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Nov 09 2018
ALMAL
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54 male
 Joined Oct 17 2010
 GILBERT
Reavis Frog Tanks Rogers Canyon Loop, AZ 
Reavis Frog Tanks Rogers Canyon Loop, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Nov 09 2018
ALMAL
Backpack31.80 Miles 4,940 AEG
Backpack31.80 Miles3 Days         
4,940 ft AEG
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1st trip
Started Friday morning with a full parking lot, 3 big trucks with trailers taking up most of the spaces. Followed Mr. Squishy route. Smooth sailing to Plow Saddle, only some sketchy water in the troughs. Continued on to Fish creek and a nice campsite. Saw a fox before dark, not aggressive, just nosy. Threw a couple of rocks and it thought I was throwing food I think. Quiet and not too cold night. Saturday headed down to Angel Basin and then up past the ruins and on to Reavis. Landed at the ranch by 2pm, camped at same spot as 3 weeks ago. Not too crowded, picked a few apples, one landed square on my forehead looking up, got a little bruise. Stood still for a couple of minutes and listened to apples falling at the rate of 2-4 per minute nearby. Got cold after dark. Left early and back to the lot by noon.
Nice loop! Water in Fish creek and throughout Rogers as well.
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Feb 03 2018
joebartels
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49 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Reavis - Plow Saddle - Castle Dome, AZ 
Reavis - Plow Saddle - Castle Dome, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 03 2018
joebartels
Hiking21.09 Miles 3,895 AEG
Hiking21.09 Miles   9 Hrs   8 Mns   2.61 mph
3,895 ft AEG   1 Hour   4 Mns Break
 
1st trip
The Apache Trail is under construction from Dutchman to the marina. Looks like they are doing shoulder work before a much needed repave.

After the slow and tedious Cactus Butte hike last week Bruce suggested the super highway Reavis North. 3 cars in the lot and a couple entries in the register before our 7:40am start. 2 other cars at finish.

Plow Saddle Trail #287
Old man competition needed this for his Superstition Wilderness Trails rank. New to me too. Steepish. More enjoyable than anticipated. Gets you out of seemingly barren rolling hills into a living area quick.

Reavis Playgrounds
Hunted a little for the machete I hid in 2012 after raising the nerves of @MtnBart01 & @Tortoise_Hiker with my samurai skill set. A guy we encountered before turning down Plow Saddle was in the primo camp site off Reavis Gap at the creek. Three small groups set up camp in the homestead vicinity. Just a glimpse of life, they must have been out exploring.

Castle Dome
Visible atop most peaks in the wilderness including 15 miles west along the Superstition Ridgeline, this has served as a great reference point over the years. Hands down the highlight of our hike. Bruce had us approach from the south, one saddle north of Windy Pass. The mini ridge is recommended, that said views on Castle Dome 5308 are the showstopper. Both ascents are steep and loose. The north has chaparral to help stabilize your stance when needed. The ridge on top is fairly easy travel. Keep a constant eye out for barbed wire on the ground.
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Named place
Castle Dome

dry Owen's Spring Dry Dry
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Current marked location is dry. Agua sleuth Karl sniffed out nearby shallow pools for the bingo bonus round.

dry Plow Saddle Springs Dry Dry
Dusty troughs. Worthy lil' destination to mix up the yawner tread of Reavis North IMHO!

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
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Plenty to filter, clear, not flowing
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Feb 03 2018
BiFrost
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49 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Reavis - Plow Saddle - Castle Dome, AZ 
Reavis - Plow Saddle - Castle Dome, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 03 2018
BiFrost
Hiking21.09 Miles 3,895 AEG
Hiking21.09 Miles   9 Hrs   8 Mns   2.61 mph
3,895 ft AEG   1 Hour   4 Mns Break
 no routes
1st trip
Joined Joe and Bruce for hike into Reavis. Standard route following Reavis Ranch 109 North trail until we reached the Plow Saddle junction. Headed down Plow Saddle trail and checked out the spring area. As before there was no water so it's probably rare to see any in the area. After that we headed back up to Reavis Ranch trail to cabin site. Had lunch in the area just down stream from the cabin site checking the creek for water...there were a few pools in spots but mostly dry.

