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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 Jul 04 2017
SkyIslandHiker
Hiking10.80 Miles 4,000 AEG
Hiking10.80 Miles
4,000 ft AEG
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The short-lived fire on Mt. Wrightson prompted me to want to check off #190 for fear that another fire could close it. Friends Chris and Barry joined me on this morning's hike.

There was no evidence at the trail head of the recent fire other than two fire trucks parked at the Roundup.

Deer flies, which I have mistakenly called horseflies in the past, were very pesky this morning. I swatted at least a half dozen to death. It was a bit humid until we picked up a light breeze at Josephine Saddle and above.

As we approached mid-mountain we could hear chainsaws and voices from a ridge to the southwest of Bellows Spring. It was a fire crew doing mop up work.

The trail side reservoir at Bellows Spring was bone dry as reported in several recent trip logs by other HAZ hikers. I spent some time reconnecting the fragile pipe system to restore the flow. My accompanying photo set will show the problem and my temporary fix.

As we were on the final stretch above Baldy Saddle we bumped into George and Anna who just completed their 349th summit of Mt. Wrightson as a couple :app:

The summit was buggy with lady bugs and flies (but not deer flies). Visibility was fair due to smoke from the Burro and other fires.

On the way down, I noticed that the trailside reservoir at Bellows Spring was already full of water and overflowing.

...just another crummy day in the Sonoran Desert!
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Bellows Spring
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Wildflowers Observation Light
The wildflower peak is usually in mid-September.

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I had to reconnect the fragile pipe system to the trailside reservoir. If the trailside reservoir is dry there is usually water at the base of the waterfall 50 feet up the nearby drainage.
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