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Pipeline Trail - Santa Ritas - 11 members in 63 triplogs have rated this an average 3.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Sep 19 2022
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68 male
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 Green Valley,Az
McBeth Spring, AZ 
McBeth Spring, AZ
 
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RowdyandMeTriplogs 1,868
Hiking8.40 Miles 1,939 AEG
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Well, a nice peaceful Monday morning in the canyon. Not too many people out and the weather was great. It's been a while since I have been to McBeth Spring and it was kind of disappointing. This is the first time I have seen all the ferns brown and dead.

On our way back I ran into Hunter at Josephine Saddle. So we decided to hike down the Super trail with a side trip down Fern Valley so Hunter could jump in the water. Hunter loves being in the water more than any dog I have ever met and really enjoyed myself watching him.
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Jun 28 2022
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 Marana, AZ
Old Baldy Trail #372 to Wrightson SummitTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Jim_HTriplogs 2,007
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Brian and I returned to hike the loop we intended to do Friday, today. Done clockwise going down the Old Baldy, and we also summited Wrightson, so I logged here. Super humid today as the mountain had a thunderstorm around sunrise. Everything was wet and the mountain looks like it has had it's first solid soaking of summer. We ended up being dry for the entire hike. Heard that same Trogon I did last week in the canyon, or at least another in the same location. A great many other bird were also calling. It was very nice.

Today's hike puts me over 3,900,000' logged. Fitting, as I was rather tired for a lot of this still recovering from Friday's excessively long hike. I probably needed another recovery day. Makes me question trying to cram 2 big hikes together in a few weeks, and it could be better to focus on one.
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Jun 24 2022
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Four Springs Crest Roger, AZ 
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Did this great loop with Brian and Jim. Starting from the Super trail, we missed the turn to get on the Pipeline trail to take us over to Armour spring. Instead we ended up doing a bushwhack and eventually hit some animal trails which took us up to the Four Springs trail. We took that to Armour spring and then Baldy Saddle. Brian and Jim hiked to the top of Wrightson, while I turned around at Baldy saddle and headed down to the bottom via Armour Spring, Roger's rock, and the Super trail for the final 1/4 mile. The temps were great at the highest elevations. It got a bit hot down below but it started raining near the bottom and that was quite refreshing!
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Jun 24 2022
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43 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Four Springs Crest Wrightson Roger, AZ 
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Jim_HTriplogs 2,007
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A hike intended to be a loop reversing what Brian and I did last time, summiting Wrightson, and descending the Old Baldy Trail. Training for a hopeful Whitney summit in July, all of us opted to do an out and back, so we could "explore" descending a well worn social trail down to Roger's Rock. None of us knew of this trail, before. My longest hike in a good long while. I hope the GPS route borrowed and spliced from Nick and PMStirling is accurate.

Mike and Brian started around 7:30 and I didn't need to start so early, so I left the trailhead at 8:35. Everything went smoothly for me, finding the Pipeline Trail and proceeding up hill past Sylvester Spring, Kent Spring, and on to the Four Springs Trail. I was surprised when I ran into Mike and Brian at 2.2 miles into my hike. They missed the Pipeline Trail off of the Super Duper Trail, and ended up hiking well beyond it, eventually taking an obvious social trail which became the Rogers Rock trails, before hiking up to the Four Springs Trail only a few minutes before I met them.

I was able to hear a Trogon just before Kent Springs, while hiking up in the morning.

Everything went very nicely on the hike and conditions were really great. We stayed dry, but storms built over the Catalinas, and happy clouds were all around us for the day. Only in the evening did a welcome storm approach, but we were basically dry the entire day. Car got a wash on the drive out!

Brian and I hiked to the summit, Mike went to Baldy Saddle and started down ahead of us. We met up back at the saddle on the 4 Springs Trail directly below Pine Saddle. From there, we hiked down to the social trail which we thought might offer a short cut to the Pipeline Trail. Not a shortcut per se, but it took us to Roger's Rock, which was nice, and possibly Madera Springs, before eventually taking us to the Super Trail. If we knew the trails, we could have gone to Kent Spring or the creek crossing just below Sylvester Springs, but we instead hiked upslope (which is basically torture by this point) to the Super Trail, and hiked out on that. Doing so added about 1 mile of total hiking to what we would have done if we stuck with the Four Spring Trail and went down the way I hiked up in the morning, but it was okay. We all heard turkeys as a result. We were back at the trailhead by 7.
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Penstemon up on the crest trail.

