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Nice easy, very enjoyable hike that my dog and I enjoyed. Saw wild turkey and mule deer along the trail - and only one other person! You can hike it in the summer, as long as you go near sundown after the sun has started to dip below the mountain.

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2 months ago

Beautiful trail through shaded forest. I hiked passed the old mine to connect to the agua caliente and as others have said - it is very very steep for this part. Then took the super trail back to the parking lot - beautiful hike! I did see lots of beautiful birds and bear scat but no bears.

This is a nice-lesser travelled-alternative to the Madera Canyon route. However, getting to the trailhead takes a lot longer and you need a high-clearance vehicle (not necessarily 4WD). Also bear in mind it's less shady than doing it from the west so bring a hat and don't wait till it's 94F like I did!

hiking
3 months ago

I hiked the Carrie Nation Mine trail it with another adult and a 9-year-old boy. The trail is generally easy to moderate until one gets to the mine The mine is a fine terminus to many hikers, with a stream leaving the mine shaft and pieces of old machinery around. There is a "End of the trail" marker by the mine, after the trail turns sharply left. Past the sign, the trail appears to lead into a stream bed. To go further up, we turned back to the mine site and took a side trail that leads further up slope. From here until joining with the Agua Caliente trail, the trail was steep, narrow, and occasionally splitting. We ignored all splits leading left and down and kept going up. Because of the gradient, going up this part of the trail during rain might end with a muddy skid down. After a while, we passed a camp site. Once on Agua Caliente trail towards Josephine Saddle, it is generally gently down. We returned back to the picnic area by Super Trail, a longer and more leisurely alternative with glorious views of Mt Wrightson along the way.

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4 months ago

This is a little known hike for the most part. I'm sure some hiking clubs do it, but it's an off trail cross country type hike at any rate. You start by driving through Box Canyon from the west side, and taking the cutoff to Greaterville on the east side of the canyon. I always referred to this as the road to Melendrez Pass. There are a few radio towers right at the pass. There is however some private property now that has to be traveled around to get to the pass. That's the road you want. Right before the radio towers is an old jeep road that goes up to the right. You will need 4 x 4 along this road, or you'll have to start walking from there. We drove up in a jeep to the end of this road and parked at the top. There is plenty of room up there to turn your truck around, so that's not a problem. From that point, you just start bushwhacking up the side of Castle Dome until you reach the summit. There was lots of tall grass when we did it and it wasn't that difficult for going cross country. Some good views when you get on top and good place to sit and relax for a while. You'll undoubtedly have the place to yourself as this is not on many peoples radar as a hiking destination. I happen to like these kinds of places. You could hike this year round, but I wouldn't do it during the summer. Too hot. In fact, there's not a lot of places in southern AZ I would hike in the summer, unless there was lots of running water close by. This one is for the adventurous type for sure. Not your typical day hike, but it doesn't take all day either!!

hiking
4 months ago

If you're looking for a place to take a quick hike that packs a lot of workout, this would be it. It follows an old road the whole way, but once you start in on the climbing portion of it, it will be as steep as any you've been on. It does have some loose gravel and rocks in places too and you find yourself losing traction and slipping every once in a while. If you're looking to get away from the crowds at more common trail heads, this is also where you want to be. Hardly anyone comes over here with the exception of hunters during deer season. You'll have the place to yourself on any given day. The road just abruptly ends and then it's just turn around and come down. The upper parts of this remind me of the Vault trail when it comes to steepness. Some folks might find this a little too steep for their liking. And the slipping aspect on some parts is not always a welcoming thought. But it's a good leg workout for sure. Cardio too!!

My wife and I do this loop all the time. Whether it's up the Super trail and down Old Baldy Trail or vice versa. We usually go up Super lately as it's a real nice grade and not to strenuous. Old baldy trail is much steeper when you ascend that way. There's lots of other options for loops when you get to the saddle too. We've done most of those too.

I did this hike a while back as I could see the waterfall running from my house, which is about 8 miles away as the crow fly's. This is a seasonal falls, which only runs after a good rain or lots of winter snow melt. This would be the only time it's worth going in here too, as the off trail section is kinda rough. You start by driving down the Proctor road in Madera Canyon about 1.6 miles and there will be a place to park on your right. We parked there and began to walk. There is an old road that you will follow first as you head towards the mountains. We walked the road for about .6 miles and then broke away towards the ridge to the south of the road. I picked the path of least resistance so to speak, in an effort to get to a place where you would have a nice view of the falls on the other side of that ridge. This the stretch that is a little difficult and not for everyone. I also listed the dates to hike as winter months, as I would not want to be out here in the heat of summer, whether the falls were running or not. I also listed it as difficult due to the cross country section. The first part on the road is as easy as it gets. Once you round the ridge top, the falls will come into view and are worth seeing when they have a good run off happening. We sat on the south facing slope and took in the view for a while before returning the same way. There had been a pretty heavy snow fall prior and that's what produced the run off. This is for the adventurous type, and you can see this falls with binoculars from Green Valley, so scope it out first to see if it's running before trekking in here.

I did this hike today and can't believe I haven't done it before. Really nice trail that has many places one could start and stop. We chose the Whitehouse picnic area to start and return to. You could start as low as Proctor road and that would add a few more miles. The trail follows the creek at first and then at the Amphitheater area, it starts a short climb up the west side of the canyon and then it's a very nice level walk almost all the way to the upper parking lots. Good views of Mt. Wrightson and the ridge north of it from this trail. This is an easy trail with only one spot that has you climbing a few switchbacks.

