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Sep 25 2018
Sredfield
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Campaign Trail #256Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Sredfield
Backpack10.00 Miles 2,500 AEG
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The Forest Service is having work done on the "Big Dip' north of Walnut Spring on the AZT. The trail goes through a deep bowl, dropping and climbing nearly 1000 feet in 1.8 miles. ATA frequently gets complaints about this section. So the Tonto is having American Conservation Experience, a very competent youth crew organization from Flagstaff, complete maintenance and repairs. Monday I hiked up the Campaign Trail in toasty temperatures to meet two of their advance crew Tuesday morning.

It's not very far but it's very steep. The first section past Reavis Mountain School and up along Campaign Creek (light flow) was not bad, except for the cattle. It felt like hiking through a feedlot. They have taken over, what they haven't eaten they've crapped on. The trail is marked with cairn's cemented together so staying on route was not difficult, until the cows ahead of me came to a 24-inch cottonwood tree down across the trail. They milled around a while, then found a path, got off the trail, and I continued. Twenty-four inches was more than my pruning saw could handle.

It's been at least 5 years since I was over this trail, and time has not been kind. Between the creek and Reavis Gap the trail is severely eroded in many spots, a few with exposure. We had planned for the mules to go up this route but decided to go up Tule instead. Eventually, but really not that long, I topped out at the gap and continued along the AZT to Walnut Spring, naively expecting to find water. Alas, just a wet spot under the logs. This was not good.

I set up camp on the flat area just north of the spring, growing more concerned about water. I texted the ACE crew and asked that they bring a couple extra quarts, enough to get me down the mountain. Amazingly, there is cell coverage. (Verizon-that beacon of customer service--was all over the mountain.)

With still plenty of daylight, I took my little shovel back to the spring and dug it out a bit; maybe a 3-gallon bucket's worth of dirt from under the rock ledge. The mud became wetter but I didn't find any water. Quickly discouraged, I went back to camp and went to bed early.

Tuesday morning I was to meet Katherine and Jack at the south lip of the Big Dip. After packing up I left camp and went to look at the spring, just in case. Lo and behold! Water! The hole filled overnight and I pumped 3 liters! A miracle not quite on par with the Grotto of Massabielle, but impressive nonetheless. The youth crew will dig it out further in hopes that it becomes a reliable water source for the project and trail users overall.

While I was feeling the trip more than I care to admit, I calculated what the ACE crew hiked--14 miles and 4000 feet--by 1:00 PM. Oh, there was a day . . . but those days are gone. I'll just be thankful I can get out and do any of this kind of stuff.

Another couple of great days on the AZT!
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Walnut Spring

dry Pine Creek at Reavis Gap #117 Dry Dry
No flow, no pools.

dry Walnut Spring Dry Dry
Dry, see trip report.
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Apr 14 2018
The_Eagle
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65 male
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Wildcat - Pinto - Campaign Loop, AZ 
Wildcat - Pinto - Campaign Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 14 2018
The_Eagle
Hiking18.47 Miles 3,420 AEG
Hiking18.47 Miles   10 Hrs   7 Mns   2.08 mph
3,420 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Wildcat Canyon has been on my radar for quite some time. The Miles Trailhead is just a tad over 100 miles from my house, so I like to make it worth the trip and find some other new areas to hit while out there. The decommissioned Pinto Peak #213 fit the bill for a loop. FOTG had already done this loop a few times so I didn't even need to draw up a track.

A 7:15a 40ish degree start started us past the ranch building and a guy curled up next to a fire.

Wildcat Canyon Trail
To the first saddle, the trail is pretty straight forward. From this saddle, down to the wash area has a few areas that are thin and prickly, but quite doable. In the canyon travel is easy. we missed one of the bypasses that horse travel took, leaving the creek, when we dealt with getting around an exploring bovine. Staying in the creek bed was NP.

On the Cuff Button #276 for 2.5 miles is mainly old FR 305.

Decommissioned Pinto Peak Trail #213 follows a 2 track to the Wilderness boundary. It's an easy walk through some interesting territory. The Mormon Corral had all sorts of water. There were 3 full troughs and a 200-300 gallon metal tank that was 2/3rds full. After the Wilderness boundary,the trail gets thinner in some spots, but does come back if you have the GPS track. As FOTG mentioned the only catclaw section, is in the last 1/2 mile or so before reaching Campaign.

The Campaign Trail #256 is cleared and 6' wide in spots all the way south to the Fireline trail. After here, there is less than a mile section that needs some love. The rest of the trail down to West Pinto, is decent with some nice views, We even saw some poppies.

On the roller coaster of the West Pinto #212, just 2.5 miles back to the TH.

