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Reavis Ranch via 109 SouthGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking15.65 Miles 2,221 AEG
Hiking15.65 Miles   6 Hrs   24 Mns   2.61 mph
2,221 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
1st trip
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Since fires have been front of mind, this track avoids the new fires while getting a good look at the power and damage of the Woodbury Fire. This path seemed to make sense given the distance to Gilbert, as a drive longer than 1-1/2 hours didn't sound good. Also, it seemed like the heat could be manageable. Finally, I had done the ruins down Roger's Trough before but never Reavis Ranch.

It would be a mistake to drive to the TH without high clearance. 4WD would be very helpful in 4-5 spots.

No vehicles at the TH at 9 AM and the log showed not another trail user since June 1st. Theere was someone who signed in for the ruins, who was in after and gone before I was back. Temps were in the high 80's at the start of the day.

Roger's Trough was very well maintained and many of the mature Junipers and maybe a few Sycamores remain to provide shade.

The path in Grave Canyon was hit or miss but there is still a flowing trickle of water that persists from the juction of Roger's Trough all the way up to where the trail starts making switchbacks up. The switchbacks are great and the climb is very pleasant.

The lowpoint of the day was reaching Reavis Gap. The quality of the trail was a rocky path of ankle rollers and larger rocks that just weren't nice after the clean path before and after this section. The fire must have burned really hot through this stretch because everything is decimated for the first half mile. Some of the trees have been turned into standing charcoal.

After the first half mile past the gap there are some remaining stands of Ponderosa Pine in decent shape and the trail improves through those sections. Along the way between the remaining forest and the first meadow are some stretches of the trail that had me regretting my decision to wear shorts. The trail is easy to follow just hard to avoid locust and acacia.

Log Trough Canyon saw water return with decent flow. From here to the ranch the trail is pure pleasure with just a few minor route finding issues.

Finally the ranch. I dont normally stop while hiking, but today it would be impossible to speed through the ranch area. I sat down with my lunch over by the old machinery in the shade and marveled at what a life Mr. Reavis lived. My photolog will include tags for the old iron as there is some really interesting stuff that seems to mostly post-date Reavis's time in the valley.

No other hikers, but plenty of skat right on the trail including some very fresh from a bear that I probably missed by hours or minutes.
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Wildflowers Observation Light

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Some good pools not too heavy with algae.

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Half quart per minute
Wildflower seed in the sand and wind
May the four winds blow you home again
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