Arizona Trail / Four Peaks Wilderness
Just an hour East of Phoenix, in the
Tonto National Forest,
lies a beautiful mountain desert called The Four Peaks. We will hike across the
entire wilderness area traversing many intriguing, seldom used trails. Why not escape your frigid
climate and hike a wild and largely
unseen section of the country that cars cannot reach?
Then, after you've sparked your fitness level and lost some weight (or more
accurately, improved body composition), come back to bask in the hot tub at the
Fiesta Inn Resort
for a well deserved soak.
The Arizona Fitpacking Trip will be from March 20-28, 2010.
Our journey will begin at the East end of the
Four Peaks Wilderness on the Arizona Trail and circumnavigate all four of the peaks,
climbing up the slopes of the mountains and dipping down into the desert. We'll see
sweeping views of Roosevelt Lake, the far off city of Phoenix, and
rocky Ballantine Canyon. Proposed Itinerary
Weather is always an important concern when backpacking.
Historical March weather
averages in the 60s-70s during the day and mid-30s at night. However, be
prepared for the possibility of day temperatures in the 80s and the 20s at
night. But overall, expect a warm respite from your end-of-winter blues.
Steve Silberberg, who lives in Hull, MA
has many years of backpacking experience over a variety of terrains and guides
most Fitpacking trips. He is a SOLO certified Wilderness First Responder, Leave No
Trace Trainer, and Certified Food Handler.
Deb Lusk, lives in Phoenix, AZ
and has hiked all over the Arizona Desert. She had guided
Fitpacking trips to the White Mountains in NH and is a WMI certified Wilderness First Responder.
Here is a
list of equipment
we suggest you bring.
The list is extensive and can seem daunting, but please don't let this deter you
from the trip. You can rent top notch quality gear for reasonable prices from
It may also be possible for us to provide some gear for you at a nominal fee if you let us
know far ahead of the trip. Unfortunately, we're not in the gear business so the selection of
our available inventory is unpredictable. Please feel free to
discuss any gear with us before the trip.
We don't believe in austere eating regimens. Backpacking is a rigorous, rewarding
activity. You must feed your body in order for it perform. Your body will
dictate that you eat often, so it's important to have fuel to feed it. Please
check out the
This list is not
comprehensive and may be altered or augmented. If you want to bring personal
food, say a 5 pound chocolate cake, go for it. After carrying it over 50 miles
through the desert, your body will reject the empty calories and prefer
$1125 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will
share a hotel room with another trip participant. You will also be responsible
for transportation to and from Phoenix, AZ (PHX) as well as personal equipment
and any restaurant meals.
Covered expenses include 2 hotel nights, 7 days of trail meals, ground
transportation, permits, fees and awesome guides.