Dates Hiked: March 3-4, 2015 (Days 1-2)
Passage 17: Alamo Canyon
-Picket Post Trailhead (near Superior, AZ) to Tonto National Forest Boundary
-Elevation: Low Point 2,391′, High Point 3,743′
The previous day, as we drove from the Tucson airport to Superior, the sky shed many tears; for us they were tears of joy! Our original plan was to hike north from the Mexico border, but a sudden snowstorm changed our direction to a southbound one, and provided an opportunity to enjoy a couple of passages we’d originally planned to skip due to water scarcity concerns.
WATER was a huge concern. Most thru hikers start at the Mexico border (300 miles south) in March or April and don’t arrive at this passage for a few weeks; therefore, the water report had not been updated for 2015 conditions.We didn’t know what to expect and therefore made plans to start off carrying sufficient water to sustain us between sources rated 3-4 until we could get a better feel of conditions, which meant 21 miles in this case, and about 8 liters of water each or an outrageous 17.6 pounds. For those hiking bigger mileage days, this could have been reduced.
We were pretty excited to find our first natural water source, as well as plenty of other sources, courtesy of the recent rains. We were reticent to dump any of our water, pass by any source or assume there would be plentiful water further up the trail, so we continued to carry 6-8 liters.
Beyond water source finds and flowers, there were stunning landscapes to keep me visually stimulated and distracted from that elephant riding on my back and shoulders.
Sharing the Trail:
I lost my notes for this section, but if I remember correctly, we saw a small group of day hikers and a group on horseback. I don’t think we saw any mountain bikers in this passage and I know we didn’t see any northbound thru-hikers.
Tips and Resources:
- Link to my other Arizona Trail (AZT) posts
- Rambling Hemlock (aka Joan)
- Arizona Trail Association
- Fred Gaudet’s Water Report
- Umbrella and Mariposa Pack Links
- Disclaimer: As a Gossamer Gear Ambassador, I was gifted the pack, but paid for all the rest of my gear
- In Superior, AZ