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Box Spring Trail #22A, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 4 of 5
Distance Round Trip 0.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,584 feet
Elevation Gain -900 feet
Accumulated Gain 157 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.59
Interest Historic, Seasonal Waterfall & Seasonal Creek
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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17  2014-05-25 Timknorr
10  2008-09-07 fricknaley
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Preferred   Sep, May, Aug, Jun → Any
Seasons   Early Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  6:52am - 5:23pm
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Water
Nearby Area Water
Upper Sabino Canyon
0.6 mi away
12.6 mi
-4,650 ft
Vista Trail #14
1.2 mi away
0.5 mi
Brinkley Point
Brinkley Point
1.4 mi away
6.8 mi
2,242 ft
Box Camp Trail #22
Box Camp Trail #22
1.4 mi away
6.1 mi
179 ft
Sabino Box below Box Springs Trail
Sabino Box below Box Springs Trail
1.4 mi away
5.4 mi
-1,300 ft
Box Camp - Palisade Loop
Box Camp - Palisade Loop
1.4 mi away
15.6 mi
4,775 ft
Marshall Peak - Santa Catalinas
1.6 mi away
305 ft
Aspen / Marshall Loop
Aspen / Marshall Loop
1.7 mi away
3.5 mi
1,015 ft
Aspen / Marshall Superloop via Radio Ridge
Aspen / Marshall Superloop via Radio Ridge
1.7 mi away
8.6 mi
2,482 ft
Aspen Trail #93
1.7 mi away
3.7 mi
1,800 ft
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Careful or you may come out in a box...
by Jeffshadows & fricknaley

Background: The Box Spring Trail #22A was likely blazed by early Tucson pioneer families that once spent their summers in the Soldier Camp area of Mount Lemmon near Summerhaven. The accompanying Box Camp trail (#22) was once the most direct route into the Camp from Tucson before Catalina Highway was completed. As these families moved their entire households into the hills for the summer, they moved by mule train and took a route that afforded visits to steady sources of fresh water. Although Box Camp trail is still quite popular, this small spur trail sees very little usage as it's state of disrepair bears testimony.


The Hike: Reach the Box Spring Trail #22A by hiking the first 1.8 miles of the Box Canyon Trail #22. AT the junction, turn right (west) and begin downhill. The track is well-defined in some areas, and overgrown with brush in others. The trail begins a slight descent into the pines and approaches a small saddle. This saddle connects to the ridge that separates Box Camp canyon from Sabino canyon. A short route leaves to the west from this saddle and terminates at a series of rocky outcroppings offering incredible vistas of upper Sabino canyon and the North Ranges.

After the saddle, the trail begins to descend steeply. The track becomes soft ground and frequently takes the form of a precipitous ledge buried in the under story. If there have been recent rains, the track will give under footing and caution should be exercised. After passing a short series of boulders, the trail descends into ever-thicker scrub and brush before passing by a minor drainage marked by cairns. Two tracks depart here, the trail follows the track heading due south toward Box Spring, which appears to be the source of a minor drainage visible directly to the south. This drainage is a tributary to Sabino Canyon which is directly below and visible through the trees. You have traveled just about four-tenths of a mile and this is presently the ed of the trail. Box Spring is just above after a short climb in the drainage. The trail dissipates in the lower walls of the drainage. As of September 2008, the most likely track that once lead to the final one-half mile of trail into Sabino Canyon is now obscured by brush and blocked by a large wall of fallen trees. When these obstacles are bypassed, the canyon wall of Sabino is reached, though no obvious course is available for descent as the wall is now sheer. It is possible that whatever track once existed for descent into the canyon was obliterated along with much of lower Sabino canyon in the floods there, recently. Return the way you arrived.

Jeffshadows & fricknaley
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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There are four specific day use areas that require a Coronado Recreational Pass or a National Pass/America the Beautiful Pass.
1) Sabino Canyon - located on the Santa Catalina Ranger District (520)749-8700
2) Madera Canyon - located on the Nogales Ranger District (520)281-2296
3) Cave Creek - located on the Douglas Ranger District (520)364-3468
4) Mt. Lemmon at 11 day use sites.

Catalina State Park $6 per day. Sabino Canyon Tram is $10 extra.

Coronado Forest
MVUMs are rarely necessary to review unless mentioned in the description or directions
Coronado Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs)


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To hike
Reach the Box Camp trail head by traveling roughly thirteen miles up Catalina Highway toward Summerhaven. The trail head parking area is on the south side of Catalina Highway. Take the Box Spring trail (#22) for roughly 1.8 miles to the junction with the Box Spring trail.
page created by Jeffshadows on Sep 08 2008 1:20 pm
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