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Rogers Canyon from Woodbury TH, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 11.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,523 feet
Elevation Gain 1,073 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,840 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 6 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 25.4
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Rough Canyon via Woodbury
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by HAZ_Hikebot

If you are not from Arizona or have never hiked in Arizona but would like to see most of what the state has to offer as far as a backpacking trip, this is the trail for you!

The road to the trailhead is just as Joe describes it=...ROUGH! I had a rental car that let's just say performed great, but I held my breathe on several occasions waiting to see the oil light come on because I ripped the oil pan clean off, but as luck was on my side, this did not happen. Plan early and reserve that SUV.

Let me start off by saying that the book "Hiker's guide to the Superstition Wilderness" is a must buy for planning. It was by far the most accurate hiking book for a destination that I have ever bought.

The trail was incredible. It starts out with typical Arizona flora which was great to hike amongst for that "up close and personal" experience. If you are following along in the aforementioned book, do not bother looking for the "weathered green sign" that says TRAIL. It is no longer there. In order to save yourself some time hunting for the correct direction of travel (there are many possible tracks that resemble trails from those lost soles seeking the correct way to proceed) when you get to the windmill, stand facing it and the trail is at approximately 8 o'clock from the windmill.

After crossing the river several times, brace yourself for a continual climb in elevation all the way to Tortilla Pass. During this uphill climb you will go from cactus (and if you are as lucky as I was, a variety of wildflowers) to mesquite and juniper. It is a little deceptive on a topo, so don't under estimate this elevation gain.

After you cross over the top of the pass, it is a mere 45 minutes to Angel Basin. Upon arrival, you will see why this is a great place to set up camp. It is very level, open with enough room for many people to set up camp (although I had the place to myself the entire time) and again, if you are as lucky as I was, a river with filterable water.

After setting up camp and stowing my gear, it was an easy stroll to the cliff dwellings. Please take Joe's advice and leave the ruins intact and untainted by trash.

In fact, one of the things I enjoyed most about this trip was that from the time I set out on the trail, went all the way to the dwellings and back out without seeing (or having to pick up) anyone else's trash. Kudos to all that used that trail before I did!

The temps while I was there (Feb. 10-11) were great. Daytime temp at 60 and nighttime at 28. Very comfortable for backpacking and a great change for those of us that camp in a foot of snow in order to get our "fix" in during winter months.

This is also a great trip for "birders". Although I myself enjoy seeing different varieties, I by no means have "an eye" for seeing them or identifying them. Nonetheless, I did see a tanager; a tufted titmouse and more juncos than one could shake a stick at.

In addition, be aware that big cats are alive and well in the superstitions as the picture I took can attest. Way to big to be a housecat!

In wrapping this up, I would like to thank Joe for a great website that help wet my appetite in choosing a destination and to Nealz for his invaluable assistance with the details.

Happy Trails!

2009-03-29 rehlers writes: Here is a list of waypoints for the hike: 1-TR106-TH 33 24.586' N 111 12.372' W Woodbury Trailhead 2-TR114 33 24.960' N 111 12.487' W Intersection of TR106 and TR114 3-TR110 33 26.767' N 111 13.463' W Intersection of TR106 and TR110 4-TORTPASS 33 26.974' N 111 13.444' W Tortilla Pass 5-TR112 33 27.849' N 111 12.683' W Intersection of TR110 and TR112 6-TR109 33 26.407' N 111 11.092' W Intersection of TR110 and TR109 7-TR109-TH 33 25.336' N 111 10.402' W Rogers Trough Trailhead 8-TR114 33 24.808' N 111 11.480' W Intersection of FS172A and TR114

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2001-02-15 HAZ_Hikebot
    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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    Rogers Canyon from Woodbury TH
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    Claire & I had a three day weekend for President’s Day and FOTG wanted to return to Upper Fish Creek. The long weekend & warm temps gave us the perfect chance to explore the area.

