O is for Owl LbNA # 63735
|Placed Date||Jan 1 2013|
|Location||Tucson Mountain Park, Tucson, AZ|
Distance: under 1/4 mile one way
Stamp: Hand Carved
Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium brasilianum cactorum)
The cactus ferruginous pygmy-owl is a small bird, averaging 6.5 inches in length and weighing 2.5 ounces. Overall, the owl is reddish-brown with a cream-colored belly striped with the rufous coloring. The crown is lightly streaked and the eyes are yellow. Black and white spots on the nape suggest eye spots. The owl has a relatively long tail and no ear tufts. This owl is diurnal. Its call, consisting of a monotonal 'put-put-put' can be heard during dusk and dawn.
How to get to trailhead:
From I-10, take Speedway west for 7.1 miles to Gates Pass. After coming through the pass and heading down towards Old Tucson Studios, you will arrive at the stop sign. Turn left. Parking area K14 is down the road on the right. Park here.
To the box:
All degrees are from magnetic north. Take the trail heading roughly southwest. The trail loops left and you will walk until you come to an intersection of a cross trail feeding in from the right. Take the trail to the left going roughly southeast. Start counting washes from here. The first wash is a small one. The second one is a big wash with a steep uphill on the other side. The third is a lesser wash, small up and down. The fourth is a very small wash with a sandy bottom and a tall, 6-arm saguaro to the left. Stand in the sand in the wash. Walk 45 steps. (i'm 5' 8'', so those are my steps). At 45 steps you will see a rusted can at 240* and a dead tree fallen over at 210*. The box is in the base of the fallen tree wedged in with some rocks. Stamp in, re-hide exactly as you found it, and enjoy the beautiful view of the mountains to the west.
The standard warning applies when reaching for letterboxes in Arizona:
Rattlesnakes and “mean” things abound,
please take a stick and poke around.
It may save your hand or your life
and help to avoid loads of strife!
Hint: C is for Cougar, Gates Pass Trail and David's Desert Letterboxes are nearby.