Santa Rita Crest

Continental, Arizona

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The one-way Santa Rita Crest hike starts along Madera Canyon, which features a flowing stream and is a world-famous birding site. A short spur trail can be done as a side trip to Mount Wrightson, the 9453-foot summit of the Santa Rita Mountains. The remainder of the trip follows the scenic Santa Rita Crest Trail northward. Cliffs and rock outcrops along the crest of the Santa Rita Mountains break up the alpine forest and provide several views of the grassy valleys and other sky island ranges of southeast Arizona and northern Mexico.
Backpacking Arizona: From Deep Canyons to Sky Islands (3rd printing)

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Backpacking Arizona: From Deep Canyons to Sky Islands (3rd printing)

by Bruce Grubbs (Wilderness Press)

The one-way Santa Rita Crest hike starts along Madera Canyon, which features a flowing stream and is a world-famous birding site. A short spur trail can be done as a side trip to Mount Wrightson, the 9453-foot summit of the Santa Rita Mountains.

The remainder of the trip follows the scenic Santa Rita Crest Trail northward. Cliffs and rock outcrops along the crest of the Santa Rita Mountains break up the alpine forest and provide several views of the grassy valleys and other sky island ranges of southeast Arizona and northern Mexico.

© 2012 Bruce Grubbs/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Continental
Distance: 13.3 miles
Elevation Gain: 4,030 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 days
Season: Best May-Oct
Additional Use: Camping
Features: Views
Local Contacts: Nogales Ranger District, Coronado National Forest, 303 Old Tucson Road, Nogales, Arizona 85621, (520) 281-2296 www.fs.fed.us/r3/coronado
Local Maps: Mount Wrightson U.S.G.S.
Driving Directions: Directions to Santa Rita Crest

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