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Reavis Canyon - AZT #18
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mini location map2023-01-28
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Reavis Canyon - AZT #18Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking25.30 Miles 2,720 AEG
Hiking25.30 Miles1 Day   8 Hrs   4 Mns   
2,720 ft AEG   15 Hrs    Break23 LBS Pack
1st trip
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If you’re looking for a section to hike, this is a good section to hike right now. Plenty of water, not too hot, on a very pretty trail.

All the places I wanted to go were snowed in, so I decided to do a section of the AZT along with a little catclaw cutting. Took AZT Passage 18 north from Picketpost TH as far as I could go in one day, which turned out to be Mud Spring, north of the Reavis Canyon Trailhead. The cactus wrens and curved bill thrashers were serenading me as I headed out in the chill; it was 29°F when I left the car at 8 am.

Lots of green leafy brittlebush. I’d bet by the time I get this posted, the area will be a riot of yellow. Picketpost Mountain dominates the horizon behind me, but the light on it was never very good for a photo.

Once having crossed FR 982, a couple hours in, there is water everywhere in Whitford Canyon and Reavis Canyon for the rest of the trip. From Picketpost to the ranch with the windmill, about 8.5 miles, the area is popular with horseback riders. Though they keep the path clear, they are a bit hard on the tread in places.

There are several good places along the way to camp, but I finally stopped at Mud Spring. Since there was an abundance of water in the creek, I enjoyed a fire, which I rarely do. I even managed the tenderfoot Boy Scout trick of charring a sock.

Although the area looks and feels like wilderness, on a weekend you are never really free from the sound of jeeps and quads. Even at night, I could hear the distant whine of a generator.

On the way out, from my camp all the way to FR 982, I had my pruning shears out and cleaned up catclaw, New Mexico locust, and other spiny things that were encroaching the trail. On the way up I was taking photos. On the way back cutting brush, I made just about the same pace.

I noticed a set of stones in the ground marking 300 miles on the AZT. Haha! Now that point is 306.4, due to reroutes and improvements to the trail.
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Where Arnett Creek / Queen Creek Crosses AZT Passage 18, there is good flow.

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The large tank here, a couple thousand gallons, is full. The trough is full, but pretty green. The creek here is a little turbid and would probably clog your filter.

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The spring box is about half full.

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The creek is flowing well at the Reavis Canyon trailhead and at least as far north as Mud Spring.

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The creek is flowing well for miles and miles.

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