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Reavis Ranch via 109 North, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 18.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,570 feet
Elevation Gain 1,508 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,824 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 8 - 9 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 32.72
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30  2019-09-07 wallyfrack
16  2018-11-09
Reavis Frog Tanks Rogers Canyon Loop
14  2018-11-03
Reavis Gap, Fireline & Campaign Creek Loop
10  2018-10-20 ALMAL
10  2018-02-03
Reavis - Plow Saddle - Castle Dome
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Reavis Plow Castle Dome
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Reavis - Plow Saddle - Castle Dome
15  2017-04-07 Daytripper
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Author lobo41
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Trips 8 map ( 87 miles )
Age 73 Male Gender
Location Litchfield Park, Arizona
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From the trailhead you are afforded an excellent overview of Apache Lake. The Reavis Ranch Trail ascends at moderate grade through grassing rolling hills toward Castle Dome. The trail is mostly smooth but an occasional rocky section keeps you on your toes. The trail passes on the
east side of Castle Dome, through Windy Pass, before descending to the junction with Plow Saddle Trail (see below for details on a side hike to Plow Saddle Springs). The trail continues on to the east passing Frog Tanks trail junction before descending into a wooded area where it follows an old fence line. There are a couple of breaks in the fence with trails which presumably go to the creek. Continuing along the fence, you will pass an apple orchard before arriving at Reavis Ranch. The ranch house burned down in 1991 but the foundation still remains.

The Reavis Ranch Trail is also accessible from the west end at Rogers Trough.

If you desire to take a side hike to Plow Saddle Springs, at the junction, turn 90 degrees right onto the Plow Saddle Trail, walk 15 feet then turn 90 degrees left. The Plow Saddle Trail heads drops sharply into a wash with a few Cottonwood Trees before coming to Plow Saddle Springs. There is an old concrete tank and a coral at Plow Springs. There is no trail sign at this point, but Frog Tanks Trail is immediately to the left as you enter the Plow Saddle Springs area. Frog Tanks Trail winds back up the hill where it will junction with Reavis Ranch Trail. Turn right and head to the ranch.

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Reavis Ranch via 109 North
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Yes, I had to. I was cautiously optimistic but it's bad. There are a few spots that help you remember what was it was but it won't be back for a long time. Some small areas were missed but others completely gone. I was the only hiker out but there were a few on horseback. I started at 5:30 am and the temperature was nice. Just hiking the trail you can see how the conditions will change during when it gets a good rain. The first few miles will wash out in spots, the section before and after the falls trail will be muddy and the trail below Castle Dome will fill up with rocks coming down the now barren slope. Reavis Ranch itself is good but the surrounding hills are bare so it's not the same. I took the time to visit many of the ruin sites along the way and found 3 more now that the hills are bare. The camping spot near Plow Saddle Spring is bad. Plow Saddle Spring on the other hand was flowing. I saw 4 deer in that area some there is some life. To my surprise the clouds stay with me all day and there was a light rain for much of my hike out. There was no rain in the forecast so it may have been tears from the thundergods. This is just the first many planned hikes.
Reavis Ranch via 109 North
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This was day 3 of a three day expedition to Circlestone Ruins in the Superstitions Wilderness.

Our group was a party of four; my wife and I and another couple. We planned to hike Reavis Ranch North and camp at Reavis Creek at the end of the first day. The second day we would day hike to Circlestone Ruins and return to our camp at Reavis Creek. The third day we would hike back out via Reavis Ranch North.

Our hike out was somewhat easier than the hike in. Two days on the trail had everyone acclimated to the exercise and we had consumed the majority of our provisions and fuel so our packs were lighter.

We saw a few people while breaking camp and hiking out. It seems that there is a loop hike in the area that is popular with backpackers. Most of them made their approach from Rogers Canyon or Reavis Ranch South. We might have to try that at some point in the future if we can scrounge up enough 4x4 vehicles for the whole party.