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5 months ago

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5 months ago

I rated this as difficult as the trail is so seldom used, it's hard to find in many places, and it does get steep towards the top. I did this years ago and so I can't speak for what it might look like now. It is very quiet up this trail as you will probably encounter no one. Grasses get very tall at the end of summer on the lower section. This puts you on top of Agua Caliente saddle as your destination. With an extra vehicle, or someone to pick you up, you could go down the Vault Mine trail back to Madera Canyon as an option. I returned the same way to where I parked along the Agua Caliente road.

hiking
5 months ago

This is an easy hike that starts on a trail from the Agua Caliente road, and then eventually connects to the old mine road that leads to the mine. You could hike up from Chino Basin on that old road, but that would be a little further and the road in there is really rough. There is no real steep grades anywhere along here so it makes for an easy in and out. It is also the preferred route to start on if you plan to summit Elephant Head. There is a trail on your left, that breaks off into Chino Canyon from the mine road that will take you on your way to Elephant Head. Continue on the road till you get to the mine, and it's worth kicking around for a while and explore the old mine area. Follow the road, and the trail as well, back to your vehicle. The road up to this parking spot is not suitable for cars. It's pretty ugly, so a high clearance truck is better. Doesn't need to be 4 x 4, but clearance will help with the boulders.

I have done this hike twice. Not sure I'll tackle it again, as it makes for a really long day. Florida Canyon trail is steep and long on it's own, never mind going further to Baldy Saddle. Both times I have done it, I have stopped at Baldy Saddle with Mt. Wrightson looming only 9/10 of a mile away. But I wisely turned around there both times, as that extra almost 2 miles would really wear on you. Florida Canyon trail was so thickly forested before the Florida Fire in the summer of 05' The canyon faces north and had some of the biggest trees in it I had seen anywhere on the mountain. Sad to see a lot of them burned and blown down. It is a little eerie walking thru there if there is any kind of wind blowing. Lots of burned trees are still standing and creak back and forth in the wind. You never know. Once at the top of Florida Saddle, you continue on the crest trail to Baldy Saddle. This section is almost easy compared to what you just climbed up. This trail passes by the top of the burned out saddle above the shovel area. Great views to the west from this spot. Once you get to Baldy saddle, a short rest is in order and then the long hike back to your vehicle. The last mile or two on the bottom of the Florida trail seems like it will never end. This hike too, is not for the casual hiker. This produces sore everything!!

I haven't hiked this trail since they blocked the road to the actual trailhead. But I used to hike this trail a lot years ago. Mostly due to there never being anyone over here. Not sure why they gated the road about a mile from the trailhead, and I probably won't do this trail again because of it. It's a long enough hike as it is from the trailhead. This mapped out at 9 miles, but I think it's more like 10 total. I did this once in the winter of 83' too. That year the Santa Rita's saw a lot of snow, and we walked in snow pretty much the whole way. Gardner creek seems to always have water in it, no matter what time of year. That was another reason I came over here a lot. It is a little higher than Madera Canyons parking area, and so the vegetation is a little different. Lots of Ponderosas right by the trailhead. This was always a great spot to camp too, and we did that often. The trail is a fairly steady climb the whole way up. Very wooded so lots of shade. That may not be the case anymore in some spots though since the 05' fire. I haven't been up there since that. So if you don't mind tacking on another 2 miles to this hike, I would do it as it is a nice canyon

hiking
5 months ago

This trail can be hiked in either direction. I have drawn this heading up to the Carrie Nation Mine site, across the Agua Caliente trail back to Josephine Saddle, and then down the old Baldy trail. Beyond the mine, the trail is very steep until it gets to the Agua Caliente trail. It climbs about 800' in a very short distance. This stretch is a real pull. Once on the Agua Caliente trail,, bear left and it is easy going to Josephine Saddle. At the saddle, you will head down the Old Baldy trail back to the parking lot. An alternate descent is going down the Super Trail. That will add about a mile and a half though. But it is a real easy downhill. The Old Baldy trail is steeper.

hiking
5 months ago

I did this hike a few years ago, and it was a tough hike. I may not have the exact path here as some of it is on trails that people have made. My Garmin read 8 miles for this total. From the parking lot, you take the super trail until you cross the creek, and then a short distance after is the cutoff on the left, not signed, to what is called the pipeline trail. This is a well walked trail and takes you to the springs trail. Which is an old access road actually. From that jct., you head up that creek drainage until you get to another jct. that cuts back to the left. You have to be looking for it or you'll go right by. Probably a half mile from the springs jct. This will take you to Rodgers Rock. From Rodgers Rock, there is a use trail that someone started that goes up a steep ridge and connects to the springs trail again, but you will bear right. The ridge from Rodgers is the toughest section. Now you are on the trail to Armour springs. This section is a little overgrown due to the fact it is not used by many. It will take you to a saddle which has been given the name The Shovel. Lots of new ponderosas growing since the fire in 05'. This is right below the burned out saddle that is along the crest trail. This would be a great spot to camp as it is wide open with lots of places you could pitch a tent. So this is for the adventurous as it involves a little of everything!!

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