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Reavis Falls HikeGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 09 2016
juliachaos
Hiking13.80 Miles 3,169 AEG
Hiking13.80 Miles   8 Hrs   15 Mns   1.90 mph
3,169 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
 
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Ok, so here is a triplog. And some pictures too.

The usual route to the trailhead was a bit closed, so we were treated to some beautiful views of the snowy Mazzies before pulling into the dirt lot. Started on trail in slightly chilly temps and got moving. The dogs played a constant game of tag for the first few miles, and then we turned off the trail at the cairn. Kivah's first snow! She didn't seem to mind it too much, despite how wet and cold it was. Soon we were descending the other side of the ridge, through a soft layer of snow, and prickly pears. The snow gave way to cold hardened mud, which eventually became scree and decomposed granite. The trail poured us out onto a rocky beach next to a roaring creek.

We all prepared for the water crossings, but didn't realize how many there would be. My previous experience with this hike had been much drier, so I hadn't really considered how little terrain would be left after such a solid flow. Not really a big deal, except that my dog is seriously terrified of water, so I wasn't sure how she would do for the water crossings. She ended up needing lots of encouragement, and I often had to carry her or act as her vessel for passage... see Bruce's photoset for an explanation. :? The water was ice cold snowmelt, so our legs and feet were walking drunk on land, but we were not! A real shame.... Eventually we stumbled up to a large boulder, and 9L proclaimed that the fall was just around the corner! We all marveled and made our ways over... brrrr! The water gushed and pummeled the ground, pushing arctic wind currents through our skin. We quickly took pictures of the sight, and then began the trek back. One more mile of boulder-hopping, and Kivah's nails were bleeding from frantically clawing at water crossings. She checked out okay otherwise, and after leaving the creek, managed the trail on her own and then some.

We stopped for a few minutes for lunch and snacks, then slogged up the long hill. Much less snow and more mud. Kivah was having lots of fun getting dirty, and started hunting rodents. Eventually we hit the main trail and things calmed down. At the trailhead, grabbed a couple more snacks and some drinks, and the dogs rested in the back of the car.

Really a cool sight to see -- a huge waterfall in the middle of Arizona. Glad I made the trek out. This hike can be a bit rough on dogs, but it really depends on the dog. Lily seemed to be doing fairly well with everything, but she didn't panic as much as Kivah, who nearly clawed her nails off. Had there been much less water, it would have been a different story for my dog. Just a little extra to think about if you're planning on bringing pups on a high-flow day. It was great to see everyone again! And big thanks to Kyle for both organizing and driving!
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