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Reavis Falls HikeGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Mar 12 2012
Woodsnative
Backpack15.00 Miles 3,200 AEG
Backpack15.00 Miles3 Days         
3,200 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Almost every aspect of this trail exceeded expectations: the falls, the creek, and the steep hills! My hat is off to anyone who can do this as a day hike!
The hike: We hiked in at a steady to slow pace, because CMR and I had both brought a son with us for their first backpacking trip. Even still, there were a couple parts of the trail where I was wishing for a switchback instead of the straight descent (and ascent). We didn't want to make the return trip entirely in one day, so we hiked back up the trail 2.5 miles on day two and camped under a big juniper. That spread out the elevation gain pretty well. We added some extra miles by hiking to the mini-saddle just north of Castle Dome before returning. It was nice to see that there were a few small campsites along Reavis Ranch trail, in case someone needed to break up the distance.
The water: Wow! With a hiker standing at the bottom the height of the falls really was impressive. The temperature was much cooler next to the falls than in the rest of the canyon so we decided to wade somewhere downstream. Having boys with us, we got a different perspective of the creek. We spent a good bit of time skipping rocks in pools, watching frogs, walking on fallen logs, and even spotting a turtle.
The ruins: We missed the ridge site on the way in, but happened to camp near there on our second night. We were just pulling in to camp under the big juniper tree, when I looked over and realized I was looking at a low wall. By walking around the whole area, we saw how large the site actually is. Various rooms are marked out inside the perimeter. The ruin at Maple Spring was so small that we almost missed that too.
The third ruin: This was a surprise. I haven't seen it mentioned on any of the triplogs that I've read. It can be found right above the campsites on Reavis Creek. Instead of a building or perimeter, this wall is actually a retaining wall. It is built between some large boulders and the combined result is that the earth above it is held back to create a clearing area with a gradual slope to it. There is a big tree growing right in front of it, which makes it hard to see. A small second wall is nearby, and another clearing area is further south. At this time of year it is noticeable from the trail across the canyon, because the area is very grassy and the big tree has no leaves.
All in all it was a great trip, and our boys got stronger at backpacking each day.
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