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Campaign Trail to Pinto Divide, AZ

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
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Distance Round Trip 13.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,250 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,042 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 7 - 8 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 24.01
Interest Perennial Creek
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14  2018-11-03
Campaign - Fireline - Reavis Gap Loop
3  2016-01-17
Campaign Trail #256
14  2015-02-21
Reavis via Miles TH
16  2014-12-06
Wildcat Canyon - Tonto NF
13  2014-09-27
Reavis Ranch via Miles TH
19  2014-07-26
West Pinto-Campaign-FireLine-Reavis Loop
62  2013-11-28
Cuff Button Trail #276
7  2011-03-13
Tule Canyon Trail #122
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Author Fritzski
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Location Gilbert, AZ
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A Shady Cruise
by Fritzski

It's believed that in 1873 US troops used points along ths creek as campaign headquarters during General George Crook's regime.

This is a very pleasant hike through the Eastern Superstitions along Campaign Creek. It is a gradually climbing "out and back" route that follows the Campaign Trail (#256) and takes you past the creek's head waters and up to the Campaign / Pinto Divide. This is the ridge that defines the separation of drainage on the north side into Campaign Creek and to the south into Pinto Creek. Both eventually drain into the Salt River to the north.

From the Campaign Trailhead, continue about 0.2 miles southwest on the dirt road to the signed start of the trail. The trail climbs up onto the northwest slope of the creek bed and offers some nice views down into Reavis Mountain School along the way. After passing the school, you drop back down into the bottoms where numerous crossings of the permanently flowing creek are required. This is a pretty area and along the way at about 0.8 miles you'll notice a fairly vigorous spring emerging from the left bank of the hillside. This is depicted on the topo quad as merely "Springs", but if you look closely you'll see suspended plumbing running all the way back down to the school indicating this as their source of potable water.

At about 1 mile you'll reach the Reavis Gap Trail intersection where we stay left on the Campaign Trail. Beware of copious stands of Poison Ivy lining the edge of the wide trail. Continue the steady, but gentle climb south, where at about 1.5mi you climb a small saddle/ridge that shortcuts a "horseshoe" shaped bend in the creek. It is here that the "flowing" water in the creek originates. From atop the ridge you get your first views of the local terrain surrounding the valley. Quickly descending back into the creek bed, the trail meanders nicely from side to side and was possibly the most well maintained trail I've seen to date. It appeared as if the trail crew had been through just days before and spent a lot of time on "manicuring" the trail as opposed to just brushing it out. Personally, I'd rather see less detail and more mileage - oh well.

At about two miles in, look for a very weird and interesting rock formation towering above you on the right. We named it "Skeleton Peak". Continue on through a scenic old corral area and at about 2.5mi there are some nice pools at the intersection with the side ravine labeled "Spring" on the topo. Another half mile will bring you to the intersection of the now defunct Pinto Peak Trail. The Forest Service just recently decommissioned this trail and in addition to discontinuing any maintenance, they seem to have gone out of their way to erase any sign of it. If you look closely though, you can plainly see where it goes up the center of a ravine heading east. I've heard the hike up this trail to Mountain Spring is very nice and there was in fact a seep spring just a short distance up. I would hope not to see this trail lost to lack of use.

At about 4mi you come to Brushy Spring. This will most likely be your last source of reliable water. The Fire Line Trail lay just ahead at about the 5-mile point. This is a nice spot for a break and marks a changing point in the hike for several reasons. It sits in a beautiful little stand of Ponderosa Pines and marks the last of the predominant shade (unfortunately my camera has taken one too many spills and about every other photo comes out blurry :=( It also marks the end of the trail maintenance and things get significantly brushier from here. Lastly, the climb begins to get gradually more aggressive and continues that trend exquisitely to the very top.

The last half-mile is a bit of a grind, consisting of a steep scree surface winding through the dense Manzanita. Views of the prominent Pinto Peak (5991') begin to dominate the skyline to your left as you near the top. The thick jungle covering it from top to bottom dispelled any previous notions I may have had about someday climbing it. The top of the divide, on the other hand, is windswept and open providing for nice views south into the West Fork Pinto Creek drainage and the beautiful Oak Flat area where there is a confluence of five trails and nearly as many creeks. From here the return is back the way you came.

