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Frog Tanks Trail #112, AZ

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Distance One Way 7.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,832 feet
Elevation Gain -1,500 feet
Accumulated Gain 819 feet
Avg Time One Way 3.5 hours
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Reavis Frog Tanks Rogers Canyon Loop
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Author Lizard
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by Lizard

The Frog Tanks Trail starts and ends in the middle of nowhere. It is not the easiest trail to access. However, it is a useful route because it connects the Reavis Trail with the Roger's Canyon trail. Hikers can use this trail to construct a great backpacking trip that takes in two of the coolest attractions in the Eastern Superstitions- Reavis Ranch and the Roger's Canyon cliff dwellings.

The Frog Tanks Trail leaves trail 109 from a small open saddle. It heads to the west, paralleling the Paradise Creek drainage as it gradually loses elevations. This section of trail is an old roadbed and is easy to follow. After passing the cement trough at Plow Saddle Spring, which is usually dry, it continues west hugging the side of the hills and contouring in and out of small drainages. This is my favorite section of the trail, as it traverses along open grassy mountainsides dotted with Junipers. There are spectacular views of White Mountain and Fish Creek Canyon.

After passing an Indian ruin at about the two-mile mark, the trail leaves the hill sides and jogs southward toward Fish Creek. After crossing an open field of many prickly pears, the trail drops into the canyon bottom. This is where the fun begins. The Frog Tanks Trail follows the bed of Fish Creek Canyon for no more than a half-mile, but it is one gnarly half-mile. The trail has been totally overgrown with catclaw that rises to shoulder height, and your legs and arms will get scraped alot as you push through this gauntlet. Long pants are a must. I've even considered taking some hedge clippers to perform impromtu trail maintenance. It is that bad.

The trail eventually climbs to a small ridge above Fish Creek. This offers a respite from the catclaw, but do not get too excited. Thie trail on the ridge is thickly overgrown with prickly pear and agave. Agaves are sometimes called shin daggers, and if you don't know why, you will after hiking this trail! The overgrowth is so thick that you will sometimes have to leave the trail to pick your own course through the cacti, and you most likely will still come off this ridge with both of your legs bloody. The trail leaves the ridge and drops down to the confluence of Fish Creek Canyon and Roger's Canyon. There is a big pool of water here which is normally full. If it is not, you can turn left (east) and head up Fish Creek for about 50 yards. There are some pools of water here that are big enough to swim in. I saw a turtle in one of them, so they are most likely reliable.

The remainder of the Frog Tanks Trail heads down Roger's Canyon, alternating from side to side. This canyon is very pretty, especially in the fall, and the route is well-cairned and easy to follow. `There is some catclaw, but nothing like the nightmare in Fish Creek. While I was hiking this canyon in November 1999, I came across a herd of about 10 coatimundi gathered round a boulder in the canyon bottom. Coatimundi seem to be easily spooked, as they scattered so fast I was left with only one blurry and indistinct photo.

The Frog Tanks Trail ends at in Angel Basin as it meets the Roger's Canyon Trail. Angel Basin, with its grassy clearings and towering canyon walls, is one of the best campsites in the Superstitions. Enjoy your hike!

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2002-11-05 Lizard

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    Frog Tanks Trail #112
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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.

    Frog Tanks Trail #112
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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.
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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!
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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!
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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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    It was time for another Reavis trip and this one didn't disappoint. Karl, Claire and I drove up on Saturday morning and made the hike in arriving to a vacant camp around 1:30pm. Apparently everyone was out hiking! We started setting up camp and Wally showed up to say hi. He was doing a big loop out of Campaign TH. He hung out for a bit and then continued on. From there the three of us headed for Circlestone. Along the way we passed everyone making the return. We hit Circlestone and took a handful of pics and then started our return arriving back to camp right before sunset. The rest of the evening was spent relaxing around the campfire with the group.

    Sunday started out slowly as the group woke and made breakfast. Everyone took their time and packed up camp over the span of an hour or so. One by one peeps started heading out. Some went out the south route while a group of six of us (Karl, Claire, Kyle, Nicole, Nathan & myself) went out the north. On the return Karl & I detoured along the Frog Tanks Trail and headed out the Plow Saddle Trail. It's a nice drainage but was completely dry even though there's Sycamores & Cottonwoods. We regrouped with everyone near the saddle and then headed back to the trailhead arriving around mid-afternoon.

