AZ Trail #6 LbNA # 30592
|Owner||Kristal & Ron|
|Placed Date||May 2 2007|
|Last Update||Feb 8 2014|
Distance: 1.6 miles RT
Difficulty: Moderate - mostly follows a sandy wash, but there is one good hill
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
This box is the sixth in our series, highlighting points of interest along the Arizona Trail, a nearly-completed hiking/biking/equestrian trail that crosses the state from north to south.
For much of the mid-20th century, the mountain range just north of Tucson was home to the Catalina Federal Honor Camp. During that time, the non-violent “criminals” that were “held” there built the highway to the top of Mt. Lemmon. The valley is now named the Gordon Hirabayashi Recreation Area, after its most famous resident. Locals know the area simply as Prison Camp.
TO THE BOX
Follow the clues for AZRoadie’s Sycamore Reservoir Trail Series. (Be sure to read the expanded history of the Prison Camp found in the links!) Between his 2nd and 3rd boxes, you’ll come across a large brown Arizona Trail sign. With your back to the sign, take three large steps east to get your compass away from the metal. Take a heading of 170* from north. The box is 17 steps uphill, in the bottom of a burned out stump.