Weather was just about perfect on this one.
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Saw some small poppies, lupine.

dry Bear Spring Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Burro Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
The area has scattered water that has been fouled by bovine activity.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Flat Rock Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Their is a Corral downstream from this location which I believe this is piped to. The was a large container and a trough full of water.

dry Mountain Spring Dry Dry
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Clear and cool in the trough downstream in the coral

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Pools in the area
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Apr 14 2018
joebartels
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Wildcat - Pinto - Campaign Loop, AZ 
Wildcat - Pinto - Campaign Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 14 2018
joebartels
Hiking18.86 Miles 3,473 AEG
Hiking18.86 Miles   10 Hrs   7 Mns   2.16 mph
3,473 ft AEG   1 Hour   24 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Bruce gleaned this 3 county route from Lee stating that he'd hiked it 3 times. He studied up on it too. It was cool to have a tour guide.

Apparently I liked Wildcat a smidge more than the three timer. The old Pinto #213 leg was interesting. The catclaw ending robbed brownie points. Pants sufficed. Nowhere near the top ten list of bad catclaw, Wave Cavers would probably consider it a nightmare.

Campaign to Fireline is in the best shape I recall. We lunched under the pines near the junction. Up to the saddle SW of Pinto Peak is brushy. Down to West Pinto Creek is steep but the views are top notch.

Enjoyed #212 just shy of Oak Flat to square one more than anticipated.
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tenth mile stretch with medium to small poppies was an unexpected treat being so dry this year

dry Mountain Spring Dry Dry
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Troughs below running clear
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Feb 07 2018
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48 female
 Joined Nov 22 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Two Bar Ridge Scout, AZ 
Two Bar Ridge Scout, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2018
writelots
Hiking13.75 Miles 2,682 AEG
Hiking13.75 Miles   8 Hrs   26 Mns   1.95 mph
2,682 ft AEG   1 Hour   22 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Zach, Roger and I set up a car shuttle and hiked Two Bar Ridge to scout it for our upcoming Volunteer Vacation on the AZT in March. I'd hiked the whole passage with Roger back in 2016, but there's a big difference between trying to get through and scouting work projects, and besides, who wants to pass up a chance to hike in the Supes on a beautiful day?!

We drove in to the Upper Campaign Trailhead to leave the first shuttle vehicle there. It seemed like a no-brainer. Hiking out to the Reavis Mt. School made much more sense as it's an extra 1000' lower than the Two Bar trailhead to the north. We walked in and talked with Peter Bigfoot at the school for a bit - what a magic place the homestead is! They were trimming the early budding peaches. Then we drove out and did some exploring in the slot canyon beside the road. We didn't go far, and neither did the narrows, but it was pretty to sit beside a flowing creek. Then we drove up to the trailhead up on the flanks of Pinon Mountain and made our camp. Yup. That gnarly, loose, steep road. Gawd forbid you meet someone coming the other way!

What a lovely night! It was windy in the evening, then quiet enough to fool me into setting up in my hammock. About 1:30am the wind picked up again, strong enough to blow my hammock around and keep me up. So I ended up on the ground. Not happy there.

The hike was tough but as beautiful as I remember. That ridge may be some poorly designed trail, but the vistas make you forget the pain. Well, until you're doing that 1000' "dip" into the upper reaches of Pine Creek. That could piss most anyone off.

We hadn't noticed the ruins along that steep descent on the north side of the canyon before. Anyone have any clues on that? Sheep corrals? Cowboy camp? older? Didn't find anything obvious here on HAZ.

My HAZ tracks is eating battery (or something else is) 'cause my phone ran out of juice even with a battery backup refresh before we made it back to the school. Guess I'll have to figure that out if I'm going to continue to use the phone for scouting. Luckily Zach had a dedicated GPS for saving waypoints for the purpose of our work events.

If you want to come work on that trail and make it beeeeeutiful, give me a shout! It's going to be a lot of work, but in a setting like that it'll be magic!
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Nov 25 2017
friendofThundergod
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Black Mountain - Eastern Superstition MtnsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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friendofThundergod
Hiking12.47 Miles 3,039 AEG
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I headed to the Eastern Supes with Wally today to bag a random peak. Wally was just about the only person I knew, who might be interested in seeing what was on top of Black Mountain, so I asked him about a month, or so ago about a potential summit and today was the day.

We expected a pretty rough and rugged ascent and it ended up being pretty mild for a remote Eastern Supes Peak (although it should be noted the summit lies a stone's throw outside of the wilderness boundary). After some boulder hopping we left the obvious drainage leading up Black's back northwest side, from there it was a series of game and perhaps old cattle trails to the summit. We found evidence of Indian Ruins and believe there is potential for more, however, we only found one actual site on top. After enjoying the summit, we decided to get creative and shot a beeline down towards Willow Spring and an old jeep road that would take us to the trailhead for the decommissioned Pinto Peak Trail, which we then took back to Campaign Trail to complete a nice little 12 mile loop. It was nice to get back to an area in the Supes I know a little about and nice to cover some ground that has probably not seen too many hikers, or people period for that matter. Also very nice to get back out with @wallyfrack it had been a long time.
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Some color in Campaign Creek, but it is going fast

