate the juniper bush just to your right 10 steps back. On the west side of this juniper find the closest crack to the juniper formed by two rocks and you will find the letterbox in between the 2 rocks covered with rocks and wood.


#14 Pig Newton, by Turtle McQ, NY.

So you think Isaac Newton discovered gravity? Well you would be wrong, as it was actually Isaac's pet pig "Pig Newton" that really discovered the forces of gravity. Unfortunately since Pig Newton was a pig after all, there was no trace to gain credit from. That's right, that little piggy ate the apple.

From the location of #13 walk 80 steps at 50 degrees to the other dead tree mentioned in clue #13. You can't really see the dead tree very well from this location but trust us, it is there. From this dead tree walk back about 15 steps at 225 degrees to a small oak with a rock cairn at it's base.


#15 Bringing Home the Bacon, by Cadenza, Idaho

After this exhausting letterbox search you will be rewarded by the realization that you have finally brought home the bacon with the collection of these images. I can almost smell that bacon frying in the pan. On reflection this is rather a sick ending to the Hog Heaven search, but what the heck it was all in fun anyway.

Return to the last dead tree you visited and locate a 15 ft high gnarly oak 50 steps away at 140 degrees. There is a juniper bush about 15 yards to left of gnarly oak The letterbox is 4 feet high in the end of the gnarly oak's limb.



If you had problems locating any of the last few boxes return to the ridgeline where the path up from the gravel road terminates. Find the highest large rock at this area and that rock should have a few other rocks on top of it. Box #15 is 310 degrees and 170 steps away. It is hidden at this spot by a very small oak tree (bush) between the rock and box #15. Also from this rock box #12 will be 70 steps at 285 degrees.


Note: Hopefully you have also found "Macon", Kevin's little brother. Macon is a Hog Lake Plateau resident HH. He is homeless and spends his time between Hog Lake Plateau letterboxes. Please replant him here at Hog Heaven Theme Park. Now that task may be a little daunting, as the size of the various containers will challenge you, but if you found all 15 letterboxes you can do it.

NOTE: Please do not enter this box into any unofficial database, what ever that might be. Contact Funhog directly to report on its status. Do not remove this tag under penalty of law (just like pillows and cushions), and if you do then the Hog will getcha. We are encouraging any letterbox report to be posted on the main LBNA list as well as Atlas Quest. That will be the only way the Carvers/Letterbox producers will hear about these boxes.