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Josephine Peak, AZ
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Josephine Peak, AZ 
Josephine Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 17 2020
markthurman53
Hiking11.00 Miles 3,267 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   5 Hrs   48 Mns   2.42 mph
3,267 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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I finally got out and did some hiking around Tucson again. After being in Texas and New Mexico with hikes that didn't have a lot of Elevation gain I had to see if I could still do it. I chose Josephine Peak in the Santa Rita Mountains because it is one of the few trails in the Santa Rita's I haven't done. I went up to Josephine saddle via the Old Baldy Trail and returned on the Super trail. I took the super Trail back not because I love that trail but because I wanted to get over 10 miles in on this hike. I have never seen a trail where they have done everything they can to avoid a little climbing, the only thing super about this trail is it's length. The Super Trail from Josephine Saddle on around the south side of baldy is starting to get a bit overgrown, I guess not too many others like it either.

Josephine Peak Trail no longer exists after the 2005 fire. There is a notice on the trail sign at Riley Saddle where the Josephine Peak trail splits off from the Super Trail that basically tells you you're on your own and good luck. There are a few rock cairns along the way that tell you the trail pretty much follows along the ridge to the peak. I followed the ridge all the way up to the peak and I think that was a mistake. I ended up leaving my pack about .1 miles below the peak to scramble up without them. There is a route on HAZ that shows the route leaving the ridge just before the peak to avoid the rock scramble.

Started the hike in Madera Canyon about 0615 and finished around noon. Temps were in the mid 60's in the morning and probably in the low 80's by noon. Monsoon cloud buildup also helped. Josephine relieved me of my MARPAT shirt that was strapped to my pack, I was too tired to go back and look for it, even if I could retrace the route I took up. I have three more and that one was getting a bit thin in places.
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