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 Queen Valley - Northeast
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Difficulty 3.5    Route Finding
Distance One Way 6.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,473 feet
Avg Time One Way 3.5 hours
Interest Seasonal Creek
Lizard
Descriptions 15
Routes 0
Photos 403
Trips 17 map ( 75 miles )
Age 34
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Rated Viewed All Mine Friends
18  2014-05-10
 Woodbury to Reavis Loop
 friendofThunderg
8  2014-05-03
 Rogers - Frog Tank - Reav
 joe bartels
21  2014-05-03
 Rogers - Frog Tank - Reav
 The Eagle
15  2014-04-26
 Superstition Wilderness
 friendofThunderg
27  2014-04-13
 Sugar N Cimeron
 chumley
27  2014-04-13
 Cimeron Mountain 5570
 friendofThunderg
25  2014-02-14
 Angel Basin Reavis Ranch
 bballard
33  2013-12-01
 Rogers Canyon Ruins from
 mike_berg
6  2013-11-30
 Rogers Canyon Trail #110
 hikerdw
5  2013-02-16
 Angel Basin Reavis Ranch
 azfatboy
23  2012-09-01
 Reavis Gap Trail #117
 friendofThunderg
11  2012-04-18
 Rough Canyon
 MtnBart01
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Forest Tonto
Wilderness Superstition
Backpack - Yes & Connecting
Seasons - Late Autumn to Late Spring
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1.1  Plow Saddle Trail #287
1.1  Rough Canyon
1.5  Circlestone
1.7  Fireline Trail #118
2.7  Cimeron Mountain 5570
3.7  Fish Creek Cyn - Bridge to Roger's Cyn
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Scenic Shin Damage
by Lizard

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The Frog Tanks Trail starts and ends in the middle of nowhere. It is not the easiest trail to access. However, it is a useful route because it connects the Reavis Trail with the Roger's Canyon trail. Hikers can use this trail to construct a great backpacking trip that takes in two of the coolest attractions in the Eastern Superstitions- Reavis Ranch and the Roger's Canyon cliff dwellings.

The Frog Tanks Trail leaves trail 109 from a small open saddle. It heads to the west, paralleling the Paradise Creek drainage as it gradually loses elevations. This section of trail is an old roadbed and is easy to follow. After passing the cement trough at Plow Saddle Spring, which is usually dry, it continues west hugging the side of the hills and contouring in and out of small drainages. This is my favorite section of the trail, as it traverses along open grassy mountainsides dotted with Junipers. There are spectacular views of White Mountain and Fish Creek Canyon.

After passing an Indian ruin at about the two-mile mark, the trail leaves the hill sides and jogs southward toward Fish Creek. After crossing an open field of many prickly pears, the trail drops into the canyon bottom. This is where the fun begins. The Frog Tanks Trail follows the bed of Fish Creek Canyon for no more than a half-mile, but it is one gnarly half-mile. The trail has been totally overgrown with catclaw that rises to shoulder height, and your legs and arms will get scraped alot as you push through this gauntlet. Long pants are a must. I've even considered taking some hedge clippers to perform impromtu trail maintenance. It is that bad.

The trail eventually climbs to a small ridge above Fish Creek. This offers a respite from the catclaw, but do not get too excited. Thie trail on the ridge is thickly overgrown with prickly pear and agave. Agaves are sometimes called shin daggers, and if you don't know why, you will after hiking this trail! The overgrowth is so thick that you will sometimes have to leave the trail to pick your own course through the cacti, and you most likely will still come off this ridge with both of your legs bloody. The trail leaves the ridge and drops down to the confluence of Fish Creek Canyon and Roger's Canyon. There is a big pool of water here which is normally full. If it is not, you can turn left (east) and head up Fish Creek for about 50 yards. There are some pools of water here that are big enough to swim in. I saw a turtle in one of them, so they are most likely reliable.

The remainder of the Frog Tanks Trail heads down Roger's Canyon, alternating from side to side. This canyon is very pretty, especially in the fall, and the route is well-cairned and easy to follow. `There is some catclaw, but nothing like the nightmare in Fish Creek. While I was hiking this canyon in November 1999, I came across a herd of about 10 coatimundi gathered round a boulder in the canyon bottom. Coatimundi seem to be easily spooked, as they scattered so fast I was left with only one blurry and indistinct photo.

The Frog Tanks Trail ends at in Angel Basin as it meets the Roger's Canyon Trail. Angel Basin, with its grassy clearings and towering canyon walls, is one of the best campsites in the Superstitions. Enjoy your hike!

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One-Way Notice: This hike is listed as One-Way. When you hike several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
  • Superstition East Map

Directions Preferred Months Nov Dec Feb Mar
Water / Source:See Summary Above
Cell Phone Signal??? Sunrise6:18am Sunset6:11pm
Road / VehicleInfo is below 'Directions to trail'
Fees / Permit
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Forest
Tonto Pass is a forest wide permit for recreational sites and campgrounds. Typically not for trailheads.

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The Frog Tanks trail starts and ends in the middle of the Superstition Wilderness. To reach its endpoints, please read the trail descriptions for "Reavis Ranch via 109 North" and "Roger's Canyon."
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.
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