username
X
password
register
for free!
help
GuidesRoutes
 
Photosets
 
 Comments
triplogs   photosets   labels comments more
Old Baldy - Super Trail Loop - 35 members in 204 triplogs have rated this an average 4.4 ( 1 to 5 best )
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ... 11  Next
204 triplogs
login for filter options
Sep 17 2022
avatar

 Routes 577
 Photos 8,597
 Triplogs 1,940

55 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Old Baldy - Super Trail LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 17 2022
JuanJaimeiiiTriplogs 1,940
Hiking12.80 Miles 4,050 AEG
Hiking12.80 Miles   4 Hrs   53 Mns   2.65 mph
4,050 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
I stayed the night in one of the Casitas in Madera Canyon and did the figure 8 hike this morning. Weather was absolutely perfect and had a great hike from bottom to top. The wildflowers are in full bloom. In fact they are on both sides of the mountain. Didn’t see any water running in the spring boxes.
_____________________
Sep 04 2022
avatar

 Guides 81
 Routes 427
 Photos 5,493
 Triplogs 1,575

42 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Old Baldy Trail #372 to Wrightson SummitTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 04 2022
LindaAnnTriplogs 1,575
Hiking13.08 Miles 4,057 AEG
Hiking13.08 Miles   6 Hrs   1 Min   2.34 mph
4,057 ft AEG      26 Mns Break
 
Partners partners
trekkin_gecko
Route Scout Route Recorded  on Route Scout Popup | MapDEX
Got a fairly early start due to leaving Ahwatukee at 0430. Headed up Super Trail with plenty of shade. Nice to see flowing water. Mostly sheltered from the wind. Saw several people hiking downhill, I’m thinking they were mostly birdwatching.

After debating for a few minutes, Kelly and I opted to stay on Super Trail all the way up to Baldy Saddle. The moderate grade is pleasant for the long uphill. One short section of overgrown brush on the east side of Wrightson, but not too scratchy. Very windy at Baldy Saddle, where we took a short break before continuing up to the saddle. The wind at the saddle was strong for only a few minutes, then died down before becoming breezy at the summit. Warm temps though, it was not cold, even with the breeze. Nobody else at the summit, which was nice.

After another break at the summit, we made a beeline down Old Baldy trail all the way back to the trailhead. Rather warm at the finish. Saw quite a few hikers on our way downhill. Always great to hike with Kelly, and a nice day on Wrightson.
wildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observation
Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Lots of flowers from the monsoon rains.
_____________________
If it’s above freezing, it’s too hot.
Sep 04 2022
avatar

 Guides 9
 Routes 395
 Photos 5,167
 Triplogs 3,587

64 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Old Baldy Trail #372 to Wrightson SummitTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 04 2022
trekkin_geckoTriplogs 3,587
Hiking13.08 Miles 4,057 AEG
Hiking13.08 Miles   6 Hrs   1 Min   2.34 mph
4,057 ft AEG      26 Mns Break
 
Partners partners
LindaAnn
linda suggested one of my favorite sky island hikes
good weather window for it
got going around 0630
took the super trail all the way up
i hadn't gone up the part above josephine saddle
very windy at baldy saddle
we took a short break in a low spot nearby
thought the part above baldy saddle would be windy, but it wasn't bad at all until the summit
another short break and returned via old baldy
lots of wildflowers on the upper part
cool clouds zooming by just above the peak
saw just a few people until heading down, then traffic picked up
madera canyon was packed on the drive out
nice hiking with linda again - thanks!
wildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observation
Wildflowers Observation Moderate
_____________________
hazhole
Sep 03 2022
avatar

 Guides 7
 Routes 359
 Photos 17,158
 Triplogs 1,868

68 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Green Valley,Az
Josephine Saddle, AZ 
Josephine Saddle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 03 2022
RowdyandMeTriplogs 1,868
Hiking6.65 Miles 1,680 AEG
Hiking6.65 Miles   3 Hrs   51 Mns   1.89 mph
1,680 ft AEG      20 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
Partners none no partners
Route Scout Route Recorded  on Route Scout Popup | MapDEX
Nice to get to the trailhead early. When we finished the trailhead was packed. We had a fairly strong wind for most of the hike with some really nice temps.
Not too many people on the trails, most seem to be partying at all the picnic tables.
wildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observation
Wildflowers Observation Substantial

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Sprung Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
_____________________
Rowdy and Widowmaker
Jul 05 2022
avatar

 Routes 577
 Photos 8,597
 Triplogs 1,940

55 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Old Baldy - Super Trail LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 05 2022
JuanJaimeiiiTriplogs 1,940
Hiking13.51 Miles 4,081 AEG
Hiking13.51 Miles   5 Hrs   40 Mns   2.41 mph
4,081 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners partners
fricknaley
joebartels
One of my favorite hikes with two of my favorite people! :y: Weather was excellent and didn't start getting hot until we finished. All in all just a great day in the Santa Ritas!

