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Mar 14 2019
Mr_Squishy
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65 male
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 Kodiak, AK
Termination Point Loop, AK 
Termination Point Loop, AK
 
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Mr_Squishy
Hiking5.16 Miles 825 AEG
Hiking5.16 Miles   3 Hrs   35 Mns   1.84 mph
825 ft AEG      47 Mns Break
 
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We had one beautiful day between storms, so I headed out and hiked the Termination Point Loop. I hiked out the coastal route and returned through the forest. The beaver pond is partially drained due to a blowout at the far end of the lake.
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Mar 14 2019
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 Kodiak, AK
Termination Point Coastal Route, AK 
Termination Point Coastal Route, AK
 
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Mr_Squishy
Hiking2.66 Miles 566 AEG
Hiking2.66 Miles   1 Hour   28 Mns   1.81 mph
566 ft AEG
 
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This is a gps track for the original route to Termination Point along the coast.
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Feb 08 2019
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 Kodiak, AK
Willow Basin - Cyn Lariat, AZ 
Willow Basin - Cyn Lariat, AZ
 
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Mr_Squishy
Hiking5.40 Miles 945 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles
945 ft AEG
 
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I hiked the Willow Basin Loop for the first time - sorta. Hiked up the trail clockwise, but then dipped down and followed the canyon trail and route to rejoin the Basin Loop trail in the long, straight road/wash. I then turned back and hiked counterclockwise back to the trailhead with a slight variation.
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Feb 07 2019
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65 male
 Joined Jan 14 2009
 Kodiak, AK
Three Lesser Peaks Loop, AZ 
Three Lesser Peaks Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2019
Mr_Squishy
Hiking9.50 Miles 2,293 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles
2,293 ft AEG
 
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I hiked the Three Lesser Peaks Loop following a track I downloaded from HikeAz - it's like a super-long approach to get to the cluster of peaks. The combination of roads, trails, and cross-country hiking made for a superb day. After summiting the third peak, the descent route included one of my favorite stretches of trail in the Goldfield Mountains: the section from the saddle below Dome Mountain to the road - winding in and out of slick rock as you work your way down. I saw two large hawks during my hike - I don't think they were red-tailed hawks, but I only had my phone, so could not get good photos of them.
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Feb 06 2019
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 Kodiak, AK
Bulldog Canyon Loop Meander, AZ 
Bulldog Canyon Loop Meander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 06 2019
Mr_Squishy
Hiking7.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles
800 ft AEG
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I set out from the FR10 South Entrance trailhead to hike the Bulldog Canyon Loop official route clockwise, which I did with some variations. I hiked a bit down canyon when I hit the canyon, then retraced my steps to head up canyon. I continued up canyon into Bulldog Wash beyond the loop turn-off and then hiked cross-country to eventually join back up with the Official Route. While off trail, I saw three deer, including a very nice buck. I saw a few ORVS, two of which were going to head down the canyon until they saw me and decided to stay on the road. There were pools of water in various places in the lower canyon, but nothing was flowing.
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Feb 05 2019
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 Kodiak, AK
Praying Bear Falls Loop, AZ 
Praying Bear Falls Loop, AZ
 
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Mr_Squishy
Hiking6.10 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking6.10 Miles
1,700 ft AEG
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I hiked the Praying Hands Loop counterclockwise and made a side trip up to the Praying Bear waterfall. There is an easy to follow social trail with cairns that takes you up the canyon right to the falls. There was a good flow of water coming over the falls. I spotted a young man in a red jacket on the hillside above the falls, perhaps doing the alternate Flatiron route? Also, in the photoset you will notice a yellow cane propped up near where the trail starts back down to Crosscut. It doesn't seem like something you'd forget and leave behind, but who knows?
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Feb 04 2019
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 Kodiak, AK
Massacre Falls Loop - First Water THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Mr_Squishy
Hiking8.10 Miles 1,677 AEG
Hiking8.10 Miles
1,677 ft AEG
 
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Drove to the First Water TH and hiked the Dutchman trail until I came to First Water Creek. I followed the creek up and then took a cross-country route to intersect the Massacre Falls trail and up to the Falls. The falls had plenty of water and after a while I shared it with four people on horseback. Then on down the Massacre Grounds trail until I made a right turn at the Wilderness Boundary fence and hiked the old road to the trail connecting the two parking lots and on to the main parking lot. I got rained on early in the hike, but it was a good day. First Water Creek is not too brushy and easy to follow.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max First Water Creek - Upper Turnoff Pools to trickle Pools to trickle