dry Mountain Spring Dry Dry

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Some water, but dead skunk inside
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 AZ
Black Mountain - Eastern Superstition MtnsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Hiking12.47 Miles 3,039 AEG
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Lee plotted a route up Black Mountain in the eastern Superstitions and it was a good one. The off trail wasn't too steep and easy to navigate. Once on the summit it was decision time. Should we go for Granite Peak?, hike to the ridge to the west and look for ruins? or scramble down the side to a jeep road and loop with Pinto Peak trail? Pinto Peak won the toss on the three sided coin. The jeep road was easy but Pinto Peak trail had more obstacles than the off trail. Campaign trail is in good shape with lots of water in the creek. The temps were nice in the shade but warm in the sun. It was good to get out with Lee and talk Supes. The 4Runner handled FR449A with ease. Thanks for driving Lee.
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La Barge Mountain
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Nov 24 2017
VolcanoCLMBR
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 Joined Sep 16 2011
 Phoenix
Reavis Ranch via Miles Ranch TH, AZ 
Reavis Ranch via Miles Ranch TH, AZ
 
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VolcanoCLMBR
Backpack20.50 Miles 3,900 AEG
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It was completely unnecessary, lots of climbing with the sun beating down on us. The way back was much easier. Still completely unnecessary.
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 Kodiak, AK
West Pinto loop from Miles Ranch, AZ 
West Pinto loop from Miles Ranch, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 12 2017
Mr_Squishy
Hiking31.55 Miles 7,002 AEG
Hiking31.55 Miles
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After a rough drive on FR 287 and FR 287A, I arrived at the Miles Ranch TH midafternoon Sunday, Nov 12 and camped in my Sportsmobile. Several vehicles belonging to hunters were parked and I saw at least ten hunters Sunday and Monday at or around the trailhead.
On the trail at 8:15 Monday, carrying seven liters of water which made the pack a bit heavy (32 total pounds, including GPS and inReach); luckily my base weight is pretty light.. Saw a camper at the corral at the Campaign TH who ended up being the only person I saw on the entire loop over three days. It was a hot hike up to the Divide and I was glad I had a three liter reservoir of Gatorade. More shade on the downhill to the Fireline trail intersection. I had planned to camp here, but I arrived at 1 pm and had plenty of water, so I decided to press on and camp at Circlestone which I had visited once before. Made it after 7 hours of hiking, 10.76 miles, 3973 ft elev gain. I was pretty slow on the hike up Fireline as I had already done 3000 ft elev gain. Made a cowboy camp and was treated to a great sunset and a great sunrise.
Tuesday, on the Fireline trail at 8:15, I filled up at the Fireline/Reavis stream and headed up to the saddle - plenty of shade made for a pleasant hike. Down the Switchbacks from Hell in the sun to the canyon with a stop at the Reavis Gravesite. Headed up toward Rogers Trough TH to hit the West Pinto intersection and hike up to the Iron Mountain saddle to camp. Near Rogers Spring I got off trail and made a bad decision: according to the GPS, the trail was only 200 feet away. I decided to cut trail and bushwhacked, thinking just how bad could it be? Hahahahahaha....thirty minutes later, I finally hit the trail with numerous scratches and a pinhole in one Hydrapak Seeker, luckily near the top, so I didn't lose much water. A bit irritating to have it drip on my calf up the trail, however.
Iron Mountain saddle didn't really have a campsite, so I cowboy camped where the trail goes through the barbed wire fence right below the mountain. That night, I was laying in my sleeping bag at 8:30 when all of a sudden the entire area lit up like daylight. I sat up and caught the last second of the meteorite which made the Phoenix news the next day. Wow! Day 2 was about 12 miles, 2100 ft elev gain, 7 hours on trail.
Next morning, on the trail at 8 am, I hiked the West Pinto trail on back to Miles Ranch where a cold beer awaited me. Near Oak Flats I saw a skunk with an enormous, beautiful white tail and also 10-15 Coatimundi.
Made it to the trailhead about 1:30 and headed back to AJ. Day 3 - about 10 miles, 1000 ft elev gain, 5 hours hiking.
I wore shorts the entire hike and my legs show the results of lots of catclaw on this route.
Talked to a hunter who pulled over to let my pass on 287A - I can't imagine hunting and trying to keep meat from spoiling when the temperature is in the 80s.
Excellent trip, highly recommended if you don't mind hauling your water. Based on this trip, I think I will try to haul water and dry camp in saddles from now on - warmer, longer daylight, and solitude.

dry Crockett Spring Dry Dry
No water near trail.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Iron Mountain Spring Dripping Dripping
Seeping - you would have to dig a hole to obtain water

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Saw some water.

dry Oak Flat Spring Dry Dry
I did not see any water.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Reavis Creek at Fireline #118 Light flow Light flow
Flowing water, several pools.


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Observed a couple pools - no flow apparent.

