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Old Baldy - Super Trail LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2021
andrewp
Hiking13.85 Miles 4,105 AEG
Hiking13.85 Miles   6 Hrs   49 Mns   2.33 mph
4,105 ft AEG      53 Mns Break
 
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I've done pieces of these trails, but never the complete route and never to the Wrightson summit.

Got an early start with a 6:30am arrival at the trailhead. The weather did not disappoint with mild temps the entire day and overcast skies most of the time. The first half of the hike was actually a bit chilly and I'm glad I decided to bring a lightweight fleece top at the last minute.

Going up was a workout, but the payoff at the summit made it all worthwhile. The views were outstanding in all directions and I was there early enough that I had it all to myself for about 15 minutes. The high winds of the day before had subsided and the dust in the air had settled enough to provide good visibility. Had a nice break and decided to head down when the third group of people showed up.

I took the Super Trail on the way down primarily to save my knees, but also to get some more experience with the trail. I can sum it up with one word -- long. The views in the section from Baldy Saddle to Josephine Saddle were outstanding, but that section took forever. Although the tread is in great shape the trail is getting overgrown in spots.

Although I really wanted to take Old Baldy down from Josephine Saddle to save time I had made the commitment to do the Super Trail and stuck with it. Fortunately, it's an easy descent which meant that I could haul a** down to the parking lot.

I absolutely loved the ascent on this hike, but felt like the descent took way too long. Next time I'm likely going to skip the Super Trail and stick with Old Baldy both up and down.

dry Baldy Spring Dry Dry
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Maybe a qt/min. Basin is full and clear.

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Full basin

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