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Florida Canyon / Crest Trail - 9 members in 34 triplogs have rated this an average 4.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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May 17 2021
LindaAnn
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41 female
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Florida Canyon / Crest TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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LindaAnn
Hiking15.31 Miles 5,940 AEG
Hiking15.31 Miles   10 Hrs   30 Mns   1.70 mph
5,940 ft AEG   1 Hour   29 Mns Break
 
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Got started around 0700 and headed up Florida Canyon. Parts of the trail are in good shape, other parts are kind of rough. Poles were helpful in the steep parts. Took a break at Florida Saddle then continued south on the Crest Trail, which was in good shape. Another break at Baldy Saddle, then up to the Wrightson Summit. Nobody else was up there, and it wasn’t too windy, so we took a break before heading back down. The elevation gain was surprisingly easy today, I guess the extra miles on the treadmill this year have been worth the time and effort. My knees were not enjoying coming back down Florida Canyon though. Very dry in the Santa Ritas. Great weather today, not many other people out on the trails, and good to see Matt again.
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Dec 05 2020
DerekHikesAlot
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 Tucson, Arizona
Florida Canyon / Crest TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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DerekHikesAlot
Hiking15.70 Miles 5,990 AEG
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Beautiful trail. Saw a dozen deer and a dozen coatimundi.
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Frozen icicles. Small pool under rock. Enough to scoop with a small bottle and filter.
Aug 29 2020
desertadapted
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 Phoenix, AZ
Florida Canyon / Crest TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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desertadapted
Backpack15.70 Miles 5,990 AEG
Backpack15.70 Miles1 Day         
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Hiked up Florida Canyon Trail, which is relentlessly steep until you begin the descent to Baldy Saddle. Made the mistake of overfilling at Armour Spring, which is a 0.8 detour. Too much to carry on jelly legs! After setting up near Baldy Saddle, a lightning storm rolled in. I was a bit cocky until lighting and thunder felt like it was cracking right above me. Then decamped pronto. Saw and reported a lightning caused fire further down the hill only to have it (and myself) totally doused by the ensuing rain. Rather than setting up in the deluge below ridge line, I kept hiking as long as it kept raining, and ended up close to the car by the time it petered out. So I ended up taking my camping gear for a walk. Overall, a bunch of this hike is on exposed and slightly overgrown trail caused by a prior fire. I'd like to go back to check Sawmill and Clear Creek trails (which connect at Florida Saddle), but I'm not sure I'd do Florida from the trailhead again soon. In terms of backpacking, the best sites are near Baldy Saddle. There is a decent spot near the turnoff for Armour Spring (signed), right on the trail. Generally, most of the trail is too steep for good sites.

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Need a scoop to get the water out.

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You can hear the stream from the trail as you get near the GPS coordinate for the Spring, I found it easiest right before trail takes sharp West/Left turn.

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The tank is completely full, totally clear. Tasted amazing.
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Jul 26 2020
Pickles
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 Phoenix
Florida Canyon / Crest TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Pickles
Hiking16.22 Miles 5,887 AEG
Hiking16.22 Miles   10 Hrs   4 Mns   1.99 mph
5,887 ft AEG   1 Hour   56 Mns Break
 
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Jul 26 2020
te_wa
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50 male
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 Mesa
Florida Canyon / Crest TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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te_wa
Hiking16.20 Miles 5,884 AEG
Hiking16.20 Miles   10 Hrs      1.62 mph
5,884 ft AEG
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"Summer Summits #4"
an awesome hike, for sure! started our weekend with 10 miles of MTB on local trails, then sunday began to climb and climb some more, but along a well balanced grade. if the walk up the big hill doesn't get to you, the descent will!
16.2 miles and 5884 AEG of great scenery. Pickles and i set out at 7:30 and passed maybe 7 people in 8 miles. the real treat however, was having the summit to ourselves!
clouds moved in around noon, we kept an eye on them. rain in the distance over dragoons and chiricahua. there was a chubby rock squirrel at the summit and i could swear he kept saying "alan! alan! alan..."
a trip back towards the trailhead tested the quads, and we finished the day with some sonoran fare and a good night's rest.
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tank was full under the metal cover. dripping and clear.
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Apr 18 2020
jrousoshammond
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 Tucson
Florida Canyon / Crest TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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jrousoshammond
Hiking15.70 Miles 5,990 AEG
Hiking15.70 Miles   8 Hrs      1.96 mph
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Great time of year for this. There were of course a bunch of people past Baldy saddle, but otherwise it was just a few parties. The Crest Trail was empty.