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Not sure if this was the spring or not, but the social trail near the camping area has a pool with a trickle. Mike and Brian filtered water from it. It was right on the trail.

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Jun 04 2022
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43 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Crest Trail #144 - Santa Rita MtnsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Jim_HTriplogs 2,007
Hiking11.00 Miles 4,100 AEG
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Mike was unable to make this, so Brian and I did a loop which is fairly popular and uses the Old Baldy Trail to Baldy Saddle, the Crest Trail, Four Springs Trail, Bog Springs, and then the Pipeline unofficial Trail/ Route. We also made a side excursion to Rice Peak, or 9109'. That diversion added 120' and .2 miles, but I just rounded down to 11 miles. I kept the 4100', as I'm like that. If skipping Rice Peak, it's basically 3980' and 10.85 miles, and the aspen grove along the Crest Trail and below Mt Ian makes a great rest/lunch spot.

Excellent hike, one I recommend for those looking for diversity and higher elevation hiking from Madera Canyon, and also water, some riparian shade, abundant birds, expansive views, and potentially bears. We were fortunate to see a bear as we were approaching Armor Spring, and there is a lot of trail digging and rooting from bear(s) on the Crest Trail and Four Springs Trails. Like Yosemite Valley climbers, bears are elusive, peripheral, and fleeting. Also, because Brian observed one 2 weeks ago, we heard (but could not see due to vegetation) an Elegant Trogon between Sylvester Springs and where we met the Pipeline Trail. It was basically at the Pipeline junction. Cornell Ornithology Bird Lab audio confirmed this for me, this morning.

Riparian Shade was particularly nice from Kent to Sylvester Springs, and there is flowing water in the creek closer to Kent. Sylvester Spring box has much water in it. The Bog-Kent Springs loop should be a great hike, too, as that entire area was very enjoyable. I really liked this hike, and even in June it was not too hot on the exposed south facing slopes of the Four Springs Trail. This could change when another 10 or so degrees are added to higher temperatures. It was only 101 for my location's high. I think this hike is probably really nice when some rain greens it up, and clouds cast shade during the coming Summer Thunderstorm Season. I reckon I'll repeat this.
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Didn't see any water in the spring box, but the adjacent creek had flowing water with pools.

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Huge box full of pretty clear water.
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Apr 28 2022
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 Joined Mar 01 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Roger's RockTucson, AZ
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PivoTriplogs 3,832
Hiking4.11 Miles 1,119 AEG
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Morning group hike Went up the Super Trail, then used Fern trail for the return trip. It was a 7 bagger for Rudy today.
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 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
Roger Rock Loop, AZ 
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Hiking6.33 Miles 2,028 AEG
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We got a late start on this hike but at the higher elevation and the relatively cool temps in Tucson it made for a pleasant hike. We started at the Bog Spring Camp Ground and hiked to Bog Spring then over to Kent Spring. From there we went up a portion of the Four Springs Trail to the ridge for the turn off for Roger Rock. Returned via the Pipeline and Kent Spring.

The trails are all in good condition with the exception of the trail down upper Rodger Rock Ridge. The trail is easy to follow but is very steep and looks to be maintained only by its heavy use. If I remember right from about 4 or 5 years ago I thought this was more of a route but now it looks like it gets a lot of use. Below Roger Rock the trail is a highway. There was a very light flow of water in sections of the creek along the Pipeline and Kent Spring Trail. Bog Spring had water in the trough but there did not appear to be any flow. Kent Spring had water trickle in the creek. No real flower report, appears to be a bad spring. We did hear a Trogan calling out. Two hikers we ran into were looking for them, they too heard them but no sighting. Views over the valley were excellent with high wispy clouds to give photos some depth.
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 Tucson, AZ
Shovel Saddle via Roger's Rock, AZ 
Shovel Saddle via Roger's Rock, AZ
 
