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Reavis - Plow Saddle - Castle Dome, AZ
mini location map2018-02-03
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Reavis - Plow Saddle - Castle Dome, AZ 
Reavis - Plow Saddle - Castle Dome, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 03 2018
joebartels
Hiking21.09 Miles 3,895 AEG
Hiking21.09 Miles   9 Hrs   8 Mns   2.61 mph
3,895 ft AEG   1 Hour   4 Mns Break
 
1st trip
The Apache Trail is under construction from Dutchman to the marina. Looks like they are doing shoulder work before a much needed repave.

After the slow and tedious Cactus Butte hike last week Bruce suggested the super highway Reavis North. 3 cars in the lot and a couple entries in the register before our 7:40am start. 2 other cars at finish.

Plow Saddle Trail #287
Old man competition needed this for his Superstition Wilderness Trails rank. New to me too. Steepish. More enjoyable than anticipated. Gets you out of seemingly barren rolling hills into a living area quick.

Reavis Playgrounds
Hunted a little for the machete I hid in 2012 after raising the nerves of @MtnBart01 & @Tortoise_Hiker with my samurai skill set. A guy we encountered before turning down Plow Saddle was in the primo camp site off Reavis Gap at the creek. Three small groups set up camp in the homestead vicinity. Just a glimpse of life, they must have been out exploring.

Castle Dome
Visible atop most peaks in the wilderness including 15 miles west along the Superstition Ridgeline, this has served as a great reference point over the years. Hands down the highlight of our hike. Bruce had us approach from the south, one saddle north of Windy Pass. The mini ridge is recommended, that said views on Castle Dome 5308 are the showstopper. Both ascents are steep and loose. The north has chaparral to help stabilize your stance when needed. The ridge on top is fairly easy travel. Keep a constant eye out for barbed wire on the ground.
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Castle Dome

dry Owen's Spring Dry Dry
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Current marked location is dry. Agua sleuth Karl sniffed out nearby shallow pools for the bingo bonus round.

dry Plow Saddle Springs Dry Dry
Dusty troughs. Worthy lil' destination to mix up the yawner tread of Reavis North IMHO!

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Reavis Creek at Gap Trail #117 Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Plenty to filter, clear, not flowing
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