Vault Mine Trail #77
ElevationAscent: 1,680' 512 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 7,289' 2,222 m
Low: 5,609' 1,710 m
GradeAvg Grade: 27% (15°)
Max Grade: 55% (29°)
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“One of the more challenging trails around the greater Tucson area with a consistently steep grade.”— Stephen Woodall
Once past the turn off for Baldy, continue approximately another 0.6 miles and look for the continuation of the Vault Mine Trail on your right hand side. Staying straight will lead you to the seldom used Carrie Nation Mine Trail. Once making this right turn, the pitch increases even more and the real fun elevation gain starts!
The trail itself past this point is very easy to follow. There are a number of switchbacks and some just downright steep sections to grind through. You'll pass an open cave on your right that you can't miss and eventually top out at the Agua Caliente Saddle, where Vault Mine intersects with Agua Caliente Trail #140.
From here, you can head southeast on Agua Caliente towards Josephine Saddle and either continue up to Wrightson or head back down Baldy or Super Trail #134. Vault Mine is definitely not a beginner trail due to its steepness, but it isn't terribly long either.
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