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Reavis Falls CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Nov 09 2018
Canyoneering16.00 Miles 4,500 AEG
Canyoneering16.00 Miles2 Days         
4,500 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Launched at 930pm... broke for camp on the east flanks of Lime Mountain, about 1/2 mile from the 3.4 mile Cedar Basin turnoff. Lime Mountain has been somewhat decimated from a fire (i recall much more trees from my last trip here 4 years ago). The fall colours coupled with the yellow flowers livened the scenery.

Maple spring was dry. As we were out of water, we decided to loop around and set up camp at the mouth of Reavis Creek, filter up, hydrate, have lunch, then follow WallyFrack's route to the Reavis overlook. We should have ascended his down route (up the north ridgeline) in lieu of his up route via the drainage in Cedar Basin. My GPS was spot on (8' accuracy) but the start of his uproute crumbled away and was a 30' cliff. Team insisted on continuing up the drainage. They ended up taking the adjacent west ridge. I kept with the route, took a little over a quarter mile to catch up to it. Brutal bushwhack. Prickly pear. Needley dead prickly pear, skree, cat claw... all the usual suspects. With arms and legs chewed up, enter being pestered by mosquitos, non-stop. Reconnected with the team on the east flanks of the ridge and meandered down the very steep slope Wally took into the drainage. That was one hell of a bush whack.

Video of the prized views of the Reavis Falls Overlook:
[ youtube video ]

5 Guys and One very brave K9 made rappelled off the falls. Our 220' rope had about 17' to spare. Although we all planned for the rap in wet conditions, we were all very thankful there was no water flowing off the falls. David from LHC and his dog Daisy made the first rap. Him and his K9 companion are both experienced rappellers. Here is a video of their launch:
[ youtube video ]

Rappelling off one of the countries tallest falls made the bush whack all worth it. The normally wet green moss on the falls was brown, dry, and crunchy. Figured when I got to the base their would be a pool of water. Nope. Totally dry.

Made it back to camp just before sun down. Saw my smallish kitchen fire ring was still there from 4 years earlier. Improved upon it and added a new grill for it. We cached our Goodwill purchased kitchen supplies for future returns. Hike out on Veterans day was glorious. A little warm at first but once we reached the flanks of Lime Mountain the winds kept us cool.

Great trip. And the burger at Tortilla Flats was the bomb.

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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial

dry Maple Spring Dry Dry

dry Reavis Falls Dry Dry

"Before there was a trail..... there was no trail"
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