A friend and I are planning a 3-nighter starting Nov. 30. We'd like to be within a couple hours of Phoenix, and cover 20-35 miles in 4 days. We've been looking mostly at the Superstitions, Mazatzals, maybe Agua Fria, or the Verde River. Our biggest question is, given the longstanding drought in AZ, where can we find RELIABLE, FILTERABLE water in any of these areas?
In the Superstitions, your best bet is Charlebois Springs, although I haven't been there in several months. You can't camp there anymore, but you should be able to fill your water bottles. Bring lots of water bottles! Empty 2-liter pop bottles work great. Plan on using at least water pills, plus any other purification stuff you like.
Lori Krukowski wrote:Just got back from mazatzal's. found 4 puddles(seeps)
I was up there last weekend too. There was water in the nearly inaccessible pools in Barnhardt Canyon but Chilson Spring was running. There is always water in Reavis Creek near the old ranch in the Superstitions. Good luck and take care.
I've found LaBarge Spring (if you know where to find it) to actually be a better source of filterable water than Charlebois. Even Whiskey Spring should have some water if needed. Bluff is good and Dripping is just that. Willow is in a remote area with no trails.
Up in the eastern Supes lower Campaign Creek is also perennial like Reavis. Also Rogers Trough Spring is good, but so close to the trailhead it isn't that practical.