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May 30 2021
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 Scottsdale,AZ
Campaign to Mound Mountain, AZ 
Campaign to Mound Mountain, AZ
 
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Hiking18.14 Miles 3,720 AEG
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I wanted to get a hard solo hike in but avoid people so decided on Mound Mountain. An early start to be at Campaign trailhead near sunrise. The JBar road, not sure if that’s the name of the whole road to the trailhead, is manageable by even a 2wd sedan right now. Some sand/gravelly pockets like Two Bar Canyon but low and well compacted. A lot of cows on the road that had no sense of urgency on moving.

Loaded up at the Campaign trailhead, including 6 liters of water. My reptilian brain thought if I need this much water, maybe this isn’t a good idea, especially after not pushing hard in a while. But being an out-back I can bail at any time if gets too much with the heat.

Started up through the trees, passed above Reavis Mountain School, which looks like an interesting place. No idea if a hippie commune, sex cult or end of days preppers, I need to look that up, as at least one of those I am interested in.

Followed the trail along creek, which had beautiful waterflow. Trail is well marked and clear until the Reavis Gap #117 intersection. The next half mile is a cat claw over grown cluster. It was pretty clear that no one had hiked this in a bit. After that, the trail was just a hot open trail hike along the creek with several creek bed crossing with pockets of shallow murky water and sections of forest. My thanks to whoever put up the pink ribbon in places. I know it isn’t ideal for leave no trace but with overgrowth,the cairns were hidden.

Reaching Fireline trail #118 to cut up to Mound Mountain. I dropped a liter of water as no point carrying in up on an out-back. I made the rookie mistake of putting in the shade and not planning for time & sun movement. So, by the time I picked it up again, I could have made coffee with the hot water.

I headed up the miserably steep #118 that only a true masochist would enjoy. Continued up to the turn off to Circlestone. Made it to Circlestone and took a 15-minute napped before heading up Mound.

There are 2 approaches people take. The far-left side which is clear but a burned out steep wasteland or a straight shot through thick brush. I decided the left clear side. Not sure if the best choice as too much soot, collapsing dirt and large boulders that only need an ounce of pressure to tumble. After fighting to the top and then following the ridgeline to the peak, I was treated with a….meh view. It reminded me of the disappointing view on the top of Weaver’s Needle. But the point was to succeed at climbing the highest point in the Superstitions and I was really happy about that. As it was 97 degrees at the top, I decided to forgo hanging out and got moving. I headed down the front side because if felt too sketchy going down the way I came up.

An uneventful hike out until about 2 miles from the end, I almost stepped on an Arizona Black rattlesnake. This was my 6th rattlesnake of the day but the only one that was within striking distances. I was a little trail zoned out and thinking about what food I was going get when I got back to civilization. He was curled in a flat spiral, no warning. The heel of my boot was about to clip him when I saw him, and I had enough leverage to push off and hop over him. He understandably was quite pissed, just chilli’ mind his own business and some idiot almost stepped on him.

A good head clearing hike that is not the most scenic trail but not seeing anyone all day, it was a good choice. There is flowing water for the first 2 miles and then pockets off and on for another 2 miles. Obviously plan accordingly. Trail is getting out of season but hikers that don’t mind the heat and want solitude, this a good option. Especially if you break it by backpacking.
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Apr 16 2021
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Reavis Gap, Fireline & Campaign Creek LoopGlobe, AZ
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Went out with my mom for another super fun three-day weekend adventure in the Superstitions! This was my first time ever to the "Eastern Superstitions" so I was super excited!!! The furthest east I had been previously was last year starting from the Woodbury TH and heading north on the JF Trail. And I suppose a day hike from Roger's Trough to the ruins near Angel Basin.

Trip Planning: Based on recent water reports, as well as historic water data going back many years here on HikeAZ, I determined that this area should have plenty of water, although I wasn't sure how the fire might have affected some of the springs (e.g. Grapevine is reportedly dry this season). Given some of the things I've read about these trails in the eastern Supes, I decided a short loop of just 17-18 miles would be good to start with. We planned the loop going clockwise so that if we made good progress, we could camp two nights at the same place near Reavis Ranch, on that 0.7 mile section between Fireline and Reavis Gap. But if progress was slow, we would have camped along Campaign creek or along Fireline (had enough water for a dry camp). Turns out there was plenty of water all throughout the area and the trails were in super good condition (except Frog Tanks...more on that later!).

