When combined with Old Baldy Trail, it forms a figure eight, making it possible to put together several different loops, using other portions for ascent or descent. Old Baldy and the Super Trail from Madera Canyon intersect here. Download its GPS track and follow the itinerary on a map. The Super Trail had not yet been built. Follow Super Trail 3.7 miles to Josephine Saddle. The Old Baldy Trail described here is one of two primary routes to the top, the other being the Super Trail. Details . The Super Trail is long but has a moderate gradient. Be safe. Wrightson. You can make excellent loop runs with all or part of this trail. Mt. A shout out to the trio I had lunch with on the summit from the Southern Arizona Hiking Club...good input on other area peaks and thank you for your trail maintenance work. More Mount Wrightson Loop Trail is a 13.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Green Valley, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The other main trail to Mount Wrightson was the Gardner Canyon Trail that started in Gardner Canyon and intersected the Baldy Trail … But if you want an easier trail, you should just take the Super or Loop Trail (13.1-mile … The first time we summited McCleary Peak which involved bushwacking through prickly undergrowth, but I got cut up and it wasn't worth it since the views from Shovel Saddle are just as good. The Crest Trail’s platform is blown out of bedrock on the north side of the volcanic summit block. The start point listed in the description is good for the Bog Spring/Kent Spring Loop but a better starting point for the Four Springs Trail is the Super Trail from the parking lot at the top of the road. Un trail con excelentes vistas, gran altura. Looser near the peak. lot lady bug things on top but great panoramic views. The sight on the top is excellent! ParkFlo's rating The Mount Wrightson via Old Baldy Trail is a hard out and back hike approximately 11.3 miles and with an elevation gain of 4,012 feet. Views where amazing. To the east, views stretch to the Chiricahuas of extreme eastern Arizona with the Whetstone, Mustang and Huachuca mountains floating in a sea of grass closer at hand. This trail leads to the 9,453-foot summit of Mt. It was a beautiful hike down, though, and I'll definitely come back again in a few months when it gets colder. Mt. Super Trail is a great trail, especially if you want to mix in some running. The climb to Josephine Peak is off-trail and rugged. On the Super Trail walk beneath dramatic south-side cliffs and columnar towers. "Round Up" Lot (Mount Wrightson Picnic Area): Super Trail, Carrie Nation Trail, Vault Mine Trail, Old Baldy Trail Follow the road to its very end, high up in Madera Canyon, where there are two lots, and upper and lower lot for parking. Both paths are equidistant and meet up at Kent Springs after 2 miles. I'm not sure if this is a seasonal occurrence as it was my first summit, but if you go up there, be prepared for LOTS of bugs. Started at 715am. Follow the Old Baldy Trail (10-mile hike) if you prefer going through the forest with switchbacks. Of the two, Old Baldy is the shortest and steepest, while the Super Trail is longer but has a more moderate gradient. Took me about 10 hours. Super Trail was less traveled based on the vegetation overgrowth through some sections but has great views the whole way down. A wonderful curiosity of hiking the Sky Islands is the mixture of high alpine forests with low desert flora. Vault Mine - Agua Caliente - Super Trail Loop. Watch for the Pipeline Trail coming off the left at a steep uphill angle. If you're not pressed for time, I highly recomend going up via Super; the views were phenomenal, and at a couple spots we saw some hummingbirds flying around. Distance: 11.3 miles Wrightson, the highest peak in the Santa Ritas. Mount Wrightson Super Trail Bog Springs Trail Kent Spring Trail 156 Bog Springs to Sylvester Springs Dutch John Spring Temporal Gulch Trail Gardner Canyon Gunsight Pass Trail. Wrightson Picnic Area. I took my 2 older kids 13 and 15, they found it difficult but worthwhile. Beautiful view from the top. Wrightson, the highest peak in the Santa Ritas. are just south of Tucson, Arizona Start Elevation: 5,420 feet … We went up old baldy and down old baldy. The overall location is very isolated and made for a peaceful hike without huge crowds. Didn't trust or footing. From there the trail climbs steeply for a half mile. The summit itself offered some amazing 360 views of southern Arizona and parts of Mexico, but unfortunately when we went it was literally swarming with ladybugs and flies, with quite a few bees present as well. It was an 8 hour hike. An easier version of this hike would be to take the Super Trail to Josephine Saddle. From this point, it's 1.8 miles to Baldy Saddle via Old Baldy Trail, and 3.3 miles via the Super Trail. You are now on the Four Springs Trail. Also, Old Baldy is shadier. This route is a less used but still easy to follow trail on the "backside" of Mt. These trails meet near Josephine Saddle to create a figure 8 on the mountain and can be combined to make a more interesting loop hike. We went up the Super Trail #134 to Josephine Saddle, diverting to the Rock along the way. We did the Four Springs Trail today. At 