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Bellows Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
_____________________
Jul 05 2022
avatar

 Guides 260
 Routes 841
 Photos 13,090
 Triplogs 5,291

52 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Old Baldy - Super Trail LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 05 2022
joebartelsTriplogs 5,291
Hiking12.76 Miles 4,044 AEG
Hiking12.76 Miles   5 Hrs   42 Mns   2.25 mph
4,044 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
Partners partners
fricknaley
JuanJaimeiii
Route Scout Route Recorded  on Route Scout Popup | MapDEX
15 days after a plantar fasciitis-related issue on my left foot with minimal standing for 8 days I only expected to hang with JJ and Nick for a quarter-mile. A recent hike on Piesetwa surfaced a staggering half I know with various stages of plantar over the years. Stories and advice aside, the massage gun was my ticket to hope.

Heading up the Super Trail, I led for 2.6 miles, then I was just in front... lol At the junction, I took Old Baldy and they continued on the 1.4-mi longer Super Trail.

Soon I passed two solo hikers heading up and then a couple heading down. They had a friendly local vibe so I asked if they knew Bill... indeed!

The top was refreshingly cool but I needed to keep moving being the weakest link by a landslide.

Spotted Towhees were chirping while jj was listening to international music heading down. I was holding the train up with six-minute longer miles vs average. Near the end, Nick said we were listening to an Elegant Trogon. It sounded like a standard barking goat-frog. It was great to see Nick and the scenery south of Tucson, mesquite BK street tacos rounded out a perfect day!
wildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observation
Wildflowers Observation Light
notably penstemon

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Bellows Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Steady flow out of the pipe.
_____________________
- joe
Jul 05 2022
avatar

 Guides 93
 Routes 389
 Photos 4,131
 Triplogs 3,390

47 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Old Baldy - Super Trail LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 05 2022
fricknaleyTriplogs 3,390
Hiking13.51 Miles 4,081 AEG
Hiking13.51 Miles   5 Hrs   40 Mns   2.41 mph
4,081 ft AEG      3 Mns Break7 LBS Pack
 
Partners partners
joebartels
JuanJaimeiii
Rare treat of hiking Wrightson with 2 of my all time favorite HAZzers. Picture perfect day with big fluffy clouds all day and generally exceptional temps. Everything is nice and green and the flowers up top are starting to come along. we hardly saw anyone all day

great day in the santa ritas :y:
_____________________
hi
1 archive
Apr 10 2022
avatar

 Guides 81
 Routes 427
 Photos 5,493
 Triplogs 1,575

42 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Old Baldy Trail #372 to Wrightson SummitTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 10 2022
LindaAnnTriplogs 1,575
Hiking13.14 Miles 4,026 AEG
Hiking13.14 Miles   7 Hrs   12 Mns   2.04 mph
4,026 ft AEG      46 Mns Break
 
Partners partners
danielac
Route Scout Route Recorded  on Route Scout Popup | MapDEX
Got started from Madera Canyon around 0730 and headed up Super Trail. Nice and shaded nearly the entire way to Josephine Saddle. From the saddle, we stayed on Super and circled around Wrightson the long way. Fairly brushy from Riley Saddle to the jct with Gardner Canyon Trail, then clear after that. Once at Baldy Saddle we headed up to the summit. Two small patches of snow on the trail, but no big deal. Had the summit pretty much to ourselves, other than some other hikers arriving as we were leaving. Headed down Old Baldy trail all the way back to the parking area. Quite a few people on the last mile or so. Great breeze today, and not too warm other than the final mile.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Baldy Spring Dripping Dripping
Springbox empty, but the spring had water in it.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Bellows Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Good flow, probably about two quarts per minute.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Sprung Spring Dripping Dripping
About 15 gallons of water in the springbox.
_____________________
If it’s above freezing, it’s too hot.
Jan 09 2022
avatar

 Guides 7
 Routes 160
 Photos 701
 Triplogs 199

39 male
 Joined Nov 30 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Old Baldy - Super Trail LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jan 09 2022
ShatteredArmTriplogs 199
Run/Jog12.80 Miles 4,050 AEG
Run/Jog12.80 Miles   4 Hrs   19 Mns   3.51 mph
4,050 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Partners none no partners
Old Baldy/Super Trail loop except using Carrie Nation on the way up. Checked out the vertical mine shaft above the main Carrie Nation shaft, that's one where you could die if you were to fall in. Wild.