The Drive: We took our trusty 2001 Chevy Suburban just in case the roads were rough getting to the Campaign TH. In our family, the standard for a "good road" is whether my brother could drive it in his Prius (he's taken that Prius a lot of places!). In this case, with dry conditions, his Prius could have made it without issues to the Campaign TH. The directions on how to get there are very simple, just take 449A and follow signs for Campaign TH. When you get to a place where you feel like you're entering someone's private residence, turn left and go through the gate with a white sign that reads "4x4 Only". The trailhead is essentially at the Reevis Mountain School/Sanctuary, so you can follow signs for that too, and that'll get you there. As a side note, the guy who runs Reevis Mountain School is more affectionately known as Peter Bigfoot, and teaches a bunch of classes out there. I haven't taken one of his classes (yet!), but we got to meet him the last day of our trip, and he was teaching a class on edible desert herbs. Looks super fun and I hope to take one of his classes soon!

Day 1: Campaign Trail and Fireline Trail

Campaign Trail: Unfortunately, the majority of this trail was burned in the Woodbury fire (possibly also the Sawtooth fire, but I didn't check that). The trail itself is in good condition, although sometimes overgrown with weeds. Thankfully, there is very little catclaw/mesquite so the skin and clothes don't get too beat up. The amazing wildflowers made for a nice contrast against the charred branches. As a side note, we saw probably 20 different species of wildflowers, throughout the trip, but mostly at the lower elevations (not so much in the Reavis Ranch area). There was water in Campaign creek for the majority of the distance to the Fireline trail. We filtered some from it and it had a taste from the algae, but not bad.

Fireline Trail: This trail departs from the Campaign trail and heads up significant elevation to reach the Reavis Ranch area. After gaining the ridgeline ~1000 feet up, you actually get into a short section of trail that was not touched by the fire. That mile or so was quite pleasant. :) We didn't have time to go to Circlestone...not sure what we missed, but probably there's some interesting history there. By late afternoon, we were heading down the final descent into Reavis Ranch, and camped toward the northern end of the camping zone in a nice grove of apple trees. The apple trees were in full bloom, which was a special treat. The sweet fragrance was almost overpowering, and the sound of the bees buzzing overhead was beautiful. It appears there are black bears in the area, as we saw plenty of bear scat, a bear den, and the next day positively identified a bear footprint in Fish Creek Canyon.

Day 2: Day hike on Frog Tanks trail to Cimeron Spring
Today, the goal was to travel light and fast and make it all the way to Angel Basin and back (where the famous ruins are). Unfortunately, at about 5 or 5.5 miles in, the catclaw got to the point where it was no longer fun to continue on the Frog Tanks trail, so we opted to return back to camp and spend the afternoon in the more pleasant apple tree groves. There was plenty of water today, I'll try to leave water reports, although the sources aren't near the official loop, so they may not show up. There was (stagnant) water in Willow Creek, large pools of clear water at Plow Saddle Springs (that quickly disappeared underground), and lots of water in Paradise Canyon / Fish Creek. The water in Fish Creek continued for about 0.5 mile downstream, and then went underground off and on for another 0.25 miles, then disappeared entirely. We went as far as Cimeron spring, which we presume was dry, because there was no surface moisture in the creek bed at that location, but we didn't climb up to the actual spring. A couple highlights this day in the wildlife arena were a coachwhip and an Arizona Black rattlesnake. The Arizona Black was under one of the apple trees at Reavis Ranch and didn't move his position for more than 16 hours. I suppose it was just content to sit there coiled up and resting. :lol:

Day 3: Hike out on Reavis Gap Trail
This was the most pleasant of all the hiking days. First, the weather was beautiful and temperatures were perfect! Second, much of this day's hike was unburned, which for obvious reasons is more fun than hiking through all the burned area. Approximately 3.5 miles follow the AZT until it takes off to the north, while our trail continued to the east. That section of trail was in very good condition and well maintained. The descent from Reavis Gap back to Campaign creek was very steep, more so than expected. It would definitely make for a challenging hike going uphill, so we were glad to be going downhill. After arriving back at the car, we explored the Tule trailhead, and then just for fun drove out on the Apache Trail (SR-88) till the closure, just to see what the hike would be like getting to the Reavis TH north. Wouldn't be too difficult, but would definitely add some miles.

We also visited the Tonto National Monument cliff dwellings before heading back to Phoenix. They were interesting, although it was disappointing the upper cliff dwellings are mostly closed off to visitors (one tour per day, three days per week, only six months per year, by reservation only in person or on the phone). We'll have to go back in November to see the upper cliff dwellings, as that would be quite interesting!
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Many different species...will post photos with identifying labels if I can identify them all.

dry Brushy Spring Dry Dry
I didn't actually go to the spring, however, the creek was dry at the location where the spring "should" be. There was water in Campaign creek for a good 3 miles from the TH, however.

dry Cimeron Spring Dry Dry
Didn't go to the spring, but the main drainage was dry at this point and there was no evidence of moisture.

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I'd estimate 2 feet wide and 2-3 inches deep.

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Can't say it was flowing particularly...but there was a nice big pool that looked relatively clear (besides leaves floating on the surface). Downstream of the pool was dry. Didn't venture upstream.

