Box Camp Trail

Tucson, Arizona

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A backpack from the Catalina Highway to the Sabino Basin. This trail runs from the crest of the Santa Catalinas to the bottom of the Sabino Basin. It follows a ridgetop for most of its length, and offers good views as well as opportunities for wildlife viewing that improve as the trail penetrates the wilderness. The track is well beaten and obvious at its upper end, but becomes overgrown below Apache Spring. Travelers are advised to hike this part of the route in the downhill direction, because the trail was almost impossible to pick up from the lower end at the time of this writing.

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"A backpack from the Catalina Highway to the Sabino Basin. This trail runs from the crest of the Santa Catalinas to the bottom of the Sabino Basin. It follows a ridgetop for most of its length, and offers good views as well as opportunities for wildlife viewing that improve as the trail penetrates the wilderness.

The track is well beaten and obvious at its upper end, but becomes overgrown below Apache Spring. Travelers are advised to hike this part of the route in the downhill direction, because the trail was almost impossible to pick up from the lower end at the time of this writing."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Tucson
Distance: 7.1
Elevation Gain: 4,575 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Backpack
Season: Best March to May, September to November
Trailhead Elevation: 3,800 feet
Top Elevation: 8,130 feet
Local Contacts: Pusch Ridge Wilderness, Santa Catalina Ranger District, Coronado National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Mount Lemmon, Mount Bigelow; Santa Catalina Mountains Hiker's Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Box Camp Trail

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May 2018