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Backpacking recommendation for next weekend?

Post by hanmart » Apr 08 2016 9:18 am

Hello! I'm looking to do a two-night backpacking trip with a group of 4 newbie backpackers (have a few trips under our belts) next weekend. Been exploring the Supes lately but it's getting too hot and too little water around. I wanted to find something up north with plenty of water. Two nights and maybe up to 9 miles per day if there isn't too much elevation gain.

Is it still too cold for Baldy?
Is it too hot to try Sedona's Secret Mountain Wilderness area?
Also looking at doing a portion of the Highline...
Any recommendations or advice?

Thanks!!

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Re: Backpacking recommendation for next weekend?

Post by ALMAL » Apr 08 2016 12:58 pm

@hanmart
Yes, no, yes. You listed several good options. Others could include lower West Clear Creek, Hells Hole Salome Wilderness, and maybe start at Horton Creek then up to the spring then over to Christopher creek along the Highline to camp then back down Derrick trail on your return. My ideas usually involve some fishing opportunities. Higher elevations in the Supes are still good. I'm sure you'll get many more suggestions from others.
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Re: Backpacking recommendation for next weekend?

Post by hanmart » Apr 08 2016 5:32 pm

@ALMAL
Thanks for the feedback. On second look Secret Canyon looks too short for a 2 night trip but I am definitely looking some more into the others you mentioned. West Clear Creek sounds really nice.

Thanks again, much appreciated!

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Re: Backpacking recommendation for next weekend?

Post by nonot » Apr 08 2016 6:50 pm

I usually prefer West Clear Creek when it is 100+ in the valley, it may be a bit cold right now since you have frequent crossings.

The eastern Supes are higher than the west. Reavis Ranch is nice this time of year. Also consider the Mazatzals, such as a loop between Y bar, Barnhart and the MDT.
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Re: Backpacking recommendation for next weekend?

Post by joebartels » Apr 09 2016 12:04 am

hanmart wrote:Also looking at doing a portion of the Highline...
@azdesertfather just did the entire trail, his http://hikearizona.com/trip=129843 has water reports at the bottom
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Re: Backpacking recommendation for next weekend?

Post by hanmart » Apr 10 2016 8:55 am

Thanks for all the responses! I'm reading up on these options. Great additions to the list! Thanks for the help!!

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