J is Javelina LbNA # 64326
|Placed Date||Apr 14 2013|
|Last Update||Mar 29 2015|
Difficulty: Very easy
Distance: 200 steps or so
Stamp: Hand Carved
One of my favorite children's books is "Don't Call Me Pig! A Javelina Story" by Conrad J. Storad. The book has won the Judy Goddard Award. Mr. Storad grew up in Ohio and he didn't see his first javelina, saguaro cactus, scorpion or rattlesnake up close and personal until 1982 when he came out to do his graduate studies at ASU. That didn't keep him from writing a very entertaining illustrated book about javelinas. As the book illustrates. javelinas are not pigs. They also should not be confused with Funhogs.
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 right. Drive to McCain Loop Road and turn left. Park in the second pullout on the left after the Gilbert Ray Campground entrance. Do not count the gated place as a pullout. This is pullout M8 on the map even though there is no marker sign.
To the box:
All degrees are from magnetic north. Start at the 2 poles at the pullout. The right pole has a VI etched into it and a rock to the right. Take the trail heading roughly south for about 150 steps. Stop when you see an ironwood on the left with a 4' saguaro and prickly pear as close buddies, a palo verde on the right of the trail and a creosote bush about 8 steps in front of you on the trail. From here locate the tall saguaro as 250*. Another 50 steps on the trail takes you up to this saguaro on the right. There is a palo verde next to this saguaro. Look in a hidey hole, under a single flat rock on the NW side of the palo verde.
Please double bag, make sure the box is snapped shut and re-hide the box exactly as you found it.
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!
Even though this is a short walk, please bring plenty of water. This trail has no shade and is very hot during the summer months