Old Baldy and Mount Wrightson Summit Trail

MODERATE 36 reviews
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Old Baldy and Mount Wrightson Summit Trail is a 11.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Sonoita, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
11.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3864 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Tucson: Exit Interstate 19 at the Continental Road/Madera Canyon Exit 65 and follow the Madera Canyon Road about l3.5 miles to the Roundup Picnic Area entrance. Turn left here, and drive into the trailhead parking lot.

hiking
26 days ago

hiking
2 months ago

Fairly easy trail, it has tons of flowers and a beautiful stream that runs close by on multiple parts.

hiking
4 months ago

Took the kiddos up the shallow side as far as Josephine Saddle, then back down the steeper side. The ascent up from the lower trailhead is part of the "Super Trail", which unfortunately doesn't exist here on Alltrails. The trail is well marked as others have said, but not quite as many spectacular views as I had hoped. That probably changes further past the saddle, but the little ones can only take so much on a hot day. I'll be back to rock this trail solo soon enough and find out, but for now, the best views are on the drive up Madera Canyon to the trailheads!

Still a nice outing overall, and can't beat that Arizona pinyon scent as you go over 6k ft. Probably wouldn't have done it at all for a while if Mt. Lemmon wasn't on fire and closed. Looking forward to other trails in the area.

hiking
5 months ago

No bear stopped me from making it to the top this time. Second time going all the way to the top of mount wrightson .. this time was much easier than the first time.. love this trail,, well kept and easy I say, long but easy!! Will definitely do it again at some point!!

hiking
5 months ago

We were heading up the top but we ran into a bear and we turned around, we saw the bear and he/she saw us but no aggression from it at all, but we thought it was safer to turn around and we took trail towards agua caliente and Josephine. Great hike for sure, great views and cool nice weather!!!

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11 months ago

I went in early January and the trail was wonderful. It had snowed the day before which made for a beautiful trail and photo opportunities. My group saw six other people on the trail total which was nice since it is usually crowded in the summer and spring seasons. We went to the summit and spent some time at the top taking photos and stopping to eat. Overall, the trail to the summit took us seven hours. I highly recommend this peak.

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11 months ago

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016

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Thursday, September 01, 2016

Lots of fun and some great views of sahuarita! it's pretty much straight uphill there and then a constant down on the way back. there is a little spring up near the top which is nice. path is pretty clearly marked too.

hiking
Monday, August 08, 2016

Great day! Cool temps, started at at 6am until final half mile. Great forest trail with amazing 360 summit view. 9.25hr round trip to summit

Ran into a bear, which turned out to be a fellow hiker trimming trees along the trail and no bear at all.

hiking
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Punishing hike for the ill prepared. Very enjoyable to do for unobstructed views of southern Arizona. Bring plenty of water and plan on a full days hike.

hiking
Monday, June 13, 2016

Great hike. Very long and challenging. Great views. Bring plenty of food and water.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Best hike in the area. Being from PNW and Midwest it was great to get a nice hike in the woods. Good challenge definitely a great tune up for rim to rim. Lots of rocks and uneven trail, especially higher up so watch for those ankle-bonk-ers. Views are petty stunning from the top but that's just half the fun here, the trail along the way is definitely equally as cool as the summit. I hit trail at 1145a. Summitted at about 3. Hour at the top and back down by 6. Definitely definitely encourage bringing a trekking pole for this trail.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Not easy, even for an experienced hiker, but worth the effort.