    We left Tempe on Saturday morning and made the drive to Woodbury Trailhead. The road is bumpy and annoying but in good shape overall. We started hiking the JF Trail around 11am and saw Toddak by the Windmill. He was doing a large day hike from the Tortilla Trailhead. After chatting up with him we made the climb to Tortilla Pass which took some effort with the hot sun beating down and the heavy pack. Once over the pass we cruised down to Angel’s Basin and connected onto the Frog Tanks Trail. We arrived at our camp within the hour. We settled into camp and gathered an obnoxious amount of firewood. The evening was spent making dinner and enjoying the fire.

    Our day two started slowly. We planned on day hiking down Fish Creek and knew we had a swimmer within the first half mile. We wanted the sunlight for warmth. We left camp around 9:30am and made the half mile hike to the swimmer. Once there we scoped out the bypass on left. FOTG looked for a bypass on the right and checked out a possible ruin site that yielded some shards but nothing significant. The right bypass was a no go and he returned back to us at the swimmer. While away the girls and I talked and were not too excited about making the cold swim. The left bypass looked sketchy & I was thinking about other options for the day. FOTG came back to us and immediately tossed his boots across the pool and then jumped in and swam across. He reached the other side and didn’t say anything for a long moment. I knew it had to be a cold swim. He got back in the water and hugged the wall where I passed him our packs. I was up next. I slid into the water and felt all the air get sucked out of me! The water was freezing and I quickly swam to the other side where I immediately got into the sunlight to warm up. The girls were up next and were able to hug the wall and with FOTG’s help they were able to keep their upper half out of the pool. Finally we were all across!

    From there we went about two miles down Fish Creek. Our going was slow as we rock hopped & crossed back and forth across the creek. We kept dry & took a break near Goat Canyon & decided to turn around and head back for the swimmer. The return flew by and we found ourselves back at the swimmer. I went first and swam across holding my day pack above the water. The water was really cold but doable. Next up was FOTG and then Jackie and finally Claire. It took some work to get Claire’s pack across dry. FOTG stepped up and assisted with Claire’s pack. Thanks Lee I owe you one! Once back across all of us returned to camp.

    It was mid-afternoon at this point so we all decided to do a short hike north up Frog Tanks. We hiked a little over a mile and took a break in the creek and then returned to camp. We gathered more firewood and settled in for night two. All of us were tired from the day and turned in relatively early.

    On day three we pretty much woke up and tore down camp and started the hike out. The going was much easier with lighter packs. We topped off water at Angel’s Basin and made a couple of short stops to water the dogs. Overall it was an uneventful hike out and were back to the FOTG’s truck around 1:30pm.

    This was another fun trip with a great group. I enjoyed Fish Creek but will never hike it again as an out & back. I’d like to check out the lower section near the bridge at some point later this year. It would be ideal during the fall when the leaves are turning. Thanks Lee for organizing and getting us across the swimmer. Wet canyoneering is not my favorite during February!
    Rogers Canyon from Woodbury TH
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    Rough Canyon via Woodbury
    Claire and I wanted to head out for an overnighter for Memorial Day Weekend. The weather in Phoenix was too good to be true so we started looking relatively close to home and settled on the Superstitions. We were out there two months ago and found a sweet campsite near Frog Tanks and Rough Canyon. Our plan was to start at the Woodbury Trailhead and hike over Tortilla Pass and on to camp. We would explore up Rough Canyon on the second day and then hike out later that day.

    We left Tempe around mid-morning on Saturday and drove to the Woodbury Trailhead. We arrived to a vacant parking area and started hiking soon after. It was sunny and warm but comfortable. We made steady progress as we climbed towards Tortilla Pass. I wondered about our water situation along the Frog Tanks Trail and felt better as I saw a few small pools about a mile into our hike. I figured if there is water here there will be water in Frog Tanks. We continued hiking and topped out after Tortilla Pass and then dropped down into Angels Basin. We found the area completely deserted and found several good pools of water in the creek. We’ll have no water issues on this overnighter.