On my way back I ran into some volunteers at Florida Saddle who had been working on the Cave Canyon trail, which they say is now in good shape. Their work is much appreciated, and hopefully I can check that trail out sometime soon.
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Mar 23 2018
jrousoshammond
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 Tucson
Florida Canyon / Crest TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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jrousoshammond
Hiking15.80 Miles 5,500 AEG
Hiking15.80 Miles   7 Hrs   40 Mns   2.06 mph
5,500 ft AEG
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This was the best Wrightson summit weather (and lack of bugs) I can remember- if I didn't have somewhere to be that night, I would've stayed up there for an hour. Great views and weather the whole day. I saw more people than I was expecting to see on a weekday (in other words, there were other people there), but I was still alone most of the way.
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Jan 07 2018
jladderud
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 Tucson, AZ
Florida Canyon / Crest TrailTucson, AZ
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jladderud
Hiking14.50 Miles 6,100 AEG
Hiking14.50 Miles   5 Hrs   54 Mns   2.70 mph
6,100 ft AEG      32 Mns Break
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A traverse of the peaks on this ridge has been on my to-do list for a couple years; so when my hiking buddy independently suggested we do a McCleary Peak :next: Wrightson hike I jumped on the opportunity! We did it as a shuttle, starting a bit after 7 at the Florida Canyon TH. Hit Florida Saddle at 8:45. The trail past Armour Spring was a bit harder to follow, then a fun ridge traverse to McCleary Peak--arriving around 9:30. From there we blazed trail due south, keeping along the ridge proper (rather than on the Crest Trail to the east) in order to hit peaks UN 8853 and UN 9146 "Mt. Ian" before reaching the Baldy Saddle. From there it was one final push up to the summit of Mt Wrightson--arriving at 11:45. Having to get back to town for some afternoon commitments we ran down the Old Baldy trail and were back at the car at the Madera Canyon TH by 1:10. I think our legs are gonna be sore tomorrow!

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Lots of water running out of a disconnected pipe at this location.
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Jun 11 2017
JuanJaimeiii
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 Chandler, AZ
Florida Canyon / Crest TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking15.03 Miles 5,539 AEG
Hiking15.03 Miles   5 Hrs   12 Mns   2.89 mph
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I finally got started around 9:30 this morning so the temps were already starting to kick up. Several downed trees cross the trail for the first quarter mile past Florida Saddle. After that it is pretty much smooth sailing. Three others were up top enjoying the summit as the wind whipped around. Luckily there were no bugs today so I stayed for a short bit and then headed back the way I came.

I Love hiking this Mountain and this route is a nice alternative to my usual path up. It just requires a little more effort. :sweat:
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May 25 2016
AZHiker456
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Florida Peak, AZ 
Florida Peak, AZ
 
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Hiking11.70 Miles 3,936 AEG
Hiking11.70 Miles   4 Hrs   54 Mns   2.62 mph
3,936 ft AEG      26 Mns Break
 
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I decided to knock off one of the last few Santa Rita bucket listers on the Madera side of the mountain. While the figure-eightish loop style route I opted for undoubtedly scores high in the creatively department, there are definitely some enhancements I would’ve implemented, had it not been a workday:

-check out some of the nearby mines listed on the topo, which include: the Old Madera Mine and the Lucky Ledge Mine
-pay 2nd visits to: McCleary Peak, 88 Mac, and/or that other big UN peak by Pine Saddle in the direction of Mt. Ian
-continue down the East Sawmill Canyon Trail #146
-continue down the SWEET looking ridgeline that leads down from the smaller prominent point on Florida Peak

If it weren’t a workday, I probably would’ve tackled Florida Peak by way of the Florida Canyon Trail #145… and then ended up riding out that SWEET ridgeline, which extends from the lower prominent point [8142’] of Florida Peak down to UN 7397’; and then exiting the ridgeline such that I’d hit up the Florida Mine site before finally looping around to connect back with the Florida Canyon trail. That would make for one fun loop… and from what I saw, it was extremely well routed… so very tempting! If my vehicle weren’t parked up at Madera, I totally would’ve gone for it.