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max First Water Creek at Second Water Trail #236 Pools to trickle Pools to trickle

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Massacre Falls - at Massacre Grounds Medium flow Medium flow
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Jan 30 2019
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 Kodiak, AK
Barnhardt - Y Bar Basin Loop, AZ 
Barnhardt - Y Bar Basin Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 30 2019
Mr_Squishy
Hiking16.20 Miles 3,368 AEG
Hiking16.20 Miles
3,368 ft AEG
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First, I cannot emphasize it enough: do this loop clockwise, starting on the Y Bar trail. I started up the Barnhardt trail at 8 am to hike the loop counterclockwise and saw three deer in the canyon below as I hiked up. Plenty of water flowing over the waterfall. It was a beautiful sunny day and hiking the Barnhardt trail on the backside of Mazatzal Peak was great - flat, open trail with minor ups and downs. I found a dead Northern Pygmy Owl on the trail with no apparent signs of injury - I included a photo in my photoset. Did I happen to mention that it's best to do this loop clockwise? Barnhardt ends at the Mazatzal Divide Trail and I turned left to continue hiking on a good trail. Eventually I arrived at Windsor Saddle, turned left, and began the 5.7 miles of agony that is the Y Bar (aka Share Tree) Trail going down. Bruce Grubbs in Hiking Arizona's Superstition & Mazatzal Country recommends starting the loop hiking up this trail with good reason. It is a very rocky trail with mostly fist size and larger rocks which makes for a very uncomfortable down hike as well as preventing one from looking around as you have to focus on your feet most of the time. I did encounter a lone javelina on the trail, so that's something. Overall a great hike, but probably best done clockwise - did I already mention that?
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Nov 12 2017
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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
7,002 ft AEG32 LBS Pack
 
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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

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Log Trough Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
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.


water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Rock Creek Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Observed a couple pools - no flow apparent.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Rogers Spring Dripping Dripping
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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Feb 14 2017
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 Kodiak, AK
Peter's MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Mr_Squishy
Hiking12.00 Miles 2,366 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles
2,366 ft AEG
 
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I left the Tortilla 2WD TH early Monday morning intending to ride my mountain bike to the 4WD TH, but a flat tire ended that dream prematurely, so I stashed it off the road. Arrived at the 4WD TH where the new sign directed me onto the trail which is in excellent shape. When I got to where the trail heads up to the mesa from Peter's Creek, I investigated Upper Peter's Canyon for about .8 miles, but the brush got thick and it appeared the Upper Peter's Canyon Loop would be slow going. So I returned to the trail and hiked up to the mesa. I found a trickle of water and many pools below the unnamed spring up on top. I enjoyed a spectacular sunset, then crawled into my sleeping bag for a cowboy camp night. A brief shower gave me a bit of a scare, but the clouds cleared off for a beautiful night. Upon returning to the Peter's Creek trail crossing, I noted something unusual half floating in a pool. It was the viscera of some unknown small animal. And that's why we filter our water in the Superstitions! Despite the volume of water in the creeks, I was able to complete both the in and out sections of the hike without getting wet feet. I retrieved my bike on the return, then joined the parade of tourists on SR88 returning to AJ.The trail is in excellent shape and I thank those have appear to have recently brushed it.
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Kane Spring Dripping Dripping

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Peters Canyon Light flow Light flow
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Feb 08 2017
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 Kodiak, AK
Coffee Flat Canyon, AZ 
Coffee Flat Canyon, AZ
 
