|Horseback||18.60 Miles||2 Days || |
|2,040 ft AEG|| || || |
This trail is a real treat. ALthough I normally hike, I'm also luck enough to have married into a family that has horses. My father in law is quite the wrangler and had been telling me about this trail for the last 4 years. So the day came and he was able to share the experience with me.
About 5 of us, riding horses and packing mules headed into Reavis early on Saturday. It takes about 4-5 hours to get in there. From the start of the trail to Reavis Ranch, it is just amazing. Windy Pass is a good resting point, and we've named the tree there "nurses tree". Good shade can be found on a hot summer day.
The trail after windy pass is a bit scary on top of a horse. If anything goes wrong, all hell can break loose. In any case, the views as you descend into the valley are great.
When you reach Reavis Ranch, there are 3-4 large campsites. All of them are good. The last one is probably the best because it is near a stream (good for watering horses). The nights in Reavis Ranch are spectacular. I took some great star trails and shots of constellations. The Milky Way was putting on a show here.
If you want to indulge in Apples, you have to visit this place in September. Late September is perfect. We must have left with over 200 apples. If you come too late (Oct) they'll be eaten by worms. Also, if you're packing mules you can bring ice cream, pie crust, and fixins. Malking an apple pie "a la mode" in a dutch oven is probably the best treat you could ever ask for when camping. I also found a few pear trees not far from the Apple Orchard. Unfortunately they were not ripe yet.
The only thing I would do different next time is take 3 days. 2 just isn't enough to soak up the beauty and peace of this place.