Motorolans in the Santa Rita Mountains.
Length of trip: Friday 9/22 – Sunday 9/24
Cost: $73.00 (for those staying at the Santa Rita Lodge) plus food and gas.
Permits/campsite info: N/A (for those staying at the Santa Rita Lodge).
Several camped on nearby public lands. Bog Springs Campground is close
but no one chose to stay there.
No. of participants: Saturday-7, Sunday-5
The trail goes through thriving woodlands.
Activities done on trip:
Friday night – Had munchies and wine. Cooked a spaghetti dinner at the
Lodge; there were 5 of us. Good food and lots of good conversation.
Saturday – Hiked Florida Canyon to Mt. Wrightson; 7.9 miles each way;
some of us went down the Old Baldy Trail (5.4 miles) and got a ride to the
Lodge and went back to the other trailhead to pick up a vehicle and stranded
Had munchies and margaritas. Went to Green Valley and ate at a great Mexican
place. Lots of fun! Two drove back to Phoenix after dinner (hurt person
hitched a ride).
Sunday – Hiked a 6-7 mile loop out of Madera Canyon (Bog Springs/Kent
Springs. Stopped briefly at the Mission just south of Tucson – there
was a service so we couldn’t look around much.
Ate lunch (Hunan) in Tucson. Got home around 5:00 PM.
Climbing Mt. Wrightson is no mean feat!
General comments: Mt. Wrightson is a very difficult, but beautiful
hike – especially from Florida Canyon. We had perfect weather.
The Santa Rite Lodge was along the creek and had many bird feeders right
out the kitchen window which attracted many birds and other critters.
It was a really neat place, located at about 5500 feet elevation.
I think all of us would highly recommend these hikes again, and staying in
Madera Canyon again, and the Santa Rita Lodge.