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Four Springs Trail - 2 members in 8 triplogs have rated this an average 4.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Oct 17 2019
LJW
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 Photos 125
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25 male
 Joined Jun 02 2019
 Phoenix, AZ
Santa Rita Crest Loop, AZ 
Santa Rita Crest Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 17 2019
LJW
Hiking18.87 Miles 5,341 AEG
Hiking18.87 Miles   7 Hrs   55 Mns   2.94 mph
5,341 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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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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Wildflowers Observation Light
Mostly on Super above and below Josephine Saddle

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dry Baldy Spring Dry Dry

dry Sprung Spring Dry Dry
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Aug 14 2019
fricknaley
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 Photos 3,750
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44 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Crest Trail #144 - Santa Rita MtnsTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 14 2019
fricknaley
Hiking14.79 Miles 5,062 AEG
Hiking14.79 Miles   5 Hrs   58 Mns   2.63 mph
5,062 ft AEG      20 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
You just can't beat summer in the santa ritas

much needed day in the mountains. started at super trail and cut over to 4 springs on pipeline and kent canyon. very pleasant climb up to the high stuff. i was 50/50 on doing McCleary and when i got there i just didn't feel like thrashing through the thick overgrowth. took the lovely, though somewhat overgrown, crest trail to pine saddle and hit 88 Mac for the first time in years, then continued on to baldy saddle. shot up one of the nameless summits on the way for fun. got some welcome cloud cover for my trip up to wrightson, then had a nice hike down old baldy. a deer graciously pulled off trail just beneath the saddle, at a switchback, to let me hike by without much of a care.

great day up there. the springs were all flowing, everything off the beaten path was a little overgrown and tore me up, i got bit, i got stung, flowers everywhere...everything summer in the santa rita high country should be! :lol:
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Feb 10 2019
nathanbrisk
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 Routes 27
 Photos 264
 Triplogs 51

33 male
 Joined Aug 06 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Old Baldy - Super Trail LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 10 2019
nathanbrisk
Hiking17.73 Miles 5,806 AEG
Hiking17.73 Miles   10 Hrs   6 Mns   1.76 mph
5,806 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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Pretty challenging hike. I didn't summit Wrightson until 4pm. My YakTrax crampons weren't really cuttin it . . . might just be the wrong size, though. There was a small portion making the final ascent up Wrightson where I could've benefited from an ice axe, and past Armour Spring, I was achin for snow shoes a bit. Snowed on me during the hike, too. I heard the rangers were looking for an 83yo man who had been missing in the area since Friday. Found a great spot to camp near an unnamed spring, though. I'm planning to do an overnighter there for President's day weekend. Might end up doing the Supes instead though . . . kinda cold.

Steepest, most challenging part of the trail for me was taking the Pipeline trail north off the Super trail through Roger's Rock connecting up to the Four Springs trail again.

Sun 9:30 am
Got started at the Bog Springs Campground. Was disappointed to see this is a fee area . . . didn't remember that mentioned in the hike descriptions I had read. I have a Nat'l park pass anyway though, so I was golden. Bog Springs Campground had ~5 parking spots labeled "trailhead parking." I mosied over to Bog Springs trail from here.

Sun 10:09 am
A little bit of sprinkle-sprankle. Time to put the poncho on.

Sun 10:19 am
Saw 9 bluejays

Sun 10:26 am
It began dusting.

Sun 10:54 am
Snow's starting to stick, and I think I heard an elk bugle.

Sun 11:08 am
Saw two white tails scuttling their butts up the trail just above Kent Spring.

Sun 11:15 am
Everywhere is covered in snow.

Sun 11:55 am
It stopped snowing.

Sun 12:01 pm
3in hard-packed snow

Sun 12:54 pm
I lost the trail a bit after Armour Spring. 6 inches of snow here. Was wishing I'd brought snow shoes at this point.

Sun 12:59 pm
Columbine spring frozen . . . but some drippin.

Sun 1:20 pm
Reached the Crest trail junction. Time to take the poncho off.

Sun 4:45 pm
Saw some leprechaun tracks

Sun 5:35 pm
White-tailed doe near sprung spring

Sun 5:48 pm
Rocky and muddy

Sun 6:31 pm
Headlamp time

Sun 7:30 pm
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Jul 04 2018
Booneman
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38 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
McCleary Peak LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 04 2018
Booneman
Hiking9.00 Miles 3,012 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   4 Hrs   12 Mns   2.14 mph
3,012 ft AEG
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1st trip
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This was an out and back following the description to the peak. It was hot down there today, but lots of shade on the way up. I agree with Nick's previous post on here saying that Four Springs is the best trail in the Santa Ritas. For what I've seen over the years, he just might be right!