After lunch we returned back the same way but at Windy pass we went off trail to the ridgeline and over to Castle Dome. Great views on this high point and we took another break to take it all in. Continuing we dropped off the north side of Castle Dome heading back to the main trail. It's very steep and brushy but we made it without too many issues. Then quick hike back to the trail head.
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Named place
Reavis Creek at Gap Trail #117
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Feb 03 2018
The_Eagle
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Reavis Plow Castle Dome, AZ 
Reavis Plow Castle Dome, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 03 2018
The_Eagle
Hiking21.41 Miles 4,055 AEG
Hiking21.41 Miles   9 Hrs   5 Mns   2.66 mph
4,055 ft AEG   1 Hour   2 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Perfect weather day to hit up this area in the Supes. The sun was still behind the hills when we got off to our chilly start.

We made quick work of the Reavis #109 Trail to Plow Saddle Trail #287. This was one of two Supes trails I needed to get the Supes done. I did not expect much, but was pleasantly surprised. Steep going down to the Plow Saddle Spring box and Intersection with the Frog Tanks #112 Trail. We did not take the time to check on the actual Spring location and headed up the much gentler Frog Tanks Trail.

Now at Reavis Ranch we used many of the use trails to check out the Creek, farm implements, and take in some lunch.

After lunch, Joe led us in a search for the old trailer by Owen's Spring. It was dry at the spring location marked, but plenty to filter from from a couple of pools just downstream.

Next up was Castle Dome. We decided to climb this one from the south for 2 reasons. First, 350 less gain to get to the top and second, it looked like on satellite views that it was relatively brush free. This ended up being the right call. Sweet views along ridgeline while making our way over to Castle Dome 5308. It's final a steep 100' climb to get to the top.

Getting down the 650' drop back to the Reavis #109, we practiced safety second. The brush was thick in spots going down, but you could find pathways. Still nicer going down this, as opposed to up.

From here, just a cruise back to the TH.
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Owen's Spring

dry Owen's Spring Dry Dry
Dry in the location marked, but filterable pools within 100 ft downstream

dry Plow Saddle Springs Dry Dry
Spring box has not collected water in some time. We did not check out the actual source

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
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Plenty to filter from
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Mar 04 2017
wallyfrack
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58 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Plow Saddle Trail #287Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 04 2017
wallyfrack
Hiking18.80 Miles 4,160 AEG
Hiking18.80 Miles   9 Hrs   11 Mns   2.05 mph
4,160 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
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Denny needed to hike Plow Saddle trail and close out a section of the Reavis trail so we did a lasso loop and hiked a small section of Frog tanks as well. The weather was nice as it wasn't cold to start and with some cloud cover and a strong breeze stayed nice most of the day. I wanted to check out a rock pile that I missed on my last trip out this way. That rock pile is up and over Castle Dome about 900 feet below on the west side and the best way out was back up and over again. :sweat: We checked out several rock piles along the way and by chance ran into another five I didn't know about en route. We did see a mule deer buck and rabbit on the hike but no other fauna. We passed on two sites from the original plan as the miles, time and AEG were adding up. Once we got out we drove to Roosevelt Dam and over to Big Daddy's for pizza.
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Mar 04 2017
Tortoise_Hiker
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58 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Plow Saddle Trail #287Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 04 2017
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking18.80 Miles 4,160 AEG
Hiking18.80 Miles   9 Hrs   11 Mns   2.05 mph
4,160 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Partners partners
wallyfrack
Wally wanted to look at some rocks and I wanted to hike some trails I had not hiked. Ahh, nice when a plan comes together. The trails were in good shape and the off trail... [-( No one said I had to wear shorts. The Indians seemed to really like this area. Wally showed me lots of ruins and pot sherds, a cool spring, a nice Mule Deer, and a cool summit with awesome views. Topped it off with 4 meat toppings at Big Daddy's! :y: Thanks Wally! Like Haz, :yr:
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Plow Saddle Springs
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Poppies few and far between. The drive out (Roosevelt Way) did have a few spots of poppies and Lupine that were nice.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Plow Saddle Springs Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
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Jan 31 2017
Mr_Squishy
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65 male
 Joined Jan 14 2009
 Kodiak, AK
Reavis Ranch Frog Tanks Rogers Canyon Loop, AZ 
Reavis Ranch Frog Tanks Rogers Canyon Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2017
Mr_Squishy
Hiking 5,000 AEG
Hiking
5,000 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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.