Took one of the social trails from there up to AC, then headed over to Josephine Saddle and up Super Trail. It's been 4-5 years since I've been on the upper section of Super Trail, and there used to be a lot more of the sticker bushes. North slope of Wrightson had snow, and a couple stretches were slick.

Once at Baldy Saddle we started seeing the damage from the ice storm. Couple of stretches on the switchbacks were quite sketchy (forgot to bring my spikes), and the lower part of the switchbacks looked almost like a tornado went through there. Lots of trees on the ground, and we passed the crew who looked like they were putting the final touches on the cleanup effort. Microspikes are definitely advisable on Old Baldy right now, and it will probably get even icier in the coming days.

Took the lower half of Super Trail back down from the parking lot.
_____________________
Dec 27 2021
avatar

 Guides 9
 Photos 12,100
 Triplogs 220

male
 Joined Oct 23 2010
 mesa
Old Baldy - Super Trail LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 27 2021
gummoTriplogs 220
Hiking12.80 Miles 4,050 AEG
Hiking12.80 Miles   5 Hrs   55 Mns   2.19 mph
4,050 ft AEG      5 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Saw 23 people on the trail. Only one asked why I wasn't wearing a jacket. I thought I got an early start at 7am, but there were several people who hiked up before me. It snowed lightly when I was descending. No ice on the trail yet.
_____________________
Nov 05 2021
avatar

 Routes 577
 Photos 8,597
 Triplogs 1,940

55 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Old Baldy - Super Trail LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 05 2021
JuanJaimeiiiTriplogs 1,940
Hiking12.80 Miles 4,050 AEG
Hiking12.80 Miles   4 Hrs   13 Mns   3.04 mph
4,050 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
I had to make a Mexico run so I caught this one on the way back. I can’t tell you how overdue I was to do this hike. It’s always been one of my all-time favorites. For some reason I just truly enjoy it. And today was no exception.

Weather was perfect from the bottom to the top. Water was flowing at Sprung Spring. I don’t remember the name of the other spring but it was flowing too. The one that’s on the Baldy Trail up near the top. I think it might be Bellows.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Sprung Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
_____________________
Oct 31 2021
avatar

 Guides 2
 Routes 9
 Photos 42
 Triplogs 779

55 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Old Baldy - Super Trail LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 31 2021
SpiderLegsTriplogs 779
Hiking12.25 Miles 4,082 AEG
Hiking12.25 Miles   5 Hrs   5 Mns   2.83 mph
4,082 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Partners partners
Jim_H
Just about as perfect as a day for hiking there could be. Just brisk enough that shorts and t-shirt felt nice and invigorating. Hiking with Jim gave me the opportunity to sleep in and started hiking about the time I'm generally finishing up. But a good way to spend the day. Saw a few deer bouncing along and for the most part had the entire mountain to ourselves. Saw at best a dozen people all day.

Had to check my AEG all time stats to compare, I'm at a paltry 740K feet of climbing compared to over 3 million for Jim. Better get my butt in gear to catch up.
foliage observationfoliage observationfoliage observationfoliage observationfoliage observation
Autumn Foliage Observation Light

dry Baldy Spring Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Bellows Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
_____________________
See my pics on Instagram @tucsonexplorer
Jul 05 2021
avatar

 Routes 30
 Triplogs 186

34 male
 Joined May 15 2015
 Tucson
Old Baldy - Super Trail LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 05 2021
jrousoshammondTriplogs 186
Hiking9.30 Miles 3,300 AEG
Hiking9.30 Miles
3,300 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Took the Super Trail to Josephine Saddle, then Old Baldy. We had to stop at Baldy Saddle due to thunder/rain, but there were some beautiful views of the crest in clouds on our way down.
_____________________
Jun 26 2021
avatar

 Guides 1
 Routes 23
 Photos 2,451
 Triplogs 143

38 male
 Joined Mar 01 2018
 Chandler, AZ
Old Baldy - Super Trail LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 26 2021
John10sTriplogs 143
Hiking13.79 Miles 4,092 AEG
Hiking13.79 Miles   8 Hrs   12 Mns   2.27 mph
4,092 ft AEG   2 Hrs   8 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Partners partners
TboneKathy
Route Scout Route Recorded  on Route Scout Popup | MapDEX
With all the wildfires and national forest closures in the northern part of the state right now, we opted for a higher-elevation hike in Tucson and picked Mt. Wrightson. The drive down on I-19 provided my first U.S. encounter with metric-based interstate signage and kilometer markers. As we got closer to the trailhead at Madera Canyon, two wild turkeys crossed the road...always nice to see some wildlife before even starting the hike.

