Arizona National Scenic Trail LbNA # 52171
|Placed Date||Feb 7 2010|
Trail difficulty: slightly moderate; it is a rocky mountain trail.
Hiking time: about 10-15 minutes one way
Status: alive and well April 27, 2015
Last year (2009) the Arizona Trail was designated by the U. S. Congress as the “Arizona National Scenic Trail”. This letterbox commemorates this new title. The box is at an elevation of about 5000 feet; so, there may possibly be some snow on it 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.
From the end of the road, walk the short distance up the trail to the large trail information & map sign. Turn left on the Molino Basin Trail #11 (this is also the Arizona National Scenic Trail). Walk for a while until you arrive at a small metal trail sign titled Molino Basin Trail #11 (there is a fiberglass trail stake on the opposite side of the trail). Continue up the trail a short distance to a saddle. Continue on the trail and out along a ridge. About half way out on the ridge look for a medium to slightly larger multi-trunk Oak Tree on the right side of the trail. It has 6 live trunks and 3 burned trunks. Continue on the trail for about 20 steps. Look to your left for a medium to slightly smaller multi-trunk Oak Tree with a small boulder on its left side. The tree is about 12 steps off the trail. The box is under the right side of the tree tucked under a larger rock and covered with a flat rock which is covered by some plant debris.
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 bag). Please rehide the box well under the rock and covered with some plant debris so that it can not be seen from any direction.
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This letterbox was placed for the 6th Annual Tucson Letterboxers Gathering.
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