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Wrightson - Florida, AZ
mini location map2020-05-16
12 by photographer avatarLindaAnn
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Wrightson - Florida, AZ 
Wrightson - Florida, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 16 2020
LindaAnn
Hiking14.36 Miles 4,577 AEG
Hiking14.36 Miles   8 Hrs   52 Mns   1.83 mph
4,577 ft AEG   1 Hour   2 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Parked at the end of Gardner Canyon Rd. The road is in very good shape, only two short rocky spots and one spot of water.

Headed up Link Trail, then up Gardner Canyon trail. I like Gardner Canyon, the pine trees are nice. The trail is generally in good shape, although the upper half is steep and not much shade. The other bonus is that it doesn't seem to get much use.

Once we reached Super Trail, we headed north and made our way up to Baldy Saddle, where we took a short break. After that, we headed up to Wrightson. The mile or so from the saddle to the summit was very crowded with other hikers, as expected. Out of the entire day, this was the only section where we saw anyone else. Quick stop at the summit to take a few pic, but it was very buggy (as was the majority of the day) so we kept moving.

Another break at the saddle, then we continued north on Crest Trail. Again, the sections with pines are very pleasant. Some spots of the trail are brushy and I was glad I wore pants instead of shorts. At Florida Saddle, we got onto East Sawmill and headed over towards Florida Peak. Sawmill is very overgrown, and is kind of a hassle to hike. The short offtrail up to Florida was actually a relief, although we didn't hang around on the summit since it was buzzing with insects.

Once back at Florida Saddle, we headed down Cave Canyon trail. Once again, I really liked Cave Canyon. The trail is steep in the upper half, but in nice shape, and not overgrown. There was a good amount of water flowing in the lower half. Very pleasant hiking, although not much breeze so it felt warm.

I wasn't feeling all that great, so the hike was more of a grind than it should have been, but it was still enjoyable. Within the first mile of the hike, I'd actually had the thought that I would have turned around if I hadn't just driven nearly three hours for this. That was really the only reason I went through with the hike. The heat and insects were also two negatives of the day. Still, it was good to get out there, and even better to only have to deal with other hikers for less than two miles of the entire loop. I think next time, I'll skip the Florida Peak part, and make the loop a little shorter. We each went through just under 4 liters of water.
Flora
Flora
Claret Cup Cactus

dry Baldy Spring Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Gardner Canyon - Santa Ritas Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
A couple of pools. Didn't look great.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Middle Cave Creek - Santa Ritas Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Plenty of water in the pools and for the first 1.5 miles of Cave Canyon trail.

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