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Reavis Falls HikeGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 09 2016
John9L
Hiking13.80 Miles 3,169 AEG
Hiking13.80 Miles
3,169 ft AEG
 
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With the recent storms we decided to make the trek to Reavis Falls. A group of nine of us headed up the long way past Roosevelt due to a road closure near Tortilla Flat. It was a long commute & we started hiking around 9am.

From the Reavis TH you could see lots of snow at the upper elevations. It was a beautiful sight! We made quick time to the Reavis Falls turnoff. From there we started a snowy climb. We topped out & then started the long descent. There were a pair of foot prints in front of us. We followed them through all the snow. The lower section turned from snow to mud & made for a slippery descent.

We eventually reached the creek & found it with a very strong flow. We took a short break & prepared for wet canyoneering by removing zip offs & stowing electronics. From there we made the hike up creek. The going was very slow as we waded back & forth across the creek. This was really tough on the two dogs as they struggled with each crossing. With a tremendous amount of effort we reached the falls.

Reavis Falls was absolutely gushing! This was my third time here & the amount of water coming over the falls was unreal! We climbed up the right side for some pics. We normally go right to the bottom but would have been soaked today. If Reavis Falls flowed like this for an entire season they would be world class no doubt! We spent a several minutes admiring the falls & decided to head back to the start of the canyon. We wanted to eat lunch & dry out in the sun.

The return was another grind. We were all hungry & tired & the dogs took a lot of effort. With much effort we got back to the start and climbed up a bit and finally took our lunch. It was relatively late in the day by this point roughly 2pm. After lunch our group of nine made the hike out. The climb up was muddy & slow. A lot of the snow from the morning has melted but the top still had a good blanket. Once we hit the Reavis north trail we flew back to the vehicles at the trailhead. We talked to a group coming in & they said SR88 was reopened so that would save us a lot of time on the return home. We got back to the cars around 5pm and then headed back to Phoenix.

This was a long day but well worth the effort! Reavis Falls was absolutely breathtaking and I doubt I ever see it flowing like this again. We timed it just right. Thanks to Kyle and Karl for driving and Kyle for coordinating! I'll never forget this trip!
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