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Mount Ian, AZ

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Difficulty 4 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 9.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,450 feet
Elevation Gain 3,700 feet
Accumulated Gain 3,720 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 5-6 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 28.2
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Peak
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6  2014-07-26
Santa Rita Peaks
9  2012-10-13
Mount Ian Loop
6  2012-06-23
Old Baldy - Super Trail Loop
19  2010-08-14
Super Pipeline Crest Baldy
65  2010-08-10
Santa Rita Loop
40  2010-07-07 sirena
Author sirena
author avatar Guides 2
Routes 4
Photos 3,873
Trips 362 map ( 3,964 miles )
Age 45 Female Gender
Location Tucson, AZ
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Preferred   May, Sep, Oct, Aug
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:12am - 6:19pm
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Wonderful Wrightson View
by sirena

Likely In-Season!
Most people hit the Santa Ritas to bag Mt. Wrightson, the highest peak in the range. This hike will take you to the highest point on the Santa Rita Crest at 9146 ft. The elevation gain from Madera Canyon is similar to Mt. Wrightson, but with a bit of off-trail routefinding, ending with one of the most spectacular views of Wrightson itself.

Please refer to the trail descriptions on this site for either the Old Baldy or Super Trail to get yourself to Baldy Saddle at 8750 ft. (trail stats above are from the Old Baldy Tr.) From Baldy Saddle, take the Crest Trail north, climbing away from Mt. Wrightson. At 0.5 miles from the saddle, the trail ends its climb and turns a corner. There is a small grove of aspen in the area and the trail descends a little. From this point, bushwhack up the slope to your left to attain the small saddle on the ridgeline. There are several cairns to lead the way, but if you don't find them just get to the top of the ridgeline as best as you can. Once you reach the ridgeline, turn left and follow the colorful, rocky top northwest toward the summit (about 0.5 miles). There will be a small notch with a tree in it right before the final scramble to the summit. Either scramble right out of the notch, or look to the right to find a natural switchback in the rock that leads to the colorful summit cairn. The views of Mt. Wrightson and the surrounding area from Mt. Ian are incredible, and unlike Wrightson, you probably won't have to share them with anyone else. You could also approach Mt. Ian coming from Florida Saddle on the Crest Trail, in that case look for a cairn on the trail just before you top out on the final climb up to the ridgeline before descending down to Baldy Saddle. Mt. Ian is great either as a destination or as part of a longer backpack in the beautiful Santa Rita high country. Or, if you find yourself with some steam left in your legs after summiting Wrightson, this would be a great way to add on some additional 2 miles/400 ft. elevation gain and scenery.

Water Sources
Bellows Spring on the Old Baldy Trail

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This is a moderately difficult hike.

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2010-07-09 sirena
    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.

    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Mount Ian
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    dave and i returned for more santa rita awesomeness after being blown out last weekend. quick invite to jj the night before...yada yada yada we are heading up the super trail on a perfect morning. we were talking and enjoying the scenery and having a merry old time. next thing we knew we were on wrightson! it was one of those crazy buggy summit days so we didn't spend too long

    we shot up the crest trail to the summit of Mt Ian for those outstanding views as well.

    brought it home on old baldy and finished the day with delicious grape soda at the lodge.

    perfect day in the santa ritas, thanks boys :y: :y:
    Mount Ian
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    Last weekend, Nick and I tried to do Wrightson and were turned back at Baldy Saddle thanks to a monsoon storm complete with hail and buckets of water. Today we went after it again with clouds building but made it out dry (not really, it was humid!). John, the insane hiker that he is, never drank a drop of liquid the whole hike. : rambo :

    Went up Wrightson via the Super Trail, took the Crest Trail over to Mt. Ian and then took the Baldy Trail back down. Nice views, but no views of the Sea of that really possible?

    We all finished the hike by stopping in at the Santa Rita Lodge for a grape Welch's soda (yes, they have them :) ).

    Thanks Nick & John for a great hike...The Ritas are such a great area...

    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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