Super Trail #134 is a hiking trail in Santa Cruz County, Arizona. It is within Coronado National Forest and Mount Wrightson Wilderness Area. It is 6.8 miles long and begins at 5,416 feet altitude. Mt. Wrightson Picnic Area (elevation 5,469 feet) and another picnic site are near the trailhead. There is also parking, information maps, an information board, benches, waste baskets, and restroom. The Riley Saddle saddle, the Baldy Spring and Sprung Spring springs, and the Little Shot Mine (elevation 6,834 feet) quarry can be seen along the trail.
"The classic loop over the top of the Santa Rita Mountains, this hike uses the well-graded Super Trail to ascend Madera Canyon and the southern slopes of Mount Wrightson to Baldy Saddle, where a spur trail can be hiked to the top of Mount Wrightson, the highest peak in the range. From Baldy Saddle, the loop uses the Old Baldy Trail for a fast descent to the trailhead. Views from the summit extend over much of southern Arizona and far into Mexico. In addition, there is the chance of seeing rare bird species in Madera Canyon." Read more
"This is a newer, longer, and more gradual route to ascend the 4,000 feet from the trailhead to Mount Wrightson’s summit. But what it gains in being less steep is lost in distance—it’s not an easier trail. The lower sections have some attractive riparian areas, and pine forests provide shaded hiking up to Josephine Saddle, where the Super Trail coincides briefly with the Old Baldy Trail. Then the Super Trail almost circumnavigates the mountain as far as Baldy Saddle, where it again overlaps with Old Baldy for the last 0.9 mile to the summit, including the steepest section of this route." Read more
"Once your dog is watered and leashed, take the Super Trail 134 southeast from the parking area. Your path initially lies under the shade of a cool oak and mixed-pine forest; however, there are large sections of this trail that are exposed. Watch summer temperatures carefully while planning your trip, and even on the mildest days, bring more water than you think you need. Super is a “super” steep trail in places; you will gain 4000 feet in 13 miles. What you and your dog will enjoy about this longer, drier route is that it is almost entirely within the Mt. Wrightson Wilderness Area and is much less crowded than the Old Baldy Trail." Read more
"Towering above the surrounding desert floor, Mount Wrightson (elevation 9453 feet) and the Santa Rita Mountains offer a superb example of what are often called “sky islands.” By providing a considerably cooler and wetter climate, these desert ranges feature ecosystems that are strikingly different from those of the desert below. In addition to finding shady oak and pine forests, hikers may also discover a surprising selection of fauna.
Madera Canyon, in which this hike begins, is world-renowned for the great number of birds that frequent its wooded environments, including the elegant trogon and Lucifer hummingbird. In 2013 a jaguar was sighted in the Santa Rita Mountains. Unfortunately, several portions of this hike were burned over by the 23,000-acre Florida Fire in July 2005." Read more
"A long day hike or backpack to the summit of the tallest peak in the Santa Rita Range, 8.1 miles one way.
The Super Trail was built in 1966 to supplant the Old Baldy Trail, a steep and erosion-prone route to the summit of Mount Wrightson. 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." Read more