I also want to check out the East Sawmill Canyon Trail #146. I’ve been told from reliable sources that this trail has been abandoned and is badly overgrown; [and the handful of HAZ reports on this trail hikearizona.com/x.p ... ID=0 seem to confirm what I was told]. However, the short part of it that I traversed en route to Florida Peak was in very good condition, [better than parts of the much more popular 4Springs Trail]. Mind you, I was on the East Sawmill Canyon Trail for only a very short distance; I cannot speak for the rest of it…

And finally, if anyone reads this and is planning to bag Florida Peak, it needs another jar/container for the log book. The old glass container shattered as I had carefully started to remove the rocks that it was resting under. I felt terrible but I definitely think the jar was ready to go… [kind of like when one person is trying for several minutes to unscrew a lid and can’t get it, and then gives it to someone else who barely uses any force before they’re able to unscrew it]. Luckily, I had a heavier duty, Ziploc plastic bag in my hiking pack to keep some of my belongings organized. I removed my belongings, and then took the summit log, along with the few loose papers and pencils, and secured them in the bag; then ziplocked it shut and carefully put it under the rock pile in the same location where the jar had been.
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A few things here and there... what stood out the most were some NICE patches of yellow Columbine along the creek, in-between Kent & Sylvester Springs.

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Almost nothing; but in a survival situation, you could definitely get something out of the small puddle!

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Bone dry... but the creek that is a few feet away had some nice light flow that could totally be filtered!

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These ratings are hard to apply to the enclosed concrete springs... I gave it the best rating cuz the concrete tank was literally filled to the brim and overflowing. There were bugs on the bottom, but for the concrete springs in the Santa Ritas, this was one of the best [clearest] I've ever seen it. If you have a filter, this would be an awesome water source.
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May 09 2016
PatrickL
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 Buckeye, AZ
Mount Wrightson via Florida Canyon, AZ 
Mount Wrightson via Florida Canyon, AZ
 
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PatrickL
Hiking15.10 Miles 6,000 AEG
Hiking15.10 Miles   9 Hrs   40 Mns   1.81 mph
6,000 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Knocking another one off the wishlist. Seriously great hike. I gotta' come back to the Santa Ritas soon.

I started just after 6am. Really enjoyed the second half of Florida Canyon. The singing birds, greenery, and what's left of the canopy were really serene in the morning - all somewhat conflicting during that last, unrelenting mile before the saddle. Right around this time I started to feel some discomfort in one of my adductors. I didn't stretch very well before the hike. oops.

At Florida Saddle, I took a break and considered turning back. That's when my stubbornness assured me it was only 3 more miles to the peak. Trying to ease the pain kept me pretty distracted along Crest Trail. Very cool to turn that last corner and see Wrightson in all its glory. It took me about 5 hours to reach the top. I headed down after 30 minutes of views, food, and expired aspirin from 2012.

Walking downhill wasn't too bad at first, then came the uphills on Crest. By the time I returned to Florida Saddle, the pain had begun harassing my knee. I dropped back into Florida Canyon to finish off the remaining 4 miles. I was happy to have trekking poles during the last one.

