Picacho Peak LbNA # 15123 (ARCHIVED)
|Placed Date||Feb 22 2004|
Walk difficulty: moderate, a rocky dirt desert trail with many ups and downs, some steep.
Distance: about 1 1/4 miles one way
Version 3.0: this is the third carving, log book, and location for this box.
Status: alive and well on December 19, 2014
This letterbox is in Picacho Peak St. Prk. There is a fee to enter the park. Take I-10 to exit 219 and follow brown signs to the park entrance. Drive on the main park road all the way to the end and park there.
Also look for the "Picacho Cactus Letterbox" while you are on your journey to this letterbox!
Take the "Sunset Vista Trail" which goes moderately steeply up the slope of the mountain. As you wind up the steep slope you will pass a tall rock cliff on your right. Soon, after walking up three wood steps you will pass two small Saguaro Cactus without arms on the left edge of the trail. A short distance more you will arrive at a small saddle with a flat area a little wider than the trail. Continue on the trail which will be mostly level. You will walk up three more wood steps. You will then go down into a moderately deep gully. There are three Saguaro Cactus in the bottom of the gully on the right side of the trail. Continue on the trail which will curve gently to the left. You will go down into another deep gully, then to the left around a rock hill. You will then arrive at a brown trail sign where a dirt road crosses the trail. Turn right and walk on the dirt road. You will pass a forest of golden Cholla Cactus on the right. You will then arrive at a fairly sharp significant turn to the right where the road starts to head down hill (if you walk past a brown trail sign, you have gone too far).
From the center of the turn, go uphill at about 350 degrees (from mag. north) for about 25 steps to a small Palo Verde Tree. Continue in the same direction for 15 more steps to a fairly tall Saguaro without arms. There is a dead Palo Verde Tree on the ground behind it. The box is under the back side of the dead tree under a flat rock covered with some twigs and plant debris. Be alert for snakes.
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). Please rehide the box well under the rock and covered with twigs, brush and plant debris so that it can not be seen from any direction.
You can continue on this dirt road to get back to your car. The road will end at a day use picnic area which is just below where you parked. There is a trail from the picnic area up to the trailhead parking. Or, you can return the way you came.
I will not be able to check on this box very often; so, please let me know if you find it or if it is missing or needs attention:
This box is in my “I-10 Series”. The other boxes in the series are: “Deming” [NM]; “Gold Nugget” [AZ]; “Lordsburg” [NM]; “Picacho Cactus” [AZ]; “Rio Santa Cruz” [AZ]; “Sentinel Peak” [AZ]; “The Cercidium” [AZ]; “The Thing?” [AZ]; and “What is The Thing?” [AZ].
If you live in Arizona or New Mexico or have an interest in letterboxes in those states, you are invited to join the Letterboxing Southwest Discussion Group. Go here to join: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LetterboxingSouthwest/ .