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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 05 2017
DallinW
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27 male
 Joined Feb 26 2015
 Gilbert AZ
Frog Tanks - Reavis Ranch - Reavis Falls, AZ 
Frog Tanks - Reavis Ranch - Reavis Falls, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Jan 05 2017
DallinW
Backpack36.93 Miles 7,198 AEG
Backpack36.93 Miles1 Day   8 Hrs      
7,198 ft AEG20 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Me and Nick checked out some new territory in the Supes. Frog Tanks and Reavis Falls was on my mind, and this made for a great opportunity to pick up the northern part of the Reavis Ranch Trail.

Frog Tanks is a little gnarly. Plenty of cat claw and cactus dodging to keep you on your toes. Well worth the battle scars for the views down Fish Canyon, and the boulder hopping up Rogers Canyon. Back-to-back waterfalls up Rogers Canyon. This was by far my most favorite part of the hike. Having running water down the entire length of these canyons was a real treat.

We had Reavis Ranch all to ourselves for the night, which was nice, except when it came to finding fire wood. We hit the sleeping bags after it started to drizzle which continued on and off for most of the night. Around 3AM the wind kicked up for several hours and you could hear big gusts make their way from the top of valley all the way down to the ranch.

The next morning we hit Reavis Falls on the way out. The fall was running good, but nothing like some of the pictures I've seen on here. Well worth the side trip, and I actually really enjoyed the climb out, despite all the complaining I made on the way down :). Near Maple Spring you see Juniper, Pine, and Saguaro all within 50 yards of one another, which I found to be pretty cool. The area feels very diverse.

Water is plentiful at the moment. Started with 3L, but eventually carried 0L - 1L between water sources. For a good portion of this hike, we were walking near, hopping over, or listening to flowing water. It felt more like spring than winter out there. It's getting green, the bugs are out, and the temperatures were mild.

This has been one of my favorite Superstitions trips to date.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Maple Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Flowing water in drainage at trail crossing.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Plow Saddle Springs Dripping Dripping
Seeping out at trail crossing.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Reavis Creek at Fireline #118 Medium flow Medium flow

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

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Reavis Saddle Spring Dripping Dripping
Water seeping out on trail.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Roger's Creek Medium flow Medium flow
Flowing water the entire length of the canyon.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Rogers Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
Flowing water the entire length of the canyon.

