GC beckons again.
I have questions about doing Tonto from IG, then up SK. Everything I've read/found thus far on this section of Tonto seems to be about doing SK-Tonto-BA. Sometimes, landmarks, markings, etc. that are seen going one way are not seen/clear in the reverse direction. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I may have a camping opportunity at Indian Garden (on the way up). I don't wish to ascend on BA and was wondering if I could go up SK via Tonto. This will most likely be done solo, so my question is about the clarity of the trail (Tonto), markings, forks in the trail one needs to watch for etc. (assuming it is not inadvisable to do this solo for someone who is generally well-prepared and not foolish). I don't own a GPS device and am generally not directionally challenged. But would it be advisable to take one for this (short stretch of Tonto)? I don't foresee this to take longer than half a day to reach the top, if that. I'll be starting from IG first thing in the morning. This is planned for mid-Sep.
I am aware of the exposure, total lack of shade, water, the distances and elevations (Tonto between BA and SK, and SK between Tipoff and top), etc.. FWIW, I've done SK-PR-BA twice, once with companions overnighting at PR, and once solo going to PR just to be there for a bit, drink lemonade and come right back up after a short rest. If getting a spot at Phantom Ranch was not such a PITA, life would be somewhat easier.