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Reavis Canyon - GET #2, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 18 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,836 feet
Elevation Gain -2,524 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,869 feet
Avg Time One Way 1-2 days
Kokopelli Seeds 24.23
Interest Historic & Seasonal Creek
Backpack Yes
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AZT Trail: Picketpost to Pine
25  2015-10-27
Reavis Ranch via 109 South
1  2013-01-12 johnlp
9  2011-12-26
Reavis Canyon - AZT #18
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Reavis Canyon - AZT #18
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Reavis Canyon - AZT #18
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Seasons   Autumn
Sun  5:43am - 7:16pm
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Historic Fire Perimetersacres
🔥 2021 Telegraph Fire266.7 mi**
🔥 2019 Woodbury Fire123.8k
🔥 2011 Picket Fire9.0 mi*
🔥 2011 650 Fire3.1k
🔥 View (All) - over Official Route 🔥
*perimeter length in miles
**possible voids inflate figure

GET Segment 2 overview

Although not located within officially-designated Wilderness, this segment nonetheless makes for a scenic, interesting, and remote extension southward from Segment 1 toward the very edge of the Superstition Mountains. Section-hikers and very strong weekend hikers may find it convenient to traverse both of these segments in one go, rather than accessing either via the remote, rough-access trailhead at Rogers Trough. Segment 2 begins near the upper elevation threshold of the Sonoran desert, climbs a bit higher, but soon descends rapidly to the low country, touring among lush desert foothills and canyons holding seasonal water. Our route here follows the Arizona National Scenic Trail (AZT) exclusively, most of which is located on singletrack trail, much of it in good condition yet fairly little-used, although you may encounter other hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians in the second half of this segment, especially on weekends.

A detailed, mile-by-mile description of this segment is available in the official GET guidebook. See

This segment of the GET forms part of a longer trip between resupply locations, as described below:

GET Segments 1 & 2, Phoenix to Superior

The Grand Enchantment Trail begins 45 miles east of downtown Phoenix, AZ at the First Water Trailhead in the Superstition Mountains (Tonto National Forest). It follows a foot trail east into this rugged volcanic desert range, winding through lush canyon bottoms and over scenic passes, past saguaro cacti, teddy bear cholla, jojoba, and other highly-adapted plants of the lower Sonoran desert. Weaver's Needle, a dramatic rock fang, is often in view, marking the location of the mythical Lost Dutchman's Gold while adding to the real-world grandeur of this landscape. East of sheer-walled Upper La Barge Box, the route climbs toward scenic Horse Ridge and Tortilla Pass, now in the upper Sonoran desert life zone, before descending to follow the rockbound drainage of Rogers Creek and passing near a 700-year-old Salado cliff dwelling. Here the GET joins the Arizona Trail, not far from the gravesite and former ranch of Elisha Reavis, the "hermit of the Superstitions." Following the AZ Trail south, the route climbs chaparral-cloaked Montana Mountain with sweeping views, then drops steeply to follow the drainages of Reavis and Whitford canyons, finally leaving the Superstitions and reaching US Hwy 60 four miles west of the town of Superior nearby the renowned Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum.

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    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    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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    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.

    40 minute video of drive
    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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