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Angel Basin Reavis Ranch Loop, AZ
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Angel Basin Reavis Ranch Loop, AZ 
Angel Basin Reavis Ranch Loop, AZ
Backpack avatar Feb 14 2014
Backpack24.00 Miles 2,400 AEG
Backpack24.00 Miles3 Days         
2,400 ft AEG40 LBS Pack
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This is an epic Superstitions backpack loop. Start at the Rogers Canyon Trail (which you appreciate after 17+ miles down a rough high clearance road). Your first destination will be the Salado cliff dwelling ruins which you cannot miss, on the north side of the trail after about 4 miles. We started this trail in the late afternoon and carried a ton of water for fear of nothing available the first night. Regardless of the incredibly dry conditions of late, there was still a decent amount of water on this trip.

Spent the first night at Angel Basin. This is a magical place that we had all to ourselves and the incredible full moon on the canyon walls.

The next morning we trekked through the Frog Tanks trail which definitely tests your patience and endurance as you climb for about 8 miles. The most surprising part of the trail was the incredible views down a side canyon at about 2 miles in.

Turned south at Reavis trail and camped in the meadows not too far away. Plenty of good flowing filterable water in the dependable Reavis Creek. Temps were colder than expected at night as we found pretty solid frozen ice in the morning.

Finish the loop on the Reavis trail descending past the saddle and checking out the Reavis Grave towards the bottom. Incredibly beautiful backpacking trip in the eastern Superstitions. We wish we had spent more time soaking it in and not just continuously hiking through though.
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Reavis Grave

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Angel Spring Dripping Dripping
There was no water to be found in Angel Basin but just nearby up Rogers canyon there was water pooling and slight flows if you look hard.

dry Plow Saddle Springs Dry Dry
No water to be found.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Reavis Creek at Fireline #118 Medium flow Medium flow
Good flow in this area- filter water a little upstream away from the trail crossing.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Reavis Creek at Gap Trail #117 Medium flow Medium flow
Good amount of water flowing... easy to filter. Had some fears little water would be available after a pretty dry winter so far, but Reavis Creek is very dependable.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Rogers Canyon Spring Dripping Dripping
Water was flowing very slowly in certain areas nearby. Just need to keep your eye out for it as you hike along.
90+° 8am - 6pm kills
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