My second trip to the Box. It was much easier to do this in February than in May! Or, should I say, less difficult? This is a physical hike for sure and my hiking partner can attest to that. It's best to get a very early start on this one (pre-dawn)
if sunny skies are forecast because the south side of Boulder Mountain gets very hot in the afternoon, making the hike back a real grind. It's definitely a 3 liter trip.
La Barge Creek had water most of the way from Canyon Lake to our entry point, with cascades and pools the rest of the way to the giant boulder field in front of the Box, but navigation with dry feet was no problem. Once you get into the creek, it soon splits to go left or right around a very overgrown island of sorts. Having thoroughly investigated all three areas, your best choice is to go to the right (left on your way back).
This also seems to be the easiest way through the boulder field.
The pools in the Box were deep and we couldn't get around that last curve with the high pool and waterfall without getting wet to the waist, so that was the turn-around point.
On the way back during the difficult climb, we were joined by a man who entertained us the rest of the way with the Reader's Digest version of his life story, including the part where he says he found the Lost Dutchman Mine. He was quite serious and I wondered if he might be suffering heat exhaustion (I asked Angela if he had any water left).
He went into great detail on this in a cryptic sort of way, even showing me photos of the entrance to the mine. Of course, I am sworn to secrecy on this.
Back at the parking lot, he was still talking and he asked me if we would be posting our photos online. I told him, hikearizona.com, to which he replied, "Oh, yeah! I see lots of you people... you're like a disease."
I think he meant it in a joking manner, as he seemed nice enough, but we must have laughed for 5 minutes over that.
Another fantastic day in the Supes!