Brown Beaver Letterbox (1 box).
Brown Woods, just outside Bangor, Maine, has a pleasant 1.5km loop with a variety of wildlife and makes for a lovely slow-paced one hour stroll to relax. This hike will take you on a counterclockwise loop all the way around the area, with a side-trip to a beaver dam (and letterbox, of course).
To get there, take Ohio Street off Hammond Street from near the center of Bangor, and follow it for 3.2 miles. Keep going until you pass Griffin Street (with a 7/11 at the corner), then go exactly two thirds of a mile further. The entrance, the second left after the Cyr bus yard, has an easily visible brown sign. We have no trail map for this one, but we do have a two-meter resolution satellite photo. Since the trails didn't appear obvious, we have marked the major ones. All trails will appear in either blue, or green. These do not correspond to the any physical trail markings (none exist). The green lines indicate the approximate route these directions give to get to the letterbox and back to your car. Your car will stay at the green blob in the top right corner of the map. Just as a warning, We do not feel extremely confident in the exactness of this map. It probably does better than many Audubon trail maps we've seen, but trust your eyes and compass over the map.
From the parking lot, take the path heading West. Keep going all the way to the back, ignoring both the three-way intersection. After you start heading NorthWest, ignore the four-way intersection that looks like a deer trail crossing the real path. At the next three-way split (actually four but you can't always see the fourth without going past the bench), turn left to head further West. Twenty or so paces further, follow the split left toward the small dirt embankment.
You will shortly come out on a large flat rock outcropping, with the path continuing to your left near the water, and the dam on your right (the DEM? cleans up the dam every year or two, so it may look somewhat pathetic depending on when you visit). From the lonely cedar in the middle of the rock, take nine paces due South.
At the correct spot, the beaver dam will lie at 310°, roughly 20 meters away. To find the box, you only need to move a single 10cm x 30cm flat stone, and then another slightly smaller stone to actually remove the box.
Please take care to re-hide the box so none of it shows without moving the top rock. Kids frequent this spot, and will most likely find it if not hidden very well.
After stamping in, head East back to the bench at the three(four)-way split. Follow the trail back to the parking lot, ignoring the path on your right at the next bench.
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