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Hi y'all - looking for opinions on an upcoming 3-4 day b-packing trip across the Supes....

A lot of the trans-wildnerness routes i'm finding typically go East-->West. So i've narrowed it down was planning on @Reynolds47 's route
"GPS :: The Expedition 2021" (Miles to First Water). I've hiked bits and pieces of this entire route, but never linking it all up...

Sooo: is there any reason that going W to E (First Water to Miles) is less ideal? I like the idea of more and more solitude further into the trip, unless there is a reason/wisdom for the a typical East to West trip.

Thanks for any input!
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It's maybe slightly easier for some to setup the shuttle, plan on weather, and plan out water sources going E to W, but if you are hiking the same trails either way it isn't a big difference.

I would caution you that due to the fire, some of the trails that make up that route you plan to follow don't really exist anymore. Specifically the West Pinto trail between Iron Mountain Saddle and Spencer Springs is not really recognizable anymore, and is very overgrown with catclaw, so make sure you very closely follow your GPS.
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@nonot - thank for very much for the insight / heads up! That's the section i haven't been too in many many years and was wondering about it's post-fire condition. Cheers for the beta
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In actuality when you reach west pinto creek (assuming you are coming from the west side) , you may want to consider hiking the streambed nearly all of the way to Miles TH. It's actually much easier than following the trail. Or at least it was as of a year ago.
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Why look for an west to east or east to west route. Just look for sights you want to see and zig zag around until you come back to your transportation. There is a lot out there in the Superstitions to see and explore that's why it is designated as a Wilderness.
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@CodyHoward
A couple things when looking at your route. Camp 1 near Iron Mountain Spring, that section was hit pretty hard by the fire and erosion. The trail is pretty eroded through the climbing section and I'm not sure how reliable Iron Mountain Spring is, the last water route was some time ago. The route through Rogers Canyon starting at the Reavis Junction, the trail has basically been reclaimed by nature, so stay in the creek bed until Angel Basin. It's not horrible but the rock get to be boulders the closer you get to the ruins so it will slow you slightly. Prepare for a good amount of catclaw climbing up to Tortilla Pass. On JF passed the pass the trail is there in spots, but's hit or miss (I was just there this past weekend) so it may slow you down a bit. I haven't been on Peter's Trail in a bit but from what I hear it's brushy down low. You should be good from there. Sounds like a blast, enjoy.
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The area of Iron Mountain Spring didn't burn (though areas directly around it did). However as of a year ago there were so many fallen trees that I was unable to find the clearing, springbox, or Iron Mountain spring itself. I would advise to not plan on camping there, but rather wait until you get down to West Pinto Creek itself.
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@00blackout & @nonot - thank you both for the details. Definitely looking forward to the upcoming bush bashing, boulder hopping and miles. Will report back...
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