dry Rogers Canyon Spring Dry Dry
Spring box is still dry. Flowing water in canyon.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Rough Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
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Jan 05 2017
The_N
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33 male
 Joined Mar 18 2015
 Payson, AZ
Frog Tanks - Reavis Ranch - Reavis Falls, AZ 
Frog Tanks - Reavis Ranch - Reavis Falls, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Jan 05 2017
The_N
Backpack36.93 Miles 7,198 AEG
Backpack36.93 Miles1 Day   8 Hrs      
7,198 ft AEG
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1st trip
Hit some new territory in the Supes and Dallin put together this gem of a loop. Starting at the Northern end of Reavis Trail we cruised in through Plow Saddle as both trails were in great shape and easy to follow. Excellent views and cloud art kept us intrigued. The real fun began with Frog Tanks Trail. Although slightly overgrown, the canyon views and water in Fish Creek kept us eagerly pushing through the cat claw and other scratchy stuff. Tread was also not as good since the recent rains seemed to have loosened a lot of the rocks in the trail. We were amazed by the amount of water in Fish Creek until we reached Rogers Canyon as witnessed how much flow was coming down. This was the highlight of the trip. It was boulder hopping and use trails as we bypassed cascade after cascade and a plenty of swimming holes upto about 6ft deep. We made a quick detour at the ruins where we made our only human contact with a couple of day hikers. Dallin commented on how this canyon was bone dry a couple of weeks ago, so I definitely felt spoiled to have seen so much water here my first time. We departed the canyon and made our way up to Reavis Ranch for camp. Once again, we were back on really nice trail and views instantly open back up. We arrived at camp with wet feet and enough time to set up and enjoy a fire while several deer hung around in the meadows. We were chased into our tents by rain and endured high winds until about 7am. The next morning we were excited to get to our side trip to Reavis Falls after seeing all the water the previous day. The trail down to the falls was in good shape aside from some intrusive cacti. After what seemed like endless downhill we reached a very scenic and diverse canyon still sporting some fall colors on the cottonwoods. We enjoyed the falls for a few minutes and started back. The climb out ended up being much easier than anticipated. We finished the trip with a nice downhill cruise back to the TH. What an epic trip and well-timed. Felt like we saw a little of every season in the Supes. There was sunshine, grass, green leaves, wildflowers, bugs and mushrooms. There was water present in every creek, canyon, drainage and even the trail itself. Awesome temps made it feel like a slice of paradise.
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Reavis Falls Rogers Canyon
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Sporadic in the lower elevations.

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

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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Rogers Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
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Nov 12 2016
BiFrost
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49 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Reavis Ranch Trail #109Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Nov 12 2016
BiFrost
Backpack26.16 Miles 4,705 AEG
Backpack26.16 Miles2 Days         
4,705 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Partners 11 partners
HAZ - Group
chumley
clairebear
Droog
Espi
GrottoGirl
John9L
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nathanbrisk
The_Dude
The_Whit
Tough_Boots
Fun weekend at Reavis Ranch with several groups coming from the south and others the north trail access. John9L, Claire and I hiked in from the north Reavis Trail #109. We arrived at Reavis about 130 and everyone was out hiking. As we were setting up camp Wallyfrack wandered into camp and just happened to be doing Supes day hike. Talked with Wally for awhile before deciding to get day hike in to Circlestone before dark.

Up the trail we ran into the others coming back from various day hikes like Mound, Circlestone and Campaign Creek. We chatted with the others as they passed before continuing on to Circlestone. Once on top we didn't spend too much time as it was getting late but we walked the circle. We kept a good hiking pace back down and hit camp perfect timing just before sunset. The group did a great job collecting firewood and we spent the rest of the evening relaxing around the fire and meeting some new HAZers.

Next morning it was back out the same way we hiked in. This time we hiked out with Kyle, Nicole, and Nathan back to the trial head. However, John and I took slight detour to check out Plow Saddle and Frog Tanks. Interesting to see these new trails and was hoping to find water down in the drainage with large cottowoods and sycamores. There was no water where the trail crossed the creek but I'm fairly certain if we had more time to look around we would have found some small pools in the area. Definitely something to check out again for another trip. After that we met back up with the others for the final hike out.
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Nov 11 2016
John9L
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male
 Joined Mar 12 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Reavis Ranch Trail #109Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Nov 11 2016
John9L
Backpack26.16 Miles 4,705 AEG
Backpack26.16 Miles2 Days         
4,705 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Partners 10 partners
HAZ - Event
BiFrost
chumley
clairebear
Droog
Espi
LindaAnn
nathanbrisk
The_Dude
The_Whit
Tough_Boots
It was time for another Reavis trip and this one didn't disappoint. Karl, Claire and I drove up on Saturday morning and made the hike in arriving to a vacant camp around 1:30pm. Apparently everyone was out hiking! We started setting up camp and Wally showed up to say hi. He was doing a big loop out of Campaign TH. He hung out for a bit and then continued on. From there the three of us headed for Circlestone. Along the way we passed everyone making the return. We hit Circlestone and took a handful of pics and then started our return arriving back to camp right before sunset. The rest of the evening was spent relaxing around the campfire with the group.