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Seep below pipe; pipe dripping

dry Spencer Spring Creek Dry Dry
No apparent water.

dry Turney Spring Dry Dry
No water near trail

dry West Spring Dry Dry

dry Whiskey Spring Dry Dry
No water near trail.
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Nov 04 2017
LindaAnn
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Reavis Gap, Fireline & Campaign Creek LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 04 2017
LindaAnn
Hiking20.05 Miles 4,569 AEG
Hiking20.05 Miles   10 Hrs   14 Mns   2.13 mph
4,569 ft AEG      48 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Got started from the Campaign trailhead a little before 8:00 am, and decided to do the loop clockwise. Campaign was great, as expected. The first mile from the trailhead had quite a bit of water, then a few little pools after that. A little brushy in places, so pants would be a better idea than shorts. Lots of bear scat along the trail. A nice amount of fall color was there to be seen. It seemed like there were more cairns along the trail than there was last year. We had pleasant cloud cover the entire time on Campaign.

At Fireline, the sun came out just in time for the uphill climb, but then reappeared before too long. Fireline is a little washed out in places, but nothing terrible. Walking through the pines along the upper part of the trail is my favorite thing about Fireline.

We turned off and headed over to Circlestone, then over to Mound Mountain. The clouds were dark at this point, but we never got more than a sprinkle. Our route up to Mound was not the best--plenty of manzanita and other brush--it was a relief to get to the summit. We took our first break of the day at the summit and had lunch. While we were up there, a fighter jet approached from the north and flew very low down Reavis valley and past us to the east. Very cool to see a jet flying below us. Then, moments later, three more jets did the same thing, although not quite as low, two passing us to the west, and one more to the east. Views from the summit were great in all directions, especially with the clouds and rain off in the distance. Our route down Mound was much better, very little brush to navigate through. We passed by Circlestone again, which was overrun with Boy Scouts, then headed back down to Fireline and Reavis, stopping to filter some water in the creek.

Reavis Ranch was packed. People and tents everywhere. We cruised through there as quickly as possible, then up Reavis Gap. Along Reavis Gap, we encountered a group of backpackers at the junction with the AZT who seemed to not be having a great trip. It appeared to be some counselors with a group of teenagers, attempting to backpack from Roosevelt to Picketpost, and some in the group had had enough. The whole explanation was very disjointed, and none of the adults seemed to have a clue about where they wanted to go to bail out. We offered some suggestions about the quickest way out, and since nobody seemed to be injured, starving, or dehydrated--just moody teenagers--we continued on our way out. The descent down to Campaign seemed never ending, and we finished up right around 6:00, just before headlamps would have been needed.

The drive out offered most of our wildlife sightings for the day--four javelinas, one rattlesnake (we did not run over it), and one deer. Great day, perfect weather all the way around, great company, and nice to be back in the Supes for the day.
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Nov 04 2017
The_N
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35 male
 Joined Mar 18 2015
 Payson, AZ
Reavis Gap, Fireline & Campaign Creek LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 04 2017
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Hiking20.05 Miles 4,569 AEG
Hiking20.05 Miles   10 Hrs   14 Mns   2.13 mph
4,569 ft AEG      48 Mns Break
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1st trip
We started up Campaign first, which treated us to a nice fall display and even a trickle of water in spots. Brushy, here and there, but not bad. The trail itself was easy to follow. Overcast skies and a cool, fall breeze made for very comfortable conditions. We continued on a nice little climb up Fireline. The catclaw and other stabby stuff is present, nothing that'll stop you in your tracks. We reached Circlestone as a light drizzle passed through. We enjoyed the first raindrops in quite some time. We skipped on by and started toward Mound. Naturally, I headed straight for the manzanita. Not Linda's favorite vegetation to fight, but she didn't complain. We broke free of the manzy and took a nice route to the summit. We enjoyed the excellent views, epic clouds, gorgeous weather and even a low level fly-by from 4 fighter jets during lunch. The trip back down went by quicker. We took the other side of the ridge and found an easier path, avoiding the manzy patch. Circlestone was busy and we knew we'd encounter people at Reavis Ranch. There were dozens of campers and a few more trickling in as we passed through. We jumped on Reavis Gap and left all of that behind. I like this trail and the views of Four Peaks along the way. After some advice for a group of distressed AZT backpackers, we started the loose, gravel-ridden downhill. We arrived back at the TH just before darkness fell. This was a great hike and absolutely perfect day to be in the Supes. Best day I've had in a long time.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Sycamores along Campaign, with a cottonwood or two sprinkled in.
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Apr 07 2017
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 Joined Feb 11 2010
 Scottsdale, AZ
Reavis - Fire Line - Campaign - W Pinto Loop, AZ 
Reavis - Fire Line - Campaign - W Pinto Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 07 2017
grey_nomad
Hiking22.20 Miles 4,534 AEG
Hiking22.20 Miles   9 Hrs   34 Mns   2.32 mph
4,534 ft AEG21 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Overview:
Friday afternoon, parked @ Rogers Trough Trailhead
Trail 109 toward Reavis Ranch - Camped overnight @ Reavis Ranch
Saturday morning, left Reavis and took Trail 118 east
Turned RIGHT on the Campaign Trail (213)
Turned RIGHT on W Pinto to intersection with 109
Turned RIGHT on Trail 109 for the short walk back to the trailhead

Narrative
This hike is a beast. It started easy enough. I've done the hike into Reavis Ranch on 109 several times, so it was nice and familiar. On the way, I stopped at the grave site to say hello and then headed into the Ranch. Much to my surprise, I had the Ranch all to myself. There wasn't anyone else camping there on this particular Friday night. At least as far as I could tell. I walked from the old house foundation out into the orchard and didn't see anyone. Awesome, but sort of odd. I don't think I've ever been back there by myself.

