Abscraps: Sun Over Tucson LbNA # 52476
|Placed Date||Mar 14 2010|
If you'd like all the Abscraps clues as one hike please visit this website: Abcraps Clues
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Tucson Mountain Park was established April 1929. The Pima County Parks Commission, with C. B. Brown as its chairman, was established to oversee the park. At approximately 20,000 acres, the park is one of the largest natural resource areas owned and managed by a local government in the U.S. The park has approximately 62 miles of non-motorized shared-use trials. The park’s trails are open to hikers, equestrians, and mountain bikers, and provide a wide range of outstanding experiences, including technical challenges, and breathtaking views.
This box is located in the Robles Pass Section of the Tucson Mountain trails. The multi-use (hiking, equestrian and biking) trails are located in the area between Ajo Way and Irvington Road just west of Mission Road. Here is a link to the trail map of the area: Trail Map
Take Mission Road south to Irvington Place. Turn right onto Irvington Place (Associated Dental is on NW corner) and follow until the road ends. You will see a guard rail across the road, the end of the pavement, and red diamond markers. Turn your car around and park here along the south side of the road.
WARNING: Please stay out of the washes during both rainy and monsoon times. Washes are very unsafe when it is raining and flash flooding is a very real danger in the desert. A wash may be perfectly dry one second and raging with water the next.
Locate the trail sign at the junction of Camaro Loop and Boulder Belt trails. Continue on Camaro Loop west until you come to a clearing where multiple trails meet and there is a rock cairn in the center of a fairly flat clearing. Turn right, taking the trail (unnamed) going north but downhill. You will pass through an ATV prevention gate and walk up and down through several washes. On the right side of the trail, look for a 10 foot Saguaro with a dead tree hugging its base. There is a 3-4 foot saguaro to the right of them. Stop here. Step off the trail to stand behind the saguaro on the east side. Find the Palo Verde tree at 100*. Go towards this Palo Verde (east), crossing a wash, scramble up the slope, and look under the north side of the tree for a box hiding under a SPOR and plant debris. Seems that some animal finds this particular box especially tasty so please make sure it's securely in its hidey hole and covered well with the SPOR.
Please be careful of things that bite and sting and stick you. This is Arizona after all; nothing here in the wild is cute, soft or cuddly. Not recommended at high noon in the middle of summer. Bring plenty of water regardless of the season. Please double bag and rehide the box well.