Family Forest Letter box Series  LbNA # 2383 (ARCHIVED)

Placed DateApr 18 2003
LocationOregon City, OR
Found By Bookworm (WA)
Last Found Sep 22 2007
Hike Distance?

This series of letterboxes are located on a privately owned and managed property. The property is open to the public, though hours change seasonally--it is advisable to call ahead to make sure property is open: 503-632-2150 for open hours and additional information, or to make special arrangements for access.

From I-205 @ Exit #10 (Park Place - Molalla) follow Hwy 213 (Trails End Hwy) south 7.5 miles to Spangler Road: turn left (east). Drive another 2 miles on Spangler to Brockway Road: turn right (south). Follow Brockway to its end (about 1 mile), where the pavement ends, signs direct you to the property. This is a shared driveway, please drive slow. Proceed through the gate and park in the large lot to your right.
*Unless special permission is granted, visitors are asked to walk the trails and roads. To find all 3 Letter Boxes at the tree farm, plan on 2-4 hours.

You will need to visit the exhibits at the kiosk near the entrance gate to make sense of the clues--little of what follows will make sense without reference to a map of the trails and roads on the tree farm. Updated, paper maps are available at the entrance kiosk.

Watershed Letterbox

Carlson is Up a Creek, stranded between twin stumps on an island of trees.

Let the Sun Shine In Letterbox

To find this letterbox: you may have just walked along our stream, or paused to watch wildlife at one of our two ponds.

Enter the Thin & Prune Demonstration from the east (off Creek Road)--follow a rutted trail into a stand of orange and yellow-striped trees. As you walk, look for an orange pipe/post on your right. (If you need confirmation that you are at the right place, walk over to the orange post and check the number on the nearest tree. If the number on the aluminum tag is "1" then you are in the right place. Return to the trail). Stand on the trail between two yellow-striped trees that are directly adjacent to the trail. Facing W-NW, look to the tree on your left and read the number on the aluminum tag (you can read it w/o leaving the trail). This is the number of steps you will take to get closer to the letterbox.

Go generally west-northwest on the rutted trail to where it bends right up the hill (for scale, it took me 26 steps to get to this bend)--DO NOT take that turn--instead keep going W-NW until you run out of steps (# from the tree tag). On your way, if you pass a small, low stump with "bb" carved into its face you are going the right way. Look to your right for another orange pipe/post: go to it. Look beneath a nearby slice of wood.

3 Generations Letterbox

Begin your search for this letterbox in the parking area at the west end of Grouse Hollow Road where trees north of the road are generally the same age, and trees south of the road are much taller and of different ages.
Walk west beyond the parking area to the first skid road that breaks to your left. Follow this route as it bends left (eastward) across the slope, below the kiosk (under construction at time of this posting). The skid road comes to a "Y" where you will see a stump with a rotten heart. Nearby is a log that matches the stump. Pretend like you are going to stand that log back on its stump--go through the physical motions and you will find the 3 Generations Letterbox.

Poison oak is everywhere...almost! Learn what it looks like
("Leaflets-three, leave it be." Poison oak DOES NOT have stickers on its stem or leaves--that is likely trailing blackberry. Poison oak changes its appearance throughout the year--it's good to know what it looks like in all seasons.) Letterboxes planted at Hopkins did not, at the time of planting, have poison oak growing in their immediate vicinity.

The Family Forest letterboxes are located on the Hopkins Tree Farm--owned and managed by Forests Forever, Inc. as a research and demonstration forest. It is a "working tree farm." This 140-acre woodland is recently opened for general public access. There are over three miles of trails--most are in pretty good shape. These letterboxes were placed by Forests Forever staff. The three letterboxes at Hopkins are not too far from a road or trail. Letterbox locations are easy to get to--it's the rest of this woodland that offers greater challenge. To learn more about the tree farm and Forests Forever, go to