Route goes like this:

Super loop to Pipeline Turnoff 0.4 miles
Sylvester Spring 1.2
Kent Spring 1.75 (right turn to Four Springs Trail)
Shovel Saddle 3.5
Turnoff for McCleary 4.15
Summit 4.5
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Mar 13 2018
pmstirling
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63 male
 Joined Sep 11 2011
 Tucson, az
Four Springs TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 13 2018
pmstirling
Hiking3.10 Miles 1,811 AEG
Hiking3.10 Miles
1,811 ft AEG
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1st trip
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I hiked this on March 13 2018 with a group as part of a long loop hike up Mt Wrightson. Just wanted to give a huge thanks to the industrious people who recently put a lot of work into improving this trail! I hiked Four Springs less than a month ago so this is very recent work. At Shovel Saddle the large tree that's been blocking the trail for several years has been cut and a section removed to open the trail there, as have several smaller deadfalls nearby. In the section between McCleary peak and the junction with Crest trail several long sections have been recut and stabilised, this will be a huge help when the grasses and bushes grow back in the rains.
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Aug 19 2017
fricknaley
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44 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
McCleary Peak LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 19 2017
fricknaley
Hiking10.00 Miles 3,133 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   4 Hrs   24 Mns   2.41 mph
3,133 ft AEG      15 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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i wanted to do the mccleary/88mac loop using four springs and coming down burnt saddle but the weather forced a change of hand.

pipeline is a jungle

going up four springs reminded me this is probably the best trail in the santa ritas. i saw a twin spotted rattler on the way up

the route out to mccleary is really overgrown and the roughest i have seen it. i did surprisingly see a couple guys up there tho!! not long after i arrived the drizzle started and i knew it was time to bolt. it immediately started coming down harder and confirmed that the rocky and at times slippery ridge out to mccleary is not where you want to be in the rain :o :scared:

once back on trail i really wanted to continue my loop and actually started it but the rain picked up significantly and then a thunder crack and i was immediately heading back down.

still a great day but could have been super great.
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Jun 12 2017
markthurman53
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66 male
 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
Bog Spring and Roger's Rock, AZ 
Bog Spring and Roger's Rock, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 12 2017
markthurman53
Hiking8.90 Miles 2,383 AEG
Hiking8.90 Miles   4 Hrs   16 Mns   2.51 mph
2,383 ft AEG      43 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Last week while hiking to Roger's Rock, I continued on past Roger's Rock uphill along what appeared to be a fairly good trail. The trail was rather steep heading straight up the ridge. Not knowing were it went I eventually turned around and headed back down the ridge. Found out later that the trail connects up with the four Springs Trail. With a break in the hot weather I decided to finish up that section of trail.

I started at the Bog Spring trail head around 0600 and took the Bog Spring Trail to Kent Spring, then on the Four Springs Trail. (Still can't get four springs along that trail, Sylvester Spring, Kent Spring and Armour Spring makes three, what is the fourth.) From the Four Springs trail I took what I am calling the Roger's Rock Ridge Trail down to the Pipeline Trail. I took the Pipeline Trail South (upstream) to the Baldy Super Trail and returned to Bog Spring Trail Head via the Madera Nature Trail. Bog Spring and Four Spring trails climb pretty steadily to the Rodger's Rock Ridge, from there it is pretty much downhill back to the Trail Head.

Bog Spring still had water in the trough along with abandon sleeping bags, packs and food containers and trash left by illegals. Didn't look real recent though. Kent Spring Trough was dry (don't know if I have ever seen water in it) but the stream nearby was running pretty good. The Roger's Rock Ridge Trail Was easy to locate along the Four Springs Trail and exits north right where the Four Springs trail crosses the ridge. Still not sure if I would rather go up or down this trail, going up is a workout but going down is harder on the knees and higher risk of injury. The stream at the junction of the Roger's Rock and Pipeline Trail was still running where the trail crosses the creek. The rest of the hike back to the trail head was pretty uneventful and was finished by 1030 with the temperature still in the low 80's. There was a pretty strong breeze from the Southwest most of the morning, felt a bit cold in the darker canyons in the morning but later in the day felt pretty good.
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Mar 18 2017
toddak
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54 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Four Springs loop Madera Canyon, AZ 
Four Springs loop Madera Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 18 2017
toddak
Hiking19.00 Miles 5,500 AEG
Hiking19.00 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   2.00 mph
5,500 ft AEG
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1st trip
From the amphitheater: up BS#156 and over to Kent Spring, continuing up to the crest on Four Springs trail, south on CT#144, down OB#372, down Nature trail to start. Generally good trail conditions on Four Springs except the east-west section near Armour Spring, where the track is faint and overgrown, with some pink ribbons to mark the route. Went back up KS#157 to close the Bog/Kent loop.
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