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Went to the saddle last year but went all the way to the top and it was killer! So worth it just wish I trained a little more before.

Amazing! Took a little over 4 hours with lots of time to observe deer and birds!

hiking
25 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Well marked, and in good condition. hard is the correct level.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

I have hiked this loop a few times, and you can do it in either direction. However, hiking up the Vault Mine trail is a lesson in what a steep trail is all about. After a few times ascending the Vault, I no longer choose that option. It's bad enough coming down it. So I hike up the Old Baldy trail out of the upper parking lot to Josephine Saddle, then across from there on the Agua Caliente trail, and then down the Vault. The Old Baldy trail to the saddle is moderate, then the Agua Caliente section from the saddle to the cut off to the Vault is easy, and the Vault trail is really steep. So you get a good mix of everything on this loop. Great views along the AC section back towards Wrightson. The mileage calculated on the opening review above is not correct. It's only about 6 1/2 miles total. It took me just about 3 hours, with a short break at Josephine Saddle. Each section took me an hour, but I hike fairly fast. Check it out!!

hiking
3 months ago

The trail was a little overgrown at this time of year but was easy to follow. Very quiet and peaceful trail. We didn't encounter any other people. Most of the trail is shaded which makes it nice. You'll cross a small stream a handful of times that will be flowing during monsoon season. The trail is actually close to 2.5 miles long and gets fairly steep the final mile. All in all, a very nice hike.

Beautiful hike! Took longer then we thought but was not a hard hike, just long. A few places to stop and relax by water until you get further up the mountain but then the views themselves are relaxing enough on their own. $5 parking fee. Be careful of snakes! One surprised us down by the water.