Abscraps: Cowabunga, Dude! LbNA # 63983
|Placed Date||Feb 9 2013|
|Location||Tucson Mountain Park, Tucson, AZ|
|Last Update||Jan 30 2015|
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
To the Box:
There is a 4-5 car, small parking area 1.3 miles west of Cholla/Ajo intersection; small, hide to find on right side of Ajo. Use the 4’ culvert (NOT DURING MONSOON THOUGH) to safely cross under the road (you have to crouch a bit). Trails are easy to high moderate to navigate and rocky in some places.
Turn left when emerging from the culvert; walk up wash a short distance to Ledge Surfer Trail. Take the trail up to the trail sign at the junction of Stone House Spur and Ledge Surfer trails. (The trail crosses over an old access road, ignore these and stay on Ledge Surfer.) After passing the trail sign, start looking for a small saguaro (about 1.5’ high) directly on the left of the trail. Stop here. Look right. You will see a tall saguaro that looks like it lost its belt. There is a shorter saguaro to the south of it. When you walk over to the belt-less saguaro you will see that the shorter saguaro is really has two tops. From the belt-less saguaro, look for a Palo Verde tree at 345* magnetic. 25 steps will take you to a SPOR on the north side of the tree. The box lives there. Stamp in and enjoy this spot which offers a gorgeous view of the Tucson Mountains to the west.
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.