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Old Baldy Trail #372 to Wrightson Summit
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Old Baldy Trail #372 to Wrightson SummitTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 29 2017
SkyIslandHiker
Hiking10.80 Miles 4,000 AEG
Hiking10.80 Miles
4,000 ft AEG
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Back in March I met two hikers on a Brown's Peak hike in the Mazatzals that were interested in doing Mt. Wrightson. I always enjoy taking "first timers" up so on Saturday morning Charles, Allen and I met in Green Valley and carpooled to the Old Baldy Trail head. As we passed the Box Canyon Road junction I noticed that the FR 62 closure was being guarded by a law enforcement officer at the "road closed" sign. On the drive into Madera Canyon we did not have any of the wildlife sightings (turkey and deer) that I'm use to seeing, perhaps because it was later than usual.

The highlight of the hike, for me at least, was cresting Baldy Saddle and clearly seeing the charred Sawmill Fire burn spanning the valley between the Santa Rita and Whetstone Mountains. I was pleasantly surprised that the fire no longer appeared active (ie, no smoke visible) and that it stopped short of the Whetstones.

Needless to say my hiking partners were thrilled with the hard-to-beat 360-degree view from the summit. Visibility was excellent for such a windy day, maybe 100 miles, except in the direction of Phoenix where we could barely see Picacho Peak. In other directions we could see deep into Mexico and as far as the Chiricahuas and Pinalenos. Had we known there was a HAZ group on Rincon Peak we would have waved :lol:

While at the summit we were greeted again by a fast hiker/trail runner whom we had seen earlier below Josephine Saddle as he was descending. It was his second hike to the summit that morning in preparation for an upcoming R2R2R. :app:

It's always a good week for me when I can work in a Mt. Wrightson hike. This week I got in two!

...just another crummy day in the Sonoran Desert :y:
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If the trail side reservoir is empty go to the reliable pool 50 feet up the drainage.
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