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I couldn't observe the actual flow, but the spring created several large pools full of water plants (lily pads, reeds, etc.) and then shortly disappeared underground.

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Maybe 2 feet wide and 2-3 inches deep.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Reavis Creek at Gap Trail #117 Light flow Light flow
Not a ton of water, but I've got nothing to compare it to, as it's my first time here. I'd estimate 2 feet wide and 2-3 inches deep.

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There was good flow in the creek, and within the first mile of hiking, we crossed several little "seeps" or "springs" flowing across the trail in this area.

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Small pools at the trail crossing
Apr 06 2021
mazatzal
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Campaign Trail #256Globe, AZ
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A group of us fixed the eroded slope on Campaign trail as it drops down to the creek after passing Reevis Mtn School (formerly Upper Horrell Place)
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A leisurely backpack into the Pine Creek Drainage from the Campaign Creek Trailhead.

Early morning coaching obligations in the valley had me and the pups starting a little after noon and it actually felt warm at times during the climb up to the saddle. The trail was in excellent shape and signs of maintenance were everywhere, as mentioned in an earlier triplog. Several areas were spared along the Reavis Gap Trail to include the campsite at Pine Creek. I did not do much at camp besides eating and sleeping.

The hike out the next day was a lot cooler than the day before and the usually relentless downhill back to Campaign Creek seemed to go rather quickly.

I can´t seem to get enough of the Supes lately and am enjoying my little renaissance out there. It was great to see everyone again and I could not have asked for a better quick get away from the valley with the dogs.

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A pool where trail crosses and some trickling water up stream

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Mar 06 2021
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Reavis Gap Trail #117Globe, AZ
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I've been busy lately but it's been a while since I've carried everything on my back for a night so when 9L mentioned this one it sounded perfect. I haven't been out this way since the fire(s) and was saddened to see that Campaign Creek is absolute toast. The Gap is the same steep, rocky climb as always but largely unburned and I was happy to see that. We took a side trip down 2— to check out the spring and scope future camp sites in the area.

As we crested the ridge and got a view down in to Pine Creek we were happy to see little burn damage at the bottom of the canyon, though the hillside to get there had been torched. The campsites were intact, and we were also happy to find a pool of water suitable for filtering at the crossing. Along the hike in, we had begun to wonder if we would have to hike a bit up or downstream to find any water, so this was a relieving moment.

Once camp was set up, Karl and I opted for an exploratory afternoon loop following an old road/route that parallels the creek up high on the west side. We were partially successful. A few sections of miserable overgrown brush connected other sections of well-cairned and easy to follow route. Ultimately we reached the Fireline trail (link it!!) which we took for a short stretch before heading back toward camp in the bottom of the Pine Creek drainage.

The first mile along Pine Creek is as nice as any in the Superstitions. There's no water here but the valley features a beautiful ponderosa forest, unaffected by fires. It's a rare remaining island oasis of what once was. :cry:

Back at camp enjoyed a pleasant night by the fire. Over the two days we chatted with 4 thru-hikers -- none of which had any idea where they were or what they had seen, nor did they care -- time and miles are all that matters :roll: . Amongst them, somebody who didn't feel the need to bury their shit. Yay. I hope they're proud of their pin or button or whatever they get for finishing.

Sunday morning, Karl and I made an attempt at finding a better place to access the route we found Saturday afternoon, but came up empty. So we headed back down the hill, catching up with the others about halfway. We added another for the end of the hike as a friend of Lee's had hiked up in the morning to meet us. It was a fun and quick overnight in the Supes. Glad to see there are a couple of spots that didn't burn down.
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Pine and Campaign Creek, AZ 
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Quick overnight into Pine and Campaign Creek area. We started from Campaign Creek trailhead towards Reavis Gap. At the Reavis Gap AZT junction we dropped packs and headed over to Walnut Spring which is about 1 mile round trip. The spring water looked a bit murky but filterable if needed. Also the area around the spring did burn but fortunately not the spring itself. After that it was just a short hike down to Pine Creek for nights camp.

Everyone setup camp and then headed off on various hikes to kill the afternoon. I joined Chumley for some off trail fun in Pine Creek. We were looking for a supposed route through rough terrain and we did manage to find some cairns and what looked like old road/trail. However, it was difficult to follow and would fade in and out. We followed it best we could to the upper start of Pine Creek and where it meets the Fireline trail Then from there we followed Pine Creek drainage back down to camp. I was really interested to see if the Pine forest in the upper creek survived the fire. I was very happy to see that this great stand of Ponderosa did survive intact despite extensive fire damage close by.

Once back at camp we enjoyed a nice night around the camp fire. A few AZT thru hikers came by after dark and then some more in the morning. In the morning we had a leisurely wake and hike back out to the trailhead. Very relaxing overnight with relatively low miles than the usual backpack weekend.

