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Reavis Ranch via 109 South, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 14.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,835 feet
Elevation Gain 482 feet
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Avg Time Round Trip 7.5 hours
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Reavis Canyon - AZT #18
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Reavis Frog Tanks Rogers Canyon Loop
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Author Fritzski
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Location Gilbert, AZ
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by Fritzski

This extremely pleasant hike through the Eastern Superstitions begins at the Rogers Trough trailhead and takes the southern section of the Reavis Ranch Trail (109) northbound to the old abandoned Reavis Ranch homestead.

The only permanently flowing stream in the Superstitions nourishes this Eden-like valley. This is likely due to the fact that it is fed by a true spring, tapping the aquifer below, as opposed to the abundance of other "springs" which are merely seepages of drain water finding an outlet as it slowly migrates downward from the hilltops.

The trail, along with a saddle, mountain, ranch, creek, gap, and canyon are all named after Elisha Reavis, the "Hermit of the Superstitions". Establishing a small farm in his little piece of paradise now known as Reavis Ranch, he became the first known Anglo-American settler in the Superstitions.

He grew vegetables, which he would take to market periodically down in the Florence area. In contrast to his disheveled and somewhat scary appearance (his picture can be seen on the front cover of J.Carlson & E.Stewart's "Hiker's Guide to the Superstition Wilderness"), he was known to be not only respectful and courteous to those he met, but also kind to visitors and even more surprisingly somewhat of a reader and scholar for those times.

He died on the trail in 1896 while bringing down a load of produce. His body was found and buried on the spot and to this day remains marked by a gravesite along side his beloved trail. Ron Feldman in his book "Crooked Mountain" alleges that local rancher Jack Fraser had long coveted Reavis' land and water for his cattle operation and had him murdered by a henchman. It is a true fact that Fraser did take over the land shortly after Reavis' death and moved the JF Ranch headquarters there. The land later went to a Twain Clemens who subsequently planted the apple orchard, built the first house, and even attempted to establish a resort business there. The house finally burnt down in 1991.

From Rogers Trough trailhead take the Reavis Ranch trail north into Rogers Canyon. This will be downhill as you pass the West Pinto Trail intersection at about a quarter mile and then the Rogers Canyon Trail at about 1.5 miles. For a more detailed description of this section, refer to the Rogers Canyon hike in the HAZ database-TrailDEX ( aka Find ).

At the Rogers Canyon Trail intersection bear right or northwest and begin the long uphill climb to Reavis Saddle. The climb, although lengthy, is not too difficult and the views from the upper portions are spectacular. Initially it stays in the creek bed till just beyond the 2 mile point where it climbs out to the north and begins a series of numerous switchbacks to the top of the saddle at @3 miles.

The reward at the top is a refreshing terrain of Junipers and Pinon Pine. This is a great place to stop for a quick breather. From here you begin a gentle and consistent descent down through the floor of Reavis Canyon all the way to the ranch. This is where the beauty truly begins as you are quickly engulfed in the shady forest of Ponderosa pines and open grassy meadows. Along the way you'll pass a monstrous old Juniper that looks to be extremely ancient.

At about 5.5 miles you'll cross the flowing creek (clear and filterable) and at 6 miles arrive at the Fire Line trail intersection. From here you quickly enter the main meadow on which the ranch is located. There is an abundance of camping spots in this popular area, some of which are likely to be already occupied. You may notice a level berm running along the base of the ridge on your left. It is our learned opinion ;) that this was most likely designed to catch runoff water from the slope above and divert it into the old pond basin which is now empty. The ruins of the old farmhouse consist of little more than the foundation, but a little poking around will yield some very interesting antique farming implements and cattle enclosures. While the south orchard consists of only a few trees, the north orchard is quite extensive and VERY overgrown. If you want to see the entire ranch property you must proceed north to the far end of the orchard and the intersection with Reavis Gap trail at 6.8 miles. This is the turn around point and a great place to meander back through the orchard to one of the many scenic spots along the creek for a well-deserved lunch break.

