Stocking Stuffers: Mittens LbNA # 52079
|Placed Date||Feb 7 2010|
The boxes are along a hiking trail connecting the Gordon Hirabayashi Campground to the Molino Basin Campground. They are at an elevation of about 5000 feet; so, there may possibly be some snow on them during the winter. 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.
Walk up to the trail sign and turn left to walk along the Molino Basin Campground trail, passing the first metal sign with trail lengths. Walk approximately .4 miles on the trail until you see a second metal sign with the information that the campground is 1.4 ahead. From here, walk 70 steps to the crest of the hill. Stop at the pin oak on your left. You are in the right place when you see a large dead tree at 118* (it will be to your right at about 10 steps).
To find the Stocking Stuffer: Mittens box
Begin at the location of the Stocking Stuffer: Candy Cane box. Go up the hill to the top side of the boulder with the ovalish rock on it. The trail is 25 paces up hill from here. Upon reaching the trail, there will be a burnt tree on the upside of the trail. Continue up the trail 75 steps and stop. Turn right and look uphill to see a burned/dead tree in a rock cluster. Scramble up the hillside to this tree with a clump of saw grass on the right. The box is under a SPOR and tree debris on the northwest side of the tree.
Please be careful, this is Arizona where just about everything stings, bites, pokes or is just plain hot!