    We took a short lunch near Angels Basin and then took our time hiking down the Frog Tanks Trail. This area is really beautiful and has lots of shade from all the trees and foliage. There was lots of water and it flowed in a few places. We continued on and soon reached our campsite near the junction of Frog Tanks and Fish Creek. It’s a fantastic site situated next to the creek and has plenty of shade and a fire ring. The creek was dry right next to us but water was available about two minutes down canyon. We settled in and got camp set up and then gathered some firewood. It was late in the day and we decided to go for a short walk up Fish Creek. The going was very slow and rugged. There was lots of water through here and the scenery is amazing! From there we returned to camp and settled in for the night. We enjoyed a fire and had Pad Thai (Backpackers Pantry) for dinner.

    The next morning started slowly. We woke and had coffee and filtered some water. We set out for Rough Canyon around 9:30am and our going was very slow right from the start. The creek bed is loaded with rocks and boulders of all sizes. Just reaching the start of Rough Canyon a quarter mile away felt like a small victory. We entered Rough and proceeded up canyon at a very slow pace. The canyon is extremely rugged and we had to search high and low for the best route possible. We had to climb up and over boulders or had to entirely leave the creek bed and fight our way through heavy foliage to reach the next section. Our goal was the ruins but it became obvious we weren’t going to have enough time or energy for the endeavor. We planned on hiking back to the jeep later in the afternoon so we found a nice spot to break and then turned around and headed back for camp. We learned going down Rough Canyon is much easier. It also helped knowing the best route from our hike up.

    Once back at camp we took an extended break and ate lunch and filtered more water. We then packed up and started the hike out around 1:30pm. We took our time on the return and took a break at Angels Basin where we filtered more water and rested. From there we made the hike out and returned to the jeep.

    This was a really fun overnighter and I wish we had more time and energy for Rough Canyon. The going in there is extremely rugged and fun. We definitely plan on going back in the fall after the weather cools off. And we didn’t see another person in the Supes on this trip. The solitude was a real treat especially for a holiday weekend.
    Rogers Canyon from Woodbury TH
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    We spent the weekend making an overnighter to Angel Basin. We parked the jeep right on 172A at the start of the Woodbury Trail. We made quick time down Woodbury and connected onto the JF Trail and followed that north to Tortilla Pass. From there we dropped down to Angel Basin and set up camp. This is a great area with several campsites and multiple fire rings. The creek had cold and clear water flowing. It rained the week before. After camp was set up, we made a day trip up the Frog Tanks Trail. I really enjoyed this trail. The area is lush and beautiful. Lots of water in the creek and a couple of sweet campsites near the Fish Creek junction. I’d really like to return another time.

    We returned to camp and settled in for the night. We started a fire and enjoyed dinner and then a few beers. We woke the next day and took our time having breakfast and then tore down camp. We stopped at the Roger Canyon Ruins and then made our way to the trailhead. From there we hiked down the road and were back to the jeep around mid-afternoon. This was a nice hike and I’d like to spend more time along the Frog Tanks trail in the near future.
    Rogers Canyon from Woodbury TH
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    Once again, I've hiked via the Woodbury Trailhead to Angel Basin and not seen the ruins!! Gah!!

    The hike is pretty challenging up to Tortilla Pass, but the rest of the trip is pretty bearable in comparison. We cleared up some catclaw. There was enough water to filter at Angel Basin, but it was pretty dry up until that point.

    The road to Woodbury is pretty rough. High clearance only.

    This hike was too strenuous for the less-experienced hikers we brought. I probably won't take this hike again--will rather go from the Roger's Trough trailhead or perhaps from the north down Frog Tanks Trail.

    The trail is quite easy to lose in places. Don't venture here without a GPS! I'll post some GPS data soon, but it can be found here as well:

    - Indian bandana (either JF Trail or Roger's Canyon trail)

    - Socks and bottoms of zip-off pants (Angel Basin)
    Rogers Canyon from Woodbury TH
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    My brother and I planned a day hike to Roger's Canyon so as to ensure there would be water in the creek. There was! We'll be going again in two weeks with full packs and some buddies.

