Backpacking Trip in August - 2 night - not hot with water???

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wonderwoman78
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Backpacking Trip in August - 2 night - not hot with water???

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Hi I am looking to take a small group on a two night backpacking trip in August. We live in Phoenix and can travel about 2-3 hrs if necessary. We are all in good shape so it doesn't have to be an easy hike. But I'm looking for a hike that won't be hot. :) And hopefully with some water if possible. I've done several backpacking trips just fyi. Thanks for suggestions!
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Re: Backpacking Trip in August - 2 night - not hot with water???

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Cabin Loop is a typical recommendation for August:
[ Cabin Loop - Mogollon Rim ]
http://hikearizona.com/garmin_maps.php

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Re: Backpacking Trip in August - 2 night - not hot with water???

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Consider moving this to the backpacking forum, also consider reading this backpacking guide:

[ Intro to Arizona Backpacking / Options ]
http://hikearizona.com/garmin_maps.php

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Re: Backpacking Trip in August - 2 night - not hot with water???

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Be aware of the forecast before you head out. August is the height of the monsoon. Activity typically ebbs and flows through the season, but higher elevations can be areas of severe weather. A backpacker was killed by lightning on the Cabin Loop six years ago. Lower elevations near water may be susceptible to flash flooding from rainfall in higher elevations.

None of these things should automatically dissuade you from backpacking in August, but they are things you should be aware of and prepare for in the days before you head out.
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Re: Backpacking Trip in August - 2 night - not hot with water???

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@chumley
August is the height of the monsoon
lol height of monsoon season. Is that that thing with rain we used to have?
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Re: Backpacking Trip in August - 2 night - not hot with water???

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friendofThundergod wrote: May 04 2021 7:04 am @chumley
August is the height of the monsoon
lol height of monsoon season. Is that that thing with rain we used to have?
Moved here two years ago and am still waiting for some strong storms.

Still great advice to keep in mind though.
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Re: Backpacking Trip in August - 2 night - not hot with water???

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@Watauga
Oh ya, I guess if you moved here two years ago, you probably would be wondering, what is this monsoon thing I keep hearing about, lol. I think the likely hood of the rim being closed because its on fire or closed due to it being a tinder box would be more likely scenarios to plan around when venturing up there these days.
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