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JackluminousTriplogs 17
Hiking7.11 Miles 2,611 AEG
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Had the need to hike in snow, even if just a little bit, and only had time for a short hike. There's a special place in my heart for Shovel Saddle, so I made for it. Took Super to Pipeline, then up to Rogers Rock (which had a little snow on it), then followed the ridge up to Four Springs trail, then on to Shovel Saddle. I love this route, as I've never encountered another hiker on most of these trails and I feel like I have the Santa Ritas all to myself.

Other than a mass of tree debris blocking the Four Springs trail about 3 miles in, the trails are in great shape. The ridge "trail" between Rogers Rock and Four Springs had burned recently but not bad.

Lots of patchy snow most of the way up! Had a delightful lunch at Shovel Saddle, and greatly enjoyed the views from there. It was a warm, sunny day, which felt a bit odd considering all the snow on the ground.

On the return I decided to stay on Four Springs down to Kent Spring, which was snowy and frozen, then past Sylvester to reconnect with Pipeline. I'm not sure it was a great idea as the downhill part between Kent and Sylvester is steep and I kinda had to run it, which my feet didn't appreciate so much.
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May 28 2021
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 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Madera Canyon, AZ 
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Just a little leg stretcher on a hot day in a highly stressed forest. Up Super Trail to the Fern Canyon route cutoff, then down to Kent Spring Road, finishing on the Pipeline route back to Super Trail.
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 Tucson, AZ
Four Springs / Santa Rita Crest Loop, AZ 
Four Springs / Santa Rita Crest Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 22 2021
andrewpTriplogs 15
Hiking12.16 Miles 4,152 AEG
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I've wanted to do the Santa Rita crest for ages and was also looking for a good AEG hike that wasn't an out-and-back. Combining the crest with the Four Springs trail seemed like the perfect solution.

Was at the trailhead before 7am after an 1:15 drive from home. Set off on the Super Trail and took the turnoff to the Pipeline trail. Followed the Pipeline to its connection with the Kent Spring trail and followed that up to its terminus.

The area around the Kent Springs trail is beautiful and although there's usually a lot of traffic through here I was pleased to encounter no one. Passed Sylvester Spring (full and flowing) then slogged up the trail to Kent Spring. The spring basin was dry, but there was a little bit of flow in the adjacent creek.

Took a quick break at Kent Spring then took the very obvious pathway leading up the ridge that starts behind the trail junction sign.

This was my first trip on the Four Springs trail and it did leave me scratching my head a bit. This is an obvious, well-thought out, and well-constructed trail that seems to have been erased from every map. It's still marked on the 2016 USFS map as #940, but there's no reference to it anywhere else. I have a few Santa Rita trail guides that date back into the early '80s and it's not mentioned in any of them. Regardless, it's a good path which appears to be well-maintained (at least up to Shovel Saddle).

I really enjoyed the first half of Four Springs (up to Shovel Saddle) and found it to be similarly peaceful and beautiful to Augua Caliente. Stopped at Shovel Saddle for a snack and to take in all of the views then continued on.

Sadly the second half of the trail isn't nearly as pleasant as the first. It's a former burn area that's a bit overgrown and the tread is falling apart in some places. Not horrible or dangerous but a section to be endured rather than enjoyed.

Amour Spring was nothing more than a faint trickle. You could use a stick to redirect some water into a container, but the flow rate would be on the order of many minutes per quart. The trail here is overgrown at ankle level but completely exposed above (so it's hot and scratchy).

The Crest trail was better in terms of tread, but still overgrown in spots and continued through the charred remains of the forest after the Florida fire. There is one section of old growth remaining just beyond Pine Saddle, but otherwise it's all grass and scrub. Going toward Wrightson the Crest trail gains about 1000' in 2 miles. It's not steep but does get to be a slog in the mid-day sun.

