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Greg Riddle
(gregriddle) - F

Locale: White Mtns
Arizona backpacking suggestions on 12/31/2008 16:48:58 MST Print View

Any suggestions for backpacking and hiking trips in Arizona during mid April?

te - wa
(mikeinfhaz) - F

Locale: Phoenix
Re: Arizona backpacking suggestions on 12/31/2008 17:03:05 MST Print View

name the terrain you want, the elevation demands, the distance you want, and what airport you are arriving in and I can narrow it down to 2,137 hikes. Mike

Greg Riddle
(gregriddle) - F

Locale: White Mtns
Re: Arizona backpacking suggestions on 01/02/2009 07:50:19 MST Print View

I'm flexible. I'll be out there for a week and would like to do a 3 day/2 night backpack and day hikes the rest of the time. I would probably not do more than 15 miles per day but could do up to 20 on some day hikes.

I have not made travel plans yet so I would fly to the airport that makes the most sense.

Thanks for your help!

Chad Mason

Locale: Arizona
Arizona backpacking suggestions on 01/02/2009 09:08:21 MST Print View

I just returned from a backpacking trip in the Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix. It's beautiful out there and there are a lot of trails. We also have a large hole in the ground in the northern part of the state called the Grand Canyon or something along those lines. Perhaps you can score some permits for up there...if you can, April is a great time to see the canyon.

Check out It's a site with a forum and lots of great information on backpacking around the state.

Michael Whiteside
(ruralbackpacker) - F

Locale: Northern California
Arizona backpacking suggestions--Grand Canyon on 03/16/2009 10:17:27 MDT Print View

Hi, I'll chime in and say that I spent a fantastic week backpacking in the Grand Canyon last year. I went at the end of April and the weather down in the Canyon was fantastic. You might consider it. It is amazing down there.

I went solo and got a walk-up permit at the South Rim.

If you have any questions, let me know.


les lloyd
(denaliguide) - F

Locale: new zealand & alaska
arizona hikes on 03/16/2009 14:38:58 MDT Print View

i agree with the grand canyon. i did the royal arches route on the south rim in mid april a couple of years ago. the weather was perfect. you pack can be light except for the water you have to carry. i did it as a 3 day 2 night trip. 35 miles of fun route finding, one mandatory rappel, and awesome vistas. this is one of the least traveled and more difficult routes on the south rim. i did it solo and would not recommend it for rookies as a solo trip. there are plenty of other easier options on the south rim as well. the hance, boucher, dripping springs trails are all good. i would stay away from the kaibab and the bright angel if you want some sort of solitude.