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Reavis Gap, Fireline & Campaign Creek Loop, AZ

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Lasso-Loop 17 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,387 feet
Elevation Gain 2,240 feet
Accumulated Gain 3,600 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 6-10 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 35
Interest Ruins & Seasonal Creek
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Campaign - Fireline - Reavis Gap Loop
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8  2017-11-04 LindaAnn
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9  2016-12-04 trekkin_gecko
11  2016-12-04 rayhuston
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Author jbhunsaker
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Trips 13 map ( 95 miles )
Age 64 Male Gender
Location Gilbert, AZ
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Great beginning, briars galore!
by jbhunsaker

This hike begins at the Campaign Trailhead at the southern tip of Forest Road 449A. 449A is a 4X4 road which winds through sandy washes, wet ravines and a couple of steep hills. You can make it through during dry seasons in a high clearance 2-wheel drive, but this means you will be packing extra water for the trip since water is scarce.


Park at the trailhead and start down the road toward Reavis Mountain School Sanctuary. Turn right onto the trail at the hiking sign after about 0.2 mi. and the Campaign Trail sign is within sight. Follow the trail through the creek bottom, crossing the creek several times. The trail then climbs up along a ridge where you will have a beautiful view of the School/Sanctuary to your left. At 1.2 mi., you will come to the Reavis Gap/Campaign Trail intersection. The Reavis Gap trail goes to the right and is a beautiful hike... sometimes brutal but certainly beautiful once you climb out of the creek bottom. During dry seasons, this will be the last water you see until arriving at Reavis Creek. The Reavis Gap trail follows to the right Reavis Gap Canyon marked by several sheer drop-offs. There are 3 fairly steep climbs up to the top of Two Bar Ridge at 2.8 mi. The footing can be slippery with loose pebbles and rocks. There are several nice places to rest in meadows of knee-high foliage under mesquite trees. The Two Bar Ridge/Reavis Gap trail sign (3.2 mi) is a welcome sight as you drop down off the ridge to about 4800 feet.

Continue following the Reavis Gap trail to the left through mild up-and-downs. This is an easy and enjoyable portion of the trail. However, there are many briar bushes along the way so it definitely calls for long pants and long sleeves. You will cross Pine Creek at 4.0 mi. and begin one more climb up to 5400 ft before dropping down to Reavis Creek. There are several campsites and a lot of shade here (6.2 mi). This creek usually has water in it. It is easy to loose the trail here, but continue west through the meadow 0.1 mi. to run into the Reavis Trail. (Reavis Gap/Reavis Ranch intersection @ N33 29.777 W111 09.421) Follow the Reavis Ranch trail south to arrive at the old ranch site at 6.6 mi. There are many campsites along the trail and near the creek. This is the logical place to camp overnight for this trek.

Continue your hike by heading south on the Reavis Ranch trail to the Fire Line trail intersection (N33 29.225 W111 09.266) where the trail crosses Reavis Ranch Creek. This was a bit difficult for us to find with many different trails leading through the tall grass to various campsites. The Fire Line Trail is an old bulldozer trail heading east. This trail gradually gains altitude from 4900 at the creek to 5500 through mostly chaparral brush and pinon-juniper before starting its descent. There is a nice side trip you can take up to Circlestone at the 8.6 mi. point. This trail is marked by cairns and heads south up the hill. This trail is steep at first, then changes to an easy, steady climb up to circle rock. For more information about Circlestone, reference it on the HAZ TrailDex.

From this point the trail heads down steeply. The footing can be tricky in spots with the trail mostly being gravel and loose rock. We were thankful we did not come up this way. Fire Line intersects the Campaign Trail after crossing the Campaign creek (N33 28.566 W111 06.841) at 10.2 mi. From here head north on the Campaign trail. It mostly follows the creek that has seasonal water. It is a difficult trail to follow because it is not well maintained. There are many cairns to help you, and the trail is mostly on the west side of the creek, however it crosses the creek frequently and there is a lot of brush and briars. Again, long pants and long sleeves are a good idea. This loop will bring you back to the Campaign/Reavis Gap intersection at 14.2 mi. Follow the trail back to the trailhead for a total of 15.3 mi.

Reavis Ranch and Circlestone were the highlights of this trip. The scenery and views were breathtaking. We were not impressed with the Campaign Trail. While mostly flat, it left much to be desired because of it was hard to follow in many spots, its poor maintenance, and did I mention the briars?

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2008-10-18 jbhunsaker
    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 21 deeper Triplog Reviews
    Reavis Gap, Fireline & Campaign Creek Loop
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    My third trip to the eastern Superstitions in the past 30 days. Trekkin_gecko joined me on this adventure, our first time hiking together. I often hike alone, but it's nice to have a hiking partner along to enjoy a hike as wonderful as this one, and having Kelly along made it all the more enjoyable.

