Weekend of April 16 did this hike with a friend. We were drawn by the promise of a hike along the banks of an idyllic river, lush cottonwoods shading our every step, plentiful water. Well, that pretty much describes the first mile or two. Just north of the San Pedro house the official trail veers off from the river and pretty much never returns. It also disappears completely for about 2 miles south of Charleston. Camped on the river Saturday night at Millville, could hear two packs of illegals hustling by northbound on the railroad bed, and the Border Patrol headed southbound in the streambed during the night. Restful!
If I had it to do over again I'd totally ignore the "official" trail and just walk the stream with wet shoes ala Aravaipa.
Did a couple miles along the San Pedro from Charleston to a little past the narrows. Didn't get to see the ruins of Charleston or the petroglyphs.
In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. ~John Muir
average hiking speed 1.33 mph
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.