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Vault Mine Trail #77, AZ

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Difficulty 4 of 5
Distance One Way 1.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,960 feet
Elevation Gain 2,360 feet
Avg Time One Way 1.5-2 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 9.66
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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Bearpaw Rock & Pete Mountain Loop
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Jack Mountain Loop
30  2016-06-26
Amphitheater to Carrie Nation
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Mount Hopkins Loop
24  2016-05-21
Mt Hopkins Lollipop
24  2016-05-17
Jill & Jack Mountain Loop
15  2015-08-12 gummo
19  2014-08-01
Vault Mine to Josephine Saddle Loop
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Preferred   Apr, Oct, Mar, Nov → 7 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  7:23am - 5:44pm
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Agua Caliente Saddle Dos Veces
Agua Caliente Saddle Dos Veces
same trailhead
8.0 mi
4,075 ft
Jack Mountain Loop
Jack Mountain Loop
same trailhead
5.3 mi
2,110 ft
Kent Spring Trail #157
Kent Spring Trail #157
same trailhead
1.6 mi
1,436 ft
Madera Canyon - Nature Trail to Wrightson
Madera Canyon - Nature Trail to Wrightson
same trailhead
4.3 mi
1,000 ft
Old Baldy - Super Trail Loop
Old Baldy - Super Trail Loop
same trailhead
12.8 mi
4,050 ft
Old Baldy Trail #372 to Wrightson Summit
Old Baldy Trail #372 to Wrightson Summit
same trailhead
10.4 mi
4,043 ft
Roger's Rock
same trailhead
3.9 mi
1,116 ft
Super Trail #134
Super Trail #134
same trailhead
8.1 mi
4,050 ft
Vault Mine - Josephine Saddle Loop
Vault Mine - Josephine Saddle Loop
same trailhead
8.0 mi
1,600 ft
Mount Hopkins Loop
Mount Hopkins Loop
0.0 mi away
7.4 mi
3,213 ft
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This trail provides access to the upper slopes of Mt. Hopkins, the second most prominent peak in the Santa Ritas. The trail leaves from Roundup Picnic Area at the end of Madera Canyon Road. It earned its descriptive name from the fact that it climbs 1,400 feet in a distance of a little over one half mile. This heart-thumping climb leads from upper Madera Canyon to the vicinity of Agua Caliente Saddle, where that trail branches off toward Josephine Saddle and a number of other trails that crisscross the upper slopes of the Santa Rita Mountains.

If you arrange a shuttle in advance, a trip that stretches between this trailhead and the Very Steep/Vault Mine trailhead in Madera Canyon makes a good long day hike. A loop that doesn't require a shuttle takes you up the Very Steep/Vault Mine trail to Agua Caliente Saddle, then northeast to Josephine Saddle and back to the Roundup parking Area via the Lower end of either Old Baldy or Super Trail.

1.5 miles of the Very Steep/Vault Mine Trail are within the Mt. Wrightson Wilderness. Mechanized vehicles, including mountain bikes, are not permitted in Wilderness areas.


    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    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 $$
    Visit this link for full details.

    There are four specific day use areas that require a Coronado Recreational Pass or a National Pass/America the Beautiful Pass.
    1) Sabino Canyon - located on the Santa Catalina Ranger District (520)749-8700
    2) Madera Canyon - located on the Nogales Ranger District (520)281-2296
    3) Cave Creek - located on the Douglas Ranger District (520)364-3468
    4) Mt. Lemmon at 11 day use sites.

    Catalina State Park $6 per day. Sabino Canyon Tram is $10 extra.

    Coronado Forest
    MVUMs are rarely necessary to review unless mentioned in the description or directions
    Coronado Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs)

    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
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