For those desiring something a little less than almost fourteen miles, a gentler overall climb, and exquisite trail conditions, the ten mile RT hike to the Fire Line intersection would provide the majority of the beauty that is to be seen on this hike. As with many "stream following" trails, I felt that there were many times that we were up on the side slope and missing much of the riparian beauty below. If I were to go back (and I will!), I would like to attempt to follow the creek bed itself upstream from the above mentioned "small saddle/ridge"(1.5mi) all the way to Fire Line, then return via the normal trail.

Just as a last note, if you have any time or energy left over, there is very short and worth while side trip to be explored on the drive back out. It is a very cool little slot canyon. You can catch a glimpse of this narrow opening from your car by looking directly left as you descend the only "4X4" hill back down to the cattle gate. The easiest access is to park right in the sandy drainage at the side of the road just prior to the gate. From here it is a short and scenic stroll up the sandy wash as the walls continue to close in around you. If you have sandals, take them or just wade barefoot through the clear water flowing over the sand. Ever hear the "babbling brook" on one of those relaxation sound tracks? This is where they recorded it.

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2002-04-20 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.

    Most recent of 11 deeper Triplog Reviews
    Campaign Trail to Pinto Divide
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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.
    Campaign Trail to Pinto Divide
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    Reavis via Miles TH
    Met up with Lee for a fun overnighter in the Supes! We left Phoenix around 6am and made our way to the Miles Trailhead. The plan was to make a 28+ mile lasso loop utilizing several trails including the Campaign, Reavis Gap & Fireline Trails. This hike would tie in a large chunk of trails I haven’t been on previously.

    We started hiking a little before 8am and made our way west. After two miles we turned north on the Campaign Trail and made the climb to the divide. From there we dropped down to Campaign Creek and fought our way through relatively heavy overgrowth. It wasn’t too bad and we kept a fairly good pace. We passed the Fireline Trail and continued north. We hit the trail work roughly two miles north of Fireline. From there we made quick progress to the Reavis Gap Trail. This trail is in good condition and we made the climb to the Two Bar Ridge Trail where we detoured over to have a look at Walnut Spring. It’s a mid-size trough with reliable water. Our original plan was to camp in this area but we decided to push it one more mile to Pine Creek which had two excellent camp sites and the creek was flowing cool and clear.

    We settled in at Pine Creek as we got camp set up and gathered firewood. We did our camp chores and then enjoyed a fire. I didn’t realize Manzanita burns so well. We left a surplus of wood for the next campers. We both turned in a little after 9pm. The next morning I could hear FOTG breaking down camp and he wanted to get moving. I was a little slow in the morning as I broke down camp and packed up. We hit the trail a little before 7:30am.

    On day two we continued west on the Reavis Gap trail and dropped down to Reavis Ranch. We could hear people on the north side of the ranch but we never saw them. We headed south and took a short break before heading back east on the Fireline Trail. We made steady progress and eventually hit the Campaign Trail. From there we retraced our steps and were back to the vehicle around 1:30pm.

    We covered a lot of ground on this hike and I was pleasantly surprised with the eastern Supes. The trails can be overgrown but are good overall. The views are stunning as well and we only saw six people on this entire hike. I definitely want to get back out there before summer hits. Thanks FOTG for coming up with our route and driving!
    Campaign Trail to Pinto Divide
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    Reavis via Miles TH
    John mentioned the Eastern Supes as a possible over night destination and me being a little partial to that area immediately suggested a nice little lasso loop out of Miles TH to Reavis Ranch and back. I chose a route that I thought would provide a nice intro to the Eastern Supes for John and cover some of the nicest country out there in my opinion.

    The route and trip did not disappoint. There is still water everywhere, we were the beneficiaries of a very thorough trail maintenance project on the lower half of Campaign Creek and ended up with a superb campsite at the junction of a strong flowing Pine Creek and Reavis Gap.

    Our hike out Sunday seemed to go by pretty quick we were at the TH by 1:30 and covered the final 14 miles in just under six hours.

    Turned out to be a real nice over night trek. John seemed satisfied with his first real trip to the Eastern Supes and I was happy to finally get somebody out there with me. It was nice to get on the trails with 9L again and I appreciate his stern discipline in keeping Cup and Blanco in line for most of the weekend. When John is pulling up the six its all business for Cup and Blanco no stopping and sniffing, no stopping period and no distractions ;)
    Campaign Trail to Pinto Divide
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    I was just trying to be creative with an Eastern Supes loop and this was what I came up with. I went in Miles TH then took the Wildcat Canyon route to Cuff Button, some road walking then reentering the Supes via the decommissioned Pinto Peak Trail to Campaign Trail over the divide back down to W. Pinto Trail and the TH.

