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Superstition Wilderness - AZT #19Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Mar 10 2012
MEWhiteman
Backpack30.40 Miles 5,436 AEG
Backpack30.40 Miles4 Days         
5,436 ft AEG40 LBS Pack
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Tom and I continued our progress on the AZT. This passage was a tough one. We did it northbound from Roger's Trough. Tom asked three of his friends to join us for the first days hike and overnight. They were not as experienced as us, but they enjoyed themselves and will probably want to do it some more.

The first night was spent at the south end Reavis Ranch. We found a large camping area to accommodate 5 tents within an easy walk of Reavis Creek which was flowing nicely. We had a communal meal and campfire. The weather reports that each of us looked at said the low would be 39. Unfortunately, that was very wrong. At 6:30am the next morning we recorded 12 degrees on two thermometers. We knew it was going to be colder than forecast the evening before as the water in Tom's dog's dish froze before we went to sleep. The report I used was linked from the AZT website for this passage not a nearby city so it should have been more accurate.

The next day Tom and I continued on while his friends returned to Tom's truck to go home as they had work on Monday. This was the toughest day with a lot of climbing. We had lunch at Walnut Spring and filled up our water for the balance of the day, that night and much of the next day. The drop into the valley and the following climb up Two Bar Ridge were especially hard as we were carrying the extra water. On the ridge there was a point at which we could see Apache Lake on the left and Roosevelt Lake on the right. We found a flat area on Two Bar Ridge with a great view to the east. We had done about 8.4 hard miles at that point and didn't want to pass up this camping area, in case we didn't find any other suitable areas further on. There were a couple of other areas but not as nice. Morning temperature was 26 degrees, not the forecast 42.

On day three we hiked off the ridge, down FR83, and down Cottonwood Canyon. There were warnings about Cottonwood Canyon on the AZT website, and it was tough. Much of the trail had been eroded away in a storm some number of years back and so we crossed the creek bed many times and had to walk in it as well. It was slow going to keep from turning an ankle. We found a great place to camp at the junction of the Cottonwood Trail (120) and FR341. There was a grassy area to pitch our tents and a large steel rancher's tank full of cool water from Cottonwood Creek. Morning temperature was 23 degrees, not the forecast 42.

One the final day we hiked up and down over the final 6 miles to Vinyard TH. There were many views of Roosevelt Lake which got better and better as we got closer. Of course there was one last climb before decending to AZ188 which I could have done without. Tom's friend Chris met us at Vinyard TH. Since he had driven Tom's truck down from Rogers Trough on Sunday and picked us up on Tuesday, that saved us hours of shuttling cars. Thank you, Chris.

While being a tough backpack, the scenery was beautiful. There was water at various spots so we didn't have to cache any. While it was cold in the morning, it warmed up quickly once the sun came up. I had brought less/lighter clothing then previous trips but was able to keep warm enough in my sleeping bag. Much of the trail had loose gravel which made for tough footing while decending. It was a worthwhile hike.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Cottonwood Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Water was flowing at spring and at several places further down the canyon.

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Standing water in a few places

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Walnut Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Pool of water just east of trail was full and overflowing.
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