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10 by photographer avatarjohnny88
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Reavis Ranch via 109 NorthGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 26 2013
johnny88
Hiking18.60 Miles 2,824 AEG
Hiking18.60 Miles
2,824 ft AEG24 LBS Pack
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A few weeks ago, two of my friends and I decided to try backpacking to Reavis Ranch for an overnighter. This would be our 2nd attempt at the trip, with out first attempt failing due to scheduling conflicts.

Two days before the trip, there was a 0% chance for the next 5 days. 1 day before the trip, there was suddenly a 100% chance of rain for Saturday and a 90% chance of rain for Sunday. We took this to mean that it would be a typical Southern Arizona winter rain - one that is light and putters on and off - so these "forecasts" did not deter our plans.

Around midnight the morning before we were supposed to leave, it began raining. Little did we know it would rain nearly continuously for the next 48+ hours. When we woke up at 5 am to leave for the trailhead, it was still raining. The Superstitions greeted us with many clouds and damp roads, for the rain was just beginning there. It made for a pretty drive. But by the time we had put on our packs, the rain began falling steadily. A few pictures near the trailhead and we were off on our way to Reavis Ranch.

30 minutes later, the rain began falling heavier. Figuring that this was only a passing cloud we could wait out, I quickly set up my tarp which provided shelter for me, my 2 friends and their packs, and the 2 dogs (although my dog mostly chose to stand out in the rain). I just left my pack out in the rain. An hour later, the rain was still going. We were clearly in the middle of a cloud which decided to park itself for the day. We sat there and ate and drank coffee for another couple hours while the rain continued, watching the ground around us fill up with puddles. At this point, we decided to call it a day and head back home. While we were all fairly well prepared, the thought of eating and drinking in a warm, dry space that evening was much more pleasant than huddling under a tarp that night.

And so back home we went. We saw a few cool waterfalls on the drive back and had a couple of lightly flowing washes to drive through. Reavis Ranch will have to wait for another time.
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