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Eklutna Lake Letterbox LbNA #9471

Owner:Donutz716 Contact
Plant date:Jun 23, 2004
Found by: MelindaTheMentalMarvel
Last found: May 30, 2020
Hike distance:Unknown
Last edited:Jun 23, 2004
Connecticut State Flower

Mountain Laurel was designated the State Flower in 1907. These giant
craggy shrubs have dark woody greenery and in early Summer produce great delicate clusters of sweet smelling pink and white flowers. The Latin name, Kalmia latifolia, is derived from both the plant's wide-leafed character, and from the surname of the Swedish explorer, Peter Kalm, who collected specimens of the plant for identification in 1750. Other common names for Mountain Laurel include "Calico Bush" and "Spoonwood."


This box is one in a 2004 series of five CT State Symbols: Seal,
Flower, Insect, Bird and Tree. Our object is to have the boxes placed as far from our home as possible! Created by Rush Gatherer & Powwow Dancer, Storrs, CT and planted by Donutz716, Marlborough, CT.

Eklutna Lake is 22 miles north of Anchorage via the Glenn Highway. (HWY-1) The lake itself is 7 miles long and offers a variety of activities for the outdoor enthusiast including camping, hiking, mountain biking , kayaking, and cross country skiing. Wildlife includes moose, Dall sheep, brown bears, bald eagles and a vast variety of songbirds. There are approximately 30 miles of maintained trails in the Eklutna Lake Valley. The Yuditna Creek Cabin is located about 3.5 miles from the beginning of the Lakeside trailhead. If you’re interested in staying for a few days you can see availability at

Take the Thunderbird Falls exit, then take a right onto Eklutna Lake Road. Go to the end where you will find a parking lot. There’s a $5.00 fee to park. Find the gravel path, follow it to the left, and cross the Twin Peeks Creek Bridge. Straight ahead you can stop by and visit Barbara at Lifetime Adventures if you’re interested in renting bikes, otherwise take a right onto Lakeside Trail. This scenic trail is an old road bed that follows the north edge of the lake for 8 miles and then extends into the back country. In the summer the trail is bordered by colorful wildflowers and in the fall currants, cranberries and raspberries provide a special treat. And of course, there’s a wonderful view of the lake! Continue past the 5 mile marker until you reach the bridge with the Bold Creek sign. Stand by the sign right before the bridge and face the direction from whence you came. Walk 9 steps and you will see an unmarked trail directly to your left. Look directly into the woods and you will see 2 fallen pine trees. Walk 8 steps into the trail to the fallen pine on the right you will find your prize under a pile of rocks next to the tree.

I have a contact in Anchorage who is checking on the box from time to time. If you find it or there is a problem with the box, let me know. Happy boxing!