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Vault Mine Trail #77

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 4.5 (4)

One of the more challenging trails around the greater Tucson area with a consistently steep grade.


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Map Key

1.2

Miles

1.9

KM

Point to Point

7,289' 2,222 m

High

5,609' 1,710 m

Low

1,680' 512 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

27%

Avg Grade (15°)

55%

Max Grade (29°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Cave · Views · Wildlife

Need to Know

Parking is usually easily found but you must pay for the day fee or purchase an annual Coronado National Forest permit.

Description

From the Roundup Picnic Area, start heading up Old Baldy Trail #372 for about 0.3 miles and then continue straight onto Vault Mine instead of taking the first switchback up Baldy. Initially, the trail is a little rocky and actually gets a bit smoother as it goes along, but also much steeper.

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.

Flora & Fauna

All the usual desert creatures found in southern Arizona, and a healthy supply of black bears reside in the area too.

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Shared By:

Stephen Woodall

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#229

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Jan 8, 2022
Evan Griffiths
Very steep, snow and ice at ridge T. 5mi — 2h 15m
Jan 16, 2021
Darcie Davis
Vault Mine to Josephine Saddle to Old Baldy Trail made for an epic loop hike. 6.2mi — 4h 00m