Well, the desert can be fickled, so who knows how early the heat will come on. But, unless February gets unseasonably warm, March 5th is plenty early. I doubt you would have an issue if you delayed a week or 2 either. You'll very possibly have snow on Miller, Wrightson, Rincons and Lemmon but then you'll have a nice clear stretch all the way to Four Peaks or even the Mazatzals. By the time you are hitting the high country, you should be clear of winter storms - except for the North Rim. Not uncommon to have snow / slush into May up there. So just pick your date and enjoy whatever the trail brings you!mando wrote:@rcorfman
After reading a bunch of blogs, my wife and I decided on 5 Mar as a start date as it seems like a good compromise between freezing/snow and heat/dry water sources. With the winter that AZ is getting this year, I am starting to think about starting a week or even two weeks later. I'd be interested in the view of someone there in AZ with 'boots on the ground'. Many thanks!