We chose the shorter/steeper route up Old Baldy Trail, and it was a steady but comfortable incline the whole way and a very pleasant hike, with nice temperatures and plenty of birds. We saw the Boy Scout memorial signs at Josephine Saddle, where three scouts died in a sudden blizzard in 1958. We stayed on Old Baldy from there, and the stretch of trail approaching Bellows Spring was especially scenic, with lots of green and rockier terrain up along the ridgeline. The spring was completely dry, and we started to encounter more traffic on the trail in both directions after that.

Looking up toward the summit from Baldy Saddle, it certainly looked like it would be a rough 0.9 mile to the top, but the trail was efficiently designed and navigated the steepest areas with very manageable switchbacks. The stretch between Baldy Saddle and the summit had views of fire damaged areas but also a lot of nice wildflowers. This being such a popular trail, we knew we wouldn't have the summit to ourselves, and there were three other people at the top, with more trickling in while we were up there...and ladybugs everywhere. The summit register provided more evidence of just how much traffic the trail gets--the notebook was almost full, and the earliest pages were only from this past January...not one of those peaks where you can quickly scan through everyone who's visited in the past decade :).

We enjoyed the views at the top, avoided the other people as best we could, signed the register, and then started down. We decided to take the longer Super Trail route back and make it a figure-eight so we could see some new terrain, so we turned just before reaching Baldy Saddle. It was easy to keep a good pace on Super Trail, with a slight downhill slope most of the way, and we didn't see any other hikers the rest of the day. Baldy Spring and Upper Gardner Canyon were both completely dry, but we passed Josephine Saddle again and took a short break at Sprung Spring, which had a full basin of clear water and a steady drip from the pipe.

Overall, it was a really enjoyable hike--a nice workout with the steady climb up Old Baldy, and the figure-eight meant we didn't have to repeat any sections of the trail, which was nice. I haven't done as much hiking around Tucson as I'd like to, and hopefully that area is spared from most of the wildfires this year--it's a great option right now with the closures up north.
May 15 2021
avatar

 Guides 93
 Routes 389
 Photos 4,131
 Triplogs 3,390

47 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Super Trail #134Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 15 2021
fricknaleyTriplogs 3,390
Hiking14.20 Miles 3,852 AEG
Hiking14.20 Miles   4 Hrs   8 Mns   3.51 mph
3,852 ft AEG      5 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 
no photosets
Partners none no partners
hiked up baldy, then super trail to summit. felt good so ran the super trail all the way down

super windy and pretty chilly on the summit
_____________________
hi
Apr 16 2021
avatar

 Guides 3
 Routes 13
 Photos 231
 Triplogs 15

male
 Joined Sep 27 2020
 Tucson, AZ
Old Baldy - Super Trail LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2021
andrewpTriplogs 15
Hiking13.85 Miles 4,105 AEG
Hiking13.85 Miles   6 Hrs   49 Mns   2.33 mph
4,105 ft AEG      53 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Route Scout Route Recorded  on Route Scout Popup | MapDEX
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

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Bellows Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Maybe a qt/min. Basin is full and clear.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Sprung Spring Dripping Dripping
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Full basin

1 archive
Apr 10 2021
avatar

 Guides 3
 Routes 233
 Photos 5,149
 Triplogs 422

51 male
 Joined Apr 13 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Old Baldy - Super Trail LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 10 2021
ddgrunningTriplogs 422
Hiking13.61 Miles 4,006 AEG
Hiking13.61 Miles   5 Hrs   57 Mns   2.44 mph
4,006 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Partners none no partners
Route Scout Route Recorded  on Route Scout Popup | MapDEX
Wright on! This figure 8 loop in the Santa Rita's has been on my to-do list for some time, and I finally decided today was the day. Turned out to be a perfect choice. Weather was fantastic--cool, but not cold on the way up; warm, but not hot on the way down.

