Mount Wrightson via Old Baldy Trail is a 11.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Patagonia, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length11.6 miElevation gain4,002 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashBackpackingCampingHikingNature tripsBird watchingForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockySnow
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Mei So
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HikingFeeGreat!

This trail was amazing! The first 2.2 mile was shady and a steady incline. The first stop was Josephine saddle. This was a great spot that was both shady and cool for lunch or a snack. Then the 1.8 miles up from Josephine saddle to old Baldy saddle felt long and tough. Part of it was in the shade but most of it was in the sun. This part of the hike was mostly rocks. Once you got to old Baldy saddle, you are about 0.9 miles from Mount Wrightson Summit. This part of the hike was very pleasant , moderate in difficulty. At the top of the summit although there were some bugs and flies, the view was spectacular. You must bring sunscreen and a hat. Ideally if you can bring layer clothing. And you must, must bring at least 2 L of water per person

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Logan Manning
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Made it to the top yesterday 3/30. Very windy. Trail was beautiful and really picks up views and elevation past Josephine’s saddle. Got a little muddy on a few switchbacks up to badly saddle but nothing to worry about. No snow until a few patches past baldy saddle up to the summit; got a little sketchy without trekking poles or spikes so be very cautious and be sure to bring them, but snow should be gone by next week. Be sure to bring sun protection and lots of water. Took the super trail on the way down from Josephine’s saddle, very scenic and nice way to end the day. What a beast of a trail, kicked my ass but worth every step!

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Katherine Mockler
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Beautiful day for a hike. No snow on the trail until the end of the third set of switchbacks up to Baldy Saddle. There were patches of snow/ice on the 0.9 up to Mt. Wrightson. I’m glad I had my hiking poles and micro spikes for extra safety. As long as you use caution, you should be fine on those spots. Make sure to bring lots of fluids (and wear sunscreen) as there isn’t much shade from Josephine Saddle to Baldy Saddle. The trees haven’t started to bud yet. Saw lots of deer on the way down around dusk!

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Cindy McCombs
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Hiked this March 22 and was told conditions were much better last year at the same time. We had very cold 35-50 mph winds and had snow and ice on parts of the trail. Moving time was about 5.5 hours. With those challenges came an exhilarating experience. The views all the way up are stunning. When you reach the top, you will have 360° views that are breathtaking. As you can see from the map, the climb does not end until you reach the top. Because I didn't know what I'd encounter (snow/ice), my pack was just over 16 pounds of equipment, water, food, etc. Other than the snow/ice, the trail was easy to follow and in great condition.

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Carla Ferretti-Hoover
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Today was a bit cold but sunny. Some snow from the start and more as we went up, no ice in the trail at least today.

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Kent Thompson
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Ralph Mason
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HikingGreat!

brilliant hike. well worth the effort for views and exhilaration. a few patches of snow and ice, both not hazardous and very traversabale. nice sun though cold wind in places

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Kateryna Yenina
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We did not make it all the way because of the snow and ice on the trail

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Shana Criter
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What a great hike, all the effort is worth the reward!!

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David Rzewnicki
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HikingIcy

Amazing trail, if you have a decent level of fitness you shouldn’t find it too difficult. A foot or so of snow in the last mile from summit but well packed and very manageable.

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Jim Strom
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Great

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Michael Clark
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There was a lot of snow which the ranger district didn't tell us about so even moving at a quick pace we didn't have enough time to summit. Still was a nice day and a great hike to the saddle

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imelda miller
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Meg C
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HikingGreat!

We took the Super Trail up to where it intersects with the Baldy Trail and then summited on the Baldy Trail. Then took the Baldy Trail all the way back down for a total of 12.2 miles. It took us about 6.5 hours with a lunch break and another snack break on the peak. Bring warm clothes! It was chilly! I only wore one layer for much of the way up, but eventually you hit some shady and cold spots. I added a wool long sleeve and wind layer and kept them on. The last .9 to the summit is a very easy trail and the views are amazing. Don’t skip it! I wish I had gloves for the way down. I kept all three of my layers on and was chilled. My hands were cold the whole way. We finished at about 5:30pm.

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Gloria Maneri
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Sheila Buchanan
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The ever changing temperature was interesting. It went from light layering to snow trails had some ice even in the shade. We went to the summit and the view was very rewarding

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Alicia Henry
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I’ll Charles did not record the whole thing again, but the summit was gorgeous some snow, if it freezes micro spikes will be needed, but I felt okay without right now

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Arthur Zhou
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3-hour up and 2-hour down. Doable and fun. Nice overlook view at the top. I guess you can see the land of Mexico.

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Xintao Zhao
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Nice hike + a bit run downhill with Arthur. 2:56 ascent, 2:00 descent. Good trail condition with a little ice near top. Wearing shorts + T-shirt and put on a jacket above tree line. Most part runnable.

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Glenn Bos
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Good trail with a little snow and ice on the trail towards the top. Thanks to previous reviews I had mittens and an extra jacket!

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Katy Vern
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Trail was in good shape mostly. A couple of icy patches the last 0.9 miles.

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Tamara Moser
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Beautiful hike with alittle snow at the top.

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