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R Gap Fireline Circlestone Campaign Crk, AZ
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R Gap Fireline Circlestone Campaign Crk, AZ 
R Gap Fireline Circlestone Campaign Crk, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 01 2012
The_Eagle
Hiking19.80 Miles 4,450 AEG
Hiking19.80 Miles   11 Hrs   12 Mns   2.22 mph
4,450 ft AEG   2 Hrs   18 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Off to a new area in the Supes for me.
We started at the Campaign Trail head for the Reavis Gap #117 trail. This was right next to the entrance for the Reevis Mountain School Sanctuary http://reevismountain.org/

It was all we could do to get JJ to hike instead of spend the day at the School. He was talking about bailing, based on reports/horror stories of Catsclaw on the Campaign Trail.

The area prior to getting to the Gap trail is a lush playground littered with springs and running water. We started the Climb up the Reavis Gap trail. Views abound! We had scattered Fraley's to make it more visually appealing all the way around. We would have preferred a thicker cloud cover to cut down on some of the heat for the day. I sweat out 8 quarts on the day and only took in 6.

Dropping into the Reavis area we started seeing signs of Bear. A huge print on the trail, a pile of 2 dozen regurgitated apples on the trail and increasing quantities of fresh scat.
Once we got down to the Orchards, you can see where the forest creatures have been having a feeding frenzy. It'll be quite the Harvest this year.

We took lunch and filtered out of Reavis Creek close to the Fireline Trail.
I'd never been to Circlestone before, so JJ and me hit that up while Joe relaxed.
A cool area.

Now it was time to start making our drop back to the Trailhead. Circlestone, the highest point on this hike is at 6,016' and the TH was at 3,250' We took a short break where the Fireline Trail hit the Campaign Creek in a stand of pines.


The 4.5 mile trek along Campaign Creek to the intersection with the Reavis Gap Trail seemed to drag on forever. The forests of Catsclaw never materialized. The trail did get narrow with sharp poking stuff, but with long pants, easily navigated.

Another fun adventure into the Supes.
Thanks JJ for Driving out there!

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Brushy Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Water flowing into Campaign Creek

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