Mount Wrightson
The Peak
Rank: #11 Summit Elevation: 9,453 ft.
Vegetation: From grassy, high-desert chaparral to mixed conifers with Arizona, Apache, and Chihuahua pines, Arizona madrone, aspen, oak brush, and finally Douglas fir and Ponderosa pine near the summit. Frequently Seen Animals: birds, Coues white-tailed deer, black bear, and mountain lion (rare). 
Hiking Season: March to November.  
The Trail
Name: Old Baldy Trail #372 to Crest Trail #144 to Super Trail #134. Difficulty: Difficult
Length of Hike (r/t): 11.3 miles (up Old Baldy Trail, down Old Baldy Trail to saddle, switch to Super Trail) Trail Elevation Change: 4,053 ft.
Water: None at trailhead or on trail. Non-potable water available at Sprung Spring at Josephine Saddle (must be purified). Josephine Saddle is at the midpoint of the "figure 8." Trailhead Elevation: 5,400 ft.
Tips: Highest point in the Santa Rita Mtns. Trail lies  in the Mt.Wrightson Wilderness Area. If you have knee trouble, you might want to go up the shorter and steeper Old Baldy and come down the longer and more gradual Super Trail. Also, Old Baldy is shadier. Either way, you take the Crest Trail to the summit for breathtaking 360 degree views. Restrooms available at trailhead. BE AWARE that there are 2 separate trailheads at opposite ends of the parking area. The Old Baldy trailhead that we recommend is at the upper end of the parking lot.
Hiking Permit Needed: No. Maximum Group Size: 15 day use, 6 overnight use 
Dogs Permitted: Yes, leashed. Horses Permitted: Yes.
Cross-country Skiing Permitted:  Mountain Bikes Permitted: No.
Safety Tips: Bring warm clothing and raingear. Stay off exposed areas during thunderstorms. Bring plenty of water, and do not feed the bears.
The Drive
General Location: Near Mexican border. Trailhead Accessible to Low-Clearance Vehicles: Yes
Nearest Town: Green Valley  
Directions: Exit Interstate 19 at the Continental Road/Madera Canyon Exit 63 and follow the Madera Canyon Road about l3.5 miles to the Roundup Picnic Area entrance. Turn left, and drive into the trailhead parking lot. 
More Information
U.S.G.S. Quad Name(s): Mt. Wrightson Office of Tourism Region: Old West Country
County: Santa Cruz Managing Agency: Nogales Ranger District 
Coronado National Forest, 303 Old Tucson Road, Nogales, Arizona 85621, (520) 281-2296 (voice), (520) 670-4598 (fax). 
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