    I finally completed the Wildcat Canyon route to Cuff Button a hike that can be found in the Eastern edition of the Carlson and Stewart guide and a hike that was recently completed by hikerdw. In fact, he shared his route with me, something I was missing on my first attempt. I did get to the W. Gate the first time, but was unsure of route from there. This time it was pretty straight forward and once you hit Wildcat Canyon the trail becomes a highway by Eastern Supes standards, it might be better than many of the "maintained" trails in that area. The trail through Wildcat Canyon appears to get a lot of hunter traffic or ranching traffic, either way someone has kept the trail pretty clear and it has a heavy tread in most spots. It was probably the highlight of the day too bad it was only a little over three of my miles for the day.

    I took the decommissioned Pinto Peak Trail past Mormon Corral and the now pretty much defunct Mountain Spring which seems to have fallen victim to someone's poor repair or improvement project. The person who had a camera trap there for six months last year is most likely responsible I assume. Regardless, the once relatively robust and reliable spring is now barely dripping.

    I kept a pretty leisurely pace most of the day and limited my poking around for rock piles. Cup came along on this one and did not want to beat her up as bad as I did on my Tule loop, but she did just fine, no issues with the longer distance or rougher trails. We did not take many breaks due to the fact that we never really saw the sun until it set, if that makes sense. Tons of bear scat and other indicators to hint that they are really active in the wooded pine sections of upper Campaign. Saw a large pack of coati in Wildcat Canyon and several deer, no shortage of water out there, but a little less then I anticipated. I am going to clean up route through Wildcat Canyon and post to public, definitely worth the trip, nice little canyon.
    Campaign Trail to Pinto Divide
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    West Pinto-Campaign-FireLine-Reavis Loop
    Joe's turn to pick, so where's the most logical place to go to hike in July. Let's go to the Supe's.

    FR172A to the Rogers TH, is about as rough as I've seen it in awhile. I wouldn't take a passenger car, HC recommended

    Started at 6:55a in the low 70's and finished at 8:20p at 79f. In between, it got a little warm. We made use of shade where it was available, and thank god for the breeze that blew most of the day.

    Started the day off right a half mile in. 10 yards away from the trail, what appeared to be a large jack rabbit at first glance, was the tiniest of fawns bounding away 50 yds and stopping.

    This part of the West Pinto #212 was new to me and with this section I have been on the entire length. Pretty views, the trail is in good shape for the most part. We took a side trip to the Silver Spur Cabin. At this point it appears to be more like an old Hobo camp.

    We took a little break at the West Pinto / Campaign junction, to rest for the biggest climb of the day (2.8 miles / 1800AEG). That climb on Campaign #256 seemed to take forever. We took an extended lunch under the tall pines at the Campaign #256 / Fireline junction #118.

    Next the 1 mile 800' AEG climb up Fireline #118. Coming from the East, this trail has a lot to offer, especially to the Circlestone turn off. At Reavis Creek, we filtered some much needed water.

    Reavis #109 South was a breeze w/ cooler weather. I love going through the grassy areas.
    The Reavis #109 could actually use a good trimming up top.

    We got warned by a juvenile Buzzworm on the climb up to the car.

    Fauna spotted, 1 Roadrunner on the way in, the Fawn, a buck in velvet, Giant Centipede, Baby buzzworm.
    Bear Scat everywhere on this loop. One of these days, maybe a sighting in the supes for me.

    Encountered scattered Poison Ivy along the way, but not itching yet.
    Brought 5 quarts, filtered and drank a total of 7
    Campaign Trail to Pinto Divide
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    This was a three day loop in a lesser traveled area of the Supes. I started at Cuff Button trail,to Spencer Spring Trail to the Arizona Trail, the crosscut to Roger's Trough, then W. Pinto to Campaign Trail then the decommissioned Pinto Peak Trail back to the Cuff Button TH.

