|Reavis Apple Check & Circlestone, AZ|
|Reavis Apple Check & Circlestone, AZ|| |
Reavis Apple Check & Circlestone, AZ
|Hiking||20.12 Miles|| 9 Hrs 36 Mns ||2.36 mph|
|3,260 ft AEG|| 1 Hour 4 Mns Break|
|I threw out a slew of ideas and Bruce selected Reavis with options. The road in is fine. Albeit fixed, the pinched ravine of concern looks like it'll give with a gully washer.|
A whopping two vehicles at the trailhead on one of the nicest days of the year for hiking the area. We met a through hiker breaking camp at the trailhead. He was thirsty and drying his sleeping bag out in the sun after what he said was a below-freezing night. Bruce gave him a bottle of water, Wally assessed his vitals and we were off in comfy mid to upper 40-degree temps. Water in the creekbed within 5-8 minutes.
Somehow I was forced into the lead so I set a crawl pace. The ascent was a vicious-relaxing power breeze on the way up. Thornfree catclaw is always a bonus. Wally pointed out nearby treasures along the way, and Bruce and I took notes.
T'was a mighty pleasant stroll from Reavis Saddle to the ranch. The theme of the day was scattered thru-hikers increasing throughout the day. Bruce counted about 14 Count Dracula style.
The trail through the short stretches of locust forests is virtually scratch-free. Hands down the least intimidating trip through the tall grass meadows. A good visible path the entire way was a rare bonus.
The massive juniper is indeed hanging on to its last grasp for life ( I may have suggested it was dead earlier ). It does have a sliver of bark down one side. In lesser terms, I attempted explaining Without the protection of the bark, the phloem can no longer send that energy to the roots, and Bruce started beating me with mean words he obviously gathered from childhood.
One of the kitchen sink haulers was all smiles about abundant and beautiful apple blossoms. Which was my initial reasoning for the hike. Abundant, yes. Beautiful, perhaps. The majority are crumbly orange, maybe 15-20% white fluffy blooms. Did it freeze here recently? Seems like it. They wither and turn brown based on a quick search. As always, spread the word, Reavis is just not worth an early Autumn hike.
We met Max, a good ol' fashion non-thru hiker heading out of Reavis Ranch. He was headed to Circlestone so we crossed paths again heading there ourselves. The line of fire stops just to the northwest of the Fireline Trail. The visual isn't too bad unless you are blind to the surrounding geology. The trail is gone for maybe just over a tenth of a mile, sporting a new mini canyon. Initially, you can cross over but it's easier to stay in the washout for a few minutes.
On a 2011 bushwhack trip outta hell with @azdesertfather & @johnlp we bypassed Circlestone. Ruins are generally about as exciting as pocket lint and controversial up the wassu, not my thing but it's cool that everybody doesn't equally honor crowded urban peaks. That said, I'm glad to have checked out Cirlcestone, more impressive than anticipated and I have a book on them that might be worth reading if I squeak by 2059.
Max stayed for our lunch break, and we parted ways at the end of the Fireline Trail because he was finishing his 28 mile out-n-back from the north.
One of my favorites, perfect from every angle.
||Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Light for if-it-ain't poppies it sucks circles. Primrose & paintbrush, light. Desert globemallow, New Mexico thistle & Arizona penstemon substantial for good stretches.