We made it back to the trailhead without difficulty and headed back to Phoenix for a celebratory dinner

A link to the hike video with maps can be found here:
[ youtube video ]

Every variety of cactus was is full bloom, there were also some thistles and other plants in flower
Reavis Ranch via 109 North
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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.

Reavis Ranch via 109 North
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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.
Reavis Ranch via 109 North
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Took a much needed vacation day on Friday for a nice three day weekend in the mountains. Drove up to Reavis North trail head and started out a little before 9 a.m. on Friday morning. Made it to Reavis Ranch by a little before 1. Spent a little time searching for a reasonably nice campsite close to running water. I ended up picking a spot near the intersection with the trail to Circlestone. Lots more people up here than I would have expected... neighbors were a little noisy a night but not a big deal.

Color is mostly spent at this point, but a few trees are hanging onto their fall color.
Reavis Ranch via 109 North
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Backpacked Reavis Ranch North with a small group 7/29/2017-7/30/2017. The intent was to hike to Reavis Falls as there had been several days of rain in the week prior and it was hoped that the falls would be flowing at a good clip. The drive in was not difficult with the off-road section being easily handled by a ford focus (the lowest clearance vehicle in the group). There were some steeper sections sections as we neared the trailhead but a little bravery and the knowledge that a truck was nearby to provide a tow if needed were sufficient to see everyone through. There were several spots along the road that afforded excellent views of Roosevelt lake were we stopped to take it all in. Things quickly became interesting when we reached the trailhead.

When we arrived we found a handwritten note indicating that the trail was closed due to a fire. There were no other vehicles at the trailhead but we were skeptical of the note as it was not very official looking (it was handwritten on a piece of notebook paper) and was dated a couple weeks prior. Looking at the logbook there had been a few hikers who signed in and out on after the date of the closure notice. A member of the party was able to get a cell signal and found a national forest service article that indicated a fire in the area had been extinguished a week prior, likely the work of the rainstorms. We decided that the threat of fire was probably past and proceeded with our hike.

The hike in was not overly difficult as the weather was still partly cloudy but it was still quite hot. For the first part of the hike, Castle Dome was an easily identifiable landmark that could be used to take bearings and measure progress. After going in a mile or so we came upon an area that was completely charred, with vegetation on both sides of the trail burned away. Clearly there had been a fire but it was out at this point. We did scare up a mule deer that was sleeping close to the trail in this area. He was a buck with at least half a dozen points and ran off in a hurry. The lack of vegetation made the trail more difficult to follow and it is likely that this is the section of trail where we missed the turn to Reavis Falls.

After hiking for an hour and a half we started looking for the junction and the trail to Reavis Falls. We were stopping frequently to take pictures and admire the views so it was thought that we were progressing slower than the usual estimate of 2 miles an hour. With this in mind we continued onward all the while looking for the intersection. After another hour passed I began to be concerned that we had missed our turn as the altimeter readings exceeded the maximum values that should have been observed on the hike. This fact was pointed out and the discrepancy attributed to the pressure of a storm front moving through. This seemed a reasonable explanation at the time as the weather conditions were alternating back and forth from sunny to overcast. The altimeter readings were therefore not trusted in determining our location. I was unable to take a compass bearing of the features in the area as I could not reconcile the features visible with the topographical maps. Castle Dome was no longer a easily identifiable landmark in the distance because at this point we had passed it by (though we did not realize that at the time). To answer the question of whether we missed our turn or not we turned to a cell phone hiking app which seemed to indicate we had not arrived at the junction yet. So we pressed on.

It was at this point we arrived at an interesting section of trail. Wild wheat grew on either side of us and was reminiscent of a scene from the movie Gladiator. A moderate breeze also added to the likeness and helped cool us off. I later looked up this location and found it to be aptly named: "Windy Pass".