On Saturday morning, I set out to hike some trails I've never done before. I loaded up with 4 Liters of water and started up the Fire Line trail. The trail was good until I got to the high point (~700 ft elevation gain) just past what looked like a small trail to Mound Mtn. From the pass, the trail heads down toward Campaign Creek. The trail down hill is steep and pretty hard to find in a number of places. After dropping ~1000 feet, the Fire Line Trail intersects with the Campaign Trail. I stopped at the intersection and had a little breakfast -- my 1st attempt at soaking a Mountain House meal rather than adding boiling water. It worked for me. I think I'll try it again in the future. Anyway, there is a nice, small campsite at the intersection that I plan to use at some point in the future (hopefully).

I turned right on the Campaign Trail and headed upstream. The trail is easy to follow for a about a 100' and then crosses the creek. The next few mile or so is tough going. I lost the trail several times and almost completely missed the point where the trail went steeply up hill. After standing in a very small clearing for 4 or 5 minutes, I spotted the trail through a patch of cat claw going steeply up hill. I fought through the brush and pushed up the hill. After about a mile, the trail reaches the ridge line and you leave the brush into more open desert. At the wilderness boundary, there is a gate. On the other side of a gate, the trail changes completely. You are in more open desert and there are obvious signs of trail work. The trail is nicely cleared and easy to follow. From the gate down to the West Pinto Creek intersection, the trail is completely clear of brush and the trail bed is easy to walk on. The drop is pretty incredible. In ~2.75 miles, you drop ~1500 feet. On this descent, I saw the only other people I would see all day - 3 hikers heading up the hill on their way to Reavis Ranch for the night.

The Campaign Trail meets W Pinto near the old corral. From here, I wanted to follow W Pinto back toward Rogers Trough. There are a dozen or so large, well used campsites near the corral and I had a hard time finding the trail. I'm pretty sure I didn't go the right way, but I plowed forward and eventually ended up on the mail trail heading toward Rogers Trough.
There is a short steep up out of the creek bed and then the trail gains elevation slowly (~800 feet above the intersection) over the next 3.5 as you walk along the ridge line and hillsides above the creek. I passed a number of pools that looked very inviting, but were too far down the hill for me to stop and dip my feet in.

About 4 miles from the intersection of Campaign and W Pinto, things get tough. I was a bit dehydrated (my fault) and the trail got steep. The trail gained about 600' in 0.5 miles and it really took the life out of my legs. The trail continues up, but at a more gradual pace. Once I crested the top, I thought I was done climbing and the trail was going to go to the right of Iron Mountain, but the trail turned left and dropped down a few hundred feet before starting the final uphill. After cresting the ridge the south of Iron Mountain, the trail drops down to intersect with 109 for the short walk back to the trailhead.

This hike really beat me up. Trail finding along the Campaign Trail before I got to the wilderness boundary was tough. The steep up and down really killed my legs. And, I didn't drink enough. I have a tendency to walk for several hours without stopping and that really came back to bite me on this trip. On the last climb, I was barely moving a 1 mile per hour. Lesson learned. There is no reason to be dehydrated walking next to a creek. All in all, I'm glad I checked these sections off my list. I found one campsite I want to revisit solo and nice big campsites along W Pinto for the Troop.
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Mar 11 2017
wallyfrack
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60 male
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 AZ
Campaign Trail #256Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 11 2017
wallyfrack
Hiking9.00 Miles 3,043 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   7 Hrs      1.29 mph
3,043 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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I had 4 locations to look for rock piles at today. I ended up finding 12 rock piles. The plan was to hike from one location to another but the challenging terrain didn't make that a good choice. It turned out to be an interesting day as I saw no other hikers all day and no other cars at the trailhead. Three white-tailed deer and a roadrunner were the only fauna I saw. The road in to the trailhead has more sand on it since the rains but to test it I stayed in 2wd at about 15mph on the way out and had no trouble. It was warm there and I ran out of water on the way out. The creek was flowing nicely so I cooled off before leaving. This was definitely long pants/sleeves hiking although a few areas were forgiving. I think I'm done with rock piles for a while.
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friendofThundergod
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 AZ
Pinto Peak 5991Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 18 2016
friendofThundergod
Hiking12.42 Miles 3,144 AEG
Hiking12.42 Miles
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I am not sure what gave me the urge to do this peak again, but I did. A rewarding peak with an attraction, but the off trail portion is a bit taxing.

