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Dog friendly. Nice hike. Good climb to the saddle. Got cold and rainy on way down. Early October.

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23 days ago

nice trails. mostly shaded. neat to have Creek next to trail. great picnic locations. wear bug spray, and recommend sunscreen still.

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23 days ago

nice trails. mostly shaded. neat to have Creek next to trail. great picnic locations.

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1 month ago

What an awesome trail, vault mine trail is a steep one if going up, we did it going down so it was ok.. we saw no bear but lots of bear poo on the trail, fresh and not so fresh!! Will do this again but going up vault mine next time!! Great hiking with you again,, happy dance, happy hike!! ❤️

West approach from Madera is perfect for summer hiking. Lots of shade on the trail was a bonus.

This is one of my favorites around Tucson. It's a bit over 10 miles round trip and worth every step. This trail is a good one in the heat as it benefits from being on a west face and mostly tree covered, just start early. It is consistently up, but never too steep with a great summit. Enjoy!

Excellent trail with great views! Actually did this as a trail run. Not the best for that but doable.

Beautiful. Hard. Do it. You won’t regret it.
Know that it’s 13.2 miles, not 10.

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.+

Very tired but worth it. The sight on the top is excellent!

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!

Un trail con excelentes vistas, gran altura.

Beautiful view from the top. It was an 8 hour hike. Take plenty of water and food.

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.

What a great hike! I took my 2 older kids 13 and 15, they found it difficult but worthwhile. Views where amazing. We went up old baldy and down old baldy. We made the peak in 4:20 and back down in about 3 hours.

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.

We went up Super Trail to Josephine Saddle and back via Old Baldy. Great scenic ridge views both ways. Super is a much more gradual climb, which was essential for us given we are here from the North and acclimating to the elevation change.

After a total of 107 switch backs, several water breaks, I still managed to reach the top of the summit which I really enjoyed. The views were magnificent. Don't let the short distance fool you, be prepared....bring lots of H20, protein foods to include raw honey, bagels, nuts, etc...and of course pack enough for at least an overnight in case of emergency. Be safe.

I went up via Old baldy Trail and returned via Super Trail. For me it was more than moderate on the way up.
I think that route should be listed as Josephine saddle loop trail.

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!

7 months ago

Half loop closed now- 03-11-18

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