Eventually we arrived at a trail junction labeled Plow Saddle. Given that our destination was Reavis Falls and recalling that Reavis Ranch North intersected other trails further down the line I was now confident that we had missed our turn. The last mile of the hike had been decidedly downhill and as we descended the greenery had increased proportionally. Rather than head back uphill and attempt to find the turn we missed, it was decided to press onward and find a water source and location to camp farther along the trail. I did not have topographical maps extending this far off course and had no information on water sources near our present location. Continuing onward, we soon found a 2nd trail intersection with Frog Tanks trail. At this point we had consumed just over half the water we were carrying. The decision was made to proceed forward for another half an hour and if no water source was found we would turn back for the trail head.

Myself and another fast moving member of the group scouted ahead, frequently checking the creek bed running along the trail for water. There were large quantities of trees and other thirsty flora in the vicinity and our searching was not in vain. Just across a meadow at the intersection of Reavis and Reavis Gap trail we found a series of large pools in a section of the creek bed. The area was well suited for camping with a fire ring, logs to sit on, and dry level ground suitable for tents on the edge of the meadow. After the remainder of the group arrived and began to set up camp we scouted ahead again and found the ruins of Reavis Ranch. It was becoming dark at this point and had started to drizzle so we headed back to our campsite to start dinner and finish pitching the tents.

While collecting firewood we had the good fortune to see an enormous strawberry tarantula and later that night managed to do some long exposure photography of the stormy skies. We did get rained on a little but much of the group enjoyed the shower as it had been a long hot hike. Those disinclined to get wet took shelter in the tents. It rained again while we were sleeping and we had to scramble to put the rain fly back on the tent in the middle of the night. The tent in question was poorly ventilated and it was uncomfortably hot inside with the rain fly on.

The next morning we restocked our bottles with boiled water from the pools and enjoyed a breakfast of oatmeal and s'mores pancakes. The hike out was uneventful until the last 2 miles. We picked up the pace considerably when we saw a storm front with thunder, lightning, and heavy rainfall over Castle Dome. Fortunately, the storm passed us by heading northward but it was a close-run thing. We also scared up and got great pictures of a jackrabbit near the trailhead.

There were several important lessons learned during this trip. First and foremost is to extend topographical maps at least to the next trail junction beyond the one you intend to take. That way you can figure out where you are if you miss a junction or make a wrong turn. I also resolved to research all available water sources in the vicinity of the trail for trips in the future and mark them on topographical maps brought for the hike. Having and trusting your instruments is also important. If the altimeter readings were acted upon we would have turned back shortly after missing our turn and made it to our intended destination. I have since done several other trips and find the altimeter to be an accurate and reliable navigational aid.

Despite the navigational issues several actions were taken that ensured ensured that, though longer than expected and not to the intended destination, the trip was still enjoyable. Bringing enough water was crucial, each hiker brought 4 liters so there was no immediate threat of running out of water. Pitching the tents as soon as we reached the campsite was also beneficial. When it started to rain those who wanted to stay dry could take shelter immediately. Having multiple water purification mechanisms also came into play. The primary water filter broke and backup purification mechanisms had to be employed instead.

The hike was notable for having excellent views and an extraordinary quantity and variety of wildlife. It was an excellent desert hike.

Link to downloadable topographical maps:

Link to hike video:
[ youtube video ]
Reavis Ranch via 109 North
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Started from the Reavis North TH with Dallin and Alex just before sunset. We hiked in to Reavis Ranch entirely by moonlight, no headlamps, which was a treat. Set up camp and enjoyed a chilly night at the Ranch. Jumped on the AZT in the morning. Reavis Gap is a nice trail. Love seeing pines in the Supes. Pine Creek was flowing well. We stopped here for a snack. Shortly after jumping on Two Bar Ridge, we ran into @ALMAL heading down for a solo night under the stars. Two Bar Ridge Trail offers great views and a couple of nice climbs. It warmed up during this sun exposed stretch. It was nice to be heading down into some shade upon reaching Cottonwood Trail. Started off kind of blah. An extensive network of cairns guides you through a dry creek bed and cattle country. Eventually things got green and shaded. I always enjoy Saguaros next to cottonwoods. Much more scenic than I anticipated. Wildflowers really came to life along here, as well. The road walk was even nice. Entire hillsides lit up with poppies. We cruised on down to Vineyard TH where my weekend ended and the fellas will continue on from. Great trip.

