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Old Baldy Trail #372 to Wrightson Summit, AZ
2010-01-2414 by
 
Tucson, AZ
 
Hiking7.50 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns    1.67 mph
2,500 ft AEG   
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Met up with a group who lent me some snowshoes and we headed up to Wrightson for some sweet snowshoeing action. The road into Madera Canyon was closed before the Santa Rita Lodge, and about half of the population of South Tucson was already there playing in the snow, so we parked way back at the Proctor Parking Area and walked up the trail to the real trailhead, about 2.5mi up canyon. After that we started snowshoeing. We probably didn't need the snowshoes, but I think they did make it a little easier navigating up on the very snowy slopes.

There were LOTS of downed trees from the storm. I think it was a combo of the heavy snow loads (probably close to 2' in some places) and the gale force winds. We (meaning mostly my buddy Steve who is a superman) moved a dozen or so branches and trees off of the trail, but there were many more that we just had to navigate around.

Note for my own edification: It is not easy walking in snowshoes. There are muscles in my hips that I've never felt before that are burning today. Great workout!

Did about a mile up the Old Baldy trail before we decided to head back home. We walked back along the road, and the crowds were insane by this point. There wasn't a single clear slope that hadn't been sleded into oblivion. People were even pushing little plastic sleds down slopes that were more muddy than snowy. It felt weird after the quiet and wildness of the trail above. It was another one of those moments when I was so thankful to be healthy and strong enough to get away from the masses...
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