Mount Wrightson 2017-06-06T15:42:12+00:00

Mount Wrightson

Mount Wrightson is a 9,456-foot peak in the Santa Rita Mountains within the Coronado National Forest, in southern Arizona, United States.

It was named for William Wrightson, a miner and entrepreneur in the region killed by Apaches in the 1865 Battle of Fort Buchanan.

Mt. Wrightson is the highest point in the Santa Rita Mountains and the Tucson region, lying 40 miles southeast of the city. Its distinctive pyramid-shaped profile is visible from much of southeastern Arizona and adjoining areas in Sonora, Mexico.

The mountain is known for the spectacular view from its barren peak, nearly 7,000 feet feet above Tucson.

The shortest route is the Old Baldy Trail, a steady climb of over 4,000 feet over 5.4 miles to the exposed summit. The Super Trail, also from the Madera Canyon trailhead, is not as steep but is far longer at 8.1 miles. These two trails intersect at Josephine Saddle halfway to the peak, so hikers can choose one route for the lower path and one route for the upper.

To reach the trailhead, take exit 63 off of I-19 south of Tucson, and turn east toward Continental. Turn right on Whitehouse Cyn. Rd, following it until it eventually turns into Madera Canyon Road. Parking is plentiful at and below the trailhead, which is at the end of the road.

There are several springs at different locations, including Bog Spring, Sprung Spring, Kent Spring, Armour Spring, Baldy Spring, McBeth Spring and Bellows Spring. Nonetheless, take plenty of water and be aware of wildlife. It is a prime birding area and black bears are common. Two miles into the hike is a saddle which offers an easy day hike with dramatic views of this peak. It features a Boy Scout Memorial dedicated and maintained for three scouts who died in a storm on Mt. Wrightson November 15, 1958.