    Just getting to the Cuff Button trail head is a task in itself that involves navigating an ant-trail network of roads after you pass the turnoff for Miles TH. I do have that route on GPS if anyone ever gets the itch to do Cuff Button. Cuff Button started off like a breeze the official route I downloaded from HAZ was tracking well and the trail had just received some serious maintenance. However, after passing Cuff Button's most notable attraction, the corral at the northern end of the trail, the trail got increasingly more difficult, to the point that it became a bushwhack and many places. Although, after the initial steep climb,the trail got much easier to follow, and the tread was pretty heavy in spots, from its days as an old road. I passed a couple of prehistoric sites, several springs in disrepair, and a few corrals. Honestly, Cuff Button went much smoother than I thought it would, however, I made a lot of extra work for myself, after getting off trail while coming down Oak Flat, I went on an off-trail adventure fueled by stubbornness, spotting a spring box, and simply losing the trail for a minute. That off-trail excursion took a lot out of the dogs and myself, so I decided I would continue down Spencer Spring until I got tired, knowing there was no way I was going to hike the entire trail, around 4 I found a spot just before you start making your climb out of the Spencer Creek drainage. This trail obviously does not get that much use either, I had tons of firewood, a great spot and I had a huge fire, because it got cool in a hurry, camped at just over 4000 feet.

    Day 2

    Woke up to frozen over dog dishes, and frozen water. I broke camp and tried to dry out my condensation soaked tent as best as possible before hitting the trail. Was hiking again by 8 in the morning and feeling really good about Spencer Creek Trail, but I could not help but remember reading an HAZ trip-log that cursed the bushwhack of a final climb out of Spencer Creek. That HAZ member could not have been more spot on, the trail was more overgrown than Cuff Button in spots, harder to follow in the upper elevations, eroded, and steep in several spots. I was so relieved to hit FR 650, it made me laugh to myself, how I thought hiking this section of road to Roger's Trough would be the worst part of my hike earlier in the week. After Cuff Button and the southern end of Spencer Creek I embraced the road, and so did the dogs! I passed, or I should I say a convoy of 20 plus jeeps passed me, I briefly chatted with some car campers, hit the Roger's Trough crosscut (thanks Grasshopper) and made my way to Roger's Trough. I had an extended lunch and then started making my climb up W. Pinto. As I approached the pass on Iron Mountain, I notice two hikers literally just off-trail hiking up Iron Mountain. I yelled to them if they were looking for trail and they said yes, I guess they walked off somewhere near Roger's Spring, however, they were now on the opposite side of the major wash that cuts down Iron Mountain there, so I stood on trail near the pass, to give them a frame of reference and they made it to the trail. Anyone who has climbed that section of W. Pinto knows the work those two put in to almost climb that pass, completely off trail. They were actually headed the same way as me, so I ended up passing them a few times over the next couple of days. Although, at 1:30 and not even half way down W. Pinto I had to break the news to them that making it to Fire Line Trail was probably out of the question for them. I was actually doing well on time and already knew where I was camping, so I took a side trip and explored the old Silver Spur Cabin site, which had burnt several years ago. The side trip was worth it, just a half-mile jaunt south up the most obvious wash once you near the riparian area as you descend W. Pinto. Someone has built quite the shack out there, complete with a vanity and everything, it kind of gave me creeps so I made my way back to the W. Pinto trail and headed back down to the Miles/Oak Flat areas. I ran into the same hikers, they were looking for Campaign Trail and debating whether to go for Pinto Divide and Fire Line. I told them I would not attempt, but they were eager and fresh and they made their way down trail, while I hiked not far up Spencer Creek to a nice little camp site I had spotted the day before.

    Day 3

    All week I debated the best way to make a loop out of Cuff Button, I thought about walking the road back from Miles, but that would have been way too long, I also considered just taking Cuff Button back, but once was enough, so I came up with an alternative on day 2. I would take Campaign Trail past the intersection with Fire Line and take the old alignment of the original Pinto Peak Trail back to Mormon Corral and then just a short walk from there to Cuff Button TH. The Pinto divide went much better than last time, I ended up running into the same two hikers coming down the north side of Pinto Peak and heading down Campaign Creek. They only made it to the highest saddle the night before and stayed there, I guess it was a little cool, but they like it. Campaign Trail is a little bit overgrown in its southern sections, in particular, coming down from the divide can be a little bit of a bushwhack. Not many maps show the old Pinto Peak Trail (213) which use to go from its trail head near Mormon Corral all the way to W. Pinto. Most of it was renamed and became a part of Campaign Trail, however, the 2.5 miles stretch heading to Mormon Corral and the original Pinto Peak TH have been decommissioned. I took that stretch to get back to the Cuff Button TH and found it to be easy to follow, like, I have in the past. The trail is not much of a bushwhack, there is reliable water at Mountain Spring(and a trail camera now??, plus the tread is pretty easy to follow. The couple miles on the road to get to Cuff Button is actually a pretty scenic route through a nice little canyon area with trickling water, and there is almost certainly zero chance of running into a car, as it is a very rugged road, evident by the several rock cairns along the way to guide those not wishing to risk paint and worse damage to their vehicles.

