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I have a conundrum, and my hope is that someone or somepeople can help me figure it out. Here it goes: after a downturn in affairs of the heart, I have been left with a ticket to and fro Phoenix, AZ in December. Since changing my flight time or destination will cost some money, I'm seriously considering flying there, renting a car and taking a 5-day (max.) backpacking trip. I'm currently trying to convince a friend to come out with me, but I'm not really counting on success, so this would have to be a manageable solo adventure. The only thing stopping me is a lack of a specific destination, and this is where I was hoping to enlist the help of this lovely community.
I know of the Superstitions, and I'm enchanted by the name, at the very least. I'm not opposed to driving a bit to reach another potentially cooler (in fact, warmer) location, such as Joshua Tree or to Santa Catalina in the Tucson area. I guess one of my overall issues is, would it be possible to backpack in Tonto National Forest (Superstitions or elsewhere) in December or would that be less optimal? If nothing's doing, would a place like J-Tree or Tucson be better?
I've got all the necessary basic gear, I think (Tent and/or bivy, sleeping bag, pad, liquid stove, pack, clothes), so I'm not too worried about that. However, if there's some sort of specialized gear I should look for or need, then that information would be lovely. Like I said, I'd be going it alone unless my friend decides she wants to have fun. I'm confident in my backcountry/hiking skills, but I wouldn't say I'm an expert veteran by any means. So, if I'm getting myself in over my head, I would love to know that too.
Essentially here are my queries:
1) Can I go it alone, or is that a BAD idea in this area/this time of year?
2) Where can I go to not have a miserable time being outside (Tonto NF, Tucson, Joshua Tree, or other)?
3) What specialized gear do I need?
4) Where should I look for more information?
Thanks, in advance.