Mount Wrightson via Old Baldy Trail

HARD 37 reviews

Mount Wrightson via Old Baldy Trail is a 10 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Madera Canyon, 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.

DISTANCE
10.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3986 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

9 days ago

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

1 month ago

Hard! Loved it!

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2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

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

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3 months ago

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!

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3 months ago

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!

hiking
4 months ago

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.

4 months ago

Amazing! Took a little over 4 hours with lots of time to observe deer and birds!

5 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

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

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10 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

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.

Friday, April 14, 2017

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

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Monday, April 03, 2017

Hiked this yesterday with my sister, neither of us being veteran hikers. That being said, it was a beautiful hike with lots of trees and spectacular views. We made it to Bellows Springs, just short of the Old Baldy Saddle. There was snow on the ground from a spring storm along the trail. The ascent, for us, was relentlessly steep uphill. I think the Super Trail may be longer but not such a steep climb. We saw several younger and athletically fit people virtually sprinting up and down, but it was a challenge for we women in our 50's! But as a charming and cheerful young man skipping down the trail said, "We're all in this together!" Grateful we decided to tackle this, there were moments on the trail where it felt as though we were deep in the wilderness, what a blessed relief during these turbulent times.

Friday, March 31, 2017

My son and hike this trail to the Mt Wrightson summit a couple years ago. Beautiful and fairly challenging trail, but not too difficult. Great valet views. It is a well traveled trail, but does have a lot of exposed rock and loose gravel. Would recommend good shoes and a hat. My son missed this point and had about a dozen blister by the time we finished. Offers plenty of shade, but does have areas of full exposure. The trail ends at Baldy Saddle and there are several options for going back down. It is just a short, but exhausting 0.9 miles to the summit from there and once at the top you can see a beautiful 360 degree view including many of the sky islands. We chose to go down the same way and it was pretty tough on the knees and ankles, but not too bad. I would liken this trail to South Kaibab Trail and have heard that many in the area use it as a training trail for such canyon hikes.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Snow packed on trail around 8000 feet in mid-February. Great views, fairly challenging ascent but not overwhelming.

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