I feel I was more efficient this time through the manzanita jungle and along the fence line, however, it was still a slog at times for me and the pups. I took a nice break on the peak to snack and let the dogs rest. There are some great views from Pinto Peak from the Pinals to the views across Lake Roosevelt into the Ancha, a glimpse of the Four Peaks and so much more. There was hardly a cloud in the sky, but the wind and chilly day made it puffy coat weather on the peak. The off trail portion back to Campaign trail went better on the way back and although it could use some work, the trip down Campaign Trail was pretty quick too. There are some significant pools of water along West Pinto Trail, however, it is not even trickling. I only saw one other person all day, a hunter spotting deer near the trailhead.

Just another nice day in the eastern Supes.
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Dec 04 2016
trekkin_gecko
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63 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Reavis Gap, Fireline & Campaign Creek LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 04 2016
trekkin_gecko
Hiking17.93 Miles 3,774 AEG
Hiking17.93 Miles   7 Hrs   52 Mns   2.49 mph
3,774 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
1st trip
the eastern supes have been on my radar since our backpack to reavis ranch last year
noticed that ray (and others) have been doing some cool hikes out that way, so i cold-called him for a hike
he had in mind this loop, which is a good long intro to and sampler of the east side
his silver bullet easily made it to the trailhead, and it was about 30 degrees when we set out on campaign trail
after reading about the climb up fireline, we did the loop counterclockwise, taking reavis gap trail at about a mile and a quarter in
sustained and at times steep climb up to reavis gap/two bar ridge
great views from there, with grassy terrain, rocky outcroppings, lots of landmarks i've yet to learn the names of
a gentle descent and another climb to the point where reavis ranch is visible, simply an amazing view
we took a short snack break somewhere in there, ray sharing half of his sandwich
familiar ground on a short section of reavis gap, the piece through reavis ranch, and fireline up to the circlestone
turnoff
we considered going up to circlestone, but both felt that was pushing it so we continued along fireline
ray says he'll be back :)
found the steep drop into campaign creek, had lunch toward the end of fireline, and eventually hit the intersection with campaign trail
while very pretty with the almost bare sycamores, the creek crossings made for more difficult travel
we got off trail a couple of times even with cairns at each crossing
oh, and i blew one of the later crossings, dunking a foot; never my strong suit
there was quite of bit of bear scat through here
closed the loop and finished above reavis mountain school, enjoying late fall color and lush vegetation in the creek, which held quite a bit of water on the eastern end
great hike and i'd do it again but clockwise, to see the views going the other way
excellent choice ray, even with a long drive and a committing hike with someone you've never met before :lol:
we did quite well together and even felt like having dinner at guayo's on the way into globe
thanks for agreeing to a hike, for driving and for the chocolate milk/pringle's combo as a post-hike snack
enjoyed the hike and your company :)
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rayhuston
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 Gilbert, AZ
Reavis Gap, Fireline & Campaign Creek LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 04 2016
rayhuston
Hiking17.93 Miles 3,774 AEG
Hiking17.93 Miles   7 Hrs   52 Mns   2.49 mph
3,774 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
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1st trip
My third trip to the eastern Superstitions in the past 30 days. Trekkin_gecko joined me on this adventure, our first time hiking together. I often hike alone, but it's nice to have a hiking partner along to enjoy a hike as wonderful as this one, and having Kelly along made it all the more enjoyable.

It was two hours to the trail head from Higley in Gilbert. FR 449 is in great shape (we made it in with a 2WD Explorer with no problem - thanks for the scouting report, Wally!). It was 30 degrees upon arrival.

We got started a little after 8. The hike up Reavis Gap took the chill off in no time. Nice views along this segment, including that of a deep gorge a couple of miles in. Great views at Two Bar Ridge and Reavis Gap. A quick walk past Reavis Ranch and then up Fireline. We pondered taking a side trip to Circlestone, but Kelly had already been there and 17 miles was plenty enough for today. We stopped for lunch about 10 miles in, picking a sunny spot along Campaign Creek where we took a nice long break before continuing down the trail.

The trek down along Campaign Creek went by quickly. We missed a couple of turns on the way down, but only because we were chatty and having a good time. The trails are easy to follow and in pretty good shape. Water was scarce along most of the route; there is water in Campaign Creek near the start/end and at Reavis Ranch of course.

Although a bit cool and breezy at times, the weather could not have been better. Clear, blue skies all day. We stopped for dinner at Guayos restaurant just north of the SR 188/ SR 60 junction. The green chile chicken enchiladas are muy bueno! We had nice silhouettes of Picket Post mountain both at sunrise and sunset during the drive out and back, and a beautiful orange horizon as we headed over Gonzalez Pass shortly after sunset. I think we timed the drive perfectly.

