Abscraps: Heart and Home LbNA # 63984
|Placed Date||Feb 9 2013|
|Location||Tucson Mountain Park, Tucson, AZ|
|Found By||Squatchis |
|Last Update||Feb 4 2014 |
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 are various places to park to access the trails in this park. (See other Abscraps clues for further detail.) Park where it is convenient for you.
Navigate your way to the junction of Camaro Loop and Boulder Belt trail within the park. Take the Boulder Belt trail east to its end which is the junction with Flight Path Trail. The trail sign here is unfinished and currently has a Cadillac hubcap bolted to it. Take Flight Path Trail to the left (west). Follow the trail around until it loops back east. Stop on the trail when you see a large saguaro with the following characteristics: Main trunk chopped off and 3 arms with one of the arms being uniquely crested. From this saguaro locate the barrel cactus at 210* magnetic. Make your way uphill to this barrel cactus. The small box is under some rocks on the southwest side of the barrel cactus. Please be careful removing the 2 piece pink rock that sits on top of this box noting its placement. Stamp in and carefully replace the rocks on the box.
This is a good view of the Kennedy Park fiesta area and its pond to the north. During the day there is a plane arriving once every 15 minutes, if not more. Thus the name of the trail: Flight Path Trail.
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.