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Hello! This is my first post here, but I have lurked a little and heard a lot more from my brother, Gonzan. I prefer solo outings or to go with just one other person or two, but I did happen to meet Tipi Walter on a wacky summer outing with a gaggle of friends and other brothers a couple years ago.
Anyway, as for my question: I expect to be in Phoenix, Arizona for business in mid-February and/or early March. I would like to take an extra couple of nights while I am there to do a bit of backpacking in a very different environment than the Southern Appalachians where I spend most of my time. I think Grand Canyon is a little too far away, as I would use so much of the 2-3 days just driving there and back. I am thinking Tonto National Forest may be the ticket.
So, if you had two nights to backpack within an hour or two of Phoenix, where would you go? What is a spot, or a vista, or a trail that you say, "You have to see that while you're here!"
I would prefer a trail system in a wilderness area that is not overrun with other backpackers. I would like to see some Sonoran landscape, but I also love mountains and canyons and understand some of the upland in the Tonto is not Sonoran.
Superstition Wilderness and Superstition Mountain look like they might fit the bill. Is it worth seeing? Can you get away from other folks there?
If you recommend a place, I would greatly appreciate any info on campsites, water sources, things to look for, hazards I should consider (besides dehydration), and what conditions to expect at the applicable elevation(s) during late winter.
Thanks in advance!