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The Santa Rita Mountains are located 30 miles south of Tucson. This impressive range is home to Mt Wrightson, one of the taller peaks in Southern Arizona. While popular among hikers and bikers, there is precious little established climbing in this range. The remoteness and inconsistent rock quality of the crags here have probably deterred route development.
From Tucson, drive I-19 south to exit for Madera Canyon. This is the developed recreational area, run by the USFS. Other parts of the range can be accessed by various forest roads.
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Hiker's Route 3rd 1- 1 I M 1a AZ : Southern Arizona : ... : Elephant Head
2nd and sometimes 3rd class terrain. The summit ridge drops dramatically away on both sides, but one can usually avoid undue exposure during the scramble to the summit. Once on top, Elephant Head rewards hikers with its famed “Elephant Shrine”, and sweeping views of the Santa Rita Mountains and across southern Arizona. beta credit: blog.summithut.com/post/2009/01/30/Elephant-Head-Pilgrimage.>>>...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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