Picacho Cactus  LbNA # 21049

Placed DateMar 26 2006
LocationPicacho, AZ
Found By CopperWings
Last Found Mar 28 2015
Hike Distance?

Walk difficulty: moderate, rocky dirt trail with some ups and downs, some steep
Walking time: about 20 minutes one way
Stamp hand-carved
Status: alive and well on March 28, 2015

Take I-10 to exit 219 and follow brown signs to the park entrance. After paying the entrance fee, drive on the main road all the way to the end and park there.

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. From the bottom of the gully, continue up the trail for about 84 steps to the first Saguaro on the right side of the trail. This Saguaro has a small upper arm on its left and a larger lower arm at its rear. From this Saguaro, go three steps exactly east (mag.). From this point, go exactly south (mag.) for about 44 steps to a dead Saguaro skeleton prone on the ground. From the base of this dead Saguaro, go at about 232 degrees (from mag. north) for about 35 steps to a tall armless Saguaro with a dead Saguaro skeleton on the ground to its right. From this dead Saguaro, go at about 232 degrees (from mag. north) for about 21 steps to a moderate size dead Palo Verde Tree. There is a tall armless Saguaro on its right and a small armless Saguaro on its left. The box is on the southwest side of this tree under rocks, brush and plant debris. Be very 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). Put all of it inside the box! Please rehide the box well under rocks, brush 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 is missing or needs attention:


Now go look for the "Picacho Peak Letterbox".

This box is in my “I-10 Series”. The other boxes in the series are: “Gold Nugget” [AZ]; “Lordsburg” [NM]; “Picacho Peak” [AZ]; “Rio Santa Cruz” [AZ]; “Sentinel Peak” [AZ]; “The Cercidium” [AZ]; and “What Is The Thing?” [AZ].

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