And even the day-hiker realizes that perseverance is the most enduring lesson of the Arizona Trail. There's much pleasure in realizing that the same quality that carved the Grand Canyon will also get a hiker from Utah to Mexico in a few weeks, or into and out of the Superstitions in a day: You just keep pressing on, not hurrying, but not giving up either.
Planning for the AZT
Even day-hikes on the Arizona Trail require planning: Check road and trail conditions, weather forecasts, and water availability; obtain maps.
The Arizona Trail Association's website ( www.aztrail.org) offers an overview and news about the trail. Association member Dave Hicks ( www.arizonatrail.net) maintains excellent online descriptions of each of the trail's 43 segments.