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Mt. Wrightson - Advanced / Dog Friendly

If you haven't hiked up Mt Wrightson in Madera canyon, now's your chance! Beautiful scenery and views, plus a stiff climb.

Distance: Around 11.5 miles roundtrip
Elevation Gain: Over 4000'
Time Estimate: 6hrs roundtrip hiking 
Dogs: bring one! But be sure it can manage the hike

This hike is not suitable for beginners (human or canine).  Hikers & dogs should be in good physical condition. This is a strenuous, all day hike.

For a full hike description and directions to the trailhead, please see the Sierra Club's Tucson Trail Guide description here:

We'll meet for carpooling at the Starbuck's in the shopping mall at I19 and Irvington Rd, departing at 7am. I'll be there from about 6:45am to get coffee. and I'll be driving my pale blue/green Prius.

I don't want to keep anyone waiting at the trailhead. Directions: I19 south to Irvington Rd, go west on Irvington and turn left into the mall at the first light west of the freeway overpass - there is a Chevron right there. After turning in, take the first right down to the Starbuck's, which is tucked behind the McDonald's. I'll be hanging around outside the Starbuck's, looking like a hiker!

If you'd prefer to meet at the trailhead, please be there by 7:45am, and say in your RSVP that you'll do this so we know not to wait at Starbucks. We'll start the hike from the Roundup trailhead, which is at the end of the main Madera Canyon road. Look for me at the upper end of the parking area, where the Old Baldy trail starts

Please be at the Starbucks on time for a 7am departure!.


-3+ liters of water
-full lunch and snacks
-sun protection
-Layers, it may be cool up top at 9,000+ feet!

Hike at your own risk

Final Note
If you can't make it, please update your RSVP, even if it's at the last minute. This warns me not to wait for you, and allows anyone on the waitlist to come. If you change your mind about the hike, update your RSVP as early as you can. If you are coming but running late, call me on[masked], but note that reception is poor in Madera Canyon, so call before 7am!

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  • Chris

    Fantastic climb in perfect weather. Thanks Patrick!!
    Thanks also to Dale for all the great pics.

    April 4, 2014

  • Dale A.

    Great hike. Beautiful views!

    April 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Maybe running a little late. Hope to be at trailhead on time though. Will have to drive a little faster :-)

    April 4, 2014

  • Jocelyn T.

    We will be meeting you at the trailhead 7:45am.

    April 3, 2014

  • Jasmine B.

    So, I've "joined the waitlist". My boyfriend and I would like to come and preferably meet/carpool from the Starbucks location. Please let me know ASAP if that is possible! We were planning on doing Seven Falls tomorrow but this would be much more social :)

    April 3, 2014

    • Patrick S.

      I've upped the number to 12 so you're in! You should have received an email from, see you at Starbucks.

      April 3, 2014

  • Dale A.

    I will meet at Starbucks for those going from there.

    April 3, 2014

  • Bailey H

    I will meet at the trail head!

    April 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will meet you at the trailhead - bringing one of my dogs (the other one is too big for that hike :-)

    April 1, 2014

  • Carlos

    I will drive to the trail

    March 31, 2014

  • Carlos

    Looking forward to the first time on this trail.

    March 31, 2014

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