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Monday, May 2, 2011

Mount Wrightson, Southern Arizona

Well, I have to say; “it hurt”. We ventured out on a day hike in the Santa Rita Mountain Range, just a few miles south of Tucson and we encountered quite the hike. Starting at the last parking area in Madera Canyon we took a casual approach to the trail. A little huff a little puff but all was good. It was a very scenic area and a well maintained trail all the way to Josephine Saddle.  Once at the saddle we spent some time visiting with other hikers and discussed our approach to the top of Mount Wrightson. A few of the reports that we had read claimed that there we’re two ways to the top: Old Baldy Trail or the Super Trail. Old Baldy was the steep way, Super Trail the longer  and less intimidating way. After some consideration and discussion with others we decided on the Old Baldy Trail.
The summit of Mount Wrightson is 10,500ft and on a clear day you have a 360 view of Green Valley, Tucson, Elgin, Patagonia and Nogales. The portion between Josephine Saddle and Baldy Saddle made for some very incredible pictures as you walk between the mountain ridges. Once at Baldy Saddle you can take a well-needed rest and then venture up the last mile to the summit.
The last mile is intense but well worth the effort. If you’re in the mood and have 5 to 8 hours of free time give it a try. You will not be disappointed!
By the way, half way up you'll encounter a fresh spring right from the mountain, great water, give it a try.


  1. I would like to walk these pathes, too. Here, near Naples we have the mountains. When it's possible I like to walk, too, unfortunatelly I have not friends with the same passion and it's not advisable to walk alone there.

  2. Maybe one day I will be able to do a "small" hike with my guys! More power to you!