In the excellent company of two other core HAZ members, this was one of the more pleasant and purely enjoyable hikes I've taken this season. Note that while I list the hiking time at seven and a half hours, add at least another hour for sight seeing. If you rush this one, you're missing the whole point!

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2002-03-24 Fritzski
    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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    Reavis Ranch via 109 South
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    Loved It!

    Weather was great. A little hot from 12-3 and dropped down to high 30s at night. Definitely bundle up at night if you're going during winter.

    Bring Water! There was no place to refill until we got to Reavis Spring. Lots of water once you get there. The creek was flowing very nicely once we got there.

    The trail is well markes and pretty straightforward. Look for the cairns when crossing the dry creekbeds.

    Established camping spots start once you cross the saddle but the best ones are further down at the ranch just because of the water access. Ran into probably 5-6 different groups of backpackers but there are plenty of camping spots.

    5 stars. Highly recommend. :D
    Reavis Ranch via 109 South
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    Despite high hopes, this one was fruitless. The biggest apple was a walnut. It's a zero year in the orchard. :cry:

    Saw 7-8 deer, one fat dback on the drive in that required some coaxing to clear the road, one dead skunk, and one face-height Sonoran Harmless Tree-Climbing Snake that may have startled me just a bit! :sweat:

    The catsclaw had a much better growing season than the apples and the non-native Superstition Tripping Grass was doing its thing too. It got a little warm the last hour but I'm the one who would rather do this hike in the snow, so take that with a grain of... snowflake.

    It was nice to finally hike with Wally! :)
    Reavis Ranch via 109 South
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    Chums suggested this, being one of my favorites had me excited to go. This south route was #12 in my 20 Favorites list and it's holding steady. I'm a huge fan of the Gap-Campaign loop too. This is just more reasonable to access and feasible stats wise for most.

    The history is rich. The annual apple crop is a heavy lure for nearby desert dwellers. An entry in the trailhead register stated no apples. Obvious in our minds a poor ploy to deter the masses.

    Rogers Canyon Trail #110
    The 1.6 miles out on this trail was typical. Easy to follow with low nagging catsclaw. Enough to constantly dodge, not remotely enough to deter.

    Reavis Ranch Trail #109
    Wally pointed out points of interest & Chums led a good pace to the saddle, then we took a little break. The hike easing down to Reavis Valley is always enjoyable. After Wally pointed out the obvious pond I enquired about we headed to the north orchard to indulge. Unfortunately the trail register had merit, apples were few and far between. Only a few unripened reds.

    We decided to hike over to the Gap Trail and take a break at a campsite near the creek. Wally found a Paul Bunyan sized custom bow handle and modeled accordingly.

    The hike back always feels longer but went well.

    Apples or not I'll be back. It was great to see Wally and Kyle again. I tried a new pack setup to alleviate my shoulder pain which has been setting in around around 6-8 miles. Lightened my camelbak weight a tad with a medium sized fanny pack. Either that, the addition of gatorade, a mid hike aspirin or general healing worked wonders. This was the first good medium sized hike with zero shoulder pain. Also the quickest pace since my return.
    Reavis Ranch via 109 South
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    Great hike today though there's no apple crop this year. Great to hike with Joe and Wally for the first time in a while. Thanks for driving, Chums.

    I had almost forgotten that feeling when you step into the shower and feel the stings of a thousand little cuts. Supes season is back!
    Reavis Ranch via 109 South
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    Angel Basin - Rogers Canyon - Reavis
    Parked @ Rogers Trough Trailhead
    Trail 109 toward Reavis Ranch
    Turned LEFT at Trail 110 Rogers Canyon toward Angel Basin
    RIGHT on Trail 112 Frog Tanks Trail
    RIGHT on Trail 109 through Reavis Ranch and back to the trailhead