Glad to have done the crest trail, but glad to be done with it as well. Next time I'm going to try it in the other direction to see if my opinion improves or scramble up to the actual ridge and walk that instead.

First sight of people at Baldy Saddle. Quick break, then down Old Baldy toward Josephine Saddle. Encountered a number of people coming up the hill and was happy to be into the downhill section of this hike. Passed Bellows Spring (dry), blew through Josephine Saddle, then hauled ass down to the car.

Really nice hike and a good alternative to just heading up Wrightson and back down. The first section up to Shovel Saddle was shaded and (almost) chilly, but after that I was dealing with almost constant sun exposure all the way down to the parking lot. Next time I might reverse the route to get the exposed sections and AEG over earlier in the morning.

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Barely a trickle. Could be diverted into a container with a stick, but would take a long time to draw any amount of water.

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No flow from the pipe and just a damp spot in the basin.

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Light flow in the adjacent creek.

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Basin was full of clear water with significant flow out of the pipe.
Sep 18 2020
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Old Baldy Trail #372 to Wrightson SummitTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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DixieFlyerTriplogs 710
Hiking10.70 Miles 4,016 AEG
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I was on my way to hike Guadalupe Peak in TX, so I decided to stop off in Tucson and hike up to Wrightson while I was passing through. This hike was memorable in that it was the 250th ascent of Wrightson for @SkyIslandHiker -- I am only 244 ascents behind him!

It was very hazy which limited the views on the hike. The temperature was fine though, and we were in the shade all the way to Baldy Saddle. On the way back we took the Old Baldy Trail down to Josephine Saddle, and from there took the Super Trail. We went aways on the Super Trail, and then went offtrail through Fern Canyon -- this shortened the descent by about 1/2 mile, and gave us a bit more shade. It is really dry in Fern Canyon right now.

At this time of year there are normally LOTS of goldeneyes blooming. Unfortunately there were only a few blooming this year.

It was another great hike up to the summit of this iconic Arizona peak!
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There were a few goldeneyes blooming, but they were not nearly as prolific as in prior years.

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Surprisingly, the spring box was full.
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Sep 06 2020
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 Tucson, AZ
McCleary Peak LoopTucson, AZ
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hit the trail at 7 and it was gorgeous out. pipeline to kent springs and up my beloved four springs trail to mccleary. the route is quite overgrown and i got poked and stabbed nicely. always a great view up there.

took 4 springs and crest to pine saddle and visited 88mac. i love this summit.

took the squatchy route down from the saddle back to 4 springs and brought her on home from there.

saw several coati by pine saddle

great day in one of my favorite parts of the santa ritas. of course i saw nobody
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Crest Trail #144 - Santa Rita MtnsTucson, AZ
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Hitting the road at sunrise in Oro Valley, I started hiking with scores of others by 7:30 am. I left Super Trail and the crowds for the pipeline connector route, and pushed on to Sylvester Spring, where I splashed cool water on my face on the already warm “excessive heat warning” morning. No water at Kent Spring, but a little in the creek nearby.

Next up was the Four Springs Trail, where mountain peaks peeped through the coniferous cover on a stairway to the sky. A real treat for the “sky island” lover. Oak-scrubby in a few spots, but a relative highway.

Crossing the ridge into Florida Canyon, I felt the full force of the sun as countless bees hovered over the parched and minimal summer wildflowers. I imagine the fir forest in this area was once shady and beautiful. I stopped here in the welcome shade of the Armour Spring boulder to top off on water. A stick carefully wedged into the spring crevice yielded a liter after about 10 minutes, while a squirrel attempted to make off with my cracker wrapper. The rugged topography of McCleary Peak framed a classic sky island view of the Rincons as I continued on to the Crest Trail.

The sun showed no mercy along the Crest Trail on the upper reaches of Cave Creek. The air was still and shimmered from reflected heat on the pale rock. The view here was amazing, with every mountain range to the New Mexico border visible. A wildflower patch in the saddle south of peak 8853 and a cool patch of forest beyond were a welcome sight. Upper Gardner Canyon’s trail-side grove of mini-aspens and the in-your-face view of Mount Wrightson were cool. I stopped for a lunch break under a little pine near the high point of the Crest Trail and considered by water supply. Probably not wise to make a side trip to Wrightson’s summit, I thought. Next trip.

