I need to go camping

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    That's wild

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    Passed this along to my BIL, he's stoked! He's heading to SE AZ today, so great timing! :thumbup:
     
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    It's awesome. I'm heading to a little valley by Charleston tomorrow, and they have a weather grid that overlaps the valley (it's not a very big valley, maybe half mile across and a mile and a half deep). Gives me good detail as to the weather, including temperature and precipitation.
     
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    Wow. That is awesome. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    D817CC4A-8918-4648-ACED-B31E04919860.jpeg AECEBA82-6037-4798-8E63-5D9C63D77CAD.jpeg FC9DAF7D-9D72-46B2-96D8-66BCC32F0C7B.jpeg 4828E20B-5D58-455D-9067-82595312F8E6.jpeg Went out this weekend to the west side of the Charleston peak (the roads and towns are on the east side of the peak). It was deserted, although there was a well-maintained dirt road right up to the trailhead. The underbrush was a lot thicker than I expected and I didn't get nearly as far into the valley on the first night as I wanted. There was no visible trail.

    Instead, we day-hiked further into the valley on Saturday. That was fun, and although the skies opened up on us around noon, good rain gear meant we kept going. Otherwise, the UDAF was spot on; perhaps it was a bit colder than what the forecast predicted, but I have no proof of that.

    The lack of water meant seriously-heavy packs going in and very light packs going out. We each carried two gallons of water (1 per person per day), and that worked pretty well; I think we had 1-2 liters left over when we got back to the trail head.

    I'd like to explore this area further, but the lack of a reliable water supply either means that I have to carry an ungodly amount of water or that I have to limit excursions to day trips.

    Pics coming later.
     
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    Id recommend a water filter but it sounds like you dont have streams or lakes to pull from. Water is stupid heavy.
     
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    Looking for hiking trails in Northern AZ for a three-day hike, if anyone has any recommendations. Would like to have a reliable water supply if possible.
     
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    That's exactly what it was - no water. No streams, no lakes, not even a mud puddle.
     
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    west clear creek is awesome.

    Havasupai is the best there is but you need reservations.

    That is all that is on the top of my head for a 3 day hike with water available. There are likely trails on the rim that go by the lakes to replenish water.
     
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    WCC looks intriguing. Only concern is that it may be too early in the season if there's considerable stream crossing.
     
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    There is a bit of stream crossing but I would imagine its fine at this point. The water is probably above 70 degrees.

    Most water near trails are pretty short in arizona. I do think if you want to go long distance over multiple days that rim hiking may be the best bet as there are many lakes and creeks along the way to refresh water supplies.

    There are other hikes in the canyon besides supai that come across water as well.
     
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    I was going to suggest the Life Straw but it can't pull water out of the dirt.
     
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    Jerome, Arizona, up next.
     
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    camping above jerome on Mingus?
     

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