Mt. Lemmon Aspen  LbNA # 15088

Placed DateMay 14 2005
LocationMt Lemmon, AZ
Found By Martini Man
Last Found Feb 14 2015
Hike Distance?
Last EditedApr 30 2016

Trail difficulty: slightly moderate.
Walk time: about 15 minutes one way.
Stamp hand-carved.
Status: alive and well on April 27, 2016

This boxed is placed along the Aspen Draw Trail near the top of Mt. Lemmon in the Coronado N. F. about 30 miles northeast of Tucson. The box is at an elevation of about 8300 feet; so, expect some snow on it during the winter. Driving towards Tucson from the east on I-10, take exit 275 and go north on Houghton Rd. Turn right on Catalina Highway. Going towards Tucson from the north on I-10, take exit 256 and drive east on Grant Rd. Turn left on Tanque Verde Rd. Turn left on Catalina Highway. Take Catalina Highway almost all the way to the village of Summerhaven. At the junction for Summerhaven, turn right on Ski Run Rd. and go to Ski Valley. Park in the lot for the restaurant or ski lift. A few times a year there are special events and parking may be restricted and/or there may only be paid parking. (If you can not find parking there, park in Summerhaven and walk up Turkey Run Rd. to the trail junction.)

From the parking lot, walk back down the road a short distance to the guard rail on the right side of the road. You will see a black & yellow striped square at end of guard rail. Walk around the right side of the square and walk on a trail that goes along the right (down slope) side of the rail. The trail descends to the bottom of a gulch. After crossing the stream bed, continue on the main trail which goes to the left and up slope. In a short distance you will arrive at a trail junction with a metal trail sign on the right side of the trail (sign has trail names and distances). Turn right on the Aspen Draw Trail #423 which goes up slope. You will pass a dark blue-gray water tank which is a little down slope from left side of trail (it is now difficult to see because it is behind some very tall brush). You will then pass a moderate size (about 10-12 feet tall) rock outcrop on right side of trail. You will then arrive at a significant medium size gully with a stream bed in it coming down the slope and crossing the trail. At this crossing the trail makes a significant left turn. From where the trail crosses the stream bed, go at about 206 degrees (from mag. north) for about 9 steps to a large fallen rotten tree trunk. From the southwest side of the base, go at about 209 degrees up slope for about 53 steps to a large Aspen Tree. This tree is the left one in a cluster of three Aspen Trees. The box is hidden on the left side of this tree under rocks, twigs, and plant debris. Be alert for snakes.

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). Please rehide the box well under rocks, twigs and plant debris so that it can not be seen from any direction.

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