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I've got some time in early March that I am looking to spend hiking somewhere relatively "warm", compared to Michigan anyways. I'm looking at Arizona, more specifically the Superstition Wilderness or the Sedona area. I will have 6 days, and am looking for a longer trail that I can hike as a loop. High mileage is ok, I am looking for a challenge. MUST be scenic!

Suggestions?


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The Superstitions are perfect at that time of year.  One of the Charelbois loops is a good start, and you can tack on side trips to stretch it out.  Check out HAZ for a lot of detailed trail info and trip reports.
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Absolutely, do the Supes
Here is a source of easy to read trail maps:
http://www.superstition-sar.org/maps.htm

:D Edit: Just noticed your mandate “Must be scenic”
It will have you covered in that category  :D


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+2 on the Superstitions.  Looping in and out of the Reavis Ranch area should be about perfect (the Reavis Falls are not on any official map btw).  In January the falls are usually icy but should be great in March.

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Thanks for the replies. Looks like a pretty good time of year to go, but being so close to Phoenix, will it be "crowded"?

Regarding campsites, anybody care to share your favorites?


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Thanks for the replies. Looks like a pretty good time of year to go, but being so close to Phoenix, will it be "crowded"?

Regarding campsites, anybody care to share your favorites?

There are a small set of trails that get a lot of dayhiker traffic, mainly those from the First Water TH and Peralta TH, and really just a subset of the latter.  Reavis Ranch gets a lot of backpacker/horse traffic, mostly from the southern approach and mostly on weekends.  The ranch has vast areas suitable for camping, so it rarely feels crowded.

Reavis Falls gets very little traffic.  The Charlebois loops get some, but I've never seen more than one or two groups in a day, and often none.

I can say more when you narrow in on a hike, if its somewhere I'm familiar with.
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There are a small set of trails that get a lot of dayhiker traffic

Cool. I figured as much, but you never know.

Well, I'm thinking of beginning at Canyon Lake TH  and hiking a big loop, something like this:



I plotted this track in Garmin Basecamp, it's 53 miles, 15,370ft in total elevation gain. I want to see the falls, but the same route modified to include the falls was 73 miles. So I'll have to think about that.

How's the water situation in early March?

**Edit** The picture came out pretty small, but if you right click it and click "view image" you can view a much larger version of it.


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There's enough detail to see where you're going.  Hackberry Spring looks like your first water stop.  Others may disagree, but I think it's really hard to find, although there are often small pools in that area.  You don't hit high-reliability water until Charlebois, which is likely to be on the second day.  You can hit water early on the first day if you go to LaBarge Box (lower, not the one that's prominently marked, which the upper box), but that's a slightly different route.

LaBarge Spring is the only other really good source I know of on that route, so it's as much as three days from there back around to Canyon Lake.  There will be some slow going on this trip.  I'd probably break it into two pieces, and shorten the longest dry stretch as much as possible. (I'm not familiar with the sources beyond the Upper LaBarge Box on that route, but that's generally pretty dry.  I would definitely check the Spring Reports at HAZ.  A lot of springs found on the map are seasonal, and after plenty of dry years, some aren't even seasonal any more).
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Thanks again for the info. I just joined over at HAZ after browsing the site for the last week. It took me a while to find the spring reports. Lots of good info on this site, I'm checking out the water sources now.

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It's a bit north of there, but the Grand Gulch area on the Utah border is a great area for a few days.  We just did some day hiking there:  Grand Gulch Hiking

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Another oprtion wold be the Arizona Trail which begins near Patagonia and runw north to the Utah border.
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Quick note.  Reavis Falls is not a loop, it's an out-and-back.  It's pretty sweet though.  

If you do a loop in that area, try to loop in Reavis Ranch and the Labarge Box.

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Quick note.  Reavis Falls is not a loop, it's an out-and-back.  It's pretty sweet though.  

If you do a loop in that area, try to loop in Reavis Ranch and the Labarge Box.

Steve

It may not technically be considered a loop, but it's pretty close. Here's what I've got planned now:



http://hikearizona.com/dex2....#p88433


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