04/07/17-04/8/17 Peakbagging Series -#3 Mount Wrightson
Are you ready for the Inaugural University of Arizona's Outdoor Rec Peak Bagging Series?
Peak 3 of 3
The final peak of this season is Mount Wrightson located South of Tucson:
Mount Wrightson is the highest point in the area around Tucson, Arizona and is located in the Santa Rita Mountains. The mountain is known for the spectacular view from its barren peak, nearly 7,000 feet above Tucson some 30 miles north. Mt. Wrightson’s distinctive pyramid-shaped profile is visible from much of southeastern Arizona and adjoining areas in Mexico. The route is the Old Baldy Trail, a steady climb of nearly 4000 feet over 10 mile round-trip hike to the exposed summit.
History Bit: It was named for William Wrightson, a miner and entrepreneur in the region killed by Apaches in the 1865 Battle of Fort Buchanan.
This will be our longest and highest climb of the Peakbagging Series!
Elevation 9,456 ft (2,882 m)
Prominence 4,578 ft (1,395 m)
Peak Bagging? What??
Peak bagging, also known as hill bagging, mountain bagging, Munro bagging or simply bagging, is an activity in which hikers, hill walkers, and mountaineers attempt to reach the summits of a collection of peaks, usually those above some height or prominence in a particular region, or having a particular feature.