For those of you that are aware of the dead horse, it's a rough 200ft. The wind blew the stench at me on the way up and down. :sk: The only solace is that it's signed ahead of time regardless of your direction.
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May 08 2016
RedwallNHops
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 Tucson, AZ
Florida to Carrie nation, AZ 
Florida to Carrie nation, AZ
 
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RedwallNHops
Hiking14.00 Miles 5,000 AEG
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Friend wanted to do something long in the Santa Ritas as a one way hike. Went in Florida and out Carrie nation. Nice cool day.
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Mar 29 2016
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Florida Canyon / Crest TrailTucson, AZ
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Hiking10.94 Miles 3,741 AEG
Hiking10.94 Miles   6 Hrs   39 Mns   1.98 mph
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A group of 8 Saddlebrooke hikers did a key exchange hike from the Madera/Florida trailheads. This hike is normally very scenic, but the wind and reduced visibility led to a lot of "head down" hiking. Leaving from Madera were Dean, Cheryl, Sharon and me. Leaving from Florida, which involves over 1000 feet of additional elevation, were Elisabeth, Bertie, Tom and Ray. As usual, which is remarkable to me, we met along the same stretch of trail. It's amazing how consistent we are in our hiking habits. It was a bit cool for most of us and the wind made it an exercise in layer management, i.e., putting on and taking off. The Florida Crest Trail is beautiful, we just didn't see much of it. Matt, I noticed the turnoff to McCleary Peak, where we got wet last time. I would have hated to be on that ridge yesterday. We'd have gotten blown off.

There is a dead horse along the Florida Trail probably 1-2 miles up. Just hold your nose and walk quickly. There is water along parts of Florida Canyon. But wait till you get above the horse.

I really like this hike but the hike down Florida Canyon gets tedious because of the steepness and loose rock. We didn't see many people on either trail.
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A few pestemons.
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Oct 15 2015
Mountain_Rat
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 Tucson, AZ
McCleary Peak via Florida CanyonTucson, AZ
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Hiking11.85 Miles 5,117 AEG
Hiking11.85 Miles   8 Hrs   14 Mns   1.71 mph
5,117 ft AEG   1 Hour   19 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Yesterday, I suffered a very mild heat stress, so today I would take no chances and would re-gear for the heat; big ol' hat, 3 liter Camel, spare 3 liter Camel, 1+ liters in bottles, tossed the survival kit out of my pack and was ready to rip.

I met up with Roy at 7:45 and we departed. We hit the trail at around 9:00 as I recall and began our upward march. Only a short way in, a mist began to fall, then subside, then repeat... The atmosphere was extremely pleasant and the lighting was perfect for enjoying the views. And what views they are. We had the perfect conditions all the way to the top, or I should say almost to the top :/ Just after Armour Spring, we were so focused on the ground and finding the trail, that we failed to notice the squall that had developed over head. Then with only a few seconds notice, it hit! We quickly dropped pack and geared up for rain, and with the peak only a few hundred yards ahead of us, we stupidly trudged on :? At the peak, it was more wind than rain, so we took a quick photo-op and signed the register before making a hasty retreat. Upon our departure, the rain:wind ratio inverted, then the whole thing just went ^2. I can't speak for Roy, but as for my self, fear was keeping me warm and vertical(or seemingly so). It wasn't until Armour Spring, that the weather gave in and we could assess our situation and it was far less than we had hoped or planned for. ...But aside from that; soaked, cold, numb, hungry, tired and giggling like a couple of drunk teenagers, we made our way back to the TH.

That was one wild ride!!!

Thanks Roy for the adventure and for driving down. I'll see you on Friday...
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Oct 13 2015
markthurman53
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 Tucson, Arizona
Old Baldy and Florida Crest Trail, AZ 
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Hiking12.30 Miles 4,716 AEG
Hiking12.30 Miles   7 Hrs   29 Mns   2.14 mph
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Yet another hike on the Old baldy trail, at least to Baldy Saddle. The Florida crest trail I haven't done since some time in the early 80's so I figured it was time to do it again. I Needed to Finish the Crest trail from the South to the saddle that I hiked to from Cave Canyon Trail three days ago. Really nice Views from along this trail.
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Florida Canyon / Crest TrailTucson, AZ
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friendofThundergod
Hiking17.19 Miles 6,584 AEG
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I headed back to Wrightson with JJ for the second time this month. We decided on another approach this time. I was not as spry as usual today and was beat several times by the climb.

McCleary was fun. I got a little off-trail on the way back and regretted it a bit, but the route is generally easy to follow with careful attention. There was water everywhere and nearly perfect temps. Blanco tore it up as usual and we got tacos on the way home.