    I made it to the car at about three, noticed a big HAZ in the sand in front of my car and wondered all the way until I got home, "who in their right mind would have also been at Cuff Button Trail Head, that trail sees like ten hikers a year!?" Then I got on HAZ and solved the mystery, working on that HAZ sticker :)
    Campaign Trail to Pinto Divide
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    Neither of us had ever been out to this part of the Superstitions and it didn't look like the temps would be unbearable here so we thought we'd try it. Besides, Tracey was interested in taking a gander at the Reevis (yes, they spell it that way) Mountain School, which is just off the trail.

    Although we left home early, being a weekday road passing through road construction in two places on the 60 wasn't that appealing so we took the long and winding road up Apache Trail to Roosevelt. Not one vehicle was going the same direction as we were so it went pretty smooth. Shortly before the dam coming around a corner in a pretty tight area we met a convoy of three large pickups and a motor home, all four pulling large boats on trailers and all four in the middle of the road. Good thing we were in the Samurai as there was no time to brake and barely enough time to give the wheel a twitch to the right and slip between the rock wall on one side and each vehicle. Based on the signal the first driver gave I didn't expect the fourth vehicle, and sure didn't expect it to be a motor home so that one was a close one. But no harm no foul and we continued on without further drama.

    On this day FR 449/449A out to the trail head was in great shape so I didn't bother engaging 4WD. In fact a stock height 2WD car could have made it, although add a bit of rain and that would be out of the question. At the trail head there was no sign anybody had been there for a while so we expected not to see another soul in the hike, which turned out to be true. (Although we did hear a couple quiet voices when passing above the Reevis Mountain School on our late afternoon return.)

    The hike started out with a climb to get the blood flowing but with relatively mild temps it wasn't that big a deal. If you plan on following the description you will note that a number of the features did not appear at the stated mileage, being anywhere from .2 to 1.5 miles later than expected. However as advertised, we did encounter numerous spots of thick poison ivy. We noticed it in time on the way out but a few times on the return I found myself practically wading through the ivy with bare feet in Teva's before realizing it. I don't know if I have an immunity or not but no issues for me. (Nor did I have issues on the Callaway Trail when Tracey did get hit with it... this time she was wearing her Pippi Longstocking socks just for that reason)

    The trail has seen so little use and/or maintenance that we spent more than an hour on the hike out than on the return trip, all due the need to clip our way through cat's claw or the like. At one point Tracey wondered if we should give it up and maybe go back far enough and hike the Reavis Gap trail instead, but we soldiered on. Also, due to the extra time it took, we did not continue to the Pinto Divide. While we saw plenty of huge piles of bear scat, they seemed to be at least 3-4 days old so we didn't give it a second thought to meeting one. We were a bit surprised by the lack of any wildlife until we were within .5 mile of the car on the way back when we saw two deer but they were gone so fast there wasn't time for a photo.

    For the return trip it was late enough that there wouldn't be construction hold-ups so we took the route back through Globe and back home on the 60. It saved just under 30 minutes as compared to the trip up Apache Trail, although if I was driving solo on the trail it would have been closer to 10-15 minutes. But not wanting Tracey to get car-sick I took it a more leisurely pace.
    Campaign Trail to Pinto Divide
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    Got my butt kicked on this trip. Had problems with leg cramps, blisters, and lack of endurance. I guess that's what happens when you can't go hiking for over 40 days. At least that blasted counter won't be goading me on any more.

