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Reavis Falls HikeGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 03 2016
DennisWilliams
Hiking13.80 Miles 3,169 AEG
Hiking13.80 Miles   7 Hrs   28 Mns   2.03 mph
3,169 ft AEG      40 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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My second time in to the falls. What a cool remote spot. Last trip there was a sign at the cut-off trail junction. Gone now but the cairn is still there. Quite the drop from the saddle down in to Reavis Creek and I really felt it on the way back out. Like putting a good seven mile warm up on your legs, then climbing Camelback Mountain, then hiking another three and a half out to the trail-head. The creek itself is a nice string of fairly deep pools with a small but consistent flow and the sound of water. Just after arriving at the spot where you get the first view of the whole falls I had my phone out and made some video. Ten seconds after putting the phone back into my pocket a large boulder, maybe a five foot cube of rock, detached from the very top of the cliff just to the right of the falls and came crashing down with the sound of a cannon report. It bounced once off the wall and shattered upon impact kicking debris fifty feet out from the base of the cliff. Wished I had my camera going but just missed it. Ate lunch on the big white boulder at the base of the falls and just to the left. Looking up and seeing the overhanging wedges at the top gave me pause. Some day those too will come down and the lunch spot will be under tons of rock. Chilly in there. The sun never seems to penetrate.

I am always impressed by the views to the north from near the trail-head. The full 5,750 foot base-to-summit rise of Four Peaks can be taken in one sweep. Also, Goat Mountain, the great southern bastion of the mighty Mazatzal Range guards the extreme southern approaches above the moat of Apache Lake. A defense in depth worthy of a Kosciuszko with forward redoubts below massive ramparts garrisoned by a full-strength division of saguaros posted on the flanks, stalwart, upright, and well armed. None shall pass!
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