Back to Reavis after a two week hiatus. Upper Pine Creek has been on my someday list since the 20th century. Karl was game, perfect weather sealed the deal.
Shockingly, only two small camps in Reavis Valley.
Found a strong second favorite Superstition pine forest today! Skinny ponderosa? along the aptly named Pine Creek make a nice canopy for over a half mile. Offtrail and the non-pool sustainable creek will keep the riff raff out.
Descending Pine Creek on the return turned out to be the right choice. The middle mile is a mild mess. Easy down, would be more effort ascending against the grain. Lower half~mi to Gap Trail sports a few slender pools. A game trail high banks the east for portions.
Definitely prefer Gap Trail ascending. Loose marble rock footing consumes my concentration descending in a few stretches.
Chatted with a hunter back at square one. Rare hike in pants was a good choice.
Autumn Foliage ObservationModerate Sycamores don't get much foliage attention. Seemed fair two weeks ago, expected it to be game over by now. Turned out to be darn near peak. Extreme for a little stretch of Campaign Creek. Nice where Gap #117 crosses Reavis Creek too. Pear tree was on the tail swing.
Wildflowers ObservationIsolated same Gooding's Verbena and 2 isolated sprigs of Indian Paintbrush witnessed 2 weeks ago holding strong