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Florida Canyon / Crest TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2014
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking15.12 Miles 5,808 AEG
Hiking15.12 Miles   5 Hrs   43 Mns   2.81 mph
5,808 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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So I had an interview this morning down in Sahuarita for a Server at my Chandler Restaurant. Just so happens she is moving to the Chandler area so I took the opportunity to interview her and have an excuse to hike Mt. Wrightson while in the area.

The interview went fine and then it was off to Madera Canyon. Arriving about 10am was no bueno on this Easter Sunday. The rangers had the road blocked and were turning everyone back as the park was full. :o I told them that I really had my heart set on hiking down there. They said I may want to try the Florida (Flo-Reeda) Trailhead which was about 5 miles down the road and around the corner. Worth a shot I said.

Bingo! This is an awesome alternative to get to the Summit of Mt. Wrightson. It starts a 1000 feet lower than the Baldy/Super Trail so you have to work a little harder to get to the prize. The Florida Trail starts out climbing right off the bat and never lets up. It is a nice steady climb but a long one. Once at the Florida Saddle you take the Crest Trail over to the Baldy Saddle and then the Baldy Trail up to the top.

It was a bit chilly up top and very warm at the bottom. I will definitely do this one again!
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