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Madera Canyon Meander, AZ
mini location map2012-06-10
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Madera Canyon Meander, AZ 
Madera Canyon Meander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 10 2012
rwstorm
Hiking7.00 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles
2,000 ft AEG
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It was on this date 29 years ago that I first hiked to the top of Mt. Wrightson, though I had gone as far as Josephine Saddle back in the 1970s. My goal today was the peak, but I turned around a short ways before the first set of switchbacks, since I just didn't feel like pressing on at that point. So I turned it into another leisurely meander on the way down.

There was lots of smoke hanging low over the area as I drove down in the morning, probably from a fire to the south in Mexico. It wasn't from the Baboquivari fire, as there was no smoke over that way once I got a good view of it. Shortly after I started up the Old Baldy Trail, the wind picked up and the smoke started mixing out. By the time I finished hiking it had been shunted to the east and the mountain was in the clear.

I made good time to Josephine Saddle, but needed a break there, something I usually don't do when I'm headed for the summit. But I haven't been hiking much, so I wasn't surprised. After going on up for a ways and deciding to turn around, I returned to Josephine Saddle. While there talking to some hikers new to the area, a raven flew to the top of a dead tree where a woodpecker had a nest. Turns out it wasn't a good place, as we watched the raven remove three babies, while mama bird made futile attempts to ward it off. As Linda Ellerbee would say, "And so it goes."

Again as last month, I headed down the Super Trail and cut off on the route past Rogers Rock down to the Kent Spring Road, then back to the Super Trail by way of the pipeline route.

I swung through Bog Spring Campground on my way out and there was only one spot with campers this time. The intense dry heat of June and fire restrictions no doubt are a factor.

Back in 1983 when I did my first hike to Wrightson, I had planned on stopping at the nice little restaurant at the Santa Rita Lodge after the hike for a sandwich and a beer. They had hummingbird feeders set up around it so you could watch the birds as you ate. Unfortunately, exactly one week before my hike it burned down. :cry: The Collisters didn't rebuild it, but the foundation is still used as a viewing area.

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