Soldier Trail LbNA # 37831
|Owner||Kristal & Ron|
|Placed Date||Feb 5 2008|
Number of boxes: 1
Walking distance: about 0.4 mile one way
Walk difficulty: moderate; it is on a rocky mountain desert trail with some up and down sections
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. After passing mile post 7, turn left on Prison Camp Road into the Gordon Hirabayashi Recreation Site. Drive to the end of the road where trailhead parking is available. There is a fee to park here if you do not have a national forest or federal recreation lands pass.
From the end of the road, walk the short distance up the trail to the large trail information sign. Turn right; this is the Molino Basin Trail #11 and the Arizona Trail. In a short distance the trail will make a sharp turn to the left. In a little while the trail will drop down into a wide wash (Soldier Canyon) with large oak trees. There is a low concrete wall going across the wash. At the trail sign under the large oak tree, turn left and walk about 0.1 mile to another trail sign. Turn left and walk UP the Soldier Trail #706. You will pass a brown fiberglass stake that says “Wilderness, No Bicycles” and in a short distance you will arrive at the top of a ridge or saddle where the trail makes a turn to the left. In the saddle on the right side of the trail is an old foot-tall sawed off round wood utility pole. From the saddle, go right off trail on an unmarked trail that goes about southwest uphill. Walk up to the highest point which is on a rock promontory. From that high point, go at about 148 degrees (from mag. north) for about 28 steps to the right side of an uplifted rock ledge or outcrop. As you walk to it, you will pass on your left two Spanish bayonet (sotol) plants. The box is at the base on the south side of the rock ledge under some rocks. Enjoy the views of the Tucson Basin and Soldier Canyon.
*** Thanks to AZRoadie for finding this hiding spot! ***