    This turned out to be another fun trip. It was great meeting everyone and good times around the campfire. Thanks for Chumley for organizing and thanks for Karl for driving!
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    Reavis Ranch # 109 North Lasso
    Would recommend this hike, lot of beautiful views, what you miss going out, you'll see coming back :) Last hike in AZ for the summer, not many hiking trails in IA, but there is always the gravel roads :yuck: A lot of rolling hills and washes, that hopefully will give me a little AEG :whistle: The 3 R's are splitting up for a few months, but looking forward to new hikes, new partners and new areas when we return. :DANCE: Hot weather is coming so take plenty of water with you, and when it's half gone turn around and head back to the vehicle -- But that's just my :M2C: worth of advice !!
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    Reavis Ranch #109 North Lasso
    Bob came up with this combination, it's our last hike together for some time since Bob is heading back to Iowa :lone: This was a really nice hike, the weather was perfect and the views fabulous. Plow saddle appears to get very little use, but we had lunch down at a horse trough by the intersection of Plow Saddle & Frog Tanks, then hiked on Frog Tanks back up to Reavis Ranch trail and on out. Gonna really miss Bob, he's been a great hiking partner.
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    Reavis Ranch - Circlestone - Mound Mountian Pe
    Time for my last overnighter with Rick ---- O where to go ?? I say Reavis Ranch, been there, Rick hasn't, then do Circlestone, I haven't been there :) Well FOTG changed my mind and said throw in Mound Mtn. while your that close, I'll be there Saturday AM. Great plan, Rick was easy, said ok without much arm twisting :gun: 0910 was at our meeting place at Reavis and Fire Line, decided to go up a bit and stash our packs and just take up our waist packs up. Here comes FOTG and he brought along Linda : app : and Blanco. Now I'm worried----- I got 3 of the top 10 mileage wise in front of me :PMIC: I gave Linda a :budrose: and I :-k she had a talk with the boys, so I wasn't to far behind when I reached Circlestone :STP: One benefit of being slow and steady and following everyone, is they broke the wall of Mazzies and gave me some small opening to follow, except when I couldn't see them because of the dense thickets, but I had Lee's Track downloaded onto my Garmin :thanx: ( Rick's favorite thing to hike thru ) But if you want the special views and destinations you have to grin and bear it, or you'll never see anything. Glad to meet everyone and hope to see you again, and Blanco will never leave anyone behind, but that's how he was raised thanks to Lee. : app :
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    Just what the doctor-to-be ordered --- a quick spring break backpack to get my mind off of graduate school. Always wanted to head down Frog Tanks for a nice loop trip including Reavis and Angel Basin. The solitude and sights didn't disappoint. While I passed a few people coming out of Reavis on the way up to Windy Pass, once I started down Plow Saddle I didn't see a soul until I arrived at Angel Basin later that day. Spectacular views were plentiful with the entrance to the confluence of Fish Creek, Rough and Rogers Canyons being especially choice. A Gila Monster even blessed me with her presence at one point just before the tanks. The cat claw was annoying but not too bad and I hiked in shorts with only a couple of battle wounds as mementos.

    Angel Basin was a mob scene, as expected. It was both spring break and stereos, good weather and water were plentiful. I chose a spot a little way up Rodgers Canyon to avoid the noise -- just far enough to avoid most of it, but close enough to react with glee when a brief midnight rainstorm apparrantly caught some spring breakers by surprise! :lol:

    The funniest thing about the trip was that, while cooking dinner, I realized realized my long spoon had been misplaced :app: . The annoyance of makeshift chopsticks, and the thought of repeating it again the next night put the thought into my head to simply hike all the way out the next day. I got an early start, got my fill of the amazing ruins in Rogers Canyon, and made it up to Reavis before noon. A nice cool breeze and nap in the hammock just below the ranch house made for a great start to the afternoon. The hike out was pleasant and poignant. My grandmother, who I started backpacking with as a young child, had been on the cusp of transitioning and I awoke from my nap to the feeling that I would return from this trip to a world without her. Indeed, she had passed earlier that morning. But my wife and daughters happily met me for some Mexican food after receiving a surprise text sent from the side of the mountain. In all a great trip that I will repeat again come fall.

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    The Frog Tanks trail starts and ends in the middle of the Superstition Wilderness. To reach its endpoints, please read the trail descriptions for "Reavis Ranch via 109 North" and "Roger's Canyon."
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