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The Baldy trail up to Josephine Saddle is an amazing trail which nice and challenging. It was our first time up the trail and took us 2 hrs and 30 minutes. The local hikers who do this same trail every week say it only takes them about 1 hr and 30 to 45 minutes. But we stopped and took a lot of pictures along the way because the scenery is spectacular. We went back down on the Super Trail which took us about the same time as going up. But we were hiking down at a fast pace. We each drank about a liter of water during the whole hike. If you are out of shape it will be a difficult hike and i would suggest you start out on easier hikes first.

Awesome hike! Challenging but worth it for the view. Took 6 hours with some time at the top.

This hike was definitely hard and long. The views make it worth it though. There was ice and snow on some of the trail which slowed us down. It look us 7 hours. We intended to do the 10 miles but must of taken a wrong turn and when it was all said I’m done we were over 14 miles. Either way great hike, and no bears!

This is an awesome trail. Beautiful and shaded almost all the way through. It's difficult, but very clearly marked and evenly graded throughout. If you are going quickly, 5 hours is plenty. If you're taking your time and enjoying the hike, plan for 7 hours. Definitely worth the effort to make it to the top!

Today, We went up Super trail up to Josephine Saddle Loop and went back by Old Baldy trail. The views are amazing there. We saw woodpeckers, several different species of birds. The forest was lush even with the scars of the forest fire. I’m a somewhat sedentary person and It was moderate-difficult the first two miles and from there, it was medium-easy. You get warmed up as you go.

Definitely a nice drive for sure. Been down this road many times thru the years. Whether it's from I-10, or the cutoff to Corona, or coming over Box canyon. It's a nice drive from any of those spots. The Sonoita side is so much different from the Santa Cruz valley. Like night and day. Cactus and mesquites on the Santa Cruz side and oaks and grass lands on the Sonoita side. Sonoita southwest to Nogales is an equally nice drive too. Worth your time to do a nice loop along here.

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!

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

hiking
4 months ago

This trail should have an easy rating not moderate. A pleasant walk with some historical significance. Would be good for beginners.

hiking
4 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!!

But this trail is closed now due to the mines

off road driving
5 months ago

Clised by Rosemont Mine/Hudbay Minerals. Trail bulldozed, then gated.

hiking
5 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.

Nice hike but not a very popular trail since it's very overgrown is some areas, didn't make it all the way to the top as the trail was getting harder and harder to follow as it disappeared in some areas... but had great views and some running water.. lot a of wild flowers and birds!! I would most likely never hike this trail again, I rather do the other side to mount writghtson!!

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.

hiking
8 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.

For a fairly active guy like myself I would also rate it hard but more than worth it

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!

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