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Box Camp - Palisade Loop - 1 member in 2 triplogs has rated this an average 4 ( 1 to 5 best )
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May 11 2021
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 Tucson, AZ
Box Camp - Palisade LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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fricknaleyTriplogs 3,394
Hiking16.00 Miles 4,501 AEG
Hiking16.00 Miles   5 Hrs   39 Mns   2.96 mph
4,501 ft AEG      15 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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one of the few long hikes open up there. i parked at palisade TH and ran up organization ridge road and catalina highway to the box camp TH.

the forested section of box camp is more than half burnt. the middle section clearly sees little traffic and there are manzanita growing over a few key narrow sections. will be hard to pass before too much longer in a couple spots.

easy mile on east fork.

the lower and mid part of palisade is in good shape. up higher where the trees normally start is mostly nuked until the last mile or so.

beautiful weather and i had a good time out there. have not done this loop in a long time. probably can't recommend it though, unless you are a catalina die hard. lot of fire damage
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May 30 2010
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Box Camp - Palisade LoopTucson, AZ
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fricknaleyTriplogs 3,394
Hiking15.60 Miles 4,775 AEG
Hiking15.60 Miles   7 Hrs      2.23 mph
4,775 ft AEG
 
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After several weeks of just getting mercilessly crushed at work, i really wanted to go out and get crushed by some hike in the catalinas. so i picked this one in hundred degree weather...that ought to do the job, right?

box camp is in very good shape all the way down. of note, the forest service has removed the sign at the intersection for Box Spring. probably wise as the trail is totally gone anyway. things are drying up quickly in sabino basin, just a trickle of water in the east fork. palisade seemed about the same as the last time i was out there, a little brushy but good enough.

took about 145 oz of water and gatorade and drank it all, plus a cold pepsi my parents gave me as they drove by on the catalina highway while i was completing the loop back to my car, a random and delicious coincidence to finish off the day.
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