9,456 feet, Mount Wrightson is the tallest peak in the Santa Rita Mountains and Tucson, Arizona region. Unlike its massive northern neighbor Mount Lemmon, Wrightson has a distinct rocky peak (as a matter of fact, it was named Mount Baldy at one time for this very reason) that offers ar… The Super Trail is long but has a moderate gradient. For those who want to get there faster and have a more challenging hike, follow the Old Baldy Trail, a ten-mile hike through the forest with switchbacks weaving you up to the top. Lots of fun and great views. Carrie Nation Mine: From the Mount Wrightson picnic area, take the SE trailhead .3 mile to the trail intersection and turn right. Wrightson is the highest point in the Santa Rita Mountains. Old Baldy and Mount Wrightson Summit Trail, Josephine Saddle via Super Trail and Old Baldy, Vault Mine, Agua Caliente, Super Trail Loop, Old Baldy, Vault Mine and Agua Caliente Trail. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Wrightson, the highest peak in the Santa Ritas. Baldy was renamed Wrightson for a miner killed by Apaches in 1865. Over 5-thousand feet in elevation, temperatures are a good 15 degrees cooler than Tucson but the Old Baldy Trail is one of the most difficult routes to the summit of Mount Wrightson. From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 152 mi - about 2 hours 31 mins, From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 42.3 mi - about 55 mins, From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 295 mi - about 4 hours 37 mins. I will be back to do this and more trails in the Tucson area! Trail lies in the Mt.Wrightson Wilderness Area. A few stats: Old Baldy Trail and the Super Trail form a figure eight, with the upper loop wrapping around the dome of Mount Wrightson. icy chunks from the trees all over up top made it hard coming down. Its distinctive pyramid-shaped profile is visible from much of southeastern Arizona and adjoining areas in Sonora, Mexico. The trail begins at the end of Gardner Canyon Road and immediately begins traversing and switchbacking its way up the slopes of Mt. Old Baldy is the shortest and steepest, while the Super Trail is longer but has a more moderate gradient, but both of these trails lead to the 9,543-foot summit of Mt. Cactus and … I had plenty of layers, though, so it wasn't too terrible. The trails form a figure eight making it possible to put together a number of different loops using different portions of each. The title of this trail and the map are the Baldy/Super Trail loop to the summit of Mt. At 9,456 feet, Mount Wrightson is the tallest peak in the vicinity of Tucson Arizona. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Mar 12, 2018 Mt. I did, however, turn around before reaching the summit due to the snow getting hard to walk in without snowshoes. It’s big enough to stand-out on satellite imagery and made a great place to stop for a snack. On the Super trail down from the Mt Wrightson crossing, shorts are not what you want to wear, lots of scrubs of the prickly kind. everything was very gradual up and down. The prominence of Wrightson provides wonderful views with a great summit. The two trails cross forming a figure-8, and I was hoping to do at least part of both trails for some variety, which would make about a 13 mile day. Total distance, around 8 miles. I had to break trail for 100 yards or so on the north facing section of Super Trail just after turning off from the summit trail. The trails were all clear and switchbacks in great shape. We took Super trail the entire way up, which is fairly moderate in difficulty until you get close to the summit trail. Take plenty of water and food. Mount Wrightson can be hiked via the shorter, steeper Old Baldy Trail or longer Super Trail. From the Super Trail go about 1/4 mile. Overview This is a moderate loop trail to Baldy Spring in Coronado National Forest. Both trails are accessed from the Madera Canyon trailhead. The Pipeline/Kent Spring intersection is a good area to spot and/or hear the Elegant Trogon, best between April and June (although we heard one in the distance today). Add this one to your bucket list. The Super Trail, also from the Madera Canyon trailhead, is not as steep but is far longer. Old Baldy is the shortest and steepest, while the Super Trail is longer but has a more moderate gradient, but both of these trails lead to the 9,543-foot summit of Mt. Wrightson, the highest peak in the Santa Ritas. This junction marks the end of Four Springs Trail. This route goes up the Old Baldy Trail to the saddle, then from the saddle to the summit of Mt Wrightson, then back down, taking the Super Trail down from the saddle to the start. Essence: Circumnavigate and climb Mount Wrightson, indisputably supreme in the Santa Rita Mountains. I started out taking Old Baldy trail up to the saddle, and then took Super. Arizona - Green Valley - Mt Wrightson Loop Hiking trail in Madera Canyon, Arizona (United States). This trail goes by McBeth Spring, Riley Saddle, Mount Wrightson, Baldy Saddle, Old Baldy, Bellows Spring, Josephine Saddle, Sprung Spring, and Mt. Places To Go. If you have experience hiking in snow and can follow the trail, I highly recommend doing so. 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