Preston, Nick and I did this as a shuttle with the East Baldy Trail #95 including the short jaunt to the white man's peak. Personally I wasn't overly excited to do this hike yet it turned out to be a true treat. The weather was perfect. Autumn foliage is at it's peak right NOW! Granted it's no Basset or West Fork of Oak Creek foliage but it sure added to the hike. I wasn't aware the trail followed the creek for so long, very nice. The various elements keep you interested throughout.
Whatever road work they've been doing is just now past the two trailheads now. It looks like it was paved yesterday. We had the entire place to ourselves. As enjoyable as it was I was almost appalled this perfect day wasn't enjoyed by others. We did see a couple more cars after picking up the shuttle car.
Before this hike we did the Government-Escudilla hike then camped out alongside a forest road. We scanned one road and declined it, then ended up across from Sipe. It was pretty partied out and lots of shot up garbage but we managed to find a spot. It dipped down to 24 degrees overnight but was rather pleasant with no winds and low humidity. My 15 degree Helium EQ bag was still a little warm so I'm thinking it's pretty true to it's rating. I did throw a hot water bottle down by my feet as I did on the Kaibab Plateau.