Fern Valley Letterbox #1  LbNA # 27446

Placed DateNov 26 2006
LocationMendon, NY
Planted Bydipperwhippers    
Found By Lil' Duckling
Last Found Jul 9 2011
Hike Distance?

Fern Valley Letterbox #1
Mendon Ponds Park
Hopkins Point Rd.
1.4 Miles

Ferns are the largest group of seedless vascular plants still found on earth.
Ferns have been with us for more than 300 million years and in that time the diversification of their form has been phenomenal. Ferns grow in many different habitats around the world. The ferns were at their height during the Carboniferous Period (the age of ferns) as they were the dominant part of the vegetation at that time. There are about 12,000 species in the world today. They are mainly found in shady moist areas. They often grow in clusters or clumps and can survive with little to no soil at times. The Ferns in Fern Valley appear to be tripinnate in Nature and are most likely a Lady Fern, or Wood Fern. The carved stamp is from a real fern that is a pinnate but is not native to this area. I pressed it while on another trip.

***Muddy potential in 2 areas. Wear appropriate footwear.
***Mosquito Potential at the right time of year. Use Protection as needed.

Park off Hopkins Point Road at trailhead by Yellow bar gate. Start down the trail following the white square blazes. The trail runs East then NorthEast along a ridgeline that is lovely! After about .75 miles it meets up with Canfield Road. Walk east along the Canfield (down hill) for about .1 to .2 miles. Re-enter the woods just short of the bottom at a trail on the right. Note, this is a more swampy wet fern area. As you enter the trail, stay to the edges as the center can be very muddy (don’t worry, once you get past this short section, the rest of the trail will be dry). Walk approximately .1 miles along and admire the many and plentiful Ferns. Now, keep your eye on the right side of the trail. You are looking for a LARGE tree that has fallen parallel to the trial about 6 paces in. The correct tree has 2 large double trunk oak trees standing behind it, a crack running across it at about two-thirds its length and is lying on a pile of rock. Find the crack in the trunk. Move 2 feet towards the root end of the tree and look under the trunk. Look for the LetterBox under the rocks hear (lift the square flat rock). If you have a camera take a picture of your LB crew sitting on the log. The ridgeline you walked out on is now above you. When you have replaced this box as you found it continue on the trail. Near the end you have to walk off trail to the right to avoid water but at this time you can see the road ahead of you.

Happy Trails!