The solitude of the previous several hours ended as I started descending Old Baldy Trail, but it was not crowded. Bellows Spring had enough water in the basin for me to get my hat and shirt wet.

At Josephine Saddle I opted to continue west a bit on Agua Caliente Trail and descend Carrie Nation to avoid the crowds. This was my first time on upper Carrie Nation, and it was steep! I was happy to reach the Carrie Nation Mine, as was my knee. I soaked myself in the chilly mine tunnel water and then continued down to the Madera trailhead in comfort.

Although toasty at times, it was great to finally hike the Four Springs and Crest trails, something I’d been wanting to do for years. Beautifully rugged and forested country.
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Very light trickle out of rock, took me 10 minutes to collect a quart of water.

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One drop every few seconds, essentially dry. Some water in collection basin though.
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 Phoenix, AZ
Santa Rita Crest Loop, AZ 
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LJWTriplogs 237
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Slimmed down a hike I did last year that looped around the crest of the Santa Rita Mountains. Cut McCleary Peak off the route and went counterclockwise. Stuck with Wrightson, Ian, and 88 Mac. Started somewhere round 5am, third car in the parking lot.

Old Baldy to Super instead of Super to Pipeline. Super lengthens the trip up Wrightson, but the hike's better for it. Passed a hiker below Josephine Saddle who I saw at Baldy Saddle after coming down from the summit. Shady and cool until around to the east side of the mountain on Super and from there it was sunny and warm until crossing back over the crest.

Nobody on the summit when I got there, and the views were hazy. Seen it twice, seen it a thousand times, unless it's one of those late autumn mornings after a storm drops an inch of snow on the mountain in the night and the clouds settle below Baldy Saddle and stretch out all the way to the horizon. It was not one of those mornings.

From Wrightson to Ian. Left Crest Trail and climbed up the ridge. Last time I had thought it a better idea to follow the crest itself rather than the Crest Trail from Ian/Mac, but I wanted to get in on the forest below. Crest trail is in pretty good shape, overgrown in some spots.

Mac's an easy summit. From the ridge, it looks like a big hill of rock. But it's a nice open ridge walk with big views of Madera Canyon and the Southern/Southeastern ranges. Went back the way I came and headed down to crest.

Swung around and back over the crest with Four Springs. Shady oaks and open pine forest. I cut away from Four Springs and headed down Kent Springs. I think it's shorter than switchbacking down Super, plus there's water. Sylvester Spring was a blessing with the temperatures reaching into the nineties. Cold, clear water flowing from the spring box.

From Sylvester Spring to the trailhead only saw two more hikers. Trailhead was surprisingly empty considering the Catalina closures.
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Basing off water in the creek, plenty there

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Santa Rita Crest, AZ 
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RedwallNHopsTriplogs 1,355
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I had wanted to do the entire Santa Rita crest. I've done all the peaks individually, but never together. Started on the Super Trail to Pipeline to Roger's Rock to Four Springs. Took Four Springs around to the saddle below McCleary. Hiked up McCleary - on the way down was checking out the direct rt to 88mac. Decided it looked doable and hiked straight to 88mac instead of getting on the crest trail. The route was actually really good - not much brush. Very steep, but not bad. Descended to Pine saddle and then hiked the steep slope back up to the crest again. Stayed on the actual crest following the ups and downs to Rice peak and then to Ian. After Ian made a beeline to the crest trail and down to Baldy Saddle. I had planned on Wrightson but was gassed. My partner did it while I napped. Got some energy back on the trail down to Josephine saddle so I suggested we hike out Carrie Nation instead of Old Baldy. Found the steep route off Agua Caliente that takes you to the Carrie Nation mine and then the Carrie nation trail out. Great day and felt harder than the stats - probably because of the off trail portion between McCleary and Ian.
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May 11 2020
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 Green Valley,Az
Pipeline Trail - Santa RitasTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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RowdyandMeTriplogs 1,868
Hiking5.76 Miles 1,753 AEG
Hiking5.76 Miles   4 Hrs   9 Mns   1.56 mph
1,753 ft AEG      28 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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What a difference a day makes. Yesterday people were parking illegally and today I am guessing the parking lots were only half full. On my way in I did make a stop so a snake could cross the road safely, it didn't matter to me what kind of snake I just stopped until it was safely across the road.
And today was my second day in a row to see a Elegant Trogon and of course I didn't get a picture. But it was cool watching it as it passed over me.
I decided to do the Pipeline Trail on the way down because it had more shade for Rowdy and more birds with a running creek. It is much more enjoyable than the Super Trail at least this time of the year. Just a really nice short hike.

