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2nd week of Nov/SW USA help.
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Scott Truong

Locale: Vancouver, BC
2nd week of Nov/SW USA help. on 10/25/2010 02:29:50 MDT Print View

So I have the first two weeks of Nov. off work. Thinking of going somewhere the second week of Nov (7-8th onward) for 3-5 day outing.

Weatherwise, I'm thinking of either Joshua Tree or the Superstitions. Though any good ideas welcome for areas outside the SW USA. However, I'm not set for camping too much below freezing.

I could rent a car (not a dealbreaker) but no car even better. As much as I'd to hike a wicked trail, I don't think I can drive off road in a rental (4x4 to trailhead).

Any suggestions, opinions, if-it-was-you ideas welcome.

Not sure if this is the right forum, but I'm desperate to get out of this rain.

Thanks in advance.

Edited by elf773 on 10/25/2010 02:46:33 MDT.

Will Webster
Re: 2nd week of Nov/SW USA help. on 10/25/2010 06:31:49 MDT Print View

We're heading to AZ the last 2 weeks of November. Going to do the Santa Ritas (from Madera Canyon), Superstitions (Peralta trailhead), and Grand Canyon (probably too late for you to get a permit but there's some awesome dayhiking). All should be easily accessible with a conventional rental car.

You might want to post on Lots of helpful folks there with local knowledge.

Dean F.
(acrosome) - MLife

Locale: Back in the Front Range
Serendipity on 10/26/2010 11:16:48 MDT Print View

I'm also looking for a hike for veterans' Day weekend- though preferably in the central four corners area. And, lo and behold, I find your post!

I'm thinking about revisiting Great Sand Dunes NP. It's easy to get to with a rental car, though the drive is long compared to most fly-in-and-rent-a-car hikes. It's a beautiful place, but in a way very different from other national parks. It backs on the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness, and several trails lead into the wilderness from the park, so if the weather cooperates you can still head into the mountains.

Any other suggestions are welcome. I live in Colorado Springs, so almost all of the four corners area is in easy driving distance. I remember several posts on this forum about canyon country in Utah this time of year, and any ideas along those lines are very welcome. I'd like to avoid slushy weather, but merely cold is fine, and dry snow that isn't deep enough to posthole is fine. (I have no skis or snowshoes.) I'm also thinking of avoiding higher elevations, as weather this time of year is unpredictable.

Edited by acrosome on 10/26/2010 11:22:26 MDT.