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small pools and some light flow but good water

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murky water in the box but could filter if needed
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Feb 26 2021
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After years of this trail being on our wishlist, John and I finally made it out here. If the first mile is a proxy for how the rest of the trail looked pre-fire (as the many skeletons suggested), then we really lost a treasure. There are still beautiful pockets, which we enjoyed. John sacrificed his legs to the catclaw and followed his ruin-radar to a great find a couple miles in. After lunch we ventured into the heart of the burn in search of a little oasis, we we found in the form of a creek beach about 4 miles in. A steady breeze and promises of cold beers made for a pleasant return trip. Only regret was not doing this 10 years ago. Carpe diem.

A few reports: Pretty good flow in the creek; light wildflowers with more on the way; road in great shape (till next rain); didn’t see a soul on the trail.
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A handful of poppies in bloom with tons of globe mallow getting ready.
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Feb 21 2021
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We headed to the Eastern Supes for some hiking and ruin hunting with our ravenous pack.

A thorough trail maintenance project was completed on Campaign Trail to the intersection of Reavis Gap Trail and then up Reavis Gap Trail. We did not hike any more of Campaign Trail to see if the maintenance continued on that trail as well. We hiked up Reavis Gap Trail a few miles and then visited some ruins in the area. The fire damage nearly stops at about two miles in and nearly all of Reavis Gap Trail up to the large saddle appears to have been spared. The Trail was in excellent shape and heavily flagged with specific instructions such as build a cairn on large boulder, or dig erosion ditch here, etc. I have never seen such a detailed trail project.

The fire made off trail travel to the ruins easy and we enjoyed several long breaks poking around at the sites. After making a small off trail loop we returned the way we came.

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Feb 20 2021
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Crazy Campaign - A tale of many lessons. A small group of us planned a backpacking trip with a final destination of mound mountain. We would take campaign trail to Fireline trail and then head towards Circlestone to camp, then day hike to mound & hike back out. We met at 8am on Saturday and started hiking close to 9am. The road to campaign TH is actually in excellent condition, we made it all the way in a Subaru. There were some water crossings but not too deep. So we start out on campaign trail and are pretty much right away surprised {saddened} by all the fire damage. The trail is in rough shape. There are burned sections everywhere, tons of ash and excessive amounts of cat claw growing back in. Now in terms of route finding, it wasn’t too difficult and some cairns were helpful in tricky spots. There were several creek crossings (I lost count!) which I hadn’t had too much prior experience with in a backpacking pack, little bit trickier with all that weight! It was hard to move fast on this trail due to bushwhacking, route finding, creek crossings, eroded trail, etc. There was a ton of clean looking water, plus some stagnant pools throughout the trail...but they get smaller as you continue on towards Fireline. After the intersection of Fireline and campaign we took a long break for lunch and evaluated our options. We determined that the route was essentially going straight up with lots of bushwhacking. Originally we had planned to backpack up there and camp near Circlestone. However, it was very windy and we didn’t want to be camping at even higher elevations with additional wind/cold, plus didn’t want to bushwhack up 1k feet of gain with 35 lb packs. Alas we set up camp near the trail intersection in a valley area, shielded from the wind a bit, decided to get up early to hike up to Circlestone & mound. It was cold FAST at night and we were all bundled up in all of our layers. I personally don’t have the best gear at this point and my sleeping bag wasn’t keeping me warm enough and I was cold all night long. In the morning, I was having a hard time getting moving being so cold, so half the group started around 40 mins prior. When we went to fill up my water, we realized it was completely frozen and I couldn’t fill it up. We started our hike and were following the groups footprints; we actually saw them towards the top of the saddle. We realized they had taken the wrong path and went straight up a sketchy drainage - it was much better, had some switchbacks, etc on the right side (go up this way). This was really steep and challenging getting to the saddle. The trail conditions improved dramatically after passing the saddle and heading towards Circlestone. It was quite pleasant hiking up there despite its steepness. There is a climb getting up to Circlestone & the terrain is very damaged/ashy. We finally met up with the rest of the group and they informed us that they only made it to Circlestone. Reasoning was that mound looked extremely intimidating and like it would take a couple of hours to hike up. Knowing we still had to pack up camp and hike out, sadly we realized we just didn’t have enough time in the day. James & I continued on to Circlestone to check it out. I don’t know the history of it very well, but it wasn’t that exciting, lol. I got to see mound up close and then say goodbye, till another day. The hike back down to Fireline from the saddle was brutal on the legs with all the loose rocks. We packed up camp, decided to do snacks instead of lunch, then headed on out. The hike back out on campaign was quite unpleasant and that terrain just grows tiring after several miles. We saw kitty prints on our exit, then heard a large animal scurrying away. Yikes! We did finish the last two miles in the dark which just intensified the misery. So many lessons were learned from this trip. 1) should have researched campaign trail conditions more, 2) coming in through Reavis and doing 2 nights / 3 days is the way to go for this trip. 3) backpacking in the winter is not my favorite. 4)a full day should be allotted for the summit of mound. (I know some do this in a day hike but those people are not me, lol). It was a good weekend for a butt kicker and the solitude was awesome! Would not hike on campaign trail again unless conditions drastically change. We will be back for the summit of mound!
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Some purple flowers, poppies - yay spring
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Mound Mountain has been on my radar screen for a while so I decided that there was no time like the present to hike it.

