Old Baldy and Mount Wilson Summit Trail is a 11.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Sonoita, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until November.
Directions from Tucson: Exit Interstate 19 at the Continental Road/Madera Canyon Exit 65 and follow the Madera Canyon Road about l3.5 miles to the Roundup Picnic Area entrance. Turn left here, and drive into the trailhead parking lot.
I went in early January and the trail was wonderful. It had snowed the day before which made for a beautiful trail and photo opportunities. My group saw six other people on the trail total which was nice since it is usually crowded in the summer and spring seasons. We went to the summit and spent some time at the top taking photos and stopping to eat. Overall, the trail to the summit took us seven hours. I highly recommend this peak.
Lots of fun and some great views of sahuarita! it's pretty much straight uphill there and then a constant down on the way back. there is a little spring up near the top which is nice. path is pretty clearly marked too.
Great day! Cool temps, started at at 6am until final half mile. Great forest trail with amazing 360 summit view. 9.25hr round trip to summit
Ran into a bear, which turned out to be a fellow hiker trimming trees along the trail and no bear at all.
Punishing hike for the ill prepared. Very enjoyable to do for unobstructed views of southern Arizona. Bring plenty of water and plan on a full days hike.
Great hike. Very long and challenging. Great views. Bring plenty of food and water.
Best hike in the area. Being from PNW and Midwest it was great to get a nice hike in the woods. Good challenge definitely a great tune up for rim to rim. Lots of rocks and uneven trail, especially higher up so watch for those ankle-bonk-ers. Views are petty stunning from the top but that's just half the fun here, the trail along the way is definitely equally as cool as the summit. I hit trail at 1145a. Summitted at about 3. Hour at the top and back down by 6. Definitely definitely encourage bringing a trekking pole for this trail.
Not easy, even for an experienced hiker, but worth the effort.
Great hike to start practicing summits! Took old baldy trail up to Josephine saddle and then up to baldy saddle. From there, we took the crest trail up to the top of Mt Wrightson. Backpacking camp areas available at both saddle areas. Dog friendly!
Went up and down the old baldy trail. Trail was well kept, and easy to trek up. First hike in a long time so I was a bit winded and had to take a view breathers on the way up. Third time attempting, this time I made it to the summit! Definitely worth it. Amazing views! Sadly the summit was impossible to stay at for longer than a few minutes as flys and other bugs had taken over (just HORDES of them) but worth it nontheless. The mountain has a pretty crazy history as well!
Great day hike, but I would recommend going in the early afternoon. Sun exposure is very high while hiking the east facing slope of Old Baldy if you go in the morning so be sure to bring sunscreen if you go then!
Reviews I read on this site have it as very strenuous, which I agree with in some sections of the trail. Overall all, though, I found it to be moderate at best. Very fun and highly recommend.
First time doing this trail, and I think it's become one of my favorites. The trail is in great shape for the bulk of it - perhaps a couple spots that could use attention but overall it was great. It's rather steep, but there are enough spots that level off, which give your legs a rest. View at the top completely worth the effort - if you haven't done this hike yet - you need to!
Trail is in need of some maintenance, but the views are astounding nonetheless.