Sunday started out slowly as the group woke and made breakfast. Everyone took their time and packed up camp over the span of an hour or so. One by one peeps started heading out. Some went out the south route while a group of six of us (Karl, Claire, Kyle, Nicole, Nathan & myself) went out the north. On the return Karl & I detoured along the Frog Tanks Trail and headed out the Plow Saddle Trail. It's a nice drainage but was completely dry even though there's Sycamores & Cottonwoods. We regrouped with everyone near the saddle and then headed back to the trailhead arriving around mid-afternoon.

This turned out to be another fun trip. It was great meeting everyone and good times around the campfire. Thanks for Chumley for organizing and thanks for Karl for driving!

dry Plow Saddle Springs Dry Dry
Bone Dry. We did a quick search and no sign of water.
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Apr 27 2016
rtaylor3235
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 Routes 110
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68 male
 Joined Nov 02 2013
 Apache Junction,
Reavis Ranch #109 North Lasso, AZ 
Reavis Ranch #109 North Lasso, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 27 2016
rtaylor3235
Hiking17.81 Miles 2,827 AEG
Hiking17.81 Miles   7 Hrs   18 Mns   2.89 mph
2,827 ft AEG   1 Hour   8 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Partners partners
hikingaz2
Bob came up with this combination, it's our last hike together for some time since Bob is heading back to Iowa :lone: This was a really nice hike, the weather was perfect and the views fabulous. Plow saddle appears to get very little use, but we had lunch down at a horse trough by the intersection of Plow Saddle & Frog Tanks, then hiked on Frog Tanks back up to Reavis Ranch trail and on out. Gonna really miss Bob, he's been a great hiking partner.
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Apr 27 2016
hikingaz2
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76 male
 Joined Dec 16 2011
 Mesa,Az
Reavis Ranch # 109 North Lasso, AZ 
Reavis Ranch # 109 North Lasso, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 27 2016
hikingaz2
Hiking17.81 Miles 2,827 AEG
Hiking17.81 Miles   7 Hrs   25 Mns   2.83 mph
2,827 ft AEG   1 Hour   8 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Partners partners
rtaylor3235
Would recommend this hike, lot of beautiful views, what you miss going out, you'll see coming back :) Last hike in AZ for the summer, not many hiking trails in IA, but there is always the gravel roads :yuck: A lot of rolling hills and washes, that hopefully will give me a little AEG :whistle: The 3 R's are splitting up for a few months, but looking forward to new hikes, new partners and new areas when we return. :DANCE: Hot weather is coming so take plenty of water with you, and when it's half gone turn around and head back to the vehicle -- But that's just my :M2C: worth of advice !!
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Mar 06 2016
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 Mesa
Frog Tanks Trail #112Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Mar 06 2016
valveless
Backpack6.80 Miles
Backpack6.80 Miles2 Days         
17 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Just what the doctor-to-be ordered --- a quick spring break backpack to get my mind off of graduate school. Always wanted to head down Frog Tanks for a nice loop trip including Reavis and Angel Basin. The solitude and sights didn't disappoint. While I passed a few people coming out of Reavis on the way up to Windy Pass, once I started down Plow Saddle I didn't see a soul until I arrived at Angel Basin later that day. Spectacular views were plentiful with the entrance to the confluence of Fish Creek, Rough and Rogers Canyons being especially choice. A Gila Monster even blessed me with her presence at one point just before the tanks. The cat claw was annoying but not too bad and I hiked in shorts with only a couple of battle wounds as mementos.

