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Box Canyon Loop - South Mountain, AZ

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Distance One Way 0.82 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,350 feet
Elevation Gain 96 feet
Accumulated Gain 96 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 1.14
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Connector trail from Holbert/Box Canyon TH to Las (Los?) Lomitas Trail.

July 2018
Not appearing on the park map anymore. Now the NE leg for Las Lomitas! Stay tuned to this bat channel for updates.

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    Box Canyon Loop - South Mountain
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    Mike, the wives and I decided that the day was just too nice to avoid taking a hike. We made plans to meet at the Central Ave entrance to South Mountain. We parked at the NE end of the Max Delta hiked the length then went up to the mine to explore a bit and take in the views. From there The Bajada to the Los Lomitas and the Box Canyon Loop. With a not so quick stop at the Environmental Education Center. Spoke with a very knowledgable and personable young lady about trails and history of the South Mountain there. Then returned to the cars. A beautiful day with great people doing what we enjoy, what more could you ask for.
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    I needed a hike. HAZ site was saying I had hiked 57% of the trails in SM. So I figured it was time to try out some of the missing trails. Mike was also up for a hike, so we met at the 19th Ave TH at 6:30am. Headed out the Ma Ha Tuak trail, then onto the Derby Loop, on to the Los Lomitas, even threw in the Judith Tunell, over to the Max Delta and finally the T-Bone back to the TH. The 7 miles was interesting, but I needed some elevation which is missing from most of these trails.

    So seeing as the Warrior was right there... Mike said he had somethings to do, so he took off. Man that Warrior is a butt kicker, especially after 7 miles of other trails. It took almost exactly 2 hours to hike the 7 miles. The Warrior took me 10 minutes less than 2 hours just to do the 1.5 miles to the Alta and back. But it's done.

    No other people on the trails, at least seen by us. We saw several cotton tails, quail and a few Jacks. But my high point is after several hundred miles of hiking in SM I saw a fox today. Looked up just to see him running beside the trail and a leap over the edge. This guy had very red fur, including a full furry red tail. Really surprised me.

    Almost no wildflowers.
    Box Canyon Loop - South Mountain
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    SoMo Circle Route – Jan2014

    38.17 miles, 4:40:29 time, 1870 AEG (per FitBit)

    Do two half SoMo’s make it whole?

    Started on Desert Classic and headed towards Pima Trail Head. Cut through Beverly Canyon and onto Javelina Canyon Trail. Found a side trail that dumped me out by a reservoir by a fire station. This allowed me to join onto Highline Canal Urban Trail without skirting along a section of Baseline Road.

    Once inside South Mountain Park, to the Box Canyon Loop up to Las Lomitas Picnic Ramada (closed to automobile access) and onto Las Lomitas Trail to Ranger Trail where we discovered a new trail – Derby Loop Trail.

    At the intersection of Central Avenue and San Juan Lookout Road I was stopped by a Ranger. He indicated that access was closed due to a special event – “National Trail Trek Day” :next: ... index.html

    ” The 18th National Trail Trek is January 25, 2014!
    Barcode #99170, Viewable on-line 11-2-13. Registration opens 11-16-13 @ 10:30 a.m.
    Rain or Shine! This 15.5 mile hike will take you from the easternmost edge of the mountain (Pima Canyon) traversing the South Mountains all the way to San Juan Lookout near the western edge. We provide the food, water, round-trip transportation, various prizes and surprises -- you provide the miles and miles of smiles! Cost is $50.

    Please note: Pre-registration is required for the National Trail Trek; absolutely no walk-in registrations will be taken the day of the event. Also, no mail-in registrations will be accepted.

    If you have photo images from the 2013 NTT please e-mail then to and include photo credit info.
    South Mountain Trail Trek Map
    National Trail Trek Information:
    • Average hiking time – 5 to 6 hours for 15.5 miles
    • Half-way shuttles: you can obtain a ride in the van at the half-way point (7.5
    miles) if you cannot continue. The van will drop you off where you parked at the Activity Complex.
    • Transportation: Bus from Activity Complex parking/check-in off Central Ave. to Pima Canyon – approximately 10 miles and takes about 25 to 30 minutes. Vans used for transporting you from the end – approximately 5.5 mile drive.
    *You can have someone drop you off at the Pima Canyon parking lot. Be aware – you must have your NTT wristband to obtain the lunch and get a ride back in the vans to the Activity Complex. Your driver cannot drive to San Juan to pick you up.
    For questions about the National Trail Trek, call Event Coordinator Christine Romo @ (602) 262-7393 or e-mail
    Click here to see 2012 hike images!

    Oh well, had a good conversation with the Ranger. Introduced him to a free GPS app for his iPhone – Trimble Outdoors before pushing off to more or less retrace my route home.

    Spotted my first Mexican Poppy bloom of the year… :)

    South Mountain Ranger Maps
    Detailed :next: ... 062880.pdf
    East Section :next: ... nteast.pdf
    West Section :next: ... ntwest.pdf

    Spotted my first Mexican Poppy bloom of the year.
    Brittlebush blooms in lower washes plus some Desert Marigold blooms and Fiddlenecks and Bladderpods.

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