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May 09 2020
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 Fountain Hills,
Old Baldy - Super Trail LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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DixieFlyerTriplogs 710
Hiking14.10 Miles 4,314 AEG
Hiking14.10 Miles   6 Hrs   52 Mns   2.44 mph
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This was day #3 of hiking in southern Arizona, and I went on one of my favorite hikes in AZ: a figure-8 loop hike up to Mount Wrightson.

We took the Old Baldy Trail up to the summit. We started early enough that we were in shade most of the way up. After hanging out at the summit and enjoying the views, we initially descended on the Old Baldy Trail. Shortly before getting to Baldy Saddle, we took the Super Trail and looped around Wrightson until we got back to the Old Baldy Trail at Josephine Saddle. I really like this descent -- it is a gentler descent than going back the Old Baldy Trail, and you have a nice view of Josephine Peak and Mount Hopkins along the way. There was a lot of cloud cover on the descent, and there were a few sprinkles of rain.

Once we got to Josephine Saddle, we took the Super Trail back down. Along the way we went off-trail down through Fern Canyon, and we enjoyed walking along the South Fork of Kent Creek. Along the way we stopped off at Rogers Rock and Kent Falls. There was still a decent water flow at the falls. We then took the Pipeline Trail back to the Super Trail and went the short distance back to the TH.

This is a great hike, and it was my 5th time up on Wrightson. One of the folks that I hiked with -- Tucson Bill -- did Wrightson for his 240th time!
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Oct 30 2019
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 Tucson, AZ
Roger's RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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azdesertfatherTriplogs 900
Hiking7.64 Miles 2,175 AEG
Hiking7.64 Miles   4 Hrs   12 Mns   2.11 mph
2,175 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
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A friend (veteran Santa Ritas hiker who had had trouble finding Roger’s Rock on his own by talking to other hikers) wanted me to help him navigate to it today. He does presentations at the different Pima County public libraries on the Santa Ritas, and is a docent taking kids groups on short hikes every week to learn about the history, plants and wildlife in Madera Canyon. I had never been to Roger's Rock either, but I knew how to find it thanks to HAZ!

We started off shortly after 7am, and it was probably 50 degrees at the time. It was a day full of deer and turkeys...just before reaching the trailhead, we counted off 20+ turkeys along the road in one area and a few more in another area. We saw several deer families as well, both on the road and on the trail during the day.

I decided to do the route described in this description (as a loop), but to hike it counter clockwise. Upon reaching the first switchback at the southernmost part of the loop on the Super Trail, he was telling me a New Age hangout spot off trail further up canyon, where they channel energy. On the way there, however, there is a spot known as The Curse. It's a spot with over a dozen petroglyphs (made in the last century, not by native Americans) and a curse etched into the rocks around them that reads, "WHOSOEVER SHALL DEFILE THIS PLACE, SHALL INVITE THE SUBTLE WRATH OF ITS SPIRITS." He knew about it because of an old hermit he has encountered several times in the Santa Ritas and befriended, who knows about all the little odd places in the range like this.

We then continued around to the Roger's Rock turnoff. On that little stretch, we were looking for black bear, because we ran into 3 piles of fresh scat who apparently has a healthy diet of manzanita berries :lol: . Enjoyed some nice northern views out of Madera Canyon before heading back to the loop. Up there we noticed mine tailings along the ridge to the right in 4 different places, and an open mine shaft down below as well.

