I personally would not introduce 1st time Backpackers on the Hells Hole Trail #284
. It's all ALMAL say it is and more.. here is my April'08 memory of it as a day hike with my always heavy daypack, but with a backpack for a first time.. no way:
"This hike starts high at ~5400' TH elevation, is UPHILL both ways with two UPHILLS both ways!!..How did they do that!!?? I don't know, but I do now know after completing it, that I'm not good at 13ml R/T hikes with a heavy daypack and two UPHILLS like this one going OUT(1st was +1175' for 2mls & the 2nd was +500' for 2mls)"
..and if the choice campsite(s) are taken?
Reynolds Creek #150
is a very scenic choice & most likely now with a lot of overgrowth but in my opinion better suited as a day hike trail and not many camp locations with H2O along its length to end at the private & historic https://hikearizona.com/dexcoder.php?PID=1632358
When are you planning this backpack trip and what type of vehicle will you be driving?
Like te_wa mentions, a great option is the Reynolds Trail #150 to connect with the Murphy Ranch Trail #141 to Edward Spring (usually a perennial seep not really a flowing spring, but ok for drinking after treating and/or filtering with a MSR Waterworks type "hose" filter system https://hikearizona.com/dexcoder.php?PID=601256
). This would be a longer mileage first time out and back backpack.
A shorter out and back backpack to the Edward Spring area to camp would be this section of trail that te_wa is referring to--> https://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=15363
but you should not consider driving a vehicle without high clearance to this upper Murphy Ranch Park/TH Start. Note
: IF Edward Spring-Seep is dry, then backtrack on the Rim Trail #139 to fill-up here--> https://hikearizona.com/dexcoder.php?PID=1666476