We started from the Campaign TH and went from the Campaign Trail to the Reavis Gap Trail. We continued through Reavis Gap, and just past Pine Creek we went off-trail on a Pine Creek route that @wallyfrack told me about. This route took us to the Fireline Trail about 1/2 mile east of the turn to Circlestone and Mound Mountain.

This off-trail route saved right at 2 miles getting to the summit. However, the going for me was a bit slow, so I am not sure if we saved much, if any, time. Parts of the route were in open areas that were well cairned, and these sections were about like being on a trail. However, in other parts of the route we were bushwhacking through some fairly thick brush at times. Going through these areas slowed us down a good bit, although perhaps with a better job of route finding I could have avoided some of these areas. There was LOTS and LOTS of bear scat along this off-trail section. We eventually made it to the Fireline Trail, and I was glad to be back on a trail.

The route up to Circlestone was easy to follow, and we stopped at Circlestone for a bit. The ascent up to Mound Mountain was through a burned area, so the bushwhacking was much easier than it otherwise would have been.

We were almost to the summit when I looked above me and there was a large rock with something brown on it, about 30 feet or so away. The "brown something" turned out to be a bear laying on the rock. The bear got up and ambled away to our right. Then I could hear a bear cub going "wah, wah, wah", crying out for it's mama. If we had continued up we would have been between the mama bear and the baby bear, which didn't seem like a good idea. So we retreated a bit and then looped around away from the bears on our way to the summit.

The views at the summit were nice, and were better than I thought that they might be. The descent down was a bit steep at the top, but it went smoothly and before we knew it we were back at Circlestone.

Once we got back to the Fireline Trail, we decided to go west of the Fireline Trail and go back on the Reavis Ranch-Reavis Gap-Campaign Trails. It would have been shorter to go east on Fireline to the Campaign Trail, but I had never been to Reavis Ranch so we decided to go that way. I really enjoyed the Reavis Ranch trail, but I wasn't all that thrilled about having to make the second climb of the day up to Reavis Gap. I did enjoy hiking through the gap though.

Along the Campaign Trail and on the Reavis Gap Trail up to Reavis Gap someone had placed a number of pink flags in the ground. I am thinking that it might have boy scouts or some other organized group that was doing a backpack. Hopefully they will pick the flags up when they are finished.

We saw a deer at Circlestone, and on the way back we saw 4 deer in Reavis Gap.

This turned out to be the 5th longest day hike that I have done.

Before the hike I was thinking that it might be a good training hike for someone who was going to do Rim-to-Rim. As it turned out, I think that Rim-to-Rim would be a good training hike for a day hike to Mound Mountain!
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Jan 17 2021
friendofThundergod
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 AZ
Campaign Trail #256Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 17 2021
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We made it back to one of my favorite areas in the Supes today. I had been kind of avoiding the area due to not wanting to see the fire damage, but even with the fire damage, the area did not disappoint as usual.

We hiked in nearly two miles and then visited a few favorite rock pile sites of mine and a modest glph site. The area has definitely been devastated by the recent fire, but there were still pockets of unburnt areas that provided some positivity and hope. On our hike in the dogs spooked a young mountain lion that was crouched in some grass next to the trail. The small cat nearly ran between Katie’s leg before reaching the safety of a small tree. We quickly leashed the dogs and left pretty quickly after wondering aloud if it had a mom near by and obviously not wanting to stress it out too much. Just a kitten, but still a memorable experience.

This area still fulfills me and I am grateful for that. Another excellent day out of the Campaign Creek Trailhead.
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Jan 14 2021
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 Fountain Hills,
Mound Mountain Recon, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Jan 14 2021
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Hiking12.20 Miles 2,224 AEG
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I am not running for political office but I decided to hit the campaign trail today...Campaign Trail #256 that is!

I had never been on this trail before and I have been eyeing a hike to Mound Mountain, and wanted to check out the area.

The road to the TH had been recently graded and it was in much better shape than I thought it would be. An AWD SUV was parked at the TH, demonstrating that a 4WD vehicle is not necessary to get to the TH.

I did not get to the TH until 9:00 AM, so I knew that I would not have time to go to Mound Mountain. Instead, I planned to hike on the Campaign Trail to the Fireline Trail, and then take the Fireline Trail to where you'd turn to head up to Mound Mountain, and then reverse course back to the TH.

