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Rogers Canyon RuinsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 15 2019
adilling
Hiking12.46 Miles 1,365 AEG
Hiking12.46 Miles   7 Hrs   18 Mns   1.74 mph
1,365 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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Perfect weather to hit the eastern Supes!

Rain and family obligations have delayed my hike out the Rogers Canyon Ruins, but this past Sunday, I was able to finally get this one knocked out.

I was wondering about the fire damages along this trail. I have been out to the Woodbury and Rogers Trough Trailheads since the fire, so I kinda knew what to expect.

The hike started out very nice. The temperature was a crisp 40-something when we headed out from the trailhead. The first ½ mile showed no signs of fire at all, except the hills around the trail and up Iron Mountain. But, about ½ mile in, you start seeing the fire did indeed make it to this trail. For a good 1-1.5 miles, you are hiking in burnt out manzanita and mesquite groves. In some places, the burn area extends up the hills as far as the eye can see. At the Rogers Canyon/Reavis Trail junction, the trail sign did not survive the fire. The fire also made it to and across the creek, from both sides in a few areas.

What I notice other than the acrid fire damage was the water erosion along the trail. And, once you hit the creek, it is clear a tremendous amount of water has passed through this area. Parts of the trail are basically gone from the water erosion. The closer you get to the creek, the trail just disappears in a few spots. Debris and collapsing edges added to the gunk in the creek. That was flowing lightly, but steady.

The closer you get to the ruins, the fire damage along the creek subsides and the trail returns, but the water damage effected this area as well. Lots of changes along the river in Rogers Canyon.

We came across a few different sets of fresh cat prints. One smaller and one bigger. And, one of our party came across a group of Coatis. I missed them unfortunately.

The ruins are still ruined, but that is means they are still holding on. I am surprise they are not more damaged, considering the traffic that has been in there over the years. We climbed up to the upper ruins and enjoyed the views.

We planned on stopping by the ruins and then head out to Angel Basin and stay on the creek until the Fish Creek Junction or at least the giant agave, but getting to the ruins took longer than expected and we opted to turn around about ½ mile up the creek from Angel Basin. This area was spared heavy damage from the fire. It looked pretty good, as did Rogers Canyon going north. Still lots of water erosion though.

The hike back was the usual steady climb back to the trailhead. A nice long day out in the Eastern Superstitions. That is always a treat, but this fire and all the water has really altered the trail. The new normal out here.
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