Did not expect so much tree cover/canopy hiking on the Old Baldy trail. I did expect the aeg, and this hike delivered, with a solid grade from the beginning right on up to the top. The steepest section was the switchbacks just below Baldy Saddle.

I was impressed with the trail construction, particularly from Baldy Saddle to the summit. I kept expecting it to get super rocky and require some scrambling, but the trail snakes its way methodically all the way to the summit.

Expected some breeze on the summit, but it was pretty still. There were a handful of others up there when we arrived, but they left while we were eating lunch, so we enjoyed some solitude on the summit.

Took the Super trail on the way down. Again, trail construction on this one is great. Much more gentle on the descent. Great views. Not sure why the name--we speculated it was short for: Super gradual; super smooth.

All of that said, we were ready to be done about 2.5 miles before we reached the trailhead. Seems to be a common occurrence on longish hikes where the adrenaline rush is mostly over when you reach the summit.

All in all a great day on the trails.

I need to get down the Tucson area more often.

**Springs were bone dry, other than Sprung Spring, which had a full catchment box and was continuing to produce.

dry Bellows Spring Dry Dry
bone dry

dry Sprung Spring Dry Dry
Full box
_____________________
Jan 02 2021
avatar

 Guides 27
 Routes 462
 Photos 5,509
 Triplogs 823

69 female
 Joined Jan 21 2006
 Needles CA
Old Baldy to Super Trail Fiasco, AZ 
Old Baldy to Super Trail Fiasco, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 02 2021
azbackpackrTriplogs 823
Hiking6.42 Miles 1,621 AEG
Hiking6.42 Miles   4 Hrs   36 Mns   1.40 mph
1,621 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Partners none no partners
This seemed to be a straightforward hike, just going to Josephine Saddle, and then down the Super Trail. The three of us were having fun, until on the way down the Super Trail my friend, Laurel, fell and broke both her right patella (kneecap) and the upper part of her right humerus (upper arm bone) near the shoulder.

The following shows what we did, and what we (or I) learned from it. I'm a Wilderness First Responder, and Laurel is a nurse. Our other friend, Glenda, has no training but was helpful.

Glenda and I were one short switchback below Laurel when we heard her cry for help. We ran back up, which took less than a minute. Laurel was standing up, but very shaky. She told us she was sure her arm was broken, (although not a compound fracture) and that she had whacked her knee pretty hard, and couldn't straighten her leg, and had knocked her head. It was a hard full-body fall. I asked, "Did you black out?" She said no. She said she felt pretty "shocky" so I helped her to sit down and gather her wits. I was wearing layers of three shirts, and took off the one with buttons, and made an arm sling (something I learned from being a Boy Scout leader years ago). It worked very well. I then gave her some Tylenol and Ibuprofen, as we talked about what to do. We decided, once she felt a little less shaky, to try to see if she could walk down. We were about a mile and a half from the parking lot on the Super Trail, which isn't too bad of a trail.

So, I helped her up again, and Glenda took one of Laurel's poles, since she could use only one. She couldn't bend the knee but was weight-bearing. Very slowly we proceeded down the mountain. Whenever we got to bunches of rocks, I handed my poles and Laurel's to Glenda, and took her good hand and arm to steady her to step down. At some point she mentioned that the Tylenol and Ibuprofen had kicked in, and that was an improvement.

As soon as Laurel had phone service she called her husband. He said he would get their daughter, who was at work, to drive over with him, so there would be someone to drive their truck back. They live over an hour from the trailhead. We assumed he would leave right away. But after at least an hour, when we arrived at the parking lot, she talked to him again and he had not left the house yet, was waiting for the daughter to get off work! He insisted she sit in the truck and wait for him. She told him that I would take her to the hospital right now, but he told her to wait. This is where I made one error. I was not aggressive enough, I did not insist hard enough that their stupid truck could wait, but that Laurel couldn't wait!!

Laurel just kept telling us to go ahead and leave, that she would be fine sitting in her truck. Very regretfully, Glenda and I left.

When I reached Sahuarita, a half an hour later, I received a call from Laurel. Now she was in tears, saying her arm was swelling up badly and she was losing feeling in her fingers. She said her husband HAD NOT YET LEFT THE HOUSE!!! What the F??? :o :( She very apologetically asked me if I could come back and get her and take her to the hospital. So, of course, I did. I would have done anything for her. It took at least half an hour to return, and probably almost another half an hour to get to Green Valley Hospital.

