Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

It was an all day affair to do the hike up and back, but very worth it. Some woodsy area trail at first, then rocky and winding. Elevation is at about 9,400 ft.+

The peak has views to die for, and in fact some people have done just that! Three boy scouts were lost to the elements in the 1950s, and their ghosts continue to haunt the area to this day. For this reason, backpackers and campers beware, as well as those staying past twilight. I'd rate this trail four of five Sour Patch Kids.

Hard! But a great hike. Beautiful scenery and a great sense of accomplishment

nice walk, scenic, lots of shade.

Great trails in and around the loop, would definitely recommend!

Nice, steady climb, a few rocky areas, but not too rough overall. Good mix of sun and shade, lots of oak trees, more pines as you get to the saddle. Went back down old baldy which was much more steep. Will try the opposite route next time.

Great hike and mostly cool and shaded. My dog loved all the stream access along the way! We took the road back so I could grab a snack at the Santa Rita lodge gift shop. Not too crowded on a Friday, will definitely put this on our repeat list!

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.

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.

Great hike....would do it again.... a beautiful place

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
6 months ago

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

But this trail is closed now due to the mines

off road driving
8 months ago

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

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.

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!

tough hike, but great views! bring plenty of water!!

Favorite hike in Tucson! Shaded until Baldy saddle and great views the entire route. We hit the trail at 6AM and were on top at 8:30AM. It was a steady up hill ascent but no boulders or big rocks to scramble up so I think the hike is medium difficulty not hard.

Favorite hike in southern Arizona. Done several seasons, including a pre-monsoon uncomfortable bivouac on the summit (not much flat). Gorgeous sunrise...

hiking
Wednesday, April 05, 2017

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!!

hiking
Wednesday, April 05, 2017

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.

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