Angel Basin was a mob scene, as expected. It was both spring break and stereos, good weather and water were plentiful. I chose a spot a little way up Rodgers Canyon to avoid the noise -- just far enough to avoid most of it, but close enough to react with glee when a brief midnight rainstorm apparrantly caught some spring breakers by surprise! :lol:

The funniest thing about the trip was that, while cooking dinner, I realized realized my long spoon had been misplaced :app: . The annoyance of makeshift chopsticks, and the thought of repeating it again the next night put the thought into my head to simply hike all the way out the next day. I got an early start, got my fill of the amazing ruins in Rogers Canyon, and made it up to Reavis before noon. A nice cool breeze and nap in the hammock just below the ranch house made for a great start to the afternoon. The hike out was pleasant and poignant. My grandmother, who I started backpacking with as a young child, had been on the cusp of transitioning and I awoke from my nap to the feeling that I would return from this trip to a world without her. Indeed, she had passed earlier that morning. But my wife and daughters happily met me for some Mexican food after receiving a surprise text sent from the side of the mountain. In all a great trip that I will repeat again come fall.
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toddak
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54 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Reavis Ranch via 109 NorthGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 07 2015
toddak
Hiking31.00 Miles 4,000 AEG
Hiking31.00 Miles   13 Hrs   30 Mns   2.30 mph
4,000 ft AEG
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Nice long lasso loop, south on #109 then back around on #110, #112 and #287. Good Spring conditions, with quite a bit of water in Reavis and Fish creeks and some isolated wildflowers.

When I hit the #110/#112 junction, the trail looked to be heading past an occupied campsite and I didn't want to just barge through so I asked the guy where the trail was. He pointed me in the right direction and then said "are you toddak?". It was John9L, who was camping there with clairebear, and we chatted a bit and then I was on my way. Only later did it occur to me to wonder - how did he ID me? I'm pretty sure we had never met, only my wife knew my itinerary for the day, and I was pretty incognito in my sunglasses, shade hat and plain tan hiking pants/white shirt. Maybe HAZ users emit some kind of aura or something? In any case, it was cool to meet some fellow HAZers out there.
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Mr_Squishy
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 Kodiak, AK
Reavis Ranch via 109 NorthGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Jan 14 2015
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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mike_berg
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 Phoenix, AZ
Rogers Canyon Ruins from Reavis TH, AZ 
Rogers Canyon Ruins from Reavis TH, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 01 2013
mike_berg
Hiking26.84 Miles 7,214 AEG
Hiking26.84 Miles   10 Hrs   50 Mns   2.66 mph
7,214 ft AEG      45 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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A very intense day hike for my first visit to the ruins. Ended up being slightly longer (and with more AEG) than expected. Opted for short sleeves through the prolific catclaw on the Frog Tanks trail to stay cool, only to be asked for days afterward if I'd been mauled by a cat. Well, in a way...
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Rough Canyon via Reavis Ranch, AZ 
Rough Canyon via Reavis Ranch, AZ
 
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friendofThundergod
Backpack38.00 Miles 9,293 AEG
Backpack38.00 Miles2 Days         
9,293 ft AEG
 
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This hike started on Friday night at 8:30 P.M. from the Reavis Ranch Trail Head. Located North of Reavis Ranch trail #109. The hike in was very pleasant, a nice cool night with nearly 50% illumination from the moon. I had no difficulties following Reavis Ranch Trail in the dark, it is a former road after all. However, stick with your comfort levels when it comes to hiking at night. The hike into Reavis Ranch where I camped was 10.2 miles, and I completed it in four hours on the dot, with taking one dedicated break at Windy Pass to feed dogs, and eat a couple of snacks. I spent a couple hours getting settled in and going over route with my friend who I met at Reavis and then hit the rack just after 3 in the morning to catch a few hours of sleep before big day. It should be noted that the underlying goal of hike was to find a set or ruins above Rough Canyon, that a fellow hikearizona.com member had given me some details about.

Day two started from Reavis Ranch. After going over the map in morning we agreed that even though we had a solid route to ruins from White Mountain, we would try entering Rough Canyon from the Plow Saddle Spring area and Frog Tanks trail. This would prove to be our mistake, as we did not find the ruins, due to an inability to get to the angle needed to see the cave which housed the ruins. The cave was high above the canyon floor, and impossible to see from below, we accepted that shortly after reaching Rough Canyon.

