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Mount Wrightson - Mount Ian, AZ
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Mount Wrightson - Mount Ian, AZ 
Mount Wrightson - Mount Ian, AZ
 
Hiking13.78 Miles 4,303 AEG
Hiking13.78 Miles   7 Hrs   2 Mns   2.28 mph
4,303 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
 
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I have been wanting to hike Mount Ian for some time, and finally decided to get it done. I got the idea for this route from a similar hike that @lindaAnn did a couple of years ago.

Starting from the Cave Canyon TH, I did a CW loop basically going up the Gardner Canyon Trail and coming back down the Cave Canyon Trail. Along the way I did an out-and-back from Baldy Saddle to Mount Wrightson, and then went off-trail from the Crest Trail to and from Mount Ian.

Mount Ian has an amazing view of Mount Wrightson, and I enjoyed taking a lunch break there.

Trails that I hiked on were all in good shape, although the Cave Canyon Trail could stand to have a little trim work done.

The temperature at the TH was 40 when we started and 70 when we returned. There is a decent amount of sun exposure on this hike, and I would not want to hike it if it was any warmer.

I enjoyed this hike, although it is more difficult to get to the TH than it is to start in Madera Canyon.

dry Baldy Spring Dry Dry
dry as a bond

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Middle Cave Creek - Santa Ritas Medium flow Medium flow
There was lots of water within 1.5 miles of the TH
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May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. -- Edward Abbey
 
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