Summary: Mount Wrightson is that really sharp looking point south of Tucson. It's considered by many to be the most strenuous day hike in the Tucson area. I did this trail in preparation for the Grand Canyon, because it offers some pretty serious vertical work,
I took the main trail from Madera Canyon up to Josephine Saddle. About 15 minutes past the saddle, you reach the junction for the Super Trail Extension. Go right at this junction for some wonderful views of the rolling hills that make up the Patagonia region.
The trail climbs up to another saddle then it's straight up to the top for stunning 360 Degree views. Although hiking during a storm is not recommended (got surprised) I have never seen so much wildlife here as I did after a large storm came through. I spotted rabbits, squirrels, chipmunk, rattle snake, deer and even wild turkeys!
Take my advice: DO THIS HIKE.
Trailhead: From Speedway and Campbell, head west on Speedway Blvd to Interstate 10 (2.6 miles). The I-10 East and follow for 2.5 miles. Take a slight right onto I-19 S and follow for 23.9 miles. Take exit 63 for Continental Rd. Turn left at W Continental Rd and follow for 1.2 miles. Take the 3rd right onto Madera Canyon Rd/White House Canyon Rd and continue to follow Madera Canyon Rd for another 13 miles to the trailhead. (Lat:31.71395 Lon:-110.87484)
Trail Guides for Mt. Wrightson: Super Trail Extension:
Tucson Hiking Guide
by Betty Leavengood (Pruett Publishing)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Coronado National Forest, Nogales Ranger District
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jeff Branscum, who has posted 27 other hikes on this site
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