I like that Wrightson area. I already have a few more hikes on the mind for that area.

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Sep 26 2015
JuanJaimeiii
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 Chandler, AZ
Florida Canyon to McCleary and Wrightson, AZ 
Florida Canyon to McCleary and Wrightson, AZ
 
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking17.16 Miles 6,636 AEG
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Lee and I had this one in the works since our last trip up to Mt. Wrightson earlier this month. He threw in a curve ball and wanted to add McCleary. Fine by me so early this morning Boy with Dog (only Blanco today) and I headed down south.

Florida Canyon was flowing heavily with water from the recent rains. The entire hike was a treat from start to finish. Given the nice weather we saw several others out enjoying themselves also. Great hike!
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May 13 2015
jrousoshammond
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 Tucson
Florida Canyon / Crest TrailTucson, AZ
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jrousoshammond
Hiking15.80 Miles 5,500 AEG
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First time on this Wrightson route. The trail is graded so nicely that 5500 only feels like ~4000, except the first uphill stretch on the return (right after Baldy Saddle) is not particularly welcome. The fallen trees can also be a bit tiresome, but it's well worth the trouble.

I think the regular way up Wrightson is still a better option for the summer months since you get a lot more shade. If it's 100+ in Tucson, anyone on the Crest Trail will get fried in that sun. I'll definitely do this again when it cools down...
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Wrightson via Florida Cyn, AZ 
Wrightson via Florida Cyn, AZ
 
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Tough_Boots
Hiking15.60 Miles 6,057 AEG
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9L wanted to do Wrightson and I LOVE Wrightson. 9L, of course, wanted to try it the hard way. I, of course, don't want to be the one who backs down. And then Lily-- poor girl has no say in the matter.

We started hiking at about 9am. I felt like garbage and you get no warm up with this route. You just start going up. I knew Lily would be fine as long as the temperature stayed nice. She'll hike all day until it warms up-- then she's a total slug. I finally hit my stride by the time we got to Florida Saddle. I had apparently knocked all my kinks out and felt pretty good the rest of the day. Lily slowed down a little just near the end but all in all she knocked this one out of the ballpark. That's a big day for a mutt and she stayed strong for the whole thing.

This is a great hike. Its a challenge with that killer Wrightson pay-off.
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Apr 17 2015
John9L
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Mt Wrightson via Florida Canyon, AZ 
Mt Wrightson via Florida Canyon, AZ
 
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Hiking15.60 Miles 6,057 AEG
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Mount Wrightson was calling and I have some vacation to burn. I decided to take Friday off and I easily convinced Kyle to join me. The plan was to hike up Florida Canyon and then over the Crest Trail and on to the summit. We’re doing this as an out and back. We were looking at a big AEG day of roughly 6,000ft.

Kyle and I met at Ray Road and the I-10 around 6:45am and made the drive down and started hiking around 9am. The first mile is fairly mild as you steadily gain elevation. The grade is consistent and rarely lets up all the way to the summit. We put our heads down as we proceeded up the trail and took breaks when needed. There were a few patches of water but it wasn’t consistent. The Florida Canyon Trail is in really good condition with some dead fall starting a couple of miles in.

With much effort we hit the Florida Saddle where we took an extended break and then continued the hike to the summit. Our pace slowed as we neared the Baldy Saddle and my pace slowed even more on the final climb to the summit. Once up top we took a long break and enjoyed lunch. The hike up took a lot of energy! After lunch we dropped back to the Baldy Saddle and then returned on the Crest Trail. There were two small climbs on the return and both took a lot of effort on account of all the climbing we’ve already done. It wasn’t a big deal though and before long it was all downhill back to the jeep at the trailhead.

The Florida Canyon Trail is another wonderful option for Mount Wrightson. We saw a dozen bird watchers at the bottom and then roughly a half dozen people near the summit trail. The rest of the trail was vacant. I really enjoy Mount Wrightson and I’m glad I’ve hiked it from the west (Madera Canyon), east (Gardner Canyon) and north (Florida Canyon).
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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.

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