I have my permit in hand. Throwing this out to see if any interest. Date is subject to change but this is a three day weekend for some due to the holiday. The free permit may be obtained from BLM or Cabeza Prieta Wildlife preserve. You must sign the hold harmless agreement and have a 4wd vehicle. I am not trip leader but will be around for those who want to hang out with Brian and myself. There is a lot of hiking potential. See Scott Warren's "Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country" . The country is open for just heading out with a pack, or scrambling up lots of small peaks. Very historic and I think quite remotely beautiful.
Randal S has a great write up on this on the site. I've solo driven and hiked all and portions of this several times, prior to the border patrol stations there now. I usually do not go armed, and I've not had any issues. I do leave water and some food outside my vehicle if I leave it; in case it is needed.
I will most likely be out there prior to this date because I still need to bag Tinaja Altas peak, and another highpoint near Papago Well, and I'll report back then.