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My buddy and I are novice backpackers, just bought all our gear, and we're itching to go on a 2-3 day "warm-up" trip somewhere in the SoCal/AZ/NV/UT area in April.  Trouble is, everywhere that seems really good around here -- e.g. Mt. Whitney, Yosemite, King's Canyon, Sequoia -- are all still quite cold.

There's gotta be somewhere good that's nearby and relatively warm that we haven't thought of... ?
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How do you define "cold" ??

I've made many trips to Yosemite in March and was always sweating to death/ nearly dying of heat-stroke !!

April is prime time for the Colorado Plateau.


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Early April - Grand Canyon.

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Superstitions. Death Valley is far from cold right now.

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Some of the mesas in the desert Southwest are already sizzling!!! So maybe Southern UT, northern AZ, though river melt off from the snowmelt of mountains may be too cold.  The canyons of southern NM are pretty nice right now too.

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You need to disconnect from the notion of visiting summer high mountain destinations at this very early time of year.   There are excellent places to backpack into desert areas during March and April though you may need to carry all your water.   Short overnight trips one or two night trip from roads make more sense.   Much of the Southwest is in a two year drought, however a few areas including Superstition Wilderness east of Phoenix and mountains east of Tuscon received above normal rains so are currently quite green with abundant wildflowers.

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Great input everyone, thanks.  Dave you are right, I tend to gravitate toward national parks and high peaks, and I forget/neglect other lesser known options such as the ones you mentioned near Phoenix and Tuscon, will certainly look into those.

That said, based on y'all's suggestions I did some snooping around for UT options, and the West Rim Trail seems like a perfect warm-up trip...

Thanks a lot!
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Take the time to go out to Angel's Landing if you're group doesn't mind heights.

Also pay attention to your water needs and question the rangers on that, the route has water but it's spotty.
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Lots of places in So Cal to go - Chantry Flat area?  Mission Creek/Whitewater?  San Rafael Wilderness?  The weather's great and the wildflowers are in bloom!

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Zion or Canyonlands in Utah.

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That said, based on y'all's suggestions I did some snooping around for UT options, and the West Rim Trail seems like a perfect warm-up trip...

You''ll love the West Rim trail. It's mostly easy hiking, so it's short for an overnighter. Great scenery. Getting an early start on day 2 will give you a chance to beat any crowds to Angel's Landing. There might be a few early risers coming and going, but it's your best bet for having the Landing to yourself, which is a fine experience.
La Verkin Creek is a great overnighter, too, especially if you get one of the last campsites, and check out Beartrap Canyon.
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