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Box Camp Trail #22Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 25 2014
Mountain_Rat
Hiking12.29 Miles 4,641 AEG
Hiking12.29 Miles   9 Hrs   50 Mns   1.47 mph
4,641 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
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WOW!!! That was beastly. Right out of the gate, I overslept by an hour and a half. Anytime I start something that far behind the ball, I should just give it up, as I know the situation will only worsen. So what do ya think I did? That's right, I went ahead and did it.

The trail starts at 8,000 ft through beautiful aspen forest, which continues for 2 miles where the sky opens up and the sun comes out. Being now 8:30 in the morn, at high altitude, it doesn't seem too bad, but after another hour or so at lower elevations it starts to wear on you. The trail is just a touch over 6 miles one way. At mile number 4, I began to second guess my whole decision to do this trail. By mile 5, I was sure I had made a big mistake, but decided that since there was only one mile left to go, that I would finish. Just gettin dumber as the day goes on.

The return trip was the most brutal 6 miles I can remember in my life. While the main issue was the inescapable sun exposure, the incline was relentless as well. This trail is uphill the whole way. It's like the Finger Rock trail and the Sutherland Switchbacks got together and had an evil baby and named it Box Camp.

Well, it's in the bag now and I don't expect to revisit that one.
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