However, the day was not lost, as I got to draw another line on my map through a very rugged and remote area of the Superstition Wilderness Area. Our hike from Reavis Ranch consisted of Reavis Ranch Trail 109 north to the intersection with Plow Saddle Trail and headed West 1.5 miles to Plow Saddle Spring. From Plow Saddle Spring we followed Frog Tanks until we found the best spot to start heading South off of Frog Tanks Trail and towards the ridge line we would be using to make our way off-trail to Rough Canyon. From here on out remember this is just "a" way, its certainly probably not "the" way to do Rough Canyon. We headed south off Frog Tanks Trail into Willow Creek, from there we headed west a short distance and immediately started bushwhacking our way up hill-top 4922, which would mark the beginning of the ridge line we followed all the way to Rough Canyon. Once through bushwhacking, the ridgeline did not present an overly difficult hike, there were some very well defined bear trails and perhaps old cattle/horse trails. But there were certainly some over-grown spots as well, we stayed generally to the South side of ridge and seemed to do alright. We followed the ridgeline on a southwesterly course until the final major hill (5384). The views from the ridgeline were expansive with Four Peaks to the North, and even Pinto Mine to the east. We stayed east of hilltop 5384 and made our decent into Rough Canyon. We could tell right away that we were not at the proper place for viewing ruins, and to get to other side of Rough Canyon would have taken some time, so we chose to just head down Rough Canyon to Frog Tanks Trail and hope that we might catch an indicator or possible glimpse of potential areas for ruins, but no luck. We picked up a really nice trail that took us right down into an almost out of place pine forest. There were some very tall strands of pine, it wasn't too brushy and there were signs of bear everywhere, scat, tracks, etc. it must be their hangout. Rough Canyon was your typical off-trail Supers Canyon, probably a little bit worse than Trap Canyon and similar to Fish Creek and Tortilla in spots. However, it was slow going, expect a typical canyoneering speed of about one plus miles an hour, yet much slower for some stretches. I did Rough Canyon with my dogs, but would not recommend it to anyone. The canyon offered several dangerous areas for humans and dogs alike. Likewise, this loop ended just a few tenths of a mile shorter than 18 miles, so your pooch is going to have to be in really good shape. The canyon had significant water compared to how dry it was everywhere else. Therefore,if this hike is done during a wet winter, the water may prove to be too much of an obstacle keep that in mind. There will certainly be some deep pools and deep wades.

Rough Canyon ends at Rogers Canyon which is also where the Frog Tanks trail crosses. If trying to pinpoint Rough Canyon from Frog Tanks its entranced is marked by a noticeable rock spire and natural arch. I am not going to lie it was around 8:30 P.M. at this point and we spent nearly 20 minutes looking for the actual Frog Tanks trail, it was a little grown over and where it crossed Rough Canyon it had been eroded. It felt great to be through Rough Canyon, but we were nowhere near finished we still had Frog Tanks to navigate at night, oh and we also had to regain the nearly 1500 feet in elevation we lost. Other than Blanco getting sprayed by a skunk the hike back to Reavis was pretty standard, we took some very liberal breaks, and showed up to camp after midnight. I inhaled a mountain house and went to bed, a little disappointed about not getting to ruins, but pleased with the completion of a challenging day. Blanco meanwhile earned himself a spot outside the tent on this night, due to his run in with the skunk along Frog Tanks Trail.

The next morning we slept in a little and very lazily made our way back to Reavis TH. Sunny enough on the hike out, that the shade was appreciated at times, however, pretty nice hiking temps overall made nicer by strong breeze. My body was aching a little by the time I reached car, and dogs were certainly beat. For good reason though, as the final mileage for hike tallied 38.3. Anyone who has spent time in Supers knows that is a hefty weekend.
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Paradise Overlook, AZ 
Paradise Overlook, AZ
 
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Hiking17.83 Miles 3,508 AEG
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Rough CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Canyoneering23.00 Miles 5,800 AEG
Canyoneering23.00 Miles   14 Hrs      1.64 mph
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Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
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Used Reavis 109 North to make this a 3 day lasso loop. Good company, exhausting and awesome hike. It was cool to find Lon's stuff still out there.

Luckily everything went according to plan and everyone enjoyed themselves. Food afterwards was excellent, found my new favorite post-Supes eatery!
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