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Met a bear on the last .8 section to the parking lot. He was polite and waited until we passed

Enjoyed this trail!

A great, enjoyable trip. Completely quiet the whole way as it seems the three hikers I ran into at the top had take the shorter Western route. The views are spectacular up top and there is plenty of wildlife along the way. It gets windy as you get higher so a light jacket may be useful in the spring months. The environment changes multiple times, from low tree filled creeks to brush thick saddles, then transitioning to the spars burnt woods at the timberline and steep cliff switchbacks right before the top. Took me almost three hour up (I was pushing hard), and just about two hours down as I was trying to beat dusk (I failed). It's. challenge, but the view at too is definitely worth it.

This is a beautiful yet challenging hike. Bellows Spring (2/3 up was flowing in case you didn't bring enough water). Start early. I did it in 7.5 hours.

great trail. all day affair for me. 3l of water worked. shaded most of the way.

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.

These instructions suck. You don’t park on Mt. Hopkins road. Trailhead is another 2.5 miles in on Aqua Calienta road. Park on east side and take trail across road in NW direction.

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!

Wow! Some pretty narrow edges!

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3 months ago

Killer steep climb up Vault Mine Trail for a little over a mile at the start. The rest of the loop was absolutely lovely. Preferred the steep climb to steep descent this time of year with all the snow.

The loop is only about 6.5 miles from the parking lot. The app trail map takes two loops around.

Nice hike but you will never see a trail sign that says Carrie Nation trail. What's up with that? We were always wondering if we were even on the right trail.

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.

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
8 months ago

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

hiking
8 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

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