    This is a hike I've been meaning to do for years. I've been to Reavis Ranch a number of times over the years, but never to Angel Basin.
    The walk from the Rogers Trough Trailhead down 109 is well known to most. Mostly downhill with a few steep spots as you crisscross the creek. At the intersection with 110, I turned Left for the 1st time. The trail from the intersection to Angel Basin was wonderful. Easy walking and nicely shaded. Before getting to Angel Basin, I turned right and checked out the cliff dwellings. Amazing. I can easily understand why the original inhabitants of this land chose to setup house here. If you visit, please remember LNT principals and take only photos. By time you reach Angel Basin, you've dropped over 1000' in elevation.
    Leaving Angel Basin, I turned right on the Frog Tanks trail. I'll be honest. I knew this was going to be tough, and it was. The trail follows the creek bed and is hard to follow in many places. My pace dropped significantly as I spent most of my time trail finding rather than hiking. There are tons of cairns to help along the way (thanks to the cairn builders!), but the trail is very overgrown and I got the feeling that I might be the 1st person on the trail in a while. After a few miles of trail finding and cat claw, the trail climbs out of the creek bed. The biggest thing that surprised me was the concrete tank and barbed wire fencing I saw along this trail. After the initial climb, the trail descends steeply into another creek bed before the long, steady climb up to Plow Saddle.
    I stayed on 112 all the way to 109. At trail 109, I turned Right toward Reavis Ranch. I stopped at Reavis Creek past the ranch to refill my water containers and take bit of a break in the cool trees along the creek. After fuel and water, I finished out the hike by heading through the gap and down the hill. The last 1.5 up to the trailhead was tough after 18+ miles, but I took it slow and got there.
    Reavis Ranch via 109 South
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    Reavis - Fire Line - Campaign - W Pinto Loop
    Friday afternoon, parked @ Rogers Trough Trailhead
    Trail 109 toward Reavis Ranch - Camped overnight @ Reavis Ranch
    Saturday morning, left Reavis and took Trail 118 east
    Turned RIGHT on the Campaign Trail (213)
    Turned RIGHT on W Pinto to intersection with 109
    Turned RIGHT on Trail 109 for the short walk back to the trailhead

    This hike is a beast. It started easy enough. I've done the hike into Reavis Ranch on 109 several times, so it was nice and familiar. On the way, I stopped at the grave site to say hello and then headed into the Ranch. Much to my surprise, I had the Ranch all to myself. There wasn't anyone else camping there on this particular Friday night. At least as far as I could tell. I walked from the old house foundation out into the orchard and didn't see anyone. Awesome, but sort of odd. I don't think I've ever been back there by myself.

    On Saturday morning, I set out to hike some trails I've never done before. I loaded up with 4 Liters of water and started up the Fire Line trail. The trail was good until I got to the high point (~700 ft elevation gain) just past what looked like a small trail to Mound Mtn. From the pass, the trail heads down toward Campaign Creek. The trail down hill is steep and pretty hard to find in a number of places. After dropping ~1000 feet, the Fire Line Trail intersects with the Campaign Trail. I stopped at the intersection and had a little breakfast -- my 1st attempt at soaking a Mountain House meal rather than adding boiling water. It worked for me. I think I'll try it again in the future. Anyway, there is a nice, small campsite at the intersection that I plan to use at some point in the future (hopefully).

    I turned right on the Campaign Trail and headed upstream. The trail is easy to follow for a about a 100' and then crosses the creek. The next few mile or so is tough going. I lost the trail several times and almost completely missed the point where the trail went steeply up hill. After standing in a very small clearing for 4 or 5 minutes, I spotted the trail through a patch of cat claw going steeply up hill. I fought through the brush and pushed up the hill. After about a mile, the trail reaches the ridge line and you leave the brush into more open desert. At the wilderness boundary, there is a gate. On the other side of a gate, the trail changes completely. You are in more open desert and there are obvious signs of trail work. The trail is nicely cleared and easy to follow. From the gate down to the West Pinto Creek intersection, the trail is completely clear of brush and the trail bed is easy to walk on. The drop is pretty incredible. In ~2.75 miles, you drop ~1500 feet. On this descent, I saw the only other people I would see all day - 3 hikers heading up the hill on their way to Reavis Ranch for the night.