So, everything turned out okay, but it would have been better if I had been insistent. It would have been better to take her right away, and to a better hospital, because the standard of care at that little place was kind of low. (They didn't even offer her ice and elevation, she told me later she'd had to demand these things, while she waited for the doctor.)

Another thing I should have done was to remember the time of the incident. This is just good practice, but I forgot. It didn't come up, but it could have.

I visited her two days later, and picked up my shirt. She had had to yell at the ED tech to not use scissors on it and on her clothes, which she managed to remove herself, to avoid the scissors they so love to wield. Anyway, it's my favorite guide shirt, and I was glad it was unharmed. They put her in a sling which she said is too small, and a knee brace. Now she can't work. She works from home, is a case manager, and she can't use her computer. So this injury is very hard on her, because she won't be able to work for possibly 4 to 6 weeks.

So, that's my story.

I forgot to turn the GPS on at beginning of hike, until juntion with Vault Mine Trail, so I tried to draw in part of the route, but when I saved it, it didn't save. Oh, well.
_____________________
There is a point of no return unremarked at the time in most lives. Graham Greene The Comedians
A clean house is a sign of a misspent life.
3 archives
Oct 19 2020
avatar

 Guides 1
 Routes 3
 Photos 2
 Triplogs 7

66 male
 Joined Sep 11 2011
 Tucson, az
Old Baldy - Super Trail LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 19 2020
pmstirlingTriplogs 7
Hiking12.80 Miles 4,050 AEG
Hiking12.80 Miles
4,050 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Partners none no partners
This is the 2nd time I've done this loop. Several people have told me in the past not to bother with the upper section of Super Trail (above Josephine Saddle). I finally ignored the advice and tried it in the uphill direction a few weeks back, and was pleasantly surprised! It's a gentle uphill, winding around the south side of Wrightson with great views west, south and east as you progress up. It's also quite varied terrain, although mostly exposed as the trees still haven't recovered from the 2005 burn. But if you get a reasonably early start, it's mostly shaded in the morning.
Today I did the loop in the other direction - Baldy up to Wrightson summit, then Super Trail down to Josephine. On the way up there were great fall colors on Baldy above Josephine, the best I've seen. Guess I timed it right this year! However it's very dry - not a drop at Bellows Spring, which I've never seen before. It has truly been a terrible summer here, record high temperatures and record low rainfall - the 2nd worst on record I believe, 1923 or thereabouts had a few hundredths less rain. Anyway, upper Super Trail is just as nice downhill, much gentler than Old Baldy although of course about a mile and a half longer. In the early afternoon at this time of year the sun is hitting it fully and although the temps weren't terrible (probably mid 80s), the sun really beats down and there's not much shade.
So we decided against lower Super Trail and took Baldy from Josephine as it's much shadier - good decision!
Total mileage for the loop is just about 12, so it adds only a little to the slog up & down Baldy and gives you a nice alternative.
foliage observationfoliage observationfoliage observationfoliage observationfoliage observation
Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
The best fall colors I've seen here! Below Baldy Saddle.

dry Baldy Spring Dry Dry

dry Bellows Spring Dry Dry
totally dry, never seen this before!
_____________________
Aug 29 2020
avatar

 Routes 1
 Photos 351
 Triplogs 29

41 male
 Joined Nov 23 2007
 Tempe, AZ
Old Baldy - Super Trail LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Backpack avatar Aug 29 2020
bballardTriplogs 29
Backpack12.80 Miles 4,050 AEG
Backpack12.80 Miles2 Days         
4,050 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
So excited for my first time up Wrightson, even 80 to 90% chance of severe thunderstorms could not deter! Plenty of people on the trail to Josephine Saddle, filling water at Sprung, then on to the circumference around the peak. Keeping in mind possible places of refuge if the skies should open up, I lucked out and made it to Baldy Saddle, my preferred camp spot for the night just in time. And the storms did not disappoint, but I managed to stay safe and mostly dry. Once they settled down, a fiery sunset amidst a spectacular display of thunderclouds and lightning will not be forgotten. Summit and back to the car early the next day.

dry Baldy Spring Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Bellows Spring Dripping Dripping
Good pool of water, and slightly dripping from the pipe.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Sprung Spring Dripping Dripping
clear water and a very slow drip.
_____________________
average hiking speed 2.27 mph
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ... 11  Next

WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

helpcommentissue

end of page marker