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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
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10  2018-02-03
Reavis - Plow Saddle - Castle Dome
BiFrost
15  2018-02-03
Reavis Plow Castle Dome
The_Eagle
21  2018-02-03
Reavis - Plow Saddle - Castle Dome
joebartels
6  2017-03-04
Plow Saddle Trail #287
wallyfrack
15  2017-03-04
Plow Saddle Trail #287
Tortoise_Hiker
10  2017-02-05
Reavis Ranch Trail #109
friendofThunderg
15  2013-04-26
Castle Dome - Superstitions
wallyfrack
10  2013-04-26
Castle Dome - Superstitions
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Author joebartels
author avatar Guides 213
Routes 824
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Trips 4,252 map ( 21,403 miles )
Age 49 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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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


Overview
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 too for the semi avid hiker.

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The peak 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 pines 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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Castle Dome 5308 - Tonto NF
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Reavis Plow Castle Dome
Perfect weather day to hit up this area in the Supes. The sun was still behind the hills when we got off to our chilly start.

We made quick work of the Reavis #109 Trail to Plow Saddle Trail #287. This was one of two Supes trails I needed to get the Supes done. I did not expect much, but was pleasantly surprised. Steep going down to the Plow Saddle Spring box and Intersection with the Frog Tanks #112 Trail. We did not take the time to check on the actual Spring location and headed up the much gentler Frog Tanks Trail.

Now at Reavis Ranch we used many of the use trails to check out the Creek, farm implements, and take in some lunch.

After lunch, Joe led us in a search for the old trailer by Owen's Spring. It was dry at the spring location marked, but plenty to filter from from a couple of pools just downstream.

Next up was Castle Dome. We decided to climb this one from the south for 2 reasons. First, 350 less gain to get to the top and second, it looked like on satellite views that it was relatively brush free. This ended up being the right call. Sweet views along ridgeline while making our way over to Castle Dome 5308. It's final a steep 100' climb to get to the top.

Getting down the 650' drop back to the Reavis #109, we practiced safety second. The brush was thick in spots going down, but you could find pathways. Still nicer going down this, as opposed to up.

From here, just a cruise back to the TH.

Castle Dome 5308 - Tonto NF
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Reavis - Plow Saddle - Castle Dome
The Apache Trail is under construction from Dutchman to the marina. Looks like they are doing shoulder work before a much needed repave.

After the slow and tedious Cactus Butte hike last week Bruce suggested the super highway Reavis North. 3 cars in the lot and a couple entries in the register before our 7:40am start. 2 other cars at finish.

Plow Saddle Trail #287
Old man competition needed this for his Superstition Wilderness Trails rank. New to me too. Steepish. More enjoyable than anticipated. Gets you out of seemingly barren rolling hills into a living area quick.

Reavis Playgrounds
Hunted a little for the machete I hid in 2012 after raising the nerves of @MtnBart01 & @Tortoise_Hiker with my samurai skill set. A guy we encountered before turning down Plow Saddle was in the primo camp site off Reavis Gap at the creek. Three small groups set up camp in the homestead vicinity. Just a glimpse of life, they must have been out exploring.

Castle Dome
Visible atop most peaks in the wilderness including 15 miles west along the Superstition Ridgeline, this has served as a great reference point over the years. Hands down the highlight of our hike. Bruce had us approach from the south, one saddle north of Windy Pass. The mini ridge is recommended, that said views on Castle Dome 5308 are the showstopper. Both ascents are steep and loose. The north has chaparral to help stabilize your stance when needed. The ridge on top is fairly easy travel. Keep a constant eye out for barbed wire on the ground.

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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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