    But we made a big mistake in thinking that Roger's Canyon (in and out) is a day hike. It's an ALL-DAY hike. We started on the trailhead at 10am, and we didn't get back to the car until 8pm. We will not be doing that again if we intend to get in and out--for sure. We ended up having to hike out in the dark for the last 2 hours of the hike, and that is the absolute worst part of the trail to be hiking in the dark. Much of the trail is overgrown, but it was so bad here (about a mile in from the trailhead) that we lost the trail a few times in the dark. No fun!

    Sadly we didn't get to explore the cliff dwellings . . . just ran out of time.

    Hiking up to Tortilla Pass is grueling, but continuing down the Roger's Canyon trail makes up for it.

    Be prepared for a lot of thorns! :)

    Some wildflowers
    Rogers Canyon from Woodbury TH
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    Central Supes Loop
    Just a five day 55 mile jaunt through the middle of the Superstition Wilderness. I met Wally with a friend on Christmas day at Roger's Trough, 7:30. Wally showed me a few sets of lesser traveled cliff-dwellings in area and we both finally located the trough at Angel Basin, which for all the time we had spent out there neither of us had been until that day. Towards the end of the day I had one of my nicest finds in Supes, a very nice set of cliff-dwellings. Christmas turned out to be a day of great finds, and a little over 13 miles of exploring. Despite hurricane force winds we hung around the fire, chatted and ate food for the rest of the night. Wally left in the morning and Lucy, myself and the dogs started the annoying climb to Tortilla Divide and the JF Ranch Trail.

    Day two consisted of Roger's Canyon to JF Ranch Trail, to Coffee Flats Trail, to Reed's Water where we camped. I did do some additional exploring on day two. I cam across another cliff-dwelling, in the past this would have been the find of the year for me, however, after what we came across the day before, it was more reserved, but still appreciated. I spend so much time in the more remote areas, I had forgotten about places like Reed's Water. We got water from the well, had a nice dinner and enjoyed a very nice camp site in a picturesque area. However, the windmill can get quite noisy and startle you at time when it creaks and starts.

    Day three was our short day and recovery day, we met my good friend Jim around the Charlebois area and went to one of our favorite spots. The dogs rested we rested and ate some food while considering our options for returning to Roger's Trough.

    Day four consisted of the Dutchman to Red Tanks, Red Tanks to Hoolie Bacon, and then the JF Ranch Trail to Clover Spring for camp. On Hoolie Bacon I saw two hikers with llamas the was different. Saw some day hikers when we got closer to the intersection with JF Trail, other than that Hoolie Bacon was well..Hoolie Bacon. JF trail was in typical form as well, century plants across the trail, and prickly pear and agave winning the battle for trail supremacy. The above couple with the fact that we seemed to have been climbing all day on day four, first the Upper La Barge Box and then the climb from Horse Camp Basin to Horse Ridge and right back up the JF..sigh..I banked a lot on my one memory of JF from a year ago and thought we would have a place to camp, water and maybe some wood near Clover Spring. The gamble worked, as camping options along the JF Trail are very limited.

    Day five we hiked to Tortilla Divide, the last stretch to the divide is becoming quite the little bushwhack in spots as you make your climb from JF Trail. We then took JF Ranch Trail to the Woodbury Ranch site, and instead of making our way to established TH, I took care of my last 1.2 miles left of marked Supes trails and hiked the portion that ends at FR 172. From there the hike was kind of hard at times, the wind was blowing really hard and I now had dogs on lead, plus the fatigue of having already hiked in from Clover Spring and now we were climbing up to Roger's Trough, but we made it and were in car heading down FR 172 by 12:30.

