I'm planning on section hiking the AZT starting early next year. Never hiked in Arizona, and really don't know much of anything about it. All of my backpacking experience is in the Pacific NW. But I am hugely excited about extending the hiking season. I don't mind the occassional little snow field, but don't want to hike for days in snow, and especially don't want to sleep in it. when is a fairly safe time to start at the south end? Late February? Or is that too early?
also, any other things I need to consider (yes, I know water)? No bears, right? How do you store food along the trail since there won't be much chance of hanging it (I assume). I plan on using guthook to figure out water and resupplies. Appreciate any advise i can get.