    The Campaign Trail meets W Pinto near the old corral. From here, I wanted to follow W Pinto back toward Rogers Trough. There are a dozen or so large, well used campsites near the corral and I had a hard time finding the trail. I'm pretty sure I didn't go the right way, but I plowed forward and eventually ended up on the mail trail heading toward Rogers Trough.
    There is a short steep up out of the creek bed and then the trail gains elevation slowly (~800 feet above the intersection) over the next 3.5 as you walk along the ridge line and hillsides above the creek. I passed a number of pools that looked very inviting, but were too far down the hill for me to stop and dip my feet in.

    About 4 miles from the intersection of Campaign and W Pinto, things get tough. I was a bit dehydrated (my fault) and the trail got steep. The trail gained about 600' in 0.5 miles and it really took the life out of my legs. The trail continues up, but at a more gradual pace. Once I crested the top, I thought I was done climbing and the trail was going to go to the right of Iron Mountain, but the trail turned left and dropped down a few hundred feet before starting the final uphill. After cresting the ridge the south of Iron Mountain, the trail drops down to intersect with 109 for the short walk back to the trailhead.

    This hike really beat me up. Trail finding along the Campaign Trail before I got to the wilderness boundary was tough. The steep up and down really killed my legs. And, I didn't drink enough. I have a tendency to walk for several hours without stopping and that really came back to bite me on this trip. On the last climb, I was barely moving a 1 mile per hour. Lesson learned. There is no reason to be dehydrated walking next to a creek. All in all, I'm glad I checked these sections off my list. I found one campsite I want to revisit solo and nice big campsites along W Pinto for the Troop.
    Reavis Ranch via 109 South
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    White Mountain 6100 - Rough Canyon Loop
    Joe's been trying to get me to do this one for awhile now, but there was always something that got in the way.

    It was his week to pick and the stars aligned. Dallin was looking for a place to stomp, it was on. One problem, Joe was having vehicle problems, so this hike went from 3 stooges, to only two.

    Reavis Ranch 109 is still in great shape. We made a brief detour at the Grave and made our way to the top. On the way up we stopped to trade stories with a solo AZT through hiker from Maine.

    Once to the top and in the pines, the route provide to us had us following a creek bed off of the #109. Easy enough. There was even some evidence of past trimming and cairns. This took us up to an alcove area we were going to check out. We decided the push through the bush, was not warranted.

    Missing a turn to go up, we opted for a southern approach to White Mountain. The views from 6075 or 6100' were some of the best 360 Supes views out there.

    Crappy Summit Video :next: [ youtube video ]

    Time to drop into Rough Canyon. This is a beautiful, tree covered, water filed, boulder hopping/sliding/traversing dream..... that turns into a nightmare. It took fooorrreeevvver to get through it. 4.5 miles and 4.5 hours (including lunch) to get through this monster. Don't get me wrong, this place is gorgeous, but I was so ready for it to be over. We even found plenty of "Use" tread, that kept us out of the boulders.

    Frog Tanks #112 was a welcome site, but still more boulder hopping off and on. We passed a couple of backpackers here, and then two occupied campsites in Angel Basin.

    The Rogers Canyon #110 was done mainly in the dark back to the car.

    Great hiking with Dallin, I'm sure there will be more. It's nice to have a 6'-7" body, breaking a swath off in front of you!
    Reavis Ranch via 109 South
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    White Mtn 6100 - Rough Cyn - Rogers Cyn
    I decided to crash Joe and Bruce's saturday hike this week. I met up with Bruce around 6:00 AM near Country Club and US-60. Joe ended up having vehicle troubles and had to bail last minute.

