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Old Baldy Trail #372 to Wrightson Summit, AZ
2010-11-0629 by
 
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Tucson, AZ
 
Hiking10.00 Miles   5 Hrs   10 Mns    1.94 mph
4,000 ft AEG   
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This is a fantastic hike. If I lived nearby, I would make it my Humphrey Hike, doing it often, but not nearly weekly as I have done Elden. It has the feel of being above treeline, but of course you are well below where trees are unable to grown. Great views, good trail condition, not very steep (I thought) and the Apache Pines are nice to look at, as are the 5 leaves per fascicle Ponderosa Pines (AKA Arizona Pines). I love the oak forest along the trail, it feels exotic and had a Madrean feel to it. I imaging this hike is spectacular in spring when the neotropical migrants are back, especially if it has been a little wet and there is a lot of growth.

Apache pine is very common on the hike between 5600' and 7500', or just above the trailhead to just above Josephine saddle. Look for them with their longer leaves which tend to group at the end of stout branches. Some of the best ones are above Josephine saddle, where they are quite large. The Santa Rita Mountains are more or less as far north as this Mexican species gets, so they aren't enormous, but they still are an impressive size. I wonder how they look deep into Mexico in the heart of their range? If you are from the SE US, this species resembles Pinus palustris, or Longleaf Pine, which is why it was sometimes called western Longleaf pine.
Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate

Bellows Spring Gallon per minute
The pipe into the small holding tank is flowing very well, and the rocks in the draw above the spring have water trickling off of them.
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It is because the Mount Elden Trail is just such a great trail, and the summit is pretty nice, too.
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