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Grand Enchantment Trail - Spring 2012
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Will Tatman
Grand Enchantment Trail - Spring 2012 on 11/28/2011 16:19:13 MST Print View

I'm thinking about attempting the GET next spring, likely starting in March from PHX.
Is anyone else going to be out there? How are you approaching planning?
Just sending out feelers...

Hk Newman
(hknewman) - MLife

Locale: Western US
Re: Grand Enchantment Trail - Spring 2012 on 11/28/2011 17:28:57 MST Print View

I'm not doing the entire trail but will be out doing some sections in Arizona's Pinalenos in a couple weeks (enroute to California once I finish some admin for work), then return via the Gila near Glenwood in late Feb/early Mar if my work schedule holds. I will probably post a couple post-trip reports.

Will Tatman
More planning, more questions! on 12/29/2011 20:32:06 MST Print View

'Bump'ing this because as I get deeper into planning, I stumble upon more questions.

Looking for Insights about:
- Maildrops
- Sleep systems
- Water carrying


sarah sundstrom
(yappy) - F
get on 12/31/2011 08:14:55 MST Print View

A couple good journals on trail journals

Hk Newman
(hknewman) - MLife

Locale: Western US
Re: Grand Enchantment Trail - Spring 2012 (Observations on the Safford portion Dec 2011) on 12/31/2011 10:50:35 MST Print View

I hiked west of Safford, AZ a couple weeks ago and looking at the route, you will be on a dirt road leading into Safford, from KlondYke*, AZ. Safford is a decent sized town with grocery stores, post offices, and the typical American fast food joints. Lots of ranches right outside the wilderness areas, so pay attention to your maps on the KlondYke road. Really sticky mud when it rains too. If you need to pitch a shelter before getting to Safford, just find a place off the road but just far enough away from any 4WD tracks (and again, away from ranches, some of which have signs allowing access but no camping - there's a ridgeline with a sunrise view that I like if you PM me). Seemed like more ranches plus mining concerns towards Clifton/Morenci AZ but didn't go that way (just passing through the other way actually).

More public lands approaching the AZ-NM border; Glenwood NM is a smaller town with a good BBQ place + a post office before you dig into the Gila Wilderness. Gila Hot Springs has a good general store. It didn't seem there was much in Magnadelena NM though.

(* the profanity filter picked up the ghost town of KlondYke, but a capital letter fixed it... jeez)

Edited by hknewman on 12/31/2011 15:08:33 MST.