Before reaching the PIpeline Trail we took the Kent Spring Trail turnoff, to visit Sylvester Spring and Kent Spring...a steeper little section but doable. Kent was stagnant, but right next to it on the other side of the trail, a stream was flowing well, strangely enough. Coming back out we missed the Pipeline Trail...or actually I did, he didn't...we went a ways and I had to eat crow, tell him he was right, and head back.

On our way out, we stopped to look at the interpretive trail by the Proctor parking area, which gave us another half mile. He wanted to take a picture of a gravesite off the trail of an old Arizona pioneer, for a 3rd, new presentation he's writing on death stories in the Santa Ritas over the decades.
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Limited trees change color in Madera Canyon, but the ones that do we’re turning color nicely
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Oct 17 2019
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 Phoenix, AZ
Santa Rita Crest Loop, AZ 
Santa Rita Crest Loop, AZ
 
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LJWTriplogs 237
Hiking18.87 Miles 5,341 AEG
Hiking18.87 Miles   7 Hrs   55 Mns   2.94 mph
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Looking east in Madera Canyon the rock walls and peaks that make up the Santa Rita Crest are just about as imposing as Wrightson itself. I decided to take a tour around it and summit three of its peaks- McCleary, 88 Mac (Peak 8853), and Mount Ian- before ending with Wrightson. Started around 6am and was the first car at the trailhead.

Super to Pipeline there was a gentle flow of water in the creek. Some of the trees down there are just beginning to change color for the fall but are still a while away from some nice color. Passed Roger's Rock and was happy it was just a side show on this hike. Four Springs was a little confusing as trails fork off a number of times, and it's unclear where they go. Trail is faint in spots by Armour Spring, but overall the trails were in good condition.

There is just enough of a trail to make the short climb out onto the ridge and over to McCleary a navigational non-issue. Rocky with a hint of scrambling.

Got onto the Crest Trail and decided to forgo Florida Peak. To have gotten it would have added a decent amount of elevation gain and around 2-3mi. Took Crest to the saddle by Mac, left the trail, and walked up the ridge. Much better ridge walk than McCleary: more open, and more even footing with better views along the way and from the top.

Back onto Crest and it moves down away from the peaks before rejoining them about 1-200ft below Ian's summit on the east side after some switchbacking. Very quick climb up to the top. A small colony of Ladybugs were still holding strong on Mac and Ian. A little bit of scrambling required, and there was no clear use trail from the direction I came, but leaving one existed intermittently.

Decided I couldn't skip Wrightson and the opportunity to look back over the way I came. Views were better with each peak. Shared Wrightson with a few other folks as clouds started to coalesce a few hundred feet above us.

Took Super 'round the mountain and enjoyed the warm sunshine and cold autumn wind. The Upper section of Super is one of my favorite stretches in the range, and yet is so much less trafficked than the lower section. Saw a twin-spotted rattlesnake around Riley Saddle. Wildflowers were moderate on super just above and below Josephine Saddle.

Josephine Saddle down on Super saw four groups of hikers. Evidence of recent bears on Pipeline, Four Springs, Super, and the northern parts of Crest. Temperatures ranged from low 60s to high 70s.
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Aspens by Ian are starting to change, as are those on Josephine Peak. Very little color overall
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Mostly on Super above and below Josephine Saddle

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Sep 21 2019
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 Fountain Hills,
Old Baldy - Super Trail LoopTucson, AZ
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DixieFlyerTriplogs 710
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I always like going down to Madera Canyon and hiking up to Mount Wrightson when the goldeneyes are blooming, and today was the day

The weather is cooling off a bit, so we did the Old Baldy Trail-Super Trail figure 8 loop. On the way back we went offtrail through Fern Canyon and then took the Pipeline Trail back to the Super Trail, not too far from the trailhead

The weather was pleasant, and it was a great day to be in the Santa Ritas!

I met a couple on the hike who made their 500th ascent up to the Mount Wrightson summit today. Let that sink in. I am happy to say that I am only 496 Wrightson summits behind them!
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