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Reavis Falls HikeGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 07 2013
DennisWilliams
Hiking13.80 Miles 3,169 AEG
Hiking13.80 Miles   7 Hrs   2 Mns   2.11 mph
3,169 ft AEG      30 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
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A nice long conditioning hike on mostly good trails to a high waterfall deep in the Supers.

In brief:

TH: 0705
Falls: 1010
Depart Falls: 1040
TH: 1407

Sunny, windy, and 32F. Glad to have an extra jacket, knit hat, and gloves to wear while hiking in. Did not break a sweat until the last little pull up from the Reavis Trail to the top of the divide before descending into Reavis Creek.

Met a group of about 13 Boy Scouts going into the ranch and back for their 20 mile hike merit badge. Some of them looked pretty young, maybe 10 years old. Offered them salutations for taking on such a feat and asked if they had flashlights. With the short day and their rate of travel it seemed pretty certain they would need them.

Saw a nice group of eight white tail deer just after crossing the divide and starting the descent. One big buck with a good rack. They were that nice silver color that you used to see on mule deer. Whatever happened to all of the muleys that inhabited central Arizona? The white tails seem to have just out-competed them. Can't all be due to hunting pressure. To my thinking the muley is the most beautiful of all of the deer species.

Reached the bottom of the creek in about 2.5 hours. It took another 40 minutes more to pick my way up the last 0.6 mile to the falls. No trail there, just cairns and a lot of boulder and log hopping. A small flow coming over the falls but lots of icicles decorating the rock. The pool at the foot was frozen solid enough to support my weight. Not sure of the thickness. The ice on the rock faces was continually breaking off and sending down a shower of ice hob nails, creating a steady clatter of ice on ice. Could not approach the falls and anoint myself for fear of taking a hit. Beautiful just the same.

Another 40 minutes to pick my way back to the creek exit point. One needs to be careful to make a good mental way-point here. If you miss the exit there could be a lot of wasted time and effort over-shooting the junction and then back-tracking. It is a good long uphill pull from there to the divide, then a nice gentle downhill cruise back to the Reavis TH. Lovely views of Apache Lake, Four Peaks, Horse Mesa, and Bronco Butte from the area around the TH. Worth the drive there just for that.

A lovely spot worth the effort.
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