Hiking in the Santa Rita Mountains in the winter often means hiking in the snow, especially if you are aiming for the higher elevations. Mt. Wrightson often has snow well into June, especially on north facing slopes. Icy patches can make the trail nearly inaccessible.
If you want to hike, but prefer to avoid snowy trails, there are a number of trails to try that keep you out of the snow, and are perfect winter hikes as they have little to no shade.
There are at least five hikes to try beginning on the west side of the Santa Ritas. All are accessed from the same area. Take your pick depending on your fitness level. The trail to the Quantrell Mine is easy, whereas climbing to the top of Elephant Head Butte is the most difficult. The hike to Yoas Mtn. is also easy, with the trek to Elephant Head Saddle in the middle of difficulty levels.