Old Baldy Trail #372 is a hiking trail in Santa Cruz County, Arizona. It is within Coronado National Forest and Mount Wrightson Wilderness Area. It is 4.1 miles long and begins at 5,458 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,807 feet. Mt. Wrightson Picnic Area (elevation 5,469 feet) and other picnic sites are near the trailhead. There are also parkings, an information map, information boards, benches, and waste baskets. The Bellows Spring and Old Baldy (elevation 8,087 feet) can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the Josephine Saddle and Baldy Saddle.
Old Baldy Trail #372 Professional Reviews and Guides
"This is the oldest, shortest, and steepest route to ascend the 4,000 feet from the trailhead to summit. Desert dwellers can experience pleasing pine-forest smells, scenery, and shade while taking a break from the heat. The trail is very popular and occasionally becomes overrun with large hiking groups. With the exception of a few short, rocky sections near the summit, the trail is well maintained and makes the ascent surprisingly manageable, although the steep descent may take a toll on older knees. On a clear day, views stretch from northern Mexico to north of Tucson."
--Rob Rachowiecki, Five-Star Trails: Tucson (Menasha Ridge Press).
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