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If this is truely your first time hiking/camping, stay in the campground and day hike the rim. After your set up your tent, hike up the Lost mine trail for the evening. The next morning, day hike up the penicales trail and figure out how you feel at the top. Then decide if you want to go further. Carry 1.25 gallons of water per person on the day hike. You will need it. I strongly recommend that you first practice an overnight backpacking trip somewhere firstlike Enchanted Rock. Some place that you can EASILY bail out of it it goes bad. Many things will be vetted out by the first practice trip. BB is unforgiving. I was reminded of this last time I was out there when we found a pile of gear/food/and clothes left on the side of the trail. Someone under-estimated the place and left a good $100 of stuff behind. Once you get your first trip done, you will be better prepared to enjoy the place the next time you come. But by all means, get out there and see what it is all about!
..... not sure I'm following. I was planning to start at the lodge and travelling down UP pinnacles trail until about 8 and setting up camp. Then finishing pinnacles the next evening and travelling back up DOWN the laguna meadows trail.
I may do a practice run as you mentioned, sounds like good advice.
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