Mt Wrightson Backpack

  • May 18, 2013 · 7:00 AM
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Mt Wrightson is Southern Arizona's most well-known sky island.  On a clear day, you can see Mexico from the top of the mountain.

At 9.453', it towers 7,000' above the surrounding desert floor.  The hike starts at Madera Canyon and is a chest-pounding workout but the views from the top are spectacular!  Ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir inhabit higher reaches of the hike while lower and more exposed slopes are covered with oak woodlands.

We'll head up the Old Baldy Trail up, make a figure 8, and return on the Super Trail.  Total distance is 12.4 miles with 4,000' of elevation gain.  It's just a little easier than hiking out of the Grand Canyon.  We'll camp at Baldy Saddle and day hike to the summit.

Here's a hike write-up:

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  • A former member
    A former member

    What a great trip! I didn't expect all the shade, that was a welcome surprise. The views were fantastic. I'm glad I was able to make this one. Thanks everyone :D

    May 21, 2013

    • Kym B.

      Had a great time Ryan! Can't wait to pack with you again (& girlfriend too!)

      May 21, 2013

  • Jennifer

    great trip, thanks guys.

    May 20, 2013

  • Dave B

    The weather looks good this weekend!.. It will be warm at the lower elevations. Our camp will be at 8,000' so expect it to get down to about 40 degrees at night.

    May 15, 2013

  • Dave B

    Here's a map of the hike:
    We'll head up the Super Trail and come down Old Baldy.
    Print and bring this map with you.

    May 15, 2013

  • Sean C.

    I called to work, I apologize for the inconvenience. I'm a contractor, so when work calls it's a must. Sorry

    May 15, 2013

  • Jennifer


    May 13, 2013

  • Sean C.

    Anyway I can jump in this?

    May 13, 2013

  • bonnie

    Is this a carry enough water for 2 days trip?

    May 9, 2013

    • Dave B

      Bonnie: No, there are water sources. Just before Josephine Saddle (2.1 miles, 1,700' elev gain) is Sprung Spring. We'll tank up at Bellows Spring (3.5 miles), hike another 0.6 miles and dry camp near Baldy Saddle. The HikeAz water reports indicate both springs are reliable.

      May 9, 2013

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