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Old Baldy Trail #372 to Wrightson Summit, AZ
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South of Tucson and down into Madera Canyon. The drive in is eye candy for any hiker. The trailhead is up slope from the restrooms. It starts off easy and wide going up. This is an old road that used to be lined with picnic tables before the parking was upgraded to accommodate the crowds. Soon you come to a junction with the Vault Mine Trail, proceed left on Old Baldy. Vegetation is loaded with various oaks and incredible mandrones throughout the hike. The area is popular with bird enthusiast. Be on the lookout for the elusive Elegant Trogon!


Almost 1,700 feet up Josephine Saddle is reached at 2.3 miles / 7,100ft. This junction intercepts six paths providing reason to return. It's another 1.8 miles around the northern slopes to Baldy Saddle.

The Super Trail and Old Baldy continue together for less than a quarter mile. Old Baldy continues to the left. Here the vegetation starts to turn. Beautiful trophy chiricahua pines fill the slope. Their limbs reach out far and wide. Views to the northwest open up. The slope of the mountain is steep. You barely notice it slicing through a pine needle covered trail. This picturesque setting is what every boyscout dreams of on their maiden voyage. Undoubtedly rushed they return decades later to savor the moment.

1.2mi from Josephine Saddle or 0.6mi before reaching Baldy Saddle you pass Bellow Springs. Soon followed by nearly a dozen tight switchbacks up to the saddle. Views on the saddle open up. From here it's 0.85mi on the Crest Trail to the peak.

Wide views on Mount Wrightson (noted as "Baldy 2" on topo) reveal mountain ranges few know exist. To the North and Northeast the Catalinas and Rincons dominate. Baboquivari and it's towering massif is easily spotted to the west. Only 25 miles away Mexico dominates the southern views.

Note: Data is derived from a combination of GPS and topo map routing. The Coronado FS data is known to be erroneous.

Choices: As seen in the Wrightson Wilderness map, several trails ascend Mt Wrightson. Technically the shortest ascent to the summit is via the Garden Canyon Trail #143. However with its four-wheel drive access the Madera Canyon options are more appealing coming from Tucson. The Super Trail #134 has more switchbacks providing a less strenuous ascent. That might be a better choice if you're hauling a backpack or looking to ease the knees on your descent. Combing the two trails is a popular choice.

Revised 2008: Original summary posted on 2000-06-21
Description 350 Triplogs  6 Topics
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Difficulty 4 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 10.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,440 feet
Elevation Gain 4,000 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 5-6 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 30.4
Interest Peak
Author joebartels
Descriptions 208
Routes 758
Photos 9,495
Trips 3,525 map ( 18,273 miles )
Age 47
Location Phoenix, AZ
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6  2017-10-07
Wrightson Gardner Canyon /Cave Canyon Loop
Pivo
4  2017-09-26 LARichardson73
10  2017-09-24 friendofThunderg
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
7  2017-07-25 SkyIslandHiker
13  2017-07-08 SkyIslandHiker
13  2017-07-04 SkyIslandHiker
7  2017-06-30 Jim_H
1  2017-06-25 MSimmons
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Historical Weather
Trailhead Forecast
Radar
Map - Rainbow Expeditions Santa Ritas
Forest Coronado
Wilderness Mount Wrightson
Backpack   Yes & Connecting
Preferred   Apr, May, Sep, Oct → 8 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:30am - 5:46pm
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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
Roger's Rock
same trailhead
3.9 mi
1,116 ft
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Abert's Squirrel
Arizona Gray Squirrel
Arizona Sister Butterfly
Assassin Bug
Bee Fly
Beyer's scarab beetle
Black Bear
Black-headed Grosbeak
Bumblebee
Canyon Tree Frog
Carpenter Bee
Coues White-tailed Deer
Desert Grassland Whiptail
Dull Firetip Skipper
Eastern Collared Lizard
Elegant Trogon
Fungus Beetle
Gila Spotted Whiptail
Greater Short-Horned Lizard
Honey Bee
Horned Lizard
House Wren
Hoverfly
Ladybug beetle
Lesser Goldfinch
Mesquite Coreid Bug
Mexican Jay
Mexican Spotted Owl
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Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly
Red Tachinid Fly
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Unidentified Butterfly
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Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
White Angled-Sulphur Butterfly
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Yarrow's Spiny Lizard
Yellow-eyed Junco
Flora
Apache Pine
Arizona Madrone
Arizona Pine
Arizona Thistle
Arizona White Oak
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Bladderpod Mustard
Bristlehead
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Chihuahua Pine
Claret Cup Cactus
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Cosmos
Dakota Verbena
El Paso Gilia
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False Solomon's Seal
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Golden-Beard Penstemon
Goldeneye
Grahams Tick Clover
Green-Flowered Macromeria
Indian Paintbrush
Lewis Flax
Macomb's Trumpet
Mexican Silene
Moss
Mustard Evening Primrose
New Mexico Raspberry
New Mexico Thistle
Nodding Onion
Oakwoods prairie clover
Ocotillo
Parry's Primrose
Plains Beebalm
Purple Nightshade
Red Cinquefoil
Richardsons Geranium
Silverleaf Oak
Smooth Bouvardia
Southwestern White Pine
Spreading Phlox
Torrey's Crag Lily
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Velvetpod Mimosa
Western Dayflower
Western Sneezeweed
Western Yarrow
White Prairie Clover
Wright's Limabean
Yellow Columbine
Yellow Coneflower
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Baboquivari Peak
Baldy Saddle
Baldy Spring
Bellows Spring
Huachuca Mountains
Josephine Canyon
Josephine Peak
Josephine Saddle
McBeth Spring
Mount Hopkins
Mount Wrightson
Rincon Mountains
Rogers Rock - Santa Ritas
Santa Catalina Mountains
Santa Rita Experimental Range and Wildlife Area
Santa Rita Mountains
Sprung Spring
Whetstone Mountains
Wrightson Spring
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by joebartels

