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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
author avatar Guides 28
Routes 20
Photos 672
Trips 169 map ( 1,088 miles )
Age 45 Male Gender
Location Old Pueblo
co-author avatarGuides 93
Routes 396
Photos 4,185
Trips 3,480 map (22,615 Miles)
Age 47 Male Gender
Location Tucson, AZ
Associated Areas
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Tucson Region
Historical Weather
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Preferred Sep, May, Aug, Jun
Seasons   Early Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  7:18am - 5:55pm
Official Route
1 Alternative
Historic Fire Perimetersacres
🔥 2020 Bighorn Fire119.5k
🔥 2003 Aspen Fire87.7 mi*
🔥 2002 Bullock46.8 mi*
🔥 View (All) - over Official Route 🔥
*perimeter length in miles

Careful or you may come out in a box...
by Jeffshadows & fricknaley

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 freshwater. Although Box Camp trail is still quite popular, this small spur trail sees minimal usage as its 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 understory. If there have been recent rains, the track will give under the 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 end 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 led to the final one-half mile of the 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 the descent into the canyon was obliterated along with much of lower Sabino canyon in the floods there recently. Return the way you arrived.

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2008-09-08 Jeffshadows & fricknaley
    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.

     Permit $$
    Visit overview & permits.
    2022 - FAQ
    $8 per vehicle per day
    $10 per vehicle per week
    $40 per vehicle per year (valid for one year from date of purchase)

    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.

    2022 Catalina State Park
    Per vehicle (1-4 Adults): $7.00
    Individual/bicycle: $3.00

    2022 Sabino Canyon Tram is $15 extra. [ website ]

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

    Paved - Car Okay

    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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