    My AEG is all jacked up, but final miles for trip were 54.6. This "trek" was particularly unique because of the sharp contrasts in the environments we hiked through, from the often snow covered area around Iron Mountain, to the riparian, and jungle like areas along Coffee Flats in Randolph Canyon, then the low desert areas, back to the canopy areas along La Barge then back up to the wind-swept ridge-lines of JF Ranch Trail, finishing up at the sparsely vegetated Woodbury Ranch area. One night I was putting on lotion so my neck would not peal from a little sun burn and the next morning the dog's water was frozen.
    Rogers Canyon from Woodbury TH
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    We only made it to Tortilla Pass (junction of JF Trail 106 and Roger's Canyon Trail 110). Members of our group weren't prepared for the steep ascent.

    We hadn't seen any good water sources, so a group of us were planning to head down into Angel Basin at Roger's Canyon to get some water. Thankfully, some other hikers there told us there might be a spring just a little further northwest on the JF Trail. There was indeed enough water in Tortilla Creek to treat! Our trip was saved.

    We found some prescription glasses on the trail.
    Rogers Canyon from Woodbury TH
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    I hiked into Angel Basin on Saturday morning and hiked out Sunday morning.

    There was no water in the creek!!! AGHH no wonder I didn't see any other backpackers. Thank God I packed enough water in (3 liters). I found an abandoned sleeping bag on the JF trail.

    I feel like a real idiot for going down there when there wasn't water, but I checked ahead with the ranger's station to make sure there was water. Apparently I didn't communicate exactly what I meant when I asked "Is there water at Roger's Canyon?"

    No water in the creek, but it sure as heck rained on Sunday morning! I was rained on for 3 hours of the 4-hour hike--soaked to the skin. It was nice to hike in such a thick fog without the sun beating down, though.
    Rogers Canyon from Woodbury TH
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    Managed to negotiate a ride to and from the trailhead to revenge on some catclaw and other nasty vegetation, attempted to finish up what I couldn't this spring. Cleared a good section of it, but it's too far to finish this doing it as a dayhike due to short winter days and ~10 miles of hiking in and out. Perhaps some scout group or campers at Angel Basin can cleanup the last 0.8 miles as I have no way to get to the trailhead by myself.

    Many thanks to Nunya, Tom, as well as Hank, Gary, and Tim for making this possible.

    No water sighted, but I didn't make it all the way to Angel Basin.
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    Wally graciously offered me use of the Wallymobile. I actually got to drive the Wallymobile!! WOOHOO!

    Easily handling the road, the Wallymobile coasted into the trailhead and I started hiking at 11 and caught and passed the group after about an hour. I fooled everyone by not wearing my sunglasses, so noone recognized me :)

    I spent about 3 hours trimming from the JF trail to the switchbacks, getting rid of some gnarly overgrowth. I only managed maybe 0.5 miles because it was so thick. I was hoping to attack the worst part just below the switchbacks, but approaching thunderstorms (which were not predicted) made me turn tail to the car.

    I met up with the group at the Hank Hilton and camped there for the night. Hank outdid himself with all the great food. It was great to meet some new faces too.

    So I think the summary is that the JF/Rogers Trail is good up to the switchbacks and will probably still be hell down to however far Supes guy got trimming his way up from Angel Basin. It will probably take a base camp effort to finish it up seeing as how it's maybe 4 miles in before you can begin trimming where I left off.

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    To Woodbury Trailhead
    Take US 60 east out of Apache Junction. A couple miles past Florence Junction at MP214.2 turn north onto Queen Valley Road and drive for 1.6 miles. Turn right onto FR357 (Hewlett Station Road) and drive for 3.0 miles to signed FR172. Turn left onto FR172 and drive for 9.1 miles to the intersection of FR172A/172B. IF going to Rogers Trough TH/Parking, then turn right onto FR172A and drive 3.8 rough miles to the Rogers Trough TH; IF going to Woodbury TH, then turn left onto FR172B and drive 1.1 miles to the Woodbury TH/Parking.

    Notice This trailhead may or may not be accessible by sedan. The road is generally grated once a year. Opinions differ on what is and is not doable.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 65.6 mi - about 1 hour 49 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 98.9 mi - about 2 hours 39 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 210 mi - about 3 hours 52 mins
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