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Old Baldy - Super Trail Loop, AZ
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 Tucson - South
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Difficulty 4 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 12.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,441 feet
Elevation Gain 4,010 feet
Accumulated Gain 4,050 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 6-8 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 33.05
Interest Peak
Course Muli-Loop Hike
Author joebartels
Descriptions 208
Routes 692
Photos 8,922
Trips 3,113 map ( 16,080 miles )
Age 46
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Historical Weather
Trailhead Forecast
Forest Coronado
Wilderness Mount Wrightson
Backpack   Yes & Connecting
Preferred   Mar, Apr, Sep, Oct → Early
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  5:21am - 7:33pm
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Wright On!
by joebartels

Overview: This figure eight loop combines Old Baldy Trail up to the peak then follows the Super Trail #134 back down. Predominant vegetation consist of oaks, madrone, walnuts, pines and even a few sycamores.

2.3mi up to Josephine Saddle: Up slope from the restrooms the trail takes off easy and wide. Soon comes a junction with the Vault Mine Trail, proceed left on Old Baldy. About 1,700 feet up Josephine Saddle is reached at 2.3 miles / 7,100ft. This junction intercepts six paths.

1.8mi up to Baldy Saddle: The Super Trail and Old Baldy continue together for less than a quarter mile. Old Baldy continues to the left. Here the vegetation starts to turn. Beautiful pines fill the slope. 1.2mi from Josephine Saddle or 0.6mi before reaching Baldy Saddle you pass Bellow Springs. Soon followed by nearly a dozen tight switchbacks up to the saddle. Views on the saddle open up.

0.9mi up to peak: From here it's 0.9mi on the Crest Trail to the peak. The footing gets a little rocky on route. Wide views open up on Mount Wrightson (noted as "Baldy 2" on topo).

0.8mi down to Super Trail: Retrace your steps back down. 0.1mi before reaching the saddle take a right at the signed junction onto the Super Trail. For some odd reason the signage doesn't mention "Super Trail".

1.5mi to Riley Saddle: Here you enter the torched forest skirting the eastern flank over to Riley Saddle. Fortunately the views are top notch. To the east-northeast French Joe Peak hides Benson. To the east-southeast lies Sierra Vista with the Huachucas fanning south. In the far far east horizon lies the Chiricahuas. Continue on over a couple sections of firm scree. Our group debated this may be old mine tailings. Getting closer to Riley Saddle the brush closes in. It's not a bushwhack yet but could be in future years. From the saddle I'm sure some go off-trail 0.55mi to Josephine Peak.

1.7mi to Josephine Saddle: Views turn to the southern wilderness and the opposing ridge (directly west). Which is Tia Juana Ridge coming down from Mt Hopkins. The pines make a comeback the closer you get to Josephine Saddle. However the lack of shade over the past four to five miles begins to take its toll. Smiles curl as you're greeted by the towering pines on the lazy switchbacks.

3.4mi to parking: Carefully select the proper signed path for the Super Trail #134. Sprung Spring is immediately passed. This hike kicks into overdrive pampering you down. Albeit slighty sun exposed, every twist and turn continues to provide exceptional views. The best views of the peak are over your shoulder. McCleary Peak to the northeast practically begs a future visit. Huge and healty sycamores greet you at the creek. Within a half hour you arrive back to the parking lot.

Note: Data is derived from a combination of GPS and topo map routing.
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

Permit $$
Sabino/Madera - $5 per day or $20 annual. Catalina State Park $6 per day. Sabino Canyon Tram is $8 extra.

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To Madera Canyon Trailhead
From Tucson: I-19 south to exit 63 Continental. At the end of the exit take a left and follow brown signs to Madera Canyon. You'll be taking White House Canyon Road 13.2 miles to Madera Canyon.

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
page created by joebartels on Jun 14 2008 8:00 pm
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