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Reavis Ranch via 109 SouthGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Mar 31 2012
johnmc22
Backpack13.60 Miles 2,350 AEG
Backpack13.60 Miles   27 Hrs      1.94 mph
2,350 ft AEG   20 Hrs    Break30 LBS Pack
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Wow, I didn't even realize there was terrain like this in the Supers. Once you pass the saddle, it will seem more like you're hiking in Oak Creek Canyon than the Supes. Fantastic hike! One of the best overnight backpacks we've done in AZ (not including the Canyon, of course).

We started out from Phoenix at 5:45am on Saturday. There were 6 of us in two vehicles, so we rendezvous'd at the Chevron station right off the 60 at Goldfield Rd. Excellent opportunity to pick up those last minute Slim Jims for the hike. We arrived at Rogers Trough TH at 7:50 after 50 minutes or so along the dirt road. We had two 4WD vehicles and could have probably gotten by without the 4WD, but the high clearance was a must. The access road is long and rough.

Temps in Phoenix this day topped out at 94, but the highest we experienced was a pleasant 80 degrees in mid-afternoon at Reavis Ranch. It's roughly 3.5 miles to the top of Reavis Saddle (after a 1000' climb) and another 3.5 miles to Reavis Ranch, give or take. Elevation starts at around 4800, drops to 4400-ish, climbs to 5200 and then returns to around 5K... again, give or take. The good news is you never drop below around 4350, so this is a great hike when it's too hot to comfortably hike the western Supes (Peralta TH and the like).

We covered the first 3.5 miles and the 1000' climb up to Reavis Saddle in around 2 hours. There's a nice log bench up there at the saddle to rest after the climb. As we rested, we decided that we just had to verify one of the nearby springs for Hike AZ. We chose Reavis Saddle Spring, since it was the closest one to the trail and there were no reports (yet) on Hike AZ. We exited the west side of the trail and GPS-tracked to the site of the spring. We scouted the area and found something that seemed like it could have once been a spring, but it was dry. About 100 feet away, there was a drainage that had water pooling in it, so we thought that might be the spring but, upon closer inspection, it appeared to be just plain ol' pooling. Which is to say that, at the present time, the Reavis Saddle Spring appears to be dry. Just to be clear, there was plenty of water to be had on this hike since it rained/snowed pretty heavily 2 weeks back. Water was never a problem as there was pooling along the entire length of the trail with the one exception being along the 1000' climb (too steep... no where to pool). But, the spring itself seems to be dry.

Back on the trail, the stretch from Reavis Saddle to Reavis Ranch is fantastic. A mixture of Ponderosa Pine, Alligator Juniper and Manzanita make for a pleasant 3.5 miles, even on a warm day. It's mostly in the shade the entire stretch. The stretch took us another 2 hours, but mostly because we were in no big hurry.

We arrived at Reavis Ranch at around 12:30, procured a campsite under a big shade tree and explored the ranch. The Reavis Stream is flowing nicely and we had a little access trail from our camp down to the creek to fill our Katadyn Basecamp gravity-fed filter (a fantastic investment if you're sick of pumping water while in camp). We talked about heading to Circlestone, but we were all feeling lazy, so we just hung around camp all afternoon. There were a few other groups at Reavis, but not too many and the campsites are spread out over a fairly large area so it never felt crowded.

It got down to around 32 that night, so it was a little chillier than expected but still manageable. The next morning, we hit the trail at 8:15am, headed back the same way we came. We ran into a fun guy at the saddle who was hiking the length of the Arizona Trail. He had some great stories as we killed a good 15-20 minutes sitting on the bench at the saddle listening to his adventures. Even with that lengthy rest stop, we were still back at the TH by 11:45, so the total time on the way out was 3.5 hours.

Overall, a great trip, especially that stretch between Reavis Saddle and the Ranch. It's well worth the painful 50 minutes on the dirt road to get there.
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Reavis Saddle Spring

dry Reavis Saddle Spring Dry Dry
We GPS-tracked to the site of this spring off the west side of the Reavis Ranch trail. We scouted the area within 50 feet of the GPS coordinates and found something that seemed like it could have once been a spring, but it was dry. About 100 feet away, there was a drainage that did have some water pooling in it (on 3/31/12), but it was just pooling, not a spring.
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