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Reavis Ranch via 109 SouthGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 25 2002
GTG_AZH
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I thought that this hike just couldn't get any better until I read Fritzki's description.
'Thoroughly Therapeutic' sums it up completely. Fritzski, Rusty, Hooli and I joined up to encounter this hike. We went on a Thursday and it seemed as though there were quite a few other people with the same idea. I think I could account for at least thirty people in this 'remote area' that day. I can't say that I blame them for coming at all. Since I was a boy, I have always thought about doing something like Elisha Reavis did, and if I were going to pick a spot to live out in the Superstitions, the Reavis Ranch area would be it. This place is gorgeous; I can't wait to see what it's like when it's a bit warmer.


Along the way you can see many trees showing damage from the Iron Mountain burn in 1966. Some of the trees look like they were burnt yesterday. We put out someone's smoldering campfire on the way back, fire seems to be the big enemy out there, please be careful and don't ruin any more of it with fire. The tall grass you see in these areas is known as lovegrass. The Forest Service planted it after the fire to help prevent erosion. We saw at least six deer and some bear scat so keep your eyes open for wildlife.


At the ranch site you can find many artifacts of a lifestyle gone years ago, please leave things as you find them for others to enjoy. The orchard there is in total disrepair, the trees have been neglected and show signs of drought stress. I believe the orchards could be made productive again with proper care. Anyone happen to know the varieties of apples planted out there?

The four of us saw quite a bit out there that hasn't been discussed here at all. I'll definitely be back to stay a bit longer and check things out again. - GTG
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