I've just recently joined Hike Arizona as part of my preparation for hiking the Arizona Trail. I am in the earliest phases of research for this adventure. I would love to do it as a thru-hike, but that's just not going to happen. My current plan is to take two weeks in the spring and then another two weeks in the fall, covering 150-200 miles each time until I am done, working northbound.
The conventional wisdom is to begin northbound hikes in the spring and southbound hikes in the fall. I accept that wisdom, but I confess I don't really understand it. Why is beginning a northbound hike in the fall a bad idea? Or southbound in the spring?
I look forward to hearing from you all, and maybe meeting some of you on the trail!