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Campaign Trail to Reavis Ranch Loop, AZ
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Campaign Trail to Reavis Ranch Loop, AZ 
Campaign Trail to Reavis Ranch Loop, AZ
Backpack avatar Oct 05 2016
Backpack17.00 Miles
Backpack17.00 Miles3 Days         
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Day 1-Wednesday; 4 miles? On the way to the trailhead we toured historic downtown Globe and ate lunch at El Ranchito on the main strip. I would recommend the place to a friend. The 5 miles of dirt road into Reavis Mt. School were not as bad as I had anticipated from previous reports. I thought the access to this TH was easier than Roger's Trough TH although there are some tricky parts. We used 4WD. My group was made up of teachers and a retired teacher so we get the luxury of hiking during the week to avoid the crowds. We only saw one set of hikers the entire trip; four friends from Ohio who fly somewhere once a year to do a multi-day hike. We were going clockwise; they counter. (I strongly recommend clockwise for the gradual elevation gains). This was a record breaking hot October, but the heat wasn't bad because 90% of the trip up Campaign Creek was shady. We camped near Brushy Spring. There were 5 or 6 small pools. The best source of water was right next to the trail. Not the best campsites in this area, but adequate.

Day 2-Thursday; 6 miles. In 45 minutes we were at the junction with Fireline Trail. There is a gorgeous campsite at the junction, nestled under some nice Ponderosa Pines. In the future, we will probably water up at Brushy Spring and hike an extra hour to this fine campsite. This section of trail was a bit overgrown with Manzanita. It was fine now, but in a year or two, if the trail crews don't come through, it will require some serious bushwhacking. 2000ish feet climb up the Fireline Trail, with some nice views of Roosevelt Lake and the Campaign Trail riparian trees. Manzanita got even thicker, but at least very little Catclaw on the hike up to this point. Leaves were changing. We stopped for lunch in the upper Pine Creek area. Ponderosa Pines and lots of big oak trees. The trail finally dropped us down into Reavis Ranch Valley. We watered up at the junction of Fireline and Reavis Trail. I have always found running water here and everything I've read previously says this is the most reliable place to get water in the RR area. We camped at the far north end at the junction with Reavis Gap Trail. Very nice campsite near the creek bed under some juniper trees. About 20 yards upstream (south) there was a yellow apple tree with excellent apples. The trees near the old ranch house were picked clean of the low branches. Also,there is water at this campsite, but a little skanky. 75 yards north in the creek bed was a nicer seep spring that created a little pool.

Day 3-Friday; 6-7 miles. The climb up Reavis Gap Trail begins immediately, but not as difficult as the Fireline climb. This section is part of the Arizona Trail and was well manicured. Gorgeous campsite among the Ponderosa Pines in the lower Pine Creek area. No water.

Basic trail report: Most of the trail was easy to find. In Campaign Creek there were a few tricky places. You need fairly decent route finding skills, not orienteering skills per se. There was a little catclaw throughout the trip, but not bad at all. Again, water for the first few miles of Campaign Creek (running strong). Pools at Brushy Spring. Running at Fireline and Reavis Trail junction; two sources near junction of Reavis Trail and Reavis Gap Trail.
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