Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Mount Wrightson Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

this is a hard trail but worth it. good boots, socks are a must.

If doing the loop, pay attention to the junction with going right on Agua Caluante Trail otherwise you will dead end on Vault Mine Trail. Agua Caliante is very steep with plenty of switchbacks. I did it without poles and it was o.k. The views are spectacular and fall foliage was beautiful! A must-do hike.

absolutely amazing hike pretty tough coming down a little hard on the knees but loved it. Alsk take tons of food (carb) saved me

Wow. Second trip to the summit. Took us 6 1/2 hours total, not counting the hour we spent at the top. Just beautiful, worth the pain and suffering on the last two miles.

Awesome hike. Great views from the top. It took me a total of 5 hours with a 30 min lunch break and a snack break, but I was definitely sore the next day! Fall colors are still present on the tree leaves.

No sure what happened Got lost but found my way.

We hiked this on a beautiful October day with our 3 dogs and it was spectacular! We saw lots of bear scat, but no wildlife sightings. Plenty if water for the first 2 miles, but none after that. Fairly shady the whole way up. The trail is a bit overgrown midway up, but other than that it was easy to follow and in great shape! Beautiful flowers, foliage, and views. It took us about 8 hours to hike at a very leisurely rate. We hiked this on a Thursday and had the trail to ourselves. Ran into a couple of other hikers at the top that came up via Medera trail.

Great trails!

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bugs
no shade
over grown
1 month ago

very fun trail no shade though also lots of bumblebee's on the way up and there is a spot where it is filled with bumblebee's and and the end of that area there is a place to rest under a big tree and a rig smooth rock to lay on

easy trail and very fun on the way up there is a small natural spring and the water isn't so completely clean but from the pipe it's great cold water

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over grown
1 month ago

Can't decide whether this is more of a fantasy world or a visual feast, whether it's more fantastic or spectacular--fantacular or spectastic, you decide! (I kept thinking of Eragon and Gandalf and elves all day, certainly not of people though, for I saw none.) Lots of bear poop for the first couple of miles! Fairly constant grade all the way up. When you reach the top, you're on the roof of the world. Took my 51 year-old self six hours, a little food, and a gallon of water. Weather this time of year is perfect! Three issues, though, make this a four-star hike for me (instead of five). One, a locked gate moves the trailhead back a mile or so from where shown on the map. According to signs on the trail, this puts the round trip at just over 11 miles. (I wasn't expecting this.) Two, a four wheel drive (or dual sport motorcycle) is necessary to get you to the current trailhead. And three, the trail is overgrown throughout; several portions will be almost impossible to find, I should think, after another monsoon season or two. Hike it now, while you can! For me, when I do Wrightson again I will pay the fee and ascend from Madera Canyon.

areas were a little rocky but nice

Good moderately strenuous hike. I went about 3/4 of the way to Florida saddle. The trail is pretty hard to follow when you get into the pine Forest near Florida saddle.

great hike! beautiful with lots of wildflowers

Great well kept-up trail. Took me three hours to reach the top and two hours to get down, that’s counting all breaks. The accent was tough but so worth the views you get from the top. The mountain itself is very beautiful, it felt a lot like Colorado. Would highly recommend but be prepared to be sore after!

Beautiful hike. Forested for most of the trip (which takes down sun exposure), but plenty of beautiful vistas, particularly once you reach Old Baldy and above. Fairly soft but relentless uphill grade (wore me out, but no technical challenges). Fairly swift trip down. Awesome!

Nice hike. Got to see big rat snake, pheasant, wild Turkey, and deer. Beautiful terrain.

This is a solid hike. Mountain covered in wildflowers. challenging but worth it

beautiful girlfriend and I enjoyed a romantic early morning hike.

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2 months ago

Nice hike that runs along the creek, mostly shaded and has beautiful views. It can be a bit tough for those who are not soo active.

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rocky
2 months ago

Not for begginers once half way up mountain the air gets very thin and it's hard to breathe so if your barely starting I wouldn't recommend it.

Awesome weather, awesome trail! Will be back!

Did this hike about a month ago with three others. Trail is well maintained but rocky so it was one of the few hikes I have done were I was glad for my trekking poles! Great sites, lots of birds and deer and a surprising amount of flowers. I will admit I am 34 y/o, 5”4” and 175 lb and let me tell you it’s not muscle! :) everyone warned me it was a really tough hike and they were right but I made it and it was worth it! Highly recommend this hike with great payoff and amazing sense of accomplishment! It will definitely challenge even fitness buffs! Also bring plenty of water in the summer, obviously. Total time on trail was about 7.5 hours starting at 0600. In my defense I was also coming from Texas where we are all of 5 feet above sea level so altitude definitely punished a few of us a bit too!

Awesome views up top with wildflowers along the way! I'm an experienced hiker (though I don't go for summits very often) and I found it quite difficult. It's a straight steep incline from Josephine Saddle that leaves you sore the next day. The trail from Josephine Saddle down is also quite rocky and hard on the knees and feet. We started out around 7 AM and ended around 1 PM (6 hours) going at a steady pace with a few snack stops. It was quite popular as it seems to be one of the only hikes tolerable this time of year.

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bugs
over grown
rocky
3 months ago

Another night hike for a great sunrise. Weather was near perfect. A little breezy at parts and at the peak. Once we stopped moving, while waiting for sunrise, things got windy and cooler than I like but survivable. On the second switchback down I saw the baby rattlesnake; was surprised by it being there but made for good photo-op. The rest of the hike was uneventful. Passed a lot of people headed up the trail; too bad for them that they won’t get the sunrise view we had and it was already getting toasty by 730am.

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