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Aspen Sabino Loop, AZ
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Aspen Sabino Loop, AZ 
Aspen Sabino Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 12 2015
GrottoGirl
Hiking8.38 Miles 2,544 AEG
Hiking8.38 Miles   7 Hrs   44 Mns   1.60 mph
2,544 ft AEG   2 Hrs   29 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
We did a loop which included an off trail section that I found described in the Cowgill book. There used to be a trail that connected the Aspen trail to the Box Springs trail but nearly all traces of said trail likely burned. I believe this trail probably existed at the same time as the Box Camp and was the way to access Mt Lemmon. As the book described the majority of the off trail we navigated was a jungle! We encountered scrub oak, locust, buckthorn, and grape vines. There was also a lot of downfall and slick granite rocks. All of which made our progress quite slow. One of the members of our party had some trouble with the bushwhacking, I hadn't realized that he had never bushwhacked before else I would have recommended something easier in the area like Brinkley Point.

Our goal for the day was Sabino Box and a swim. We were surprised at how low the water levels were at the Box. Normally, we find running water and instead the water was just trickling. In order to get out of the pools webbing was required. I made a handline with a foot loop which enabled those who swam a way out - next time I will take the time to build an etrier to make it really easy.

We hung out at Sabino box for a while before we took on the Poison Ivy patch known as the Box Springs trail. At the saddle, strange antics were seen as Carole rolled in the dirt and pine needles and Joel rubbed himself like a bear on the trees. Both of them trying to eliminate any poison ivy oils that may have transferred to their clothes.

On the hike out, we got a few sprinkles from a storm that rolled in. It was a nice, cool walk out!
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