I am a scoutmaster in the Phoenix AZ area and looking for information on overnight backpacking hikes.
Our troop has done several hikes in the area, Flatiron, Picacho Peak, some from the Peralta trailhead, etc. These have all been day hikes, carrying only water and snacks.
One of our goals is to hike the Superstition Ridgeline. Go up Flatiron, camp on top and finish the hike the next day. We will obviously be packing all our gear. I’d like to do this in late October or November. We are learning about backpacking preparation & gear. We have done mostly truck camping up to this point, and will be going on shorter overnighters (backpacking) to test our gear, packing, weight, etc.
Any recommendations for overnight backpacking hikes in the area, 3-6 mile range?
Also – any advise, cautions etc for the Ridgeline trail. I plan, at a minimum, to hike up each end of the trail prior to tackling the entire length.
I’ve read about a water source on the ridgeline. Is that a reliable source in Oct-Nov time frame??
Thanks in advance for any information.