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Ascent of Mount Wrightson on 2016-11-25

Climber: Joseph Hirniak

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, November 25, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Wrightson
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:9453 ft / 2881 m

Ascent Trip Report

Had Wrightson on my radar for a while and was waiting for the next opportunity to go to Tucson. No sooner had the stars aligned that I read reports that the trails up Wrightson from Madera Cyn were closed until further notice because of reports that a rogue black bear was becoming bold and aggressive with hikers (no doubt one too many hiker left food out or encouraged the bear's addiction to Doritos and energy bars). Just as I was losing hope that the trail would remain closed during my planned trip to Tucson the local game wardens got rid of the bear and the trails reopened. Lucky for me, but not the hapless bruin. Started hike at Madera Cyn Trailhead at 0751 hr. via Old Baldy Trail. Parking lot half full. Summited between 1049 - 1104 hr. and back down at car at 1327 hr. Couldn't have had a better day to hike this peak. Weather stable and perfect.
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Wrightson from the Old Baldy trail (2016-11-25). Photo by Joseph Hirniak.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4100 ft / 1249 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.8 mi / 17.4 km
    Route:Old Baldy Trail
    Trailhead:Madera Canyon  5353 ft / 1631 m
    Grade/Class:2
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
good for this time of year
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 58 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 23 Minutes



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