Pine Canyon LbNA # 14779
|Placed Date||Apr 28 2005|
|Last Found||Mar 22 2014|
|Last Edited||Apr 30 2016|
Walk difficulty: moderate, a rocky trail with some ups and downs
Walk time: about 15 to 20 minutes one way
Status: alive and well on April 29, 2016
This box is along the Pine Canyon Trail in the Tonto National Forest. The box is at about 5400 feet elevation; so, there is a possibility that there might be some snow on it during the Winter! From Payson go north on State Highways 87 & 260 to the Pine Trailhead on the east side of the highway. It is about 0.6 mile north of Milepost 266 and about 1 mile south of the town of Pine. There is a large brown sign identifying it. Drive in and park at the trailhead.
Go to the east edge of the parking lot. Walk northeast on Trail 26, the Pine Canyon Trail, passing corral on your left. Just after passing through the gate, go left on Trail 26 which is the Pine Canyon Trail, and stay on this trail all the way to the box. Walk for about 1/8 mile or more until the trail makes a sharp left turn (almost a hairpin turn) (the trail will then go up and around the slope of a small hill; the hill slope has only a few trees and large bushes on it). From the sharp left turn, walk up the trail for about 244 steps to a large two-trunk Juniper Tree on the left side of the trail. From this Juniper, continue up the trail for about 30 steps to where you see another Juniper Tree just below the left side of the trail. From this point on the trail, go at about 66 degrees (from mag. north) for about 36 steps up slope to an Oak Tree in a rock outcrop. There is a Juniper Tree a few feet down slope from it. From the east side of the Oak Tree, go at about 78 degrees up slope for about 39 steps to a medium size Juniper Tree (there is a tall Pine Tree to its left and a sawed-off stump behind it). The box is behind the Juniper Tree under a flat rock covered with some plant debris.
Please, please be sure the contents are double ziplocked when you put them back in the box (i.e. the stamp is in a ziploc, the book is in a ziploc, and the two are in the larger ziploc bag) and put all of it INSIDE the box. Please rehide the box well under the rock and cover it with some twigs and plant debris so that it can not be seen from any direction.
I will not be able to check on this box very often; so, please let me know if you find it, or if it needs attention or is missing:
This box is in my “Highway 260 Series”. The other boxes in the series are: “Pole Knoll”, and “Woodland Lake”.
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