    It was two hours to the trail head from Higley in Gilbert. FR 449 is in great shape (we made it in with a 2WD Explorer with no problem - thanks for the scouting report, Wally!). It was 30 degrees upon arrival.

    We got started a little after 8. The hike up Reavis Gap took the chill off in no time. Nice views along this segment, including that of a deep gorge a couple of miles in. Great views at Two Bar Ridge and Reavis Gap. A quick walk past Reavis Ranch and then up Fireline. We pondered taking a side trip to Circlestone, but Kelly had already been there and 17 miles was plenty enough for today. We stopped for lunch about 10 miles in, picking a sunny spot along Campaign Creek where we took a nice long break before continuing down the trail.

    The trek down along Campaign Creek went by quickly. We missed a couple of turns on the way down, but only because we were chatty and having a good time. The trails are easy to follow and in pretty good shape. Water was scarce along most of the route; there is water in Campaign Creek near the start/end and at Reavis Ranch of course.

    Although a bit cool and breezy at times, the weather could not have been better. Clear, blue skies all day. We stopped for dinner at Guayos restaurant just north of the SR 188/ SR 60 junction. The green chile chicken enchiladas are muy bueno! We had nice silhouettes of Picket Post mountain both at sunrise and sunset during the drive out and back, and a beautiful orange horizon as we headed over Gonzalez Pass shortly after sunset. I think we timed the drive perfectly.

    It could not have been a better day and the same goes for the company. It was nice to finally meet and hike with you, Kelly. I had a great time!
    Reavis Gap, Fireline & Campaign Creek Loop
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    the eastern supes have been on my radar since our backpack to reavis ranch last year
    noticed that ray (and others) have been doing some cool hikes out that way, so i cold-called him for a hike
    he had in mind this loop, which is a good long intro to and sampler of the east side
    his silver bullet easily made it to the trailhead, and it was about 30 degrees when we set out on campaign trail
    after reading about the climb up fireline, we did the loop counterclockwise, taking reavis gap trail at about a mile and a quarter in
    sustained and at times steep climb up to reavis gap/two bar ridge
    great views from there, with grassy terrain, rocky outcroppings, lots of landmarks i've yet to learn the names of
    a gentle descent and another climb to the point where reavis ranch is visible, simply an amazing view
    we took a short snack break somewhere in there, ray sharing half of his sandwich
    familiar ground on a short section of reavis gap, the piece through reavis ranch, and fireline up to the circlestone
    turnoff
    we considered going up to circlestone, but both felt that was pushing it so we continued along fireline
    ray says he'll be back :)
    found the steep drop into campaign creek, had lunch toward the end of fireline, and eventually hit the intersection with campaign trail
    while very pretty with the almost bare sycamores, the creek crossings made for more difficult travel
    we got off trail a couple of times even with cairns at each crossing
    oh, and i blew one of the later crossings, dunking a foot; never my strong suit
    there was quite of bit of bear scat through here
    closed the loop and finished above reavis mountain school, enjoying late fall color and lush vegetation in the creek, which held quite a bit of water on the eastern end
    great hike and i'd do it again but clockwise, to see the views going the other way
    excellent choice ray, even with a long drive and a committing hike with someone you've never met before :lol:
    we did quite well together and even felt like having dinner at guayo's on the way into globe
    thanks for agreeing to a hike, for driving and for the chocolate milk/pringle's combo as a post-hike snack
    enjoyed the hike and your company :)
    Reavis Gap, Fireline & Campaign Creek Loop
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    Reavis Gap - Campaign - Fireline Loop
    This . . . this was a hike.

    We started up the Reavis Gap out of Reavis Ranch in the late morning and made our way out of the valley. Then we descended to the junction with Campaign and took a little break. I couldn't keep up with Todd and Linda much further after this point, so they moved on. I took a break to get some water from a standing pool . . . was kicking myself for not bringing water treatment or filtration supplies. I downed a liter of creek water--hoping the giardia nasties won't be making residence with me anyhow :scared: There were plenty of clear pools along the Campaign. Following the Campaign--however--was a bit difficult. I think God was watching my back (and perhaps Saint Chumley of Dickarrow, too) because I didn't ever lose the trail though I certainly felt like I did at points. It doesn't seem Campaign gets too much play--people must be tired of such things this election season :lol:

    I junctioned with the Fireline and began the steep 2 mile ascent. Let me tell ya--it was slow-going. After reaching the high point, it was smooth sailing from there. You then junction with the Reavis Ranch trail. I was pleased to get back to camp only an hour after the speed hikers, and I was greeted with some fresh, wild apples at Reavis Ranch. They're great!
    Reavis Gap, Fireline & Campaign Creek Loop
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    Reavis Gap - Campaign - Fireline Loop
    After a chilly start to the morning we all came up with different plans for the day. I had decided this loop looked good, and Nathan and Linda decided to join me. We didn't hit the trail until 10am, which is a little late for a 15 mile day in my book, so I set a fairly quick pace.

