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Old Baldy - Super Trail LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 10 2019
nathanbrisk
Hiking17.73 Miles 5,806 AEG
Hiking17.73 Miles   10 Hrs   6 Mns   1.76 mph
5,806 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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Pretty challenging hike. I didn't summit Wrightson until 4pm. My YakTrax crampons weren't really cuttin it . . . might just be the wrong size, though. There was a small portion making the final ascent up Wrightson where I could've benefited from an ice axe, and past Armour Spring, I was achin for snow shoes a bit. Snowed on me during the hike, too. I heard the rangers were looking for an 83yo man who had been missing in the area since Friday. Found a great spot to camp near an unnamed spring, though. I'm planning to do an overnighter there for President's day weekend. Might end up doing the Supes instead though . . . kinda cold.

Steepest, most challenging part of the trail for me was taking the Pipeline trail north off the Super trail through Roger's Rock connecting up to the Four Springs trail again.

Sun 9:30 am
Got started at the Bog Springs Campground. Was disappointed to see this is a fee area . . . didn't remember that mentioned in the hike descriptions I had read. I have a Nat'l park pass anyway though, so I was golden. Bog Springs Campground had ~5 parking spots labeled "trailhead parking." I mosied over to Bog Springs trail from here.

Sun 10:09 am
A little bit of sprinkle-sprankle. Time to put the poncho on.

Sun 10:19 am
Saw 9 bluejays

Sun 10:26 am
It began dusting.

Sun 10:54 am
Snow's starting to stick, and I think I heard an elk bugle.

Sun 11:08 am
Saw two white tails scuttling their butts up the trail just above Kent Spring.

Sun 11:15 am
Everywhere is covered in snow.

Sun 11:55 am
It stopped snowing.

Sun 12:01 pm
3in hard-packed snow

Sun 12:54 pm
I lost the trail a bit after Armour Spring. 6 inches of snow here. Was wishing I'd brought snow shoes at this point.

Sun 12:59 pm
Columbine spring frozen . . . but some drippin.

Sun 1:20 pm
Reached the Crest trail junction. Time to take the poncho off.

Sun 4:45 pm
Saw some leprechaun tracks

Sun 5:35 pm
White-tailed doe near sprung spring

Sun 5:48 pm
Rocky and muddy

Sun 6:31 pm
Headlamp time

Sun 7:30 pm
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