Nature Trail

Coronado National Forest, Arizona

Elevation Gain1,149ft
Trailhead Elevation4,994ft
Elevation Min/Max4813/5409ft
Elevation Start/End4994/4994ft

Nature Trail

Nature Trail is a hiking trail in Santa Cruz County, Arizona. It is within Coronado National Forest and Mount Wrightson Wilderness Area. It is 2.1 miles long and begins at 4,994 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,149 feet. Mt. Wrightson Picnic Area (elevation 5,469 feet), Madera Traailhead Picnic Area, Madera Canyon Picnic Area, and other picnic sites and the Amphitheater theatre are near the trailhead. There are also benches, information boards, parkings, waste baskets, restroom, a motorcycle parking, and drinking water. The Santa Rita Lodge motel can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Trail.

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Five-Star Trails: Tucson (Menasha Ridge Press)
Rob Rachowiecki
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"The upper section of the Nature Trail seems almost forgotten by hikers who are heading for the adjoining trailheads leading to the summit of Mount Wrightson, and there are relatively few people to be seen. Along the high trail, wooden benches are strategically placed for a relaxing rest and some of Madera Canyon’s best views of Mount Wrightson. After undulating high above the valley, the route plunges down to Madera Creek, where a very popular trail parallels both the creek and the road but is just far enough away from the latter for birdsong to be heard."
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Trail Information

Coronado National Forest
Nearby City
Mount Wrightson Wilderness Area
Skill Level
Coronado National Forest
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