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Florida (pronounced floor-EE-da in this part of the country) is in this case, the Spanish word for "flowered". A hike or ride in this canyon in any season, except late fall and winter, will give it the opportunity to live up to its name. Riparian areas, seeps and springs, even the desert hillsides that make up a good portion of the habitat here, can be positively blanketed with wildflowers during a year of good rainfall. Higher up in the canyon, other notable vegetation includes some large, gnarly Arizona sycamores that serve as natural arbors for high climbing wild grape vines. These prolific food producers provide favorite foraging areas for raccoons, an animal one usually doesn't think of as a desert dweller. Numerous other critters use them as well, including coatimundis, a southwestern cousin of the raccoon. At the head of the canyon, near Florida Saddle, there are a number of stands of large Douglas fir that provide a cool canopy to shade you along your way.

Views along the trail, especially along its higher stretches, are big and broad. Looking back toward the trailhead, the Santa Cruz Valley, the community of Green Valley, and a couple of large copper mines stand out. Up canyon, the Santa Rita Crest and the summit of Mt. Wrightson beckon users headed beyond Florida Saddle.


In addition to those features already listed, the Florida Canyon Trail provides the most uncrowded access to the upper reaches of the Santa Rita Range of any trail with an easily accessible trailhead. Usually trails that are this lightly used require bouncing over bone-jarring 4-wheel drive roads to the trailhead. Not so with this one. It's just a short three miles of all-weather gravel from the paved access route to Madera Canyon. With that in mind, you may choose this trail as your access route to the Crest, Cave Canyon, Old Baldy, or Super trail. All of them either branch out from Florida Saddle or are just one junction removed from it.

4.2 miles of this trail are within the Mt. Wrightson Wilderness. Mechanized vehicles, including mountain bikes, are not permitted in Wilderness areas.
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Difficulty 4 of 5
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Distance One Way 4.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,340 feet
Elevation Gain 3,503 feet
Accumulated Gain 3,503 feet
Avg Time One Way 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 15.97
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1  2018-01-28 friendofThunderg
11  2017-04-22
Florida Canyon / Crest Trail
friendofThunderg
6  2016-11-06 gummo
7  2016-11-03 JuanJaimeiii
12  2015-09-26
Florida Canyon to McCleary and Wrightson
JuanJaimeiii
11  2015-09-26
Florida Canyon / Crest Trail
friendofThunderg
8  2015-04-17
Wrightson via Florida Cyn
Tough_Boots
13  2014-10-06
Florida Canyon to Armour Spring
markthurman53
13  2014-04-20
Florida Canyon / Crest Trail
JuanJaimeiii
5  2012-04-07 bikeandhike
5  2011-08-19 Jeffshadows
5  2010-10-29 Jeffshadows
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Wilderness Mount Wrightson
Backpack   Yes & Connecting
Preferred   → 7 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  5:22am - 7:18pm
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Florida (pronounced floor-EE-da in this part of the country) is in this case, the Spanish word for "flowered". A hike or ride in this canyon in any season, except late fall and winter, will give it the opportunity to live up to its name. Riparian areas, seeps and springs, even the desert hillsides that make up a good portion of the habitat here, can be positively blanketed with wildflowers during a year of good rainfall. Higher up in the canyon, other notable vegetation includes some large, gnarly Arizona sycamores that serve as natural arbors for high climbing wild grape vines. These prolific food producers provide favorite foraging areas for raccoons, an animal one usually doesn't think of as a desert dweller. Numerous other critters use them as well, including coatimundis, a southwestern cousin of the raccoon. At the head of the canyon, near Florida Saddle, there are a number of stands of large Douglas fir that provide a cool canopy to shade you along your way.

Views along the trail, especially along its higher stretches, are big and broad. Looking back toward the trailhead, the Santa Cruz Valley, the community of Green Valley, and a couple of large copper mines stand out. Up canyon, the Santa Rita Crest and the summit of Mt. Wrightson beckon users headed beyond Florida Saddle.


In addition to those features already listed, the Florida Canyon Trail provides the most uncrowded access to the upper reaches of the Santa Rita Range of any trail with an easily accessible trailhead. Usually trails that are this lightly used require bouncing over bone-jarring 4-wheel drive roads to the trailhead. Not so with this one. It's just a short three miles of all-weather gravel from the paved access route to Madera Canyon. With that in mind, you may choose this trail as your access route to the Crest, Cave Canyon, Old Baldy, or Super trail. All of them either branch out from Florida Saddle or are just one junction removed from it.

4.2 miles of this trail are within the Mt. Wrightson Wilderness. Mechanized vehicles, including mountain bikes, are not permitted in Wilderness areas.



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    From Tucson, Leave interstate 19 at Continental Exit 63. Turn east and follow the signs to Madera Canyon, about 7.3 miles to the Forest Road 62 cutoff. Bear right onto Forest Road 62A, and continue about 3.6 miles to the Florida Canyon trailhead on the left, just outside the entrance to the Florida Work Center.
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