It could not have been a better day and the same goes for the company. It was nice to finally meet and hike with you, Kelly. I had a great time!
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Nov 19 2016
BiFrost
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Reavis Gap, Fireline & Campaign Creek LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Nov 19 2016
BiFrost
Backpack19.81 Miles 4,008 AEG
Backpack19.81 Miles2 Days         
4,008 ft AEG
 
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Last weekend we were in Reavis with good group of Hazers but Kathy was under the weather so was robbed of Supes Reavis overnight. So we decided to make another trip but this time camping in Campaign Creek and backpacking the loop instead of day hiking. Starting from the Campaign Creek TH we headed to Reavis Gap Trail about 1 mile in and then began the ascent of that trail. Very rough rocky trail but it's easy to follow all the way to the gap which is also the junction with AZT and Two Bar Ridge trail. Took short break here and then quick run over to Walnut spring to check things out which had reliable water as usual. Then back to the gap and hiked down to Pine Creek. Was surprised to see that there was almost no water in Pine except for very small pool.

Continuing on up to the pass between Pine and Reavis we then dropped into the valley. The view of Reavis hiking in from the pass never disappoints with excellent views all the way down. Once in Reavis we took our time in the meadows and orchard as we made our way towards the Fireline junction. At the Fireline junction filled up on water in particular because I was told that Campaign Creek at our camp spot would be dry. So I filled up about 8 litres of water to be sure we had enough. On the way through Reavis we passed several tent camps and also groups of hikers on the trail coming back from Mound or Circlestone. However, our goal was to reach the Fireline Campaign trail junction the camp for the night. Finally passed Circlestone turnoff and after that it's less steep and easier walking over to the saddle above Campaign. Reaching the saddle we quickly descended into Campaign and made camp by 430. Great night around the fire in Campaign Creek with no sign any other hikers.

Next morning we took leisurely time getting ready and didn't start hiking until 945. It's little over 5 miles out so we didn't have a long hike...still some color in Campaign Creek especially the sycamore trees. Some water intermittently along the creek and flowing down towards the TH. Didn't see a soul all weekend except the short stretch in Reavis.
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sycamores and cottonwoods still showing some late color

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Brushy Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
several large pools for filtering

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nothing

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Pine Creek at Reavis Gap #117 Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
one very small pool

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Reavis Creek at Fireline #118 Light flow Light flow
good flow here as usual

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Reavis Creek at Gap Trail #117 Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
dry right at the crossing but small pools upstream a bit

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Reavis Creek at Gap Trail #117 Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
dry right at the crossing but small pools upstream a bit

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Walnut Spring Dripping Dripping
the usual small pool which was clear
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Nov 12 2016
chumley
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48 male
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 Tempe, AZ
Reavis Gap - Campaign - Fireline Loop, AZ 
Reavis Gap - Campaign - Fireline Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 12 2016
chumley
Hiking15.07 Miles 3,398 AEG
Hiking15.07 Miles   5 Hrs   58 Mns   2.71 mph
3,398 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
 
1st trip
After a chilly start to the morning we all came up with different plans for the day. I had decided this loop looked good, and Nathan and Linda decided to join me. We didn't hit the trail until 10am, which is a little late for a 15 mile day in my book, so I set a fairly quick pace.

I hadn't hiked any of these trails before, so I was pleasantly surprised by the views along Reavis Gap, though the last 1000 feet drop down to Campaign Creek is very steep and the trail is rocky so the travel is slow and deliberate.

We took a break by the plentiful water in Campaign Creek before beginning the gradual ascent toward the Fireline junction. I really enjoyed these four miles! It also eclipses the Galiuros for my new number one most active bear area! You could not walk 100 yards without another huge pile of poo! A couple of them seemed same-day fresh!

Kyle had warned me about the ascent up Fireline, which might have helped me mentally prepare, and ultimately I found it to be not too bad. There's really only one short stretch that climbs 900 feet, but the old road makes for pretty good tread and it's over fairly quickly.

There was a band of coatimundi along the trail, and though there were well over 20 of them, I'm not sure a single good photo was captured! ](*,)

Once over the crest near Circlestone, we ran into Kyle and Nicole, who were just beginning their return trip, followed shortly thereafter by 9L, Claire and Karl who were just on their way up.

This is a big day hike with some solid gain, and I was happy to get back to camp. But I'd definitely do it again!
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Brushy Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
I didn't look for the spring, but there were pools of water and a light flow in this upper section of creek near the spring.

dry Pine Creek at Reavis Gap #117 Dry Dry
People were camped here so it's possible there was water somewhere nearby, but at the trail crossing and the grassy area immediately upstream it was bone dry.

dry Pointer Spring Dry Dry
I didn't look for the spring but there was no sign of water in Campaign in the area of the Fireline crossing
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Nov 12 2016
LindaAnn
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Reavis Gap - Campaign - Fireline Loop, AZ 
Reavis Gap - Campaign - Fireline Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 12 2016
LindaAnn
Hiking15.07 Miles 3,398 AEG
Hiking15.07 Miles   5 Hrs   58 Mns   2.71 mph
3,398 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
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1st trip
Most of the group went to Circlestone & Mound Mtn on Saturday, but since I'd just been there in April, I opted for something new. I ended up on a 15 mile loop that might have been slightly undersold to me, but was still quite enjoyable.

