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Campaign - Fireline - Reavis Gap Loop, AZ
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Campaign - Fireline - Reavis Gap Loop, AZ 
Campaign - Fireline - Reavis Gap Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 03 2018
The_Eagle
Hiking17.29 Miles 3,699 AEG
Hiking17.29 Miles   9 Hrs   18 Mns   2.06 mph
3,699 ft AEG      55 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
A couple of groups of deer hunters were spotting on our way in and one other truck at the Campaign TH when we arrived.

I enjoy the hike past the Reevis School and past "The Springs". The Turkeys were gobbling at us as we passed by. Something tells me hikers in 3 weeks from now, will not be bothered by their noise.

It's a gentle but steady 1200' climb in the 5.6 miles on the Campaign Trail #256, to get to the Fireline Trail intersection. Water was available in numerous spots in the creek along the way. The sycamores are in the process of changing colors now.

On the Fireline Trail #118 you get a 1000' climb in a mile to warm you up, before dropping into Pine Creek. Once past the Circlestone intersection, we started seeing our first people for the day. They were all on their way to Circlestone.

On the Reavis Ranch Trail #109 now, we made a stop at the pear trees first. Very few left in the trees, but I was able to grab a few good ones off the ground.

The hot dog carts, the tiki bar and ice cream stands seemed to be doing a booming business, with the large crowd at Reavis Ranch. I would not be surprised if there were 50+ campers. In past years I've only cared for the yellow apples. With this years bumper crop (The most I've personally seen here), all the apples I sampled were quite tasty. A particular favorite, was from one of the first red trees, on the south side of the orchard. My pack was heavier leaving the orchard.

We had lunch where the Reavis Gap Trail #109 crosses Reavis Creek. There are some huge sycamores here.
The Gap Trail has more cat claw than I remember. With long pants, no big deal.

Perfect weather on the day. We saw more than 10 deer on the day. The first 6+ little deer, were in a corral when we passed them.

Notes for future drivers to this TH on FR 449a. Cars are a no go. There is a sign at the turn off from the ranch that says 4 x 4 only. Joe and I remembered more sand on this drive, that had me thinking Empire Blvd. The sand never materialized. There are 4 shallow creek crossings that are no big deal. The only problem on the way out is a sharp, loose-ish climb after a tight turn. My HC 2x4 slipped a bit but had no problems after a power slide around the corner.

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Autumn Foliage Observation Light
Sycamores are changing

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Pools in the area


water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Reavis Creek at Fireline #118 Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Plenty to filter from here and downstream

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
Pools to filter from

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Reevis School Springs Dripping Dripping
Numerous springs in the area as well as Campaign Creeks pools provide plenty of sources
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