Abscraps: Ode to Grecian Urn  LbNA # 52479

Placed DateMar 14 2010
LocationTucson, AZ
Found ByAZBlueLion
Last UpdateOct 15 2013
Hike Distance?

All readings are magnetic.

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: http://www.pima.gov/nrpr/parks/tmp/RPPA_trails_miles_letter.pdf

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 left and follow the trail south.

The trail will meander south and then east. Cross over a wash. Continue on trail to 2nd wash. Stop at this 2nd wider, sandy wash. Turn left and look closely down into wash. Hiding behind some brush and trees, you will see a cluster of boulders with lots of small saguaros interspersed in them. The large saguaro on the left has a pair of rabbit ears on a top, left arm. Walk down the wash to this cluster boulders of saguaros on the left bank of the wash. Looking closer, you will notice that one saguaro is actually a very big fishhook barrel cactus. Scramble up the boulders to the large fishhook cactus. Once up there, you will see there is also a pack rat midden in the rocks. Look under the south cranny under the black rocks on the west side of the fishhook barrel cactus. Please secure box well when replacing so Mr. Packrat does not cart it away.

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.