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Santa Rita Mountains: Old Baldy /Super Trail loop

Length: 6.2 mi loop
Elevation gain: 1700'
Start: 5400'
Saddle: 7100'
*Rating: Intermediate

HIKE AT YOUR OWN RISK

 

The Hike:
This hike starts with a .3 miles section of the Vault Mine Trail. We will then pick up the Old Baldy trail.
The Old Baldy trail gains elevation quickly and has steep sections of loose and embedded rock, step-ups and a number of switchbacks before reaching Josephine Saddle. On the Old Baldy trail we will gain 1700' of elevation in 2.2 miles. My pace is typically around or slightly under 30 minutes per mile.


As we climb to the saddle we will hike through a forest of old oaks, madrones and tall pines. As we climb we will have sweeping views to the northwest of Green Valley below. To the southwest we get good views of the telescopes at the Whipple Observatory which sits atop Mt Hopkins.
We will be taking the Old Baldy trail only as far as Josephine Saddle - 7100'.

At Josephine Saddle we will enjoy our rest stop. The saddle is shaded by oaks and tall pines.

The Super Trail, our return route, is not as steep and generally has fewer sections of loose rocks. And the grade is more forgiving as we drop down the previously gained 1700' in 3.7 miles.

The Super Trail is on the opposite side of the canyon from the Old Baldy trail and we will catch occasion glimpses of the Old Baldy trail as we descend.

Meet at the RoundUp/Mt Wrightson Picnic Area parking lot for an 7:00 hike start.

It should be cooler but still warm so bring plenty of water. I will bring around 2 liters.

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  • Alan P.

    Mesia asked me to post our track. I use the 'My Tracks' app on my android phone. Select 'Terrain' layer to see elevation. Unfortunately, this doesn't show our pace, etc like it does in the app.

    https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&msid=214818816058648766224.0004e169e0f5c0c9e2341

    July 13, 2013

    • Alan P.

      Here is the aggregate numbers: https://docs.google.co...­

      July 13, 2013

    • Mesia

      Thanks Alan neat to see the numbers and the map. I will definitely get the app. Hope it works on my trip!

      July 13, 2013

  • George C.

    Great workout!

    July 13, 2013

  • Mesia

    I'm willing to drive, or carpool as well and I live on the west side. I noticed Jose you wrote tomorrow's event ... this hike is scheduled for Saturday. Looking forward to it!

    July 11, 2013

    • Alan P.

      Well, i'll go ahead and meet up with whomever at the QT @ Grant/I-10 at 6am. If I can catch a ride, great! If not I can drive np.

      July 12, 2013

    • Brady N.

      I'm going to head to the quicktrip at 6am as well.

      July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Reread the description. Prefer the hike to summit.

    July 12, 2013

  • Mesia

    Although the weather shows a clear morning keep in mind that we are in monsoon season and rain is a possibility. Bring rain gear if you need it. See everybody tomorrow.

    July 12, 2013

  • Jose R.

    Became kind of iffy this morning, if I'm out there? I'll have a ball cap, bandana, glasses (@ quik trip)

    July 12, 2013

  • Jose R.

    Unless I can find a carpool? I'll have to cancel attending tomorrow's event!!

    July 11, 2013

    • George C.

      Let me know if those offers don't work out. Coming from the west side going right by Spwy & 10.

      July 11, 2013

  • Jose R.

    It's been a while, I'd like to participate and am in need of a carpool. Speedway and I-10 area!!

    July 10, 2013

  • Cary

    Soooo...about 6.2ish miles in total?

    July 10, 2013

    • Mesia

      Yes 6.2 total.

      July 10, 2013

    • George C.

      Half of it is downhill...

      July 10, 2013

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