    I hadn't hiked any of these trails before, so I was pleasantly surprised by the views along Reavis Gap, though the last 1000 feet drop down to Campaign Creek is very steep and the trail is rocky so the travel is slow and deliberate.

    We took a break by the plentiful water in Campaign Creek before beginning the gradual ascent toward the Fireline junction. I really enjoyed these four miles! It also eclipses the Galiuros for my new number one most active bear area! You could not walk 100 yards without another huge pile of poo! A couple of them seemed same-day fresh!

    Kyle had warned me about the ascent up Fireline, which might have helped me mentally prepare, and ultimately I found it to be not too bad. There's really only one short stretch that climbs 900 feet, but the old road makes for pretty good tread and it's over fairly quickly.

    There was a band of coatimundi along the trail, and though there were well over 20 of them, I'm not sure a single good photo was captured! ](*,)

    Once over the crest near Circlestone, we ran into Kyle and Nicole, who were just beginning their return trip, followed shortly thereafter by 9L, Claire and Karl who were just on their way up.

    This is a big day hike with some solid gain, and I was happy to get back to camp. But I'd definitely do it again!
    Reavis Gap, Fireline & Campaign Creek Loop
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    The plan was to get to the Campaign trailhead by 7a, do a clockwise route, summit Pine Mountain, stop by Reavis Ranch and get out before dark. The bed was too soft and warm and the drive a little longer than estimated so the hike didn't start until 8:20a. A few years back I would have pushed the pace but now I just call it as I go. The campaign was in decent shape but there are a few washed out areas and a few turns/crossing to watch for. The trail was a little overgrown approaching the junction with Fireline trail. The Fireline trail is overgrown at first but seemed better the higher up I hiked.
    Once up on the ridge by Pine Mountain, time was on my side so I gave the off trail route a go. There is some manzanita but most of it is avoidable. I found a small old ruin and hit the summit. The views are nice but the summit itself is nothing special.
    After hiking back to the Fireline trail, I continued on toward Reavis Ranch and saw a grey fox looking back at me. It appeared he was waiting for me to pass and then crossed the trail. I filtered a quart of water at Reavis Creek and moved on.
    Upon arriving at Reavis Ranch the campsite was mostly empty. Karl, John9L and Claire were setting up camp so I talked with them a bit, ate my sandwich and decided to continue on to beat the sunset. There I finished was just after 5p. FR 449A has been graded and the sand was mostly pushed to the side. From what I heard Chumley and crew hiked the same loop as I did but probably in the same direction so we never passed. :doh:
    Reavis Gap, Fireline & Campaign Creek Loop
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    We missed the Gap turn and did the loop clockwise. Perhaps my first. I'd rather go down Campaign as it's a bit less against the grain on vegetation. Not much catclaw. Further up flimsy manzanita hangs over the trail often and takes it's toll on hikers in shorts.

    The perspective change up to Fireline was a nice change. I mentioned the climb up Fireline to jj but it didn't seem to register. Believe it became crystal clear before we topped out...lol It was pretty hot but the rest of the loop was cake.

    Tall but not super tall yellow wildflowers partially fill the fields. I swore in 2009 they were taller than @azdesertfather
    A photo appears more waist level like this and perhaps most years.

    The apples... Reavis Gold! As in eat the golden and skip the red. It's not a bumper crop year. Plenty now. Falling quick. Might be plenty for the tree climbers in a month, who knows? I brought home a pear to see if it ripens. Saw several trees loaded with what looked like choke cherries. Not sure how I missed 'em before, there are several loaded trees. JJ tried one, squinted, spit and said bitter. I respectfully disagree, 100% battery acid!

    Bruce, jj and I hit this in 2012 one day later on September 1st. I was hoping for those exotic wildflowers. Apparently this year didn't measure up in rainfall.

    The reverse Gap is tame compared to ccw.

    Great hike as always, it would have been too hot for most.

    Carried 4 quarts. Down to frozen block finishing up Fireline. Carried the block to melt it faster. Consumed 3.5, 4 easy in this heat if it wasn't frozen.

    Wildflowers
    standard yellow fields for late August
    Reavis Gap, Fireline & Campaign Creek Loop
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    Eastern Supes Tule to Campaign
    Claire and I had Monday off for MLK Day and wanted to get out for a three day trip into the Superstitions. We wanted to see a new area and turned our attention to Tule and Campaign trailheads. We decided to start from Tule and make a loop by incorporating over six road miles between the two trailheads.

