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Reavis Ranch via 109 SouthGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Mar 30 2014
PrestonSands
Backpack20.77 Miles 3,765 AEG
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3,765 ft AEG33 LBS Pack
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My backpack remained unpacked, so why not go again? I arrived at Roger's Trough trailhead later than I had hoped and started solo hiking at 6:30 pm. By the time that the last rays of the setting sun had faded from White Mountain's crest I was passing Reavis' grave. Beyond Reavis Saddle the pleasant temperature dropped into the low 40's and stars were shining brightly. The hills had eyes! My headlamp frequently caught the reflective eyes of animals both large and small along the way. That combined with tangled Blair Witchy tunnels through the willow thickets made for an eerie and exciting experience. I reached Reavis Ranch at 9:30, and was surprised to find only one other campsite in use. I set up my tent in the pines atop the old flume route for the pond and then set about cooking dinner and building a small fire. With no moon, I spent the rest of the evening alternately photographing the stars and trying to stay warm by the fire. It was 32 degrees at 2am when I crawled into my tent for the night wearing everything I had. A couple of AZT through hikers greeted me Monday morning as I dismantled my camp in the wonderfully warm sun. I visited the ruins of Reavis Ranch house before stashing my pack along the Fireline Trail, en route to my goal for the day: Circlestone. My first visit to Circlestone lived up to my expectations. I considered climbing Mound Mountain, but what appeared to be a nasty bushwhack near its summit looked too time consuming for the amount of daylight I had left. Maybe next trip. I left Circlestone and headed back to Reavis Creek to refill on water before beginning my hike back to Rogers Trough. Following a leisurely hike I reached the trailhead at 7pm as the reddish glow on Iron Mountain faded to dusk. Feeling lazy, I opted to not scout out a huge rut on the upper switchback on FR 172A, and managed to get my left rear tire airborne and my truck at a near rollover angle, adding a bit of excitement to the bumpy journey back down the mountain. Once back on wonderful pavement, I stopped for dinner in Florence then made the deserted highway journey home. It was barely more than a 24 hour trip, but well worth it. More great memories were made.
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Bonker's Hedgehog cacti in bloom.

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
Moderate flow, maybe 5 gallons per minute of clear, cold water.
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