Madera Canyon is known for exceptional and varied hiking trails. The Mt. Wrightson trailhead provides access to several trails, including the Super Trail and Old Baldy trail, where experienced hikers can climb to higher levels. For these trails, hiking boots and layered clothing for temperature change are needed. Always bring drinking water hiking and stay on the trails. Do not short-cut switch-back trails, this leads to soil erosion. Hiking brochures, with detailed trail maps are available at each trail head and the Santa Rita Lodge.

Recognizing the Special Relationship between Friends of Madera Canyon and the GVR Green Valley Hiking Club

By David Linn

As former president and hikemaster of the Green Valley Hiking Club and current vice-president of Friends of Madera Canyon, I am in a unique position to acknowledge and value the enduring relationship these two organizations hold. We are linked by our abiding love for the Canyon. We have shared history and values in that we have both been around for a while, with the hiking club established in 1981 and, of course, FoMC was founded in 1987. In fact, the first club hike conducted was up the Madera Canyon Nature Trail.

Our interests have been united in the conservation and maintenance of the Canyon for public recreational opportunities. In mutual pursuit of these goals, we have each repeatedly signed volunteer services agreements with the Forest Service of Coronado National Forest.

The hiking club is probably the biggest consumer of the Madera Canyon bounty with our hikers climbing into the Canyon on a daily basis. And on the Thursday group club hikes Madera’s trails are filled with happy hikers enjoying the views, the wildflowers, the birds, and occasional bear sightings. Southeastern Arizona is rich in nearby mountain ranges that are frequently hiked by the club. But Madera Canyon and the Santa Rita Mountains are truly the home range.

The advocacy efforts for a thriving Madera Canyon are and should be a concern for all who participate in enjoying her gifts. The Green Valley Hiking Club and Friends of Madera Canyon will remain linked in that common purpose.

David Linn

News from the US Forest Service (USFS)

The USFS wants to share that the USFS Madera Canyon Recreation Guide is now available online in English and Spanish.

English | Spanish

You can navigate to them (and the other guides that have been developed) on the website by selecting Visit Us > Maps & Publications and then scrolling down to "Recreation Guides."

The USFS also created a new landing page for Madera Canyon on the Forest's website. You can find it here.

You can navigate to it on the website by selecting Visit Us > Destinations > Madera Canyon