coldfoot wrote:The hikearizona.com ratings seem to be mostly difficulty based on strenuousness of hike (length, elevation etc.) and aren't indicative of technical nature. Some hikes I know that are rated 4 or 5 in "difficulty" are long and hard, but Class 1 all the way on paths easy to follow.
Isn't that what I said, but you got one thing wrong, if it is "rated" a number, that is hiker consensus, where as the difficulty is listed as such by the author.
Arizona is a big state. I don't think you can easily plan a short trip from a relatively unorganized site like hikearizona. This is a time when you could use a real paper guidebook that has seen the touch of an editor, like the Hiking Arizona book, or pick an area and get a book for that location. It doesn't have to be the perfect book, just one that names a few good outings in your desired place. Have fun.
Actually, hikearizona is specifically designed to allow people to put together hikes, or climbs when in the database, to search by area, and to find trail-heads on the maps that are there. Use the traildex or traildex map to find stuff. If you still think you need the opinion of a paper published author, by all means spend the money on a book, but hikearizona is well enough designed to allow you to plan a trip using it.