C is for Cougar  LbNA # 25981

Placed DateOct 1 2006
LocationTucson, AZ
Found By maineboy65
Last Found Mar 11 2015
Hike Distance?

Difficulty: Easy
Distance: under 1/4 mile one way
Stamp: Hand Carved

How to get to trailhead:
From I-10, take Speedway west for 7.1 miles to Gates Pass. After coming through the pass and heading down towards Old Tucson Studios, you will arrive at the stop sign. Left takes you to Old Tucson Studios and right to the Sonoran Museum. Parking area K15 is directly across from the stop sign. Park here.

To the box:
(All degrees are from magnetic north.)
The trailhead is on the other side of the road. Be very careful crossing the street. A short distance up the trail is a sign for Gates Pass trail and Cougar trail. You will be taking the Cougar Trail.

A short distance down Cougar Trail you will come to a wash that is quite wide. Make your way through the wash and scramble up the trail on the other side. At the top, you will find a 12-foot Saguaro with a chopped off top and 2 arms and a stump. Standing on the left hand side of this Saguaro, look for a telephone pole at zero degrees.

Walk towards this pole to the 10-foot Saguaro with its very close 5 foot buddy. From the trail, at 50 degrees you will see two very short baby Saguaro’s with a palo verde tree behind them. Look under some rocks behind the shorter saguaro to the right to find the box. Please re-hide well so that the box can’t be seen from the trail.

The standard warning applies when reaching for letterboxes in Arizona:
Rattlesnakes and “mean” things abound,
please take a stick and poke around.
It may save your hand or your life
and help to avoid loads of strife!

Hint: Gates Pass Trail and David's Desert Letterboxes are nearby.