We went into the Wilderness at Springtime Campground. The hike to San Mateo Peak was very steep and rocky but had fantastic views. San Mateo Spring was dry as was the cistern and well at San Mateo Peak. We did find some water at 25 Yard Spring.
We dropped our packs at 25 Yard Spring and continued on to Apache Kid Peak. We did not find the marker, but we were looking for something more pronounced.
This is a great trip. We saw more bears than people. Lots of bear sign but no problems. It is a beautiful area that does not get much use. Check it out if you are looking for something less used.
We put started at Springtime campground and then hiked up trail 43 (Apache Kid Trail). The scenery was great with lots of bear sign near the campground. There was no water at San Mateo Spring or at San Mateo Peak and it looks like both have been dry for a long time. There was flowing water (not much) at 25 yard spring.
We hiked to where the Apache Kid marker is supposed to be but we were not able to find it.
This a beautiful area that is only lightly used. We did not see any other people until we were almost out of the Wilderness It is a pretty good climb, but well worth the effort. Just be prepared to pack in water.