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Castle Dome 5308 - Tonto NF, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 0.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,272 feet
Elevation Gain 636 feet
Accumulated Gain 636 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 2.52
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
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10  2018-02-03
Reavis - Plow Saddle - Castle Dome
15  2018-02-03
Reavis Plow Castle Dome
21  2018-02-03
Reavis - Plow Saddle - Castle Dome
6  2017-03-04
Plow Saddle Trail #287
15  2017-03-04
Plow Saddle Trail #287
10  2017-02-05
Reavis Ranch Trail #109
15  2013-04-26
Castle Dome - Superstitions
10  2013-04-26
Castle Dome - Superstitions
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Routes 841
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Trips 5,240 map ( 26,588 miles )
Age 52 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Sun  5:43am - 7:16pm
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🔥 Castle 20021.7 mi*
🔥 2019 Woodbury Fire123.8k
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*perimeter length in miles

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by joebartels

North RT to Peak 0.8 mi / 640 aeg
North to South 1.25 mi / 820 aeg
South to North 1.25 mi / 420 aeg

About 3.4 mile south along Reavis Trail #109 from the northern trailhead. This distinct peak has a bottle cap ridge appearance from afar...
Black Cross Butte 9.8 mi NW
Bronco Butte 5.0 mi NW
Boulder Peak 3.5 mi SE
Dacite Mesa 12.8 mi SW

It is a predominant terrain feature in the eastern Superstition Wilderness area. Visible atop most peaks in the wilderness, including 15 miles west along the Superstition Ridgeline. This excellent reference point is a great destination for the semi avid hiker.

Castle Dome 5308 can be reached by a steep semi cairned use-trail that follows a fence line. A southern approach from one saddle north of Windy Pass is another option.

Both ascents are steep and loose. The north has occasional junipers in the lower portion and chaparral throughout to help stabilize your stance when needed. The mini Castle Ridgeline is fairly easy travel. Just keep a constant eye out for barbed wire on the ground!

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Map Drive

To Reavis Trailhead
From Phoenix take US 60 east. Exit at Apache Junction (Idaho Rd, exit 196) and drive northeast on State Highway 88. Follow 88 past Canyon Lake and Tortilla Flats to the end of the pavement. Continue on the dirt road until you see the sign for Reavis Ranch Trail between mile marker 227 and 228. Turn right and follow this dirt road to its end (2.8 mile). The trailhead is at the north end of the parking lot. The smooth, well-graded dirt roads are easily passable in a passenger car during dry weather. Because of numerous hair pin curves, plan on the 28 miles from US 60 to the trailhead taking an hour.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) - 67.0 mi, 1 hour 49 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) - 129 mi, 3 hours 15 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) - 211 mi, 4 hours 8 mins
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