Santa Rita Mountains
Arizona, United States
Santa Rita Mountains Reviews
Hiking Trails in the Santa Ritas Mar 15, 2010
It was five years ago when the wild fires burned a huge portion of the Santa Rita mountains. Located in the Santa Cruz county southeast of Tucson, the mountain range stands close to 6,000 ft above sea level and provides great hiking trails and a great peak for the mountain climber.
In 2005 Jerry and I attempted hiking the Florida Canyon a month after the giant fires were put out by the brave firefighters. The trail that leads up to the Florida Canyon Saddle is quite dramatic with an elevation gain that takes you up to 7,800 ft. in elevation. At this level you are on the Coronado national Forest. The massive fire that swept through the Canyon in 2005 killed many old trees and damaged a great many more. The rangers we met along our hike indicated that the trees that were burned and some seriously wounded were over 400 years old, some at the saddle did survive the fire though.
This is a great trail if have what you need to hike it, we didn't. I'm planning a return to it soon.
The Santa Ritas provides five great trails for hiking, biking and horse back.
*The Gunsight Pass trail
*The Florida Canyon trail in the north east end
*Gold Country Trail
*Santa Rita Crest Trail
*Mount Wrightson Trail
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