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Temporal Gulch Trail #595, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Distance One Way 6.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,800 feet
Elevation Gain 2,189 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,369 feet
Avg Time One Way 3.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 13.99
Backpack Yes & Connecting
Photos Viewed All Mine Following
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13  2015-09-12
Wrightson via Temporal to Walker Basin
6  2015-09-12
Wrightson via Temporal to Walker Basin
2  2015-09-12
Wrightson via Temporal to Walker Basin
26  2015-09-12
Wrightson via Temporal to Walker Basin
15  2015-09-12
Wrightson via Temporal to Walker Basin
46  2015-07-25 cdyerinaz
14  2014-08-22
Temporal Gulch Eastern Half
13  2014-08-11
Old Baldy upper Temporal Gulch Loop
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Preferred   Oct, Apr, May, Sep → 8 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  7:23am - 5:45pm
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6 Alternative
Nearby Area Water
Walker Basin Trail #136
1.3 mi away
2.6 mi
1,200 ft
Walker Canyon Trail
Walker Canyon Trail
3.2 mi away
15.0 mi
2,000 ft
Chinaman Trail #137
Chinaman Trail #137
3.7 mi away
4.4 mi
1,019 ft
Josephine Canyon Trail #133
Josephine Canyon Trail #133
3.8 mi away
2.5 mi
1,400 ft
Gardner Canyon #143
4.0 mi away
2.9 mi
2,303 ft
Link Trail - Santa Rita Mtns
4.2 mi away
0.5 mi
226 ft
Cave Canyon Trail #149
Cave Canyon Trail #149
4.2 mi away
3.8 mi
2,105 ft
Four Springs Trail
Four Springs Trail
5.3 mi away
3.1 mi
1,811 ft
Crest Trail #144 - Santa Rita Mtns
Crest Trail #144 - Santa Rita Mtns
5.5 mi away
3.0 mi
2,129 ft
Santa Rita Mountains - AZT #5
Santa Rita Mountains - AZT #5
5.6 mi away
13.9 mi
1,942 ft
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Temporal Gulch Trail is one of the least traveled routes in the Santa Ritas. That's not because this remote backcountry isn't worth a visit, but because it's more than just a little hard to get in. The north end of the gulch is accessible from Madera Canyon by hiking up the Super Trail or Old Baldy Trail to Josephine Saddle and then contouring around Josephine Peak to the head of the drainage. You can drive to the downhill end of the trail, but that requires winding over dirty roads for a considerable distance and bouncing the last couple of miles up a jeep track that can require a high clearance 4-wheel drive vehicle. Those who go to the trouble, however, generally find that the reward is well worth the effort.

Temporal Gulch Trail wanders up a broad canyon along a picturesque little stream punctuated with stepping stone crossings and a bubbly waterfall (when it has water in it). When it doesn't, the riparian area is still a pleasant place to be, shaded by spreading sycamores and other desert canyon species clustered along the streambed. Other desert dwellers congregate here, too, and if you proceed quietly and watchfully, you're virtually assured of having a close encounter with a number of them. Colorful songbirds flash through the trees, and soft-eyed deer browse in the grasses and brush, sometimes scarcely taking notice of you.

If you're a history buff, there are a number of old mining works in the area, small diggings that generally have left only a tailings pile and a few pieces of liter-become-artifact to tell their story. All this is framed within a panorama that includes the high peaks of the Santa Ritas and their grassy, oak-covered foothills.

Temporal Gulch Trail extends between the mouth of the gulch and Josephine Saddle where it intersects a number of other Santa Rita trails. One possibility for a loop trip is to take the trail to the saddle and then pick one of a number of routes up, around or over Mt. Wrightson to Gardner Trail which leads to the Walker Basin Trail and back to your vehicle.

5.4 miles of this trail are within the Mt. Wrightson Wilderness. No Mechanized vehicles allowed, including mountain bikes, are permitted in Wilderness areas.


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

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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.

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    Coronado Forest
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    Map Drive

    To hike
    From Patagonia, Drive north out of Patagonia on 1st Avenue and continue 2.5 miles to the National Forest boundary. The road becomes Forest Road 72. Follow Road 72 for 4 or 5 miles, depending on the condition of the road. Usually this route is passable by passenger cars to the Forest Road 72/Forest Road 72A. Walk 2.5 miles up Forest Road 72, now a rough jeep track, headed toward Walker Basin to the 595 trailhead. The Temporal Gulch Trail stays with the stream bed.
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