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Having reached the summit of Coffee Flat Mountain via Picacho Butte, I've wondered about approaching it from the south. Looking at the map, heading up Coffee Flat Canyon and taking the NW branch, it seems possible to gain the summit ridge. I hiked in from the Peralta TH the day before and camped below the towering rock face. I was rewarded with a herd of Coati scrambling around above my camp at about 8 am. I saddled up and headed to Reeds Water and fired up the GPS. It was a simple matter to hop off the trail and into the canyon. A couple of brushy spots in the first quarter mile did not bode well, but things opened up after that. The canyon is not too brushy and I hit slick rock running water at about mile 1.4 to mile 1.7 or so. There was occasional light bushwhacking and I only had to hop up out of the canyon to circumvent brush one time. At about 2.8 miles I faced an apparently impenetrable wall of brush. I didn't hop up out of the canyon to see if hiking to the summit ridge looked doable but a previous detour around thick brush in the canyon indicated that one could make their way to the summit ridge. It took about three hours to make the 2.8 miles due to route finding challenges, but I think it can be done more quickly; my return was under 2.5 hours. I estimate that it would take five hours one way (at least for me) to make the summit starting from Reeds Water. I cairned a few spots as route finding aids and there was no evidence anyone else had been up that canyon any time recently. I highly recommend it as a day hike out of Reeds Water.
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Jan 31 2017
Mr_Squishy
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 Kodiak, AK
Reavis Ranch Frog Tanks Rogers Canyon Loop, AZ 
Reavis Ranch Frog Tanks Rogers Canyon Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking 5,000 AEG
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Starting at 8:15 Tuesday morning from the Reavis TH, I hiked to Plow Saddle, then down to the Frog Tanks Trail to Angel Basin where I spent a wonderful, cold solitary evening of clear skies and unobstructed views. (14.4 miles, 2700 ft AEV) Frog Tanks is in great shape and it looked like someone had brushed the section through Paradise. I think Frog Tanks may be my favorite trail in the Superstitions. Most of it is high and there are great open views of the surrounding countryside. When it joins Rogers Canyon, it looked like flooding had washed out some of the bank trails and some cairns which presented some route finding challenges to avoid getting wet feet. The next morning I awoke to frost on the ground, but it warmed up quickly. I started up the Rogers Canyon trail and checked out the ruins. I continued to the Reavis Ranch trail junction and headed up the Killer Switchbacks from Outer Space. There was water in the pass, running down the trail as I headed down to the Ranch. Spent the night at the ranch, then hiked out to the TH. This is a superb loop, but be forewarned that the first day is long. I had about 5000 feet elev gain total for the trip.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Paradise Canyon Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Paradise Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Plow Saddle Springs Quart per minute Quart per minute

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Reavis Creek Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Reavis Saddle Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Rogers Canyon Heavy flow Heavy flow
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Jan 24 2017
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 Kodiak, AK
Geronimo HeadPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Mr_Squishy
Hiking4.20 Miles 1,903 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles
1,903 ft AEG
 
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Started at the overflow parking lot at Tortilla Flat. It is important to follow the "official route" track as I veered off route on the chimney stack ridge and up a saddle which resulted in a thrilling descent back to the route. When I descended from the main saddle, I had some route finding difficulty as I had printed a route description different from the gpx route I put on my GPS. At the bottom of the saddle there are two possible routes - the easiest is keeping left. I took the road less traveled to the right and was able to make it up, but it was more difficult than the cairned route that hugs the left fork. The descent was uneventful. Great hike and I plan to do the loop to Malapis Mountain at a later date.
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Jan 15 2015
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 Kodiak, AK
CirclestoneGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Mr_Squishy
Hiking5.49 Miles 1,254 AEG
Hiking5.49 Miles   3 Hrs      1.83 mph
1,254 ft AEG
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On Thursday, January 15, I hiked from my camp at Reavis Ranch up the Fire Line Trail to the Allen Blackmun Trail to Circlestone. The day before a group of ten had visited the site, but fortunately I had it all to myself. It was windy, but sunny and I was able to leisurely explore this intriguing site. I read Kollenborn's book before I left on this trip, so I had some background context for what I was seeing. Having visited Chaco Culture Historical Park in October, it was interesting to compare what I saw there with this site.
Please treat this site with dignity and respect; we are fortunate to be able to visit a place of this significance and we must preserve and protect it as best we can.
BTW, I found a black "More Than Sound" t-shirt under a tree outside the wall. Posted in the "lost and found" forum.
I also bushwhacked over to Mound Mountain, but that is material for another Triplog. My photoset for Reavis Ranch #109 includes my Circlestone photos. http://hikearizona.com/photoset=33662