The views on Reavis Gap Trail were nice, but some of the rocky downhill sections required attention that prevented some of the sightseeing. Campaign Trail was very nice, with some water here and there, and some trees that still had fall color. The bears seem to like Campaign as well, and left plenty of evidence behind. The climb up Fireline was not as bad as I had feared it would be, and seeing about 2 dozen coatimundis made it worth the effort.

We ran into some of our overnight group heading to/from Circlestone, and from there, it was a quick walk back to camp.
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nathanbrisk
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 Phoenix, AZ
Reavis Gap - Campaign - Fireline Loop, AZ 
Reavis Gap - Campaign - Fireline Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 12 2016
nathanbrisk
Hiking15.07 Miles 3,398 AEG
Hiking15.07 Miles   7 Hrs   2 Mns   2.27 mph
3,398 ft AEG      24 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
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1st trip
This . . . this was a hike.

We started up the Reavis Gap out of Reavis Ranch in the late morning and made our way out of the valley. Then we descended to the junction with Campaign and took a little break. I couldn't keep up with Todd and Linda much further after this point, so they moved on. I took a break to get some water from a standing pool . . . was kicking myself for not bringing water treatment or filtration supplies. I downed a liter of creek water--hoping the giardia nasties won't be making residence with me anyhow :scared: There were plenty of clear pools along the Campaign. Following the Campaign--however--was a bit difficult. I think God was watching my back (and perhaps Saint Chumley of Dickarrow, too) because I didn't ever lose the trail though I certainly felt like I did at points. It doesn't seem Campaign gets too much play--people must be tired of such things this election season :lol:

I junctioned with the Fireline and began the steep 2 mile ascent. Let me tell ya--it was slow-going. After reaching the high point, it was smooth sailing from there. You then junction with the Reavis Ranch trail. I was pleased to get back to camp only an hour after the speed hikers, and I was greeted with some fresh, wild apples at Reavis Ranch. They're great!
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Oct 05 2016
paparumz
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 Chandler, AZ
Campaign Trail to Reavis Ranch Loop, AZ 
Campaign Trail to Reavis Ranch Loop, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Oct 05 2016
paparumz
Backpack17.00 Miles
Backpack17.00 Miles3 Days         
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1st trip
Day 1-Wednesday; 4 miles? On the way to the trailhead we toured historic downtown Globe and ate lunch at El Ranchito on the main strip. I would recommend the place to a friend. The 5 miles of dirt road into Reavis Mt. School were not as bad as I had anticipated from previous reports. I thought the access to this TH was easier than Roger's Trough TH although there are some tricky parts. We used 4WD. My group was made up of teachers and a retired teacher so we get the luxury of hiking during the week to avoid the crowds. We only saw one set of hikers the entire trip; four friends from Ohio who fly somewhere once a year to do a multi-day hike. We were going clockwise; they counter. (I strongly recommend clockwise for the gradual elevation gains). This was a record breaking hot October, but the heat wasn't bad because 90% of the trip up Campaign Creek was shady. We camped near Brushy Spring. There were 5 or 6 small pools. The best source of water was right next to the trail. Not the best campsites in this area, but adequate.

Day 2-Thursday; 6 miles. In 45 minutes we were at the junction with Fireline Trail. There is a gorgeous campsite at the junction, nestled under some nice Ponderosa Pines. In the future, we will probably water up at Brushy Spring and hike an extra hour to this fine campsite. This section of trail was a bit overgrown with Manzanita. It was fine now, but in a year or two, if the trail crews don't come through, it will require some serious bushwhacking. 2000ish feet climb up the Fireline Trail, with some nice views of Roosevelt Lake and the Campaign Trail riparian trees. Manzanita got even thicker, but at least very little Catclaw on the hike up to this point. Leaves were changing. We stopped for lunch in the upper Pine Creek area. Ponderosa Pines and lots of big oak trees. The trail finally dropped us down into Reavis Ranch Valley. We watered up at the junction of Fireline and Reavis Trail. I have always found running water here and everything I've read previously says this is the most reliable place to get water in the RR area. We camped at the far north end at the junction with Reavis Gap Trail. Very nice campsite near the creek bed under some juniper trees. About 20 yards upstream (south) there was a yellow apple tree with excellent apples. The trees near the old ranch house were picked clean of the low branches. Also,there is water at this campsite, but a little skanky. 75 yards north in the creek bed was a nicer seep spring that created a little pool.

Day 3-Friday; 6-7 miles. The climb up Reavis Gap Trail begins immediately, but not as difficult as the Fireline climb. This section is part of the Arizona Trail and was well manicured. Gorgeous campsite among the Ponderosa Pines in the lower Pine Creek area. No water.

Basic trail report: Most of the trail was easy to find. In Campaign Creek there were a few tricky places. You need fairly decent route finding skills, not orienteering skills per se. There was a little catclaw throughout the trip, but not bad at all. Again, water for the first few miles of Campaign Creek (running strong). Pools at Brushy Spring. Running at Fireline and Reavis Trail junction; two sources near junction of Reavis Trail and Reavis Gap Trail.
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