A little of everything. Poppies steal the show.
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Wanted something different, go for a ride, and check out all the creeks heading out to the TH. Water running good in all of them :) Only one vehicle at the TH, must of spent the night over at Reavis Ranch, Brrr :scared: Cloudy most of the day, then cleared up, nice trip. Ate lunch on the back side of Castle Dome and headed back and took the long way home, had a snack in Globe.
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Frog Tanks - Reavis Ranch - Reavis Falls
Hit some new territory in the Supes and Dallin put together this gem of a loop. Starting at the Northern end of Reavis Trail we cruised in through Plow Saddle as both trails were in great shape and easy to follow. Excellent views and cloud art kept us intrigued. The real fun began with Frog Tanks Trail. Although slightly overgrown, the canyon views and water in Fish Creek kept us eagerly pushing through the cat claw and other scratchy stuff. Tread was also not as good since the recent rains seemed to have loosened a lot of the rocks in the trail. We were amazed by the amount of water in Fish Creek until we reached Rogers Canyon as witnessed how much flow was coming down. This was the highlight of the trip. It was boulder hopping and use trails as we bypassed cascade after cascade and a plenty of swimming holes upto about 6ft deep. We made a quick detour at the ruins where we made our only human contact with a couple of day hikers. Dallin commented on how this canyon was bone dry a couple of weeks ago, so I definitely felt spoiled to have seen so much water here my first time. We departed the canyon and made our way up to Reavis Ranch for camp. Once again, we were back on really nice trail and views instantly open back up. We arrived at camp with wet feet and enough time to set up and enjoy a fire while several deer hung around in the meadows. We were chased into our tents by rain and endured high winds until about 7am. The next morning we were excited to get to our side trip to Reavis Falls after seeing all the water the previous day. The trail down to the falls was in good shape aside from some intrusive cacti. After what seemed like endless downhill we reached a very scenic and diverse canyon still sporting some fall colors on the cottonwoods. We enjoyed the falls for a few minutes and started back. The climb out ended up being much easier than anticipated. We finished the trip with a nice downhill cruise back to the TH. What an epic trip and well-timed. Felt like we saw a little of every season in the Supes. There was sunshine, grass, green leaves, wildflowers, bugs and mushrooms. There was water present in every creek, canyon, drainage and even the trail itself. Awesome temps made it feel like a slice of paradise.

Sporadic in the lower elevations.
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Frog Tanks - Reavis Ranch - Reavis Falls
Me and Nick checked out some new territory in the Supes. Frog Tanks and Reavis Falls was on my mind, and this made for a great opportunity to pick up the northern part of the Reavis Ranch Trail.

Frog Tanks is a little gnarly. Plenty of cat claw and cactus dodging to keep you on your toes. Well worth the battle scars for the views down Fish Canyon, and the boulder hopping up Rogers Canyon. Back-to-back waterfalls up Rogers Canyon. This was by far my most favorite part of the hike. Having running water down the entire length of these canyons was a real treat.

We had Reavis Ranch all to ourselves for the night, which was nice, except when it came to finding fire wood. We hit the sleeping bags after it started to drizzle which continued on and off for most of the night. Around 3AM the wind kicked up for several hours and you could hear big gusts make their way from the top of valley all the way down to the ranch.

The next morning we hit Reavis Falls on the way out. The fall was running good, but nothing like some of the pictures I've seen on here. Well worth the side trip, and I actually really enjoyed the climb out, despite all the complaining I made on the way down :). Near Maple Spring you see Juniper, Pine, and Saguaro all within 50 yards of one another, which I found to be pretty cool. The area feels very diverse.

Water is plentiful at the moment. Started with 3L, but eventually carried 0L - 1L between water sources. For a good portion of this hike, we were walking near, hopping over, or listening to flowing water. It felt more like spring than winter out there. It's getting green, the bugs are out, and the temperatures were mild.

This has been one of my favorite Superstitions trips to date.

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Map Drive
FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

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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