    We started around 7:30 AM at Rogers Trough, and cruised up to Reavis Saddle. We ran into an AZT thru hiker on the way up and had a quick chat. We turned off Reavis Ranch 109 South at the appropriate spot and started heading up a drainage towards White Mountain. Nice and easy for the first little bit, then our route had us leaving the drainage, and the fight with manzanita/oak hell began.

    On the summit of White Mountain we took a break and enjoyed the views. Bruce signed us in on the summit log. It was a little cloudy but the view on top was still pretty amazing, I can only imagine what it looks like on a crisp, clear day. I will be back again for this one. Getting to this point wasn't too bad, it felt like we were making pretty good time. I looked at RS, saw we had "only" 10 miles left, and told Bruce something along the lines of: "I think we will make it back in about 5 hours." Wrong!

    We left the summit and headed down the mountain towards Rough Canyon. The brush was much more forgiving on this side of the mountain, but the slopes were loose rocks instead. I wasn't exactly sure what to expect with Rough Canyon, I just knew it was off trail and the name made it sound a little intimidating. The canopy of pines and sycamores at the start of the canyon was a cool little spot. Plenty of nice spots to camp that look like they've never been touched.

    Eventually the canyon walls start to rise and you find yourself in the creek bed more often than not. Then a series of falls start and you'll be choosing whether to scramble down or skirt up and around the falls. The going got really slow. Along the way, Bruce decided to take a quick dunk in one of the pools to cool off, and about a quarter mile later I decided to do it as well. :) I kept looking at RS after what felt like a mile and usually found we had only gone about a quarter of a mile... So much for that 5 hour estimate. :lol:

    By the time we reached Frog Tanks I was pretty sore and I was starting to bonk. Rough Canyon used some muscles I don't use very often, and for much longer than I usually use them. We enjoyed a break at the intersection of Rough Canyon and Rogers Canyon before starting the ascent back up Rogers to the TH. It felt like it was going to be a slog, but I was just happy to be back on a trail by this point. One foot in front of the other is all that was required now. :)

    We ran into 2 groups of backpackers at Angel Basin, and then another group further up the trail who were headlighting into Angel Basin. I finally caught a good second wind just before the Rogers Canyon/Reavis Ranch JCT, but I still finished feeling pretty sore. We finished around 8:20 PM.

    If you just look at mileage and AEG this hike doesn't seem too difficult, but this is the hardest 17 miles and 4000ft I've worked for in a long time. I was telling Bruce on the way out I wasn't sure if I was going to come back again for Rough Canyon, but after looking at pictures of this canyon in the fall, and the ruins (we didn't look too hard), I think I'll have to come back again sometime.

    Great hike with great company!
    Reavis Ranch via 109 South
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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.
    Reavis Ranch via 109 South
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    Great weekend in the Supes! :y:

    Ideal weather, cool breezes, bright moonlight, and plenty of firewood!

    Good to meet a few new hazzers (as well as some normal people) and share good times around the campfire.

    Thanks to all who joined in. Let's do it again! :)

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    Map Drive
    High Clearance possible when dry

    To Rogers Trough Trailhead
    Take US 60 east out of Apache Junction. A couple miles past Florence Junction turn north onto Queen Valley Road and follow 1.6 miles. Turn right onto FS 357 (Hewlett Station Road) and follow about three miles to FS 172. Turn left onto FS 172 and follow this for 9.1 miles (keep an eye out to your right near the four mile mark for a thin arch) to FS 172A. Turn right onto FS 172A and follow 3.8 miles to the Rogers Trough trailhead. The last mile of FS 172A is definitely four wheel drive due to the washed ruts and some steepness. A high clearance pick up without four wheel drive could probably make it but you'd be in trouble if it rained. Be sure to stop and look over your shoulder. The views are awesome looking down in valley extending below.

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    FR 172 - Hewitt Station Road to Rogers Trough TH

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) - 68.4 mi, 2 hours 3 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) - 102 mi, 2 hours 51 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) - 213 mi, 4 hours 19 mins
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