It was a lot slower going on the Campaign Trail than I thought that it would be. Much of the hike was through a wash or a creek bed, and there were several creek crossings. I had to slow down and stop a lot to do some route finding, as the trail -- such as it is -- is hard to follow in lots of places. Plus, on the way out the sun was right in my eyes so I couldn't look very far out in front of me to see where the trail might be. It actually would have been a nice hike through that canyon if you were taking your time without any real destination in mind.

I finally made it to the Fireline Trail, but I was behind schedule and decided just to go a short ways on the Fireline Trail before turning around. The Fireline Trail was overgrown on the section that I went on, and I don't know how it would have been had I continued further.

I think that I will go out there again before long and take the Reavis Gap Trail around towards Mound Mountain. I think that this will be a bit longer way to get to Mound Mountain as compared to going Campaign-Fireline, but perhaps the trail will be better. I think that I will need to wait until later in the winter when the days are longer before doing a dayhike to Mound Mountain from the Campaign TH.

I saw a white-tailed deer while walking in the wash. Later I was sitting on a rock in a creekbed eating lunch when I heard a loud ruckus and commotion behind me. I turned and it was a deer -- a doe -- running full speed in the creekbed right toward me. I stood up and made some noise, and the deer stopped dead in its tracks about 75 feet from me. The deer looked at me for a few seconds and then took off running out of the creekbed. I was glad that whatever spooked the deer decided not to chase me!
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Jan 04 2021
desertadapted
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 Phoenix, AZ
West Pinto Trail #212 - SuperstitionsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Jan 04 2021
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Backpack26.25 Miles 5,300 AEG
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Loop hike of West Pinto, Rogers Canyon, Reavis Ranch, Fireline, and Campaign Trails.

Started at Miles TH. The first three miles of West Pinto are extremely well maintained. Once you hit fire damage, though, there's a bunch of cat claw. I only cut back what I couldn't readily get around, and it still took a fair bit of time. The trail must have been gorgeous before the fires. Route finding is sometimes a challenge when the trail follows the creek, so GPS is a must. Once the trail leaves the creek and starts heading steeply uphill, trail conditions improved. I averaged maybe 1.5 miles/and hour for most of it with the shrub-killing and route-finding and was exhausted by the time I made it down to Rogers Canyon.

Rogers Canyon was pretty busy (maybe 15 cars at the Rogers Trough TH). But once I made the turnoff up Reavis, I was back to the solitary life. The wind was mild enough that I could make camp at Reavis Saddle.

It's interesting seeing the changes from the fire on the Reavis trail, and I was relieved to see how much of the forest survived. It was cold enough hiking through that basin that there was ice in my water bottles just from the period I was walking (there was no ice overnight). Glad I camped at the Saddle!

The Fireline is actually in good shape - I had not expected that given the fire damage. Where the fire didn't hit, there are sections of overgrowth that were there ~3 years ago, so no change there. There are some sections where catclaw is taking over, but relatively few. Now, the Fireline was never my favorite trail -- I thought it was too steep and exposed before the fire, but I wouldn't say that the burn has made it materially worse. Yet.

The Campaign Trail was pretty miserable. I had never been on the section from Fireline to West Pinto before (the section from Fireline to Reavis Gap was amazing pre-fire, but I understand it's terrible now from reading HAZ triplogs). Route finding was very tough while the trail followed the creek. A lot of trail seems to be gone now. GPS is a must. When you leave the creek for good, trail conditions improve substantially.

Overall, West Pinto and the section of Campaign I was on were a slog. With that said, I feel some sense of guilt/responsibility to keep going back to the now-crappy parts of the Supes to try to (very) modestly cut things back. I kind of feel like we lost some great trails in the Whites because they were too far from most people to allow the sort of everyday minor trail maintenance that can keep a trail from going to seed after a big fire. I just need time to forget how unpleasant some of that trail was!
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 Tucson
Fireline Trail #118Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Hiking3.50 Miles 980 AEG
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On November 19, 2020, I did the Reavis Gap, Campaign Creek, Fireline loop out of Reavis Ranch. I'll focus on Fireline for this triplog.

To begin with, Campaign Creek was trashed by the fires of summer 2020. And any trail that once existed is barely noticeable; though some cattle have kept some semblance of a trail visible in a few spots. Either I blew past the trail sign for Fireline or it was never replaced after the fires. And going up Fireline out of Campaign Creek for the first 2/10ths of a mile was straight up the drainage; which was somewhat rough going. The trail was spotty for the next mile or so. It became more clear, though still trashed, all the way into Reavis Ranch. Not to mention, the burn was really bad all the way.
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 Apache Junction,
Campaign Trail #256Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Hiking10.00 Miles 2,500 AEG
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Now that the weather is cool, wanted to get out to hike in the Superstitions. Decided to head out to hike up Campaign Creek. My objective was to hike up to the Fire Line Trail intersection as it's been awhile since I've done a hike with some good mileage and wanted to show myself I could still do it, lol. A chilly 39 degrees at the TH to start. About a half mile up Campaign a came across a couple of guys who were camping and I smelled a camp fire (guess they dont know it's restricted) ](*,) . The creek had a nice flow up to the first ridge, then a light flow near Fritz Spring. It was slow going the entire way as the trail is trashed from the fire and the Acacia is out in full force, shorts was a bad idea! Made it up to Brushy Spring and decided I had had enough of the punishment, had lunch there and started back. Scared a couple Mule deer on the way up and another on the way back. Beautiful temps as it was 60 degrees when I returned to the TH. End of the day a another good Superstition hike that really made me work for it.