    Water reports:
    Tule Canyon: Dry
    North Fork Pine Creek (Two-Bar): Dry
    South Fork Pine Creek (Reavis Gap): Flowing nicely
    Reavis Creek: Flowing nicely
    Upper South Fork Pine Creek (Fireline): Dry
    Campaign Creek @ intersection of Fireline/Campaign Trail: Dry
    Campaign Creek @ 0.25 miles north from Fireline/Campaign Trail intersection to Campaign TH: Flowing nicely

    Trail conditions:
    Tule: very good
    Two-Bar: Horrible, some horse yuppies took a large group of people on horseback when the ground was saturated, the entire trail, where it is not scree, is postholed by horse hooves. Footing is nearly impossible, the bed of the trail is really destroyed :(
    Gap Trail: Horse-hoof postholing continues...grrrr!
    Fireline: OK to good
    Campaign Creek: OK - starts off good at fireline intersection, gets worse as you go towards TH, some catclaw overgrowth on trail.

    Rd conditions:
    449 to Tule TH: very good
    449A to Campaign TH: Good, there is sand, but I observed a sedan at the TH, I wouldn't recommend it since you go through large sandy sections, easy to get stuck it would seem.
    Campaign Trail to Pinto Divide
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    This was a two and a half day loop: Pinto West Trail to Rogers Canyon to Frog Tanks to Reavis Ranch to Fireline to Campaign and back home on the Pinto West Trail.

    The temperatures climbed into the mid 80s even at higher elevations and thus we decided to cut off a bit of milage on the last day.

    The West Pinto is very brushy and needs some trail maintenance. That climb to the top of Iron Mountain (and the nice two hundred foot extra it makes you do) really wore me out.

    Rogers Canyon is as good as ever. We camped in Angel Basin and had to dodge the plentiful mosquitos until a good breeze came out. Night was nice and cool and probably about 40-43 degrees.

    Frog Tanks was spectacular, sure there's the fact that you are climbing, but it had great scenery and almost no bushwhacking. The climb once you get out of the creek is unrelenting, luckily a breeze came up from time to time and helped make the midday sun a little less uncomfortable. I saw my first rattlesnake, a huge, fat, 4 foot snake who was not happy to see me and I got some great pictures. The rattle wasn't like I've heard on TV, maybe because it had so many rattles? I also saw the world's fastest Gila Monster who broke Mach 5 scampering into the undergrowth! Awesome!

    Went through the ranch and actually found all the old farm equipment and foundation of the house that I hadn't gotten a chance to check out the first time. Then we hopped over the fireline to camp in Campaign Creek. The second night was a little warmer than the first even though we were at higher elevation.

    Headed out over the campaign divide, on the way down I nearly stepped on a mostly green with some brown skinny snake, my second snake sighting of the trip and 3rd ever, very cool (he was much too fast to get a picture.)

    The nice cool breeze accompanied us all the way to the car and the eastern half of the Pinto Trail was as good as I remember it from last time.
    Campaign Trail to Pinto Divide
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    This was a loop from Rogers Trough TH along West Pinto to Oak Flat and north up Campaign/Pinto Peak west on Fire Line to Reavis Ranch area and down south on Reavis 109 back to the TH. This infrequented route is in the southeastern Superstitions with the Rogers Trough TH which is bit tougher to reach after these recent winter storms. A rather ambitious loop with not much in the way of rewards. The creeks are flowing nicely and the canyons are rather lush and full of trees, bushes, and shrubery. The trails were easy enough to follow considering their remoteness, only being somewhat overgrown in places. The constant flux between climbing & descending is rather taxing. I saw more tracks from wildlife than of fellow hikers. I'm glad to have done the loop, but I wouldn't recommend it and probably won't do it again anytime soon. :sweat:

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    To Upper Horrell Trailhead
    From SR 188 turn off onto 449 (also called J-B) just past milepost 235 Follow 449 about two miles to the junction with Cross P Ranch. FR449A is located through the white fence to the left of the Ranch. FR449A is said to be possibly used by high clearance vehicles. I wouldn't recommend. There are some deep sections of sand as well as a couple creek crossings. This is no place to get stuck, no cell phone signal and a long day hike back to SR88. Follow FR449A about six miles to the Upper Horrell(Campaign) Trailhead parking. Along FR449A notice the awesome slot canyon passed along the way.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 112 mi - about 2 hours 25 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 154 mi - about 3 hours 28 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 178 mi - about 4 hours 18 mins
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