South of Tucson and down into Madera Canyon. The drive in is eye candy for any hiker. The trailhead is up slope from the restrooms. It starts off easy and wide going up. This is an old road that used to be lined with picnic tables before the parking was upgraded to accommodate the crowds. Soon you come to a junction with the Vault Mine Trail, proceed left on Old Baldy. Vegetation is loaded with various oaks and incredible mandrones throughout the hike. The area is popular with bird enthusiast. Be on the lookout for the elusive Elegant Trogon!


Almost 1,700 feet up Josephine Saddle is reached at 2.3 miles / 7,100ft. This junction intercepts six paths providing reason to return. It's another 1.8 miles around the northern slopes to Baldy Saddle.

The Super Trail and Old Baldy continue together for less than a quarter mile. Old Baldy continues to the left. Here the vegetation starts to turn. Beautiful trophy chiricahua pines fill the slope. Their limbs reach out far and wide. Views to the northwest open up. The slope of the mountain is steep. You barely notice it slicing through a pine needle covered trail. This picturesque setting is what every boyscout dreams of on their maiden voyage. Undoubtedly rushed they return decades later to savor the moment.

1.2mi from Josephine Saddle or 0.6mi before reaching Baldy Saddle you pass Bellow Springs. Soon followed by nearly a dozen tight switchbacks up to the saddle. Views on the saddle open up. From here it's 0.85mi on the Crest Trail to the peak.

Wide views on Mount Wrightson (noted as "Baldy 2" on topo) reveal mountain ranges few know exist. To the North and Northeast the Catalinas and Rincons dominate. Baboquivari and it's towering massif is easily spotted to the west. Only 25 miles away Mexico dominates the southern views.

Note: Data is derived from a combination of GPS and topo map routing. The Coronado FS data is known to be erroneous.

Choices: As seen in the Wrightson Wilderness map, several trails ascend Mt Wrightson. Technically the shortest ascent to the summit is via the Garden Canyon Trail #143. However with its four-wheel drive access the Madera Canyon options are more appealing coming from Tucson. The Super Trail #134 has more switchbacks providing a less strenuous ascent. That might be a better choice if you're hauling a backpack or looking to ease the knees on your descent. Combing the two trails is a popular choice.

Revised 2008: Original summary posted on 2000-06-21
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    Permit $$
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    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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