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Apr 18 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Back way to Reavis Ranch, AZ 
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Backpack avatar Apr 18 2020
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Backpack26.80 Miles 5,785 AEG
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1st trip
Had a bit of an itch to get away from everything, so I decided on some real social distancing and decided to try and utilize some lesser-used trails to get to Reavis Ranch. And I wanted to take advantage of plentiful water and relatively nice weather while it's still available...

Got to Miles Ranch TH, and crossed the creek in search of the Wildcat Canyon route, which I found pretty quickly with the help of GPS. The trail was pretty easy to follow up to the first ridge, after which it turned into just trying to force my way through scrub oak and catclaw, trying to stay close to the line on the map. Once the trail drops down into the wash, the going got much easier, and the rest of the trail was actually quite pleasant. I'm not sure it really offers anything that some of the canyons south of Miles don't, but I'm glad I saw it anyways...

On to Pinto Peak Trail... After the corral, I entered the burn area, and the trail seemed more like cow path than anything. It's a total wasteland now; most of the trail is gone, and everything is charred. I really wish I could've seen it a year ago...must've been pretty. I feel like the Woodbury Fire was the final blow for this trail.

On to Campaign... I kind of expected it, since I looked down into the canyon from the top of Mound a few months ago, but it's destroyed. Although not quite as bad as I expected, since some of the trees right along the creek survived. Anywhere the trail got close to the creek, it was completely erased. Which is probably about half of it. Got to the Fire Line junction, which I only found with GPS. Sign is gone. There is still a usable campsite at the junction, under some trees that were only partially burned. There were also some large animal tracks there, probably bear.

I already knew the Reavis side of Fire Line was pretty chewed up; turns out the Campaign side is as well. Despite being a steep climb, I kind of enjoyed not having to look around for trail anymore. When I got to Pine Creek, I was awfully tempted to set up camp there, but the animal tracks were awfully close and I figured I'd rather any bears that drop by during the night have a choice who to bother. Plus, I had plenty of daylight left, and forgot to bring a book. So I continued on to Reavis, where I claimed a nice campsite with good creek access just under 8 hours after starting. I didn't see anybody until after I got to Reavis Ranch. Mission accomplished.

I woke up at the crack of dawn, because I wanted to get home at a reasonable hour. Originally I had considered an off-trail route to the south, down around Peak 6120, and along the ridge to reconnect with Campaign. I decided against it because I'm at least somewhat responsible (and I would later look up on the proposed route and come to the conclusion that it would've been a bad idea). So instead I headed back across Fire Line to Campaign, and then up Campaign Creek.

A half mile or so before the trail leaves the creek bed, it actually starts becoming a little more intact. Maybe something to do with less water farther upstream. Fortunately, the ridge the trail climbs up was completely unscathed, so it is intact all the way to the saddle, and there is shade. The south side of the saddle is almost completely burned, but there wasn't as much vegetation there anyways.

I was really glad to be down at Oak Flat, because some flat walking seemed nice. Also, Oak Flat was not burned too badly. It looks like they may have done some burn operations to protect it. The sign at the junction is still intact (though the Cuff Button one is not).

West Pinto was fine, decent shade, although it started getting a little warm by the end. Got to the trailhead right around noon, about 5 1/2 hours in.

It was a good weekend. And I would not recommend this route to anybody.

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Mar 22 2020
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 Apache Junction,
Campaign Trail #256Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2020
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While everyone in the valley was social distancing themselves at First Water and Peralta, I decided to head up to the Campaign TH to get a look at the damage. Service Road 449A is barely passable right now, it's a river! Got to the TH a bit later then I wanted and it was barely recognizable. Started the hike up the trail passing the Reavis Mountain School which was saved from the fire, but barely; burn area was less then 50 yards from the school. Got down into the creek area and saw all of the damage. Burn, erosion have destroyed this once beautiful area. With all of the rain the creek was flowing and with a dozen crossings there was no way I was going to stay dry; some crossing were up to my ankles. Hiked to the Pinto Peak Trail intersection and had seen enough, nothing in the area survived, nothing. I'm not sure if I will come back to this area for awhile as this is the worst of the burn area I have seen. A little over 8 miles today and did not see a single person as expected.
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Dec 11 2019
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Superstition Wilderness - AZT #19Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 11 2019
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Hiking4.00 Miles 900 AEG
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A group of us went to the eastern Superstitions to do a bit of AZT work: Where the AZT leaves FR83 we split into two groups. Group 1 went a couple of miles down Cottonwood creek to clear debris/downfall and cleared brush on a bench to keep the trail out of the creek for another few hundred feet. Group 2 continued along FR83 to Two Bar TH and replaced a couple of burned signs.

