I posted this some weeks back and then got sick. Hopefully this time will go better. The east side up near the base of mt lemmon has some great washes. The one I'm planning to visit is here, at the green arrow (ignore the red A)
I haven't been here yet this year, so I don't quite know what the terrain will be like. I can just about guarantee that it will be rough, so sturdy shoes are a must, and i *strongly* recommend long pants and long sleeves. Every time I've been through here the plants end up keeping part of me with them. A lot of the terrain is sandy and rocky. This is not a trail, and some of it will require scrambling. It is very seldom traveled, so you will get to see some beautiful scenery here. Steep canyon walls and nice little pools are frequent sights.
I don't know how far we will go on this hike. It is possible that with all the rain from the winter, we may not be able to get very far. If things turn out that way, we'll do what we can to still make a nice afternoon of it. Most likely, though, we will go for about four or five hours total. It is tough to move very quickly on this terrain, so the distance will probably be only about four or five miles tops.
Please bring plenty of water - weather report now only calls for 79 degrees on Saturday, but Search and Rescue has already been off to a busy season this year. I recommend three liters, just to be on the safe side. We will also take a break at some point for lunch, so bring something substantial to eat as well. Sun protection - hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, etc - is also a great idea.
Anything else? Feel free to ask, and see you then!