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Box Camp Trail #22Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2009
keepmoving
Hiking16.50 Miles 4,350 AEG
Hiking16.50 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   2.54 mph
4,350 ft AEG
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1st trip
Shuttle hike: started on Box Camp Trail in the snow and hiked out Sabino Canyon to the Bear Canyon parking lot to be greeted by mid 80 degree weather!

I started at 8:35am at the Box Camp Trailhead. The storm from Saturday had blanketed the first 1.8 miles of the trail up to the junction with Box Spring Trail #22A with at least 3 to 5 inches of snow. Soon after the junction the trees thinned out and the snow was reduced to small sporadic patches that soon disappeared. I was nervous about the condition of the trail due to previous trip logs mentioning poor trail maintenance, however I found the entire trail to be in excellent condition. Just south of Apache Springs I noticed a huge series of falls in Spencer Canyon that might make for a fun full day off trail bushwhacking attempt.

At the intersection with #24A I took a left and hiked the 1.1 miles to the junction with the Palisade Trail #99 (I couldn't justify leaving this stretch untouched) then doubled back along #24A past Box Camp Trail to #24A's Western terminus with West Fork Trail #24 and Sabino Canyon Trail #23.

At this point I followed Sabino Canyon Trail #23 to the Phoneline Trail #27 down to the lower section of Bear Canyon Trail. From here I turned East and hiked to the secondary exit that leads to Bear Canyon parking lot.

Excellent hike. Route finding could hardly be any easier and you are treated to expansive views the entire way. I'm starting to believe the best way to hike Mt Lemmon is to set up a shuttle and hike all the way off the mountain! No need to see the same trail twice and its almost all downhill! :)
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