With Mike Mattes, Clark Norgaard, and Ken Schopen...
Mike is our resident Supes expert having explored just about every nook and cranny I'm aware of. One place still on his "unexplored" list is Circlestone, so we decided to try and remedy this omission. Our interest was further piqued by GPSJoe's post of Tom Kollenborn's writing on this subject http://hikearizona.com/phoZOOM.php?ZIP=79013
as well as Bruce Peterson's Circlestone Project (GOOGLE "Circlestone Project, Superstition Wilderness, Bruce Peterson" for more info) publications.
7am rendezvous at the Loop 2002/Gilbert Road Starbucks and we were off in Ken and Mike's Jeeps towards FR172 and Roger's Trough. Signed-in at the Arizona Trail kiosk and we were on the trail 9-ish. Made great time to the Elisha Reavis Gravesite as the crisp weather made for easy hiking.
We lingered at the gravesite exploring some nearby pueblo remains. Seems the Reavis Gravesite is comprised of stones scavenged from this ancient pueblo. What happened to the grave marker that appears in earlier photos http://www.hikearizona.com/t2002/globe/reavis/gtg/23.JPG
? From the gravesite, we began to huff it up the ~750 feet of switchbacks to Reavis Saddle.
Approaching mid-day, we decided to take advantage of the view from the saddle and break out our packed lunches. From this vantage we took our time re-examining the Circlestone Project Map for more satellite ruins. A couple are marked near the intersection of the Fire Line Trail, so we took note for our upcoming pass-by...
Started to trek down the trail following Reavis Creek. Tall ponderosa pines soon lined the trail and some significant snow drifts were encountered. Came upon a bow hunter and his fresh deer kill near the Honeycutt Spring confluence. Swapped some stories and we were on our way.
Unsuccessful in locating any of the satellite ruins near the Fire Line Trail intersection as our 1:30pm turn-around time approached.
Arrived back at the Jeeps before 4pm. Time for a tasty beverage and pizza at the Garage in Gold Canyon. No Circlestone exploration this time...