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This trail leads to the 9,453 foot summit of Mt. Wrightson, the highest peak in the Santa Ritas. The Super Trail is long, but has a moderate gradient. When combined with Old Baldy Trail, it forms a figure eight, making it possible to put together a number of different loops, using different portions of each for ascent or descent.

The Super Trail stays within the same drainage as its steeper cousin in the lower loop of the "8", Old Baldy, but follows a more south-facing slope through a high desert environment in the upper loop. Above the midpoint of the "8", at Josephine Saddle, the Super Trail loops around the south side of the mountain through even more arid country, while Old Baldy switchbacks through thickets of New Mexico locust on a west-facing slope at Baldy Saddle. The last mile to the summit of Mt. Wrightson via the Crest Trail is the same no matter which trail you've followed to the saddle.


The views from the summit are, to say the least, breathtaking. The Santa Catalinas near Tucson, Mt. Graham to the east, and the high peaks of the Huachucas to the southeast combine with sweeping views of the Santa Cruz and San Pedro valleys to form a 360' panorama. Actually, you don't even have to go all the way to the top to enjoy great views. Many of these landmarks are visible from dozens of overlooks along both trails. And while you're at it, remember that all that's worth seeing here is not in the distance. The bird watching' heaven that exists in Madera Canyon extends up the mountain into this area where, in addition to the birds, you may see Coues white-tailed deer, black bear, and even mountain lion if you're very lucky. The Old Baldy trail also boasts an impressive pot pourri of tree species characteristic of southeastern Arizona including Arizona, Apache, and Chihuahua pines, as well as Arizona madrone and a variety of oaks.

7.6 miles of the Super Trail are within the Mt. Wrightson Wilderness. Mechanized vehicles, including mountain bikes, are not permitted in Wilderness areas.
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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
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Distance One Way 8.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,400 feet
Elevation Gain 4,050 feet
Avg Time One Way 4.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 21.6
Author HAZ_Hikebot
Descriptions 12,199
Routes 9,584
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Location Hike, AZ .com
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Viewed All Mine Following
6  2017-10-07
Wrightson Gardner Canyon /Cave Canyon Loop
Pivo
8  2017-09-20
Old Baldy - Super Trail Loop
JuanJaimeiii
4  2017-09-20
Super Trail - Baldy Loop
joebartels
4  2017-08-05
Josephine - Wrightson
lindaagm
6  2017-08-05
Josephine - Wrightson
The_N
5  2017-05-21
Old Baldy - Super Trail Loop
lindaagm
5  2017-04-09
Old Baldy - Super Trail Loop
JuanJaimeiii
8  2016-10-02
Old Baldy - Super Trail Loop
DallinW
14  2016-09-10
Gardner Canyon #143
friendofThunderg
12  2016-09-09
Old Baldy - Super Trail Loop
LARichardson73
15  2016-08-14
Four Springs Loop
Pivo
17  2016-08-14
Four Springs Loop
GrottoGirl
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Map - Rainbow Expeditions Santa Ritas
Forest Coronado
Wilderness Mount Wrightson
Backpack   Yes & Connecting
Preferred   Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov → 7 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:29am - 5:47pm
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Agua Caliente Saddle Dos Veces
same trailhead
8.0 mi
4,075 ft
Jack Mountain Loop
same trailhead
5.3 mi
2,110 ft
Kent Spring Trail #157
same trailhead
1.6 mi
1,800 ft
Madera Canyon-Nature Trail to Wrightson
same trailhead
4.3 mi
1,000 ft
Old Baldy - Super Trail Loop
same trailhead
12.8 mi
4,050 ft
Old Baldy Trail #372 to Wrightson Summit
same trailhead
10.4 mi
4,000 ft
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Horned Lizard
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Yarrow's Spiny Lizard
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This trail leads to the 9,453 foot summit of Mt. Wrightson, the highest peak in the Santa Ritas. The Super Trail is long, but has a moderate gradient. When combined with Old Baldy Trail, it forms a figure eight, making it possible to put together a number of different loops, using different portions of each for ascent or descent.

The Super Trail stays within the same drainage as its steeper cousin in the lower loop of the "8", Old Baldy, but follows a more south-facing slope through a high desert environment in the upper loop. Above the midpoint of the "8", at Josephine Saddle, the Super Trail loops around the south side of the mountain through even more arid country, while Old Baldy switchbacks through thickets of New Mexico locust on a west-facing slope at Baldy Saddle. The last mile to the summit of Mt. Wrightson via the Crest Trail is the same no matter which trail you've followed to the saddle.


The views from the summit are, to say the least, breathtaking. The Santa Catalinas near Tucson, Mt. Graham to the east, and the high peaks of the Huachucas to the southeast combine with sweeping views of the Santa Cruz and San Pedro valleys to form a 360' panorama. Actually, you don't even have to go all the way to the top to enjoy great views. Many of these landmarks are visible from dozens of overlooks along both trails. And while you're at it, remember that all that's worth seeing here is not in the distance. The bird watching' heaven that exists in Madera Canyon extends up the mountain into this area where, in addition to the birds, you may see Coues white-tailed deer, black bear, and even mountain lion if you're very lucky. The Old Baldy trail also boasts an impressive pot pourri of tree species characteristic of southeastern Arizona including Arizona, Apache, and Chihuahua pines, as well as Arizona madrone and a variety of oaks.

7.6 miles of the Super Trail are within the Mt. Wrightson Wilderness. Mechanized vehicles, including mountain bikes, are not permitted in Wilderness areas.

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    One-Way Notice: This hike is listed as One-Way. When you hike 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 $8 extra.


    Directions
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    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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