|Backpack||20.00 Miles||2 Days || |
|3,500 ft AEG|| || || |
Finally got out for a Backpacking trip. It has been too long! I met up with a few friends and headed over to Roger's Trough trailhead with Reavis Ranch as our destination. We left Scottsdale at 6am and arrived at the trailhead and found ourselves moving by 8am.
We made quick work of the downhill section and found ourselves gazing on the Reavis Grave site. We wondered how many people stop to pay Reavis some respect. It seems like a lot. From there we made the long and slow plow up the canyon to the saddle. This was my first time on this section of the trail. It was very tight and there were a few sections where your right on the edge. Definitely not for horses.
The saddle came and went as we continued to the ranch. The downhill portion was much easier. As we neared the ranch, we were amazed at how much water was present in Reavis Creek. There are places where its actually running. It looked refreshing!
We arrived at the foundation site around noon and scoped out some camp spots. We grabbed the one right on the creek. It was perfect! We set up camp and then headed for Circlestone. It's only 2.5 miles away but felt a lot farther! It was a slow and long uphill hike. I laughed when we came upon the Allen Blackman Trail. There were some cairns in the shape of Circlestone. It was very clever. The side trail is very steep at the start but eventually levels off. It was a welcoming site when we arrived at the rock walls. Circlestone is very cool and surprisingly large. Mound Mountain looms in the distance and appears miles away. I give credit to those that continue on to the top...looks like tough going. On a side note, I could see Camelback Mountain from Circlestone. It's very faint and hard to see.
The trip back to camp was a breeze! It's all downhill. We had dinner and then got our fire going. The weather was great and I couldn't have asked for better company! We enjoyed the fire and then turned in for the night. It got a little cold but I was properly prepared with a good tent, a sleeping bag and a liner...the Sea to Summit 15 degree liner made a big difference. I was glad I had it.
We spent our second day doing some exploring of the Reavis Ranch area and then packed up camp. We started hiking back around noon and slowly made our way back to the trailhead. It was a long and slow return hike. We arrived back to the truck around 3:30. What a wonderful trip!