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Reavis Creek at Fireline #118 Light flow Light flow
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Jan 15 2015
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 Kodiak, AK
Mound Mountain PeakGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Mr_Squishy
Hiking1.50 Miles 343 AEG
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343 ft AEG
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I bushwhacked from Circlestone to Mound Mountain Peak. I began by following the fence line, thinking it might be easier (sometimes fence lines tend to be open on either side) - wrong! The worst part of the entire hike was bashing through the manzanita along the fence until I was able to get into the pines. Route finding was a challenge, but I was usually able to avoid too much bashing as I found fairly clear paths here and there. There was some doubling back and crawling on all fours until I found myself at the rocky formations beneath the summit ridge. A little Class 3 scrambling up to the ridge led to fairly easy hiking to the summit. I signed the register, took a panoramic video with my Pentax WG-1 (posted on YouTube to my Yellowporcupine account), and a number of photos. It was windy, but sunny and warm, and I was able to enjoy a comfortable half hour on top. A little squirrel checked me out while I was there.
Heading down, I decided not to try to follow my up route on the GPS, but rather follow the paths of least resistance. I avoided scrambling down the rocks, but found that I often intersected my up route as I headed down. I built a few cairns in spots where it seemed most people would hit as they headed up or down. As I approached Circlestone, I stayed left of the fence line and had much less manzanita bashing (but enough to make it fun).
Overall, the bushwhacking was much less daunting than I expected. It took 45 minutes to travel the 3/4 of a mile to the top and the same coming down.
My suggested route would be to follow the fence line down Circlestone knoll until you come to a wall of manzanita and then head to the right. You still have to bash, but you'll find little clearings here and there and eventually you make it to the pines. Once in the pines, don't hesitate to use the lateral game trails to check right and left for fairly clear "lanes" as you head up.
Coming down, you are able to see farther ahead, so route finding is a bit easier.
My photos are included in my Reavis Ranch #109 photoset: http://hikearizona.com/photoset=33662
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Jan 14 2015
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Reavis Ranch via 109 NorthGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Mr_Squishy
Backpack29.00 Miles 3,700 AEG
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I left the Reavis TH at 9 am on January 14. I met two young bucks from Minnesota who were planning to hike to Reavis Falls and then to the Ranch. Sounded like a long day, but they were young and looked fit. The fact that they left the trailhead 15 minutes ahead of me and I had almost caught up to them at the Falls turnoff (about mile 3.1) led to me believe that they were in for a VERY long day.
A cold north wind was blowing which made for a chilly hike at times. I arrived at my campsite near the Fire Line Trail junction at about 2:30 pm. (10.76 miles, 2314 elev gain) I set up camp and had lost the sun by 4 pm and it got very damp and cold. My down bag got a bit wet which made for a chilly uncomfortable night. I observed that camp sites in the ranch orchard area seem to get sun later and earlier than where I camped.
The next day (Thursday 1-15), I hiked up to Circlestone (2.76 miles, 1314 elev gain. 1.5 hours)) and spent an hour or so investigating the site. Luckily, the ten person group (guided?) I saw the day before had gone up to Circlestone on Wednesday, so I had the place to myself.
Then I bushwhacked over to Mound Mountain (.75 miles, 314 elev gain (?), 45 minutes) and spend a half hour on the summit. After that, it was back to Circlestone and back to camp.
Thursday night was drier and warmer and I slept well after enjoying a campfire.
Friday I headed out at 9:30 am and took the scenic route by turning on to the Frog Tanks Trail to Plow Saddle Trail back to Reavis 109. I highly recommend this section of Frog Tanks: it mostly follows one contour and has lots of shade. Finding where Plow Saddle crossed the stream course took a couple tries, but once I found it, it was easy to follow. Plow Saddle Spring had a healthy trickle. The short, steep uphill section back to #109 wasn't too bad.
I encountered four backpackers and two deer hunters between Windy Pass and the trailhead which I reached a little before 3. (11 and a bit miles, ?? elev gain) A beautiful warm day, perfect for hiking. Glad I got out and back before the holiday weekend rush.
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Plow Saddle Springs Dripping Dripping

