Do as I say, not as I do. Stay out of the rattlesnake infested inferno known as the Superstition Wilderness in summer!
I often hike alone in the Killer Mountains in the summer. But I observe the following precautions: I hydrate throughly before leaving the house and carry at least a gallon of water and enough gear and food to get me through the night if that should prove necessary; I carry a whistle and bright bandannas to attach to my hiking staff for signaling; and I stick to the itinerary that I leave with my wife, e.g., Black Mesa Loop, 9. 1 miles, out of First Water Trailhead, counterclockwise direction. And of course I stay on the trail. Don't go looking for the Lost Dutchman's gold. There ain't no gold in them thar hills, but you could easily fall down a mine shaft. Naturally you must start such a hike at first light and be done with that ankle-busting 9 mile loop by about 10:00 AM. Only a jackass with a death wish hikes in the middle of the day in these mountains in summer.
At the moment, one Kenny Clark of Gilbert, AZ has been missing since Sunday out of that same First Water T-head. May the Lord have mercy on him.
Here are my Five Ways of roasting your ass to a crisp in the Sonoran desert in summer.
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Addendum (7/6): Mr. Clark was found dead this morning, Friday, around 2 AM in Garden Valley about a mile and a half from the First Water trailhead where his car was parked. Well, at least he died with his boots on. He was found off trail. That was one mistake. Stay on the trail! The other was not leaving an itinerary with his wife. According to a radio report, this is the second time the poor woman has had a husband die on her while hiking.