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Reavis w a side of Rogers, AZ
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Reavis w a side of Rogers, AZ 
Reavis w a side of Rogers, AZ
Backpack avatar Nov 07 2020
Backpack22.36 Miles 2,937 AEG
Backpack22.36 Miles   33 Hrs   49 Mns   1.77 mph
2,937 ft AEG   21 Hrs   10 Mns Break
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It’s been a hot minute since I’ve been backpacking and when Kara invited us on this trip, I was pretty excited. Seeing the orchard and eating an apple off the tree was a bucket list item for me, so checking that off was very satisfying! We saw that there was rain in the forecast and almost bailed on the trip. The forecast was really erratic but we ultimately decided to go for it. The road to Rogers Trough TH isn’t THAT bad, with the exception of two really hairy spots (especially one huge bumpy rut). There’s no way a passenger car could make it there, but we did get there in a Subaru! Thankfully the rain held off through our entire hike in! :y: We hiked approx 8 miles on day 1 with our packs, from the trailhead to our campsite at Reavis Ranch. There were a few other groups out there, but mostly enjoyed some nice solitude out in the wilderness. Seeing the fire damage along the trail was sad; however, the trail wasn’t in too bad of shape, minus a few areas that were washed out. The Ridgeline / Reavis saddle portion was crazy windy (hold on to your hat!) There were cairns to keep you on track in the confusing parts. I will also note that the trail is narrow with steep drop offs in a couple of sections, so careful footing is important. After we dropped off our packs at our campsite, I cracked open a Truly and we frolicked around checking out all of the old machinery, the foundation and enjoyed both red and yellow apples right off the trees! There weren’t too many left, so we were very happy to each have one to taste! The bears seemed to really be enjoying the apples, as there was scat everywhere. Sadly, we didn’t get to see any bears this trip. We ran into a fun group that told us about their annual thanksgiving in the Supes (t.i.t.s) backpacking trips pre Covid. They had carried in a guitar and a huge feast. Also ran into fellow hiker Tom and his hiking partner, who had just come from circlestone. We asked if it was worth it and his answer was a bit meh, so we opted to not tack on the additional mileage to make it over there. Once we had our fill of apples and ancient relics, we headed back to camp and started cooking dinner. It got cold FAST at night and we all had to layer up to stay warm. We were in our tents around 8:30pm because it was just so cold! We got a late start the next morning but finally got our stuff packed up and ready to go around 10am. We started the hike out with nice weather, just a tad chilly on the ridgeline/saddle again. James and I made the decision to detour to Rogers Canyon to see the ruins, so we said our goodbyes to the rest of the group and headed down to our 5 mile side trip. We were able to stash our packs which was certainly helpful, but this was not an easy treck for non fresh legs. The “trail” to the dwellings was completely destroyed and easy to lose track of. There was a lot of navigating around boulders, mild scrambling, tons of cat claw and was just really draining terrain for tired legs. We finally arrived at the dwellings and after checking them out and taking photos, we realized it was already 4pm. We still had the hike back to the main trail, then the climb out to the TH, so it was pretty nerve wracking. After I had a pretty brutal catclaw stuck in my upper thigh, tears started streaming down my face and I realized I was just completely drained. It probably wasn’t the best idea to do that side trip, but I’m glad we got to see the dwellings. We got back to our packs just before sunset and then started the hike out. It got dark quickly so we were hiking by headlamp. I’m very thankful I had trekking poles since they really helped with all the uphill on the way out. We finally finished the hike and were super happy to be finished, but we had the drive out in the dark and that definitely wasn’t ideal. Thankfully, we got through the tough spots okay and got off the road before the rain started. Overall it was a great trip and I’m proud of what my body handled over two days! :)
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