Eregion LbNA # 64115
|Placed Date||Mar 1 2013|
|Location||South of Payson, Payson, AZ|
Drive south on Highway 87 to FR South 26. There is a tunnel under the highway that will take you to the east side. The GPS coordinates for parking are N33 58.099 W111 23.226. The letterbox is located at the top of the hill immediately east, at GPS coordinates N33 57.927 W111 22.947. Park near the cattle corral, then hike down the road and across the creek. The quest for Eregion is a short but steep climb of 350 of elevation to the top of a prominent hill. The longer, more gradual route follows the dirt road down to the wash, then up to the northeast of the cache. At this point go cross country to the south, then climb the last 50 feet from the southeast, for a total 4 mile roundtrip. Mountain goats can shorten the hike to 1.5 miles roundtrip by climbing straight up the northwest side of the hill from the wash. Avoid the catclaw during your ascent, and look for the huge prickly pear cactus at the summit. There are great views of Tonto Basin to the southeast of the hill.