    We drove to Tule Trailhead on Saturday morning and made good time. The dirt road is in great condition and is suitable to most vehicles. We started our hike and made steady progress up Tule trail. We passed a couple of hunters and continued on as the trail starts gaining elevation. The views north of the Sierra Ancha and Four Peaks were wonderful. We eventually connected onto Two Bar Ridge and followed the AZT south. This is a really nice stretch of trail. We dropped into a valley and made a steep climb up a north facing slope that had a good blanket of snow. Once up top we completed the last mile and selected a campsite in Pine Creek. I camped here last year with FOTG and absolutely love this site! It has a flowing creek and lots of tree cover and fire ring. We settled in for the night with a nice fire and the temps were chilly but pleasant overall.

    Our Sunday started slowly. We both slept in and made a fire and enjoyed breakfast. It was approaching 11am when a day hiker walked up and talked to us. He started from Campaign TH and said he talked to our friends we were meeting. Our plan was to meet FOTG at the junction of Campaign & Fireline. We got ourselves moving as we headed for Reavis Ranch. The Reavis Gap trail was very wet and muddy. Our pace was slow. We eventually reached Reavis Ranch and found the area completely deserted. We expected some backpackers but there were none. We spent a few minutes filtering water and eating lunch and then headed for the Fireline trail.

    The first mile of Fireline Trail was easy going. The trail was a little muddy but not an issue. We started encountering snow in the higher elevations. There was one set of foot prints coming the opposite direction and they broke a path through the snow that helped. We eventually hit the turnoff for Circlestone. Our original plan was to hike up there but it was late in the day and our feet were soaked from the snow. We decided to continue on to camp. The next half mile was slow going through more snow. It drifted to twelves inches high in some places. We finally hit the east end of Fireline where the trail drops down to Campaign. We were delighted to see no snow! We cruised down to camp and arrived there around 4pm.

    We finally hit the camp at Fireline and Campaign and could see dog prints all over the place. We were bummed to see we missed Lee and the dogs. I was hoping he was backpacking with us but knew he might be day hiking. A few minutes later we noticed the “FOTG” spelled out with some sticks. That confirmed he was day hiking. At that point we started prepping camp. We gathered firewood and got the tent set up. We planned on using the existing fire ring but it had an inch of ice on top. It was a no go so we built a temporary fire ring just off to the side. We dismantled this the next morning. We settled in for another night and enjoyed our fire. The temps were much colder tonight making things a bit uncomfortable. The fire helped if you sat close but sleeping was a challenge.

    We woke earlier on Monday and had a small fire and tore down camp. We started hiking around 9:30am and headed north on the Campaign Trail. I remember this section being fairly overgrown with a hard to navigate section in the middle. We made good time till that point and then got off trail and were swallowed by manzanita and other heavy shrubs. I knew we were close to the trail but we couldn’t find it. I decided to drop us into the creek and take our chances there. The going was very difficult and both of us were frustrated. After much effort in the creek we climbed out and found the trail. From there the rest of the Campaign trail was in excellent condition. We made fast time and took a short break at the junction with the Reavis Gap trail. From there it was on to the Campaign Trailhead and then we had over six mile of road back to the Tule Trailhead. These road miles flew by as we hiked at over three miles per hour. We were back to the jeep around 2:30pm. From there it was back to Phoenix.

    This was a great loop and we covered a lot of ground. There was a ton of water and lots of snow at the higher elevations. Water will not be an issue for several months. We only saw two people within the wilderness. Great hike and I was glad to see some new areas.
    Reavis Gap, Fireline & Campaign Creek Loop
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    80% chance of heavy thunderstorms never panned out. A little disappointing, summer deluge in the Superstitions is typically remarkable. The Gap Trail still rolls sweet like a '79 Continental.

    The apple blossoms must have suffered frost damage in spring. We only spotted 6 apples in maybe the first 20-30 trees on the north. Found a couple trees loaded but infested with worms. Might be a good year to get a crew in to prune the orchard. No bear sightings, just a black rattler in the tall grass.

    Love any Reavis hike, anytime of the year it isn't freezing!

    We hit J & R's Fine Mexican Food and Steaks on Ash in Globe. Atmosphere is similar to a tidy garage sale. My food was very good. Really liked the salsa, so most probably would not. The hot salsa has a little sneak back kick for the taco rock stars.

    Wildflowers
    Mainly the standard purple flowers seen around the ranch. I think they are Purple Nightshade.
    Reavis Gap, Fireline & Campaign Creek Loop
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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!
    Reavis Gap, Fireline & Campaign Creek Loop
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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 ;)

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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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