Mount Wrightson Super Trail

Tucson, Arizona

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A long day hike or backpack to the summit of the tallest peak in the Santa Rita Range. The new grade is so gentle and well cleared that Forest Service officials recommend it as a nice sunset trail or moonlight hike during a full moon. This trail is also unique in that it offers one of the few treks above 8,000 feet that is generally passable year-round. The isolation of the Santa Rita Range allows vistas for hundreds of miles in all directions. Baboquivari Peak guards the western skyline, the Rincons and Santa Catalinas rise to the north, and Mount Graham crowns the Pinaleño Mountains far to the northeast. Closer at hand, the Patagonia, Whetstone, and Huachuca Mountains crowd the southeastern horizon.
Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country

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Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

A long day hike or backpack to the summit of the tallest peak in the Santa Rita Range. The new grade is so gentle and well cleared that Forest Service officials recommend it as a nice sunset trail or moonlight hike during a full moon. This trail is also unique in that it offers one of the few treks above 8,000 feet that is generally passable year-round.

The isolation of the Santa Rita Range allows vistas for hundreds of miles in all directions. Baboquivari Peak guards the western skyline, the Rincons and Santa Catalinas rise to the north, and Mount Graham crowns the Pinaleño Mountains far to the northeast. Closer at hand, the Patagonia, Whetstone, and Huachuca Mountains crowd the southeastern horizon.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Tucson
Distance: 16.2
Elevation Gain: 4,043 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Backpack or day hike
Season: Best March to December
Trailhead Elevation: 5,300 feet
Top Elevation: 9,453 feet
Local Contacts: Mount Wrightson Wilderness, Nogales Ranger District, Coronado National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Mount Wrightson; Trails Illustrated Santa Rita Mountains Unit
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Wrightson Super Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

5/6/2007
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We only hiked to Josephine Saddle. 6.2 miles round trip took us about 4.5 hours. Pretty steady grade makes the trail not too difficult. There were many great views of Santa Cruz Valley on the way up to Josephine Saddle. Route provided more shade than I expected, at least 50% of hike. Sprung Spring was not too impressive and useless for drinking water. Many trail maps have wrong distance between Sprung Spring and Josephine Saddle--it's only 0.2 miles. We took Old Baldy trail down to save some time--a good idea although it is a rockier trail.



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