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Reavis Creek at Fireline #118 Light flow Light flow
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Nov 17 2014
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 Kodiak, AK
Coffee Flat-Red Tanks-Whiskey Loop, AZ 
Coffee Flat-Red Tanks-Whiskey Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking16.00 Miles
Hiking16.00 Miles   15 Hrs   20 Mns   1.12 mph
   1 Hour    Break18 LBS Pack
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From Peralta TH: Dutchman Trail to Coffee Flat Trail to Red Tanks Trail to Whiskey Spring Trail to Dutchman Trail. 15+ miles. Difficult to follow Red Tanks Trail between Coffee Flat and Upper LaBarge Box. I ended up bushwhacking by following the trail shown on my Garmin GPS map until Upper LaBarge Box; the going was quite slow as I made only 6 miles in 6 hours in this section. I was quite cut up and bloody after the middle section of Red Tanks.
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Feb 04 2013
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Battleship Mountain - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Day 1: First Water TH to Battleship Mtn summit via the standard route, carrying 8 liters of water total (3 in reservoir) and camped on summit area. Beautiful sunset and next morning sunrise from summit. I saw some standing water up on the summit plateau.
Day 2: Descended from summit and ran into Van and Josh (?) "Devils Mountain" who were just starting up. I continued down to Cavalry and then into to Marsh Valley to camp. There is plenty of water in Marsh Valley and it was a chilly, damp night and morning until the sun made it over Black Mountain about 9 am.
Day 3: Headed out to Dutchman's, then a short ways on Bull Pass, then down Red Hills Needle Canyon as I wanted to look for the camera I lost in the canyon last year. No luck. Connected with Boulder Canyon to Dutchman's and back to First Water TH.
A very enjoyable trip.

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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Boulder Creek at #103 / #236 Jct Light flow Light flow


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Mr_Squishy
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65 male
 Joined Jan 14 2009
 Kodiak, AK
Battleship Mountain - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2012
Mr_Squishy
Hiking10.00 Miles 2,956 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.54 mph
2,956 ft AEG
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Friday, 2/17, I hiked into Marsh Valley via Second Water, Boulder, & Cavalry and camped. Saturday morning, I packed a day pack and headed back Cavalry to Boulder to pick up the start up Battleship Mountain. It was a great sunny day and I had no problems finding the cairned routes (there were two) up to the alcove. From there I had a few exciting moments :scared: and some route-finding challenges, but I made it to the summit just before noon. Great views and lunch. The trip down was far less exciting than I thought it would be - in fact, I was surprised when I found myself at the downclimb just above the alcove; what happened to all the scary bits? Anyway, I trotted on down to Cavalry and back to camp for rum & Emergen-C hydration. Sunday, I hiked out to Dutchman, then to Bull Pass, then down Red Hills Needle Canyon, Boulder and back to First Water TH on Dutchman. Unfortunately, I somehow dropped my waterproof Pentax Optio W90 camera in Needle Canyon :( ; if you find it, there is a reward for returning it. Otherwise, I have to climb Battleship again to get photos!
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Feb 07 2011
Mr_Squishy
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65 male
 Joined Jan 14 2009
 Kodiak, AK
Marsh Valley LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Backpack avatar Feb 07 2011
Mr_Squishy
Backpack28.00 Miles 3,540 AEG
Backpack28.00 Miles3 Days         
3,540 ft AEG
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I hiked in from the Canyon Lake TH on the Boulder Canyon Trail 103; when it crosses LaBarge Creek, I turned left and followed LaBarge all the way to its intersection with Marsh Valley. It was my first time through the Box and it was magnificent!! I saw two frogs among other critters in the Box. I also saw two hikers up on the summit of Battleship Mtn. Bravo! LaBarge after the Box involves a bit of bushwacking until you reach Cavalry.
I camped in the Marsh Valley area, Monday and Tuesday nights, finding small pools of water.
Tuesday, I day hiked up to Black Mtn via Cavalry to Lost Dutchman to Peter's trails, out and back. I saw a white tail deer in the Black Mtn area.
Wednesday, I returned via Cavalry Tr to Boulder Canyon TR to LaBarge Creek, then back to Boulder Canyon Tr for last little bit. Someone had flagged the connector trail from LaBarge back up to the Boulder Canyon Trail with orange surveyor tape.
A superb trip and beautiful country.
Water: isolated pools in lower LaBarge, running in the Box, isolated pools in upper LaBarge, plenty near Charlebois Spring, small pool on Peter's Mesa where trail crossed a small drainage just before it drops down to Lost Dutchman Tr.
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