After that we went over to Campaign TH to replace the broken Wilderness sign. We were following dozer tracks all the way in on a flowing Campaign Creek. About halfway in we met the dozer coming back out and chatted with him a bit. He informed us that we could get to the TH / Reavis School. It was a bit tricky in a few spots but we made it to the TH. So off we go to find the broken sign and check the post etc. Well... we find a very nice sign all fixed up :lol: A big thank you to whoever did the nice work!
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 Phoenix, AZ
Reavis Gap, Fireline & Campaign Creek LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 03 2018
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Hiking17.33 Miles 3,646 AEG
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Campaign Trail #256
Springs area just past the school is a muddy tiptoe. Otherwise excellent condition compared to yesteryear. You might miss a creek crossing but nothing of concern. Very few catclaw nags.

Fireline Trail #118
Memory had this trail in better condition. Campaign to top is mild overgrown. Circlestone turnoff to Reavis Creek is fab save the one standard rutted hill. We passed a group of 3, 1 guy then a group of 7ish. All inquired about circlestone.

Reavis Ranch Trail #109
Been a while since I've passed through when it's a popular destination. Perhaps 25-60+. 5 weeks after my bumper crop report there are still enough apples in the trees for a small army. Plenty easily accessible too. Low hanging, shake a branch, limbs that have busted from weight pressure... you name it. Tasty treats galore, come get 'em!

Reavis Gap Trail #117
A little naggy catclaw, nothing bad. Per usual, steep grades east of the saddle.

FR449A
As good of condition as ever. What happened to the large stretches of deep sand?
High clearance + AWD / 4WD or a driver with a clue still required for the steep climb out.

Synopsis
Loved it! Hope to return and experience Autumn Fest at Reavis forever!
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Sycamores thru Campaign are moderate. Majority of the balance is light. First I recall the Pear Trees in foliage.
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The big fields of daisies are off season. 5-8 miles was constant small yellows. Gooding's Verbena dabbled several areas. 2 isolated sprigs of Indian Paintbrush.

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light clear flow, easy to cross

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 Far NE Phoenix,
Campaign - Fireline - Reavis Gap Loop, AZ 
Campaign - Fireline - Reavis Gap Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking17.29 Miles 3,699 AEG
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1st trip
A couple of groups of deer hunters were spotting on our way in and one other truck at the Campaign TH when we arrived.

I enjoy the hike past the Reevis School and past "The Springs". The Turkeys were gobbling at us as we passed by. Something tells me hikers in 3 weeks from now, will not be bothered by their noise.

It's a gentle but steady 1200' climb in the 5.6 miles on the Campaign Trail #256, to get to the Fireline Trail intersection. Water was available in numerous spots in the creek along the way. The sycamores are in the process of changing colors now.

On the Fireline Trail #118 you get a 1000' climb in a mile to warm you up, before dropping into Pine Creek. Once past the Circlestone intersection, we started seeing our first people for the day. They were all on their way to Circlestone.

On the Reavis Ranch Trail #109 now, we made a stop at the pear trees first. Very few left in the trees, but I was able to grab a few good ones off the ground.

The hot dog carts, the tiki bar and ice cream stands seemed to be doing a booming business, with the large crowd at Reavis Ranch. I would not be surprised if there were 50+ campers. In past years I've only cared for the yellow apples. With this years bumper crop (The most I've personally seen here), all the apples I sampled were quite tasty. A particular favorite, was from one of the first red trees, on the south side of the orchard. My pack was heavier leaving the orchard.

We had lunch where the Reavis Gap Trail #109 crosses Reavis Creek. There are some huge sycamores here.
The Gap Trail has more cat claw than I remember. With long pants, no big deal.

Perfect weather on the day. We saw more than 10 deer on the day. The first 6+ little deer, were in a corral when we passed them.

Notes for future drivers to this TH on FR 449a. Cars are a no go. There is a sign at the turn off from the ranch that says 4 x 4 only. Joe and I remembered more sand on this drive, that had me thinking Empire Blvd. The sand never materialized. There are 4 shallow creek crossings that are no big deal. The only problem on the way out is a sharp, loose-ish climb after a tight turn. My HC 2x4 slipped a bit but had no problems after a power slide around the corner.

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Sycamores are changing

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Pools in the area


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Plenty to filter from here and downstream

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Pools to filter from

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Numerous springs in the area as well as Campaign Creeks pools provide plenty of sources
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