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Resurrection LbNA #5125

Owner:Dr. Net Contact
Plant date:Jul 8, 2003
County:Kenai Peninsula
Found by: Life Riding Shotgun
Last found: Aug 3, 2015
Hike distance:Unknown
Last edited:Jul 8, 2003
The Resurrection Letterbox is located near the northern trail head of
the 39-mile long Resurrection Trail, which starts at the Resurrection
Creek 4 miles south of Hope, AK and extends to the Russian Creek
Trail, located near Cooper Landing.

You reach the trail head by traveling toward Hope, Alaska (pop. about
125) 16 miles along the Hope Highway from the "Hope Junction" along
route 9 (Seward Highway) on the Kenai Peninsula. Hope is about 2
hours by car from Anchorage and sits on the northern side of the
Kenai Peninsula, and on the southern shore of Turnagain Arm.

As you are approaching the small town of Hope, turn south onto Palmer Creek Road for .6 miles and then right onto Resurrection Creek Road for 3.5 miles to the trail head (passing an airfield along the way).

Upon arriving at the Resurrection Trail, sign in the guest book if
you like and then cross the Resurrection Creek foot bridge to the
horse tie up area on the far side of the creek. While I was there
(mid July), we looked down from the Trail head bridge into the stream
and saw a dying Salmon on it's "last legs" slowly moving its way up
the stream to a point where it would spawn its eggs and die. If
you're visiting Alaska during the summer (when else would you go
there???) consider taking some time to fish - the Kenai Peninsula is
world famous for it's Salmon fishing!

Proceed left to begin the short hike and walk along the trail about
100 yards until you reach the crest of the second "tailings" mound.
These mounds of waste rock that the trail crosses consist of rock
deposits dredged out of the nearby Resurrection Creek when gold
prospectors were actively looking for gold in Resurrection Creek
starting in 1888. Around the turn of the century, this area was a
hotbed of activity, with thousands of people living in the
surrounding Hope Mining District! Altogether it is estimated that
30,000-40,000 ounces of gold has been produced from this creek alone.
Once you find the letterbox, and are looking for more to do here,
you can do some gold panning in the areas designated for public gold
panning - google the Internet for more information.

Standing at the top of this second "tailings" mound, and viewing the
trail descend further ahead of you into the woods, look off the trail
toward the right for a significant boulder marking the location of
the letterbox. It's about 8-9 feet tall, and as round as it is
large. Whack your way through the undergrowth over to it (it's not
THAT bad, at least not in July) and proceed to the boulder, about 40
paces. Your gold strike lies beneath a small pile of rocks at the
foot of this huge rock, out of sight on the far side. The booklet
comments tell why I chose this location, and the stamp reminds us
about something we don't really have until you give it away! It never