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Nov 12 2017
Mr_Squishy
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 Routes 25
 Photos 1,121
 Triplogs 24

65 male
 Joined Jan 14 2009
 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
 
1st trip
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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Nov 04 2017
adenium
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 Guides 2
 Routes 18
 Photos 77
 Triplogs 217

45 male
 Joined Jul 05 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
CirclestoneGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 04 2017
adenium
Hiking5.49 Miles 1,254 AEG
Hiking5.49 Miles   5 Hrs      1.10 mph
1,254 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Spent a couple of nights at Reavis Ranch and made a day hike up to Circlestone.
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Nov 04 2017
LindaAnn
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 Guides 22
 Routes 359
 Photos 2,325
 Triplogs 948

39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Reavis Gap, Fireline & Campaign Creek LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 04 2017
LindaAnn
Hiking20.05 Miles 4,569 AEG
Hiking20.05 Miles   10 Hrs   14 Mns   2.13 mph
4,569 ft AEG      48 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Got started from the Campaign trailhead a little before 8:00 am, and decided to do the loop clockwise. Campaign was great, as expected. The first mile from the trailhead had quite a bit of water, then a few little pools after that. A little brushy in places, so pants would be a better idea than shorts. Lots of bear scat along the trail. A nice amount of fall color was there to be seen. It seemed like there were more cairns along the trail than there was last year. We had pleasant cloud cover the entire time on Campaign.

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

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

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

The drive out offered most of our wildlife sightings for the day--four javelinas, one rattlesnake (we did not run over it), and one deer. Great day, perfect weather all the way around, great company, and nice to be back in the Supes for the day.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
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Nov 04 2017
The_N
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 Routes 54
 Photos 1,508
 Triplogs 325

33 male
 Joined Mar 18 2015
 Payson, AZ
Reavis Gap, Fireline & Campaign Creek LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 04 2017
The_N
Hiking20.05 Miles 4,569 AEG
Hiking20.05 Miles   10 Hrs   14 Mns   2.13 mph
4,569 ft AEG      48 Mns Break
 no routes
1st trip
We started up Campaign first, which treated us to a nice fall display and even a trickle of water in spots. Brushy, here and there, but not bad. The trail itself was easy to follow. Overcast skies and a cool, fall breeze made for very comfortable conditions. We continued on a nice little climb up Fireline. The catclaw and other stabby stuff is present, nothing that'll stop you in your tracks. We reached Circlestone as a light drizzle passed through. We enjoyed the first raindrops in quite some time. We skipped on by and started toward Mound. Naturally, I headed straight for the manzanita. Not Linda's favorite vegetation to fight, but she didn't complain. We broke free of the manzy and took a nice route to the summit. We enjoyed the excellent views, epic clouds, gorgeous weather and even a low level fly-by from 4 fighter jets during lunch. The trip back down went by quicker. We took the other side of the ridge and found an easier path, avoiding the manzy patch. Circlestone was busy and we knew we'd encounter people at Reavis Ranch. There were dozens of campers and a few more trickling in as we passed through. We jumped on Reavis Gap and left all of that behind. I like this trail and the views of Four Peaks along the way. After some advice for a group of distressed AZT backpackers, we started the loose, gravel-ridden downhill. We arrived back at the TH just before darkness fell. This was a great hike and absolutely perfect day to be in the Supes. Best day I've had in a long time.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Sycamores along Campaign, with a cottonwood or two sprinkled in.
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Nov 26 2016
knmurphy
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 Photos 281
 Triplogs 222

39 male
 Joined Aug 03 2008
 Chandler, AZ
CirclestoneGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 26 2016
knmurphy
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   3.13 mph
1,100 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Partners none no partners
Done as a day hike on a layover day at Reavis. Nice little side trip, great views, worth adding on to a bigger trip.
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Nov 12 2016
Tough_Boots
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 Routes 67
 Photos 2,708
 Triplogs 755

40 male
 Joined Mar 28 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Reavis Ranch Trail #109Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Nov 12 2016
Tough_Boots
Backpack26.00 Miles 4,300 AEG
Backpack26.00 Miles3 Days         
4,300 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Partners 12 partners
HAZ - Event
BiFrost
chumley
clairebear
Droog
Espi
Falke
John9L
LindaAnn
nathanbrisk
pixelfrog
The_Dude
The_Whit
This was a fun three days and a great group. We got a late start with the two dogs on Friday and didn't make it to camp until just after dark. Luckily, they had the fire going for us already. Day two we hit Circlestone with some others from the group. Most of them went up Mound but we stayed and napped and lounged at the ruins for a bit before heading down. On the way back we ran into Chumley and Linda completing their hike and then 9L, Claire, and Karl who had dropped off their stuff after hiking in and were heading up Circlestone. Day three we headed back to the north. It turned out to be a just a little warm for the dogs on the way out. They both slowed down for the last few miles but they powered through like champs.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
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Nov 12 2016
The_Whit
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 Routes 77
 Photos 12
 Triplogs 182

38 female
 Joined Mar 12 2015
 Phoenix
Reavis Ranch to Mound Mountain, AZ 
Reavis Ranch to Mound Mountain, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 12 2016
The_Whit
Hiking7.23 Miles 1,727 AEG
Hiking7.23 Miles
1,727 ft AEG
 
no photosets
1st trip
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Droog
Falke
The_Dude
Tough_Boots
Our group (plus Nicole and the dogs) headed to Circlestone on Saturday morning. Nice hike up Fireline and pretty views at Circlestone. The group had a lunch and some stayed for a snooze in the shade while Falke, The_Dude, and I headed to Mound Mountain. The Dude used a GPS route that Linda and Lee previously posted from April. On the way up there was bushwhacking to be had and a steep ascent near the tree line. Once we reached the top, the views were incredible. We signed the register, enjoyed some photo ops, and soaked in as much beauty as we could before heading down. Interestingly enough, the last log in the book was from Lee, Linda, Rick, Bob, and Blanco in April. We managed to find a clearer path on the way down which made for a pleasant descent. The hike back to camp at Reavis Ranch was fun and quick. Lovely weather and a chill day spent making new friends and crossing another adventure off of the list.
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Nov 12 2016
BiFrost
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 Guides 4
 Routes 336
 Photos 6,842
 Triplogs 801

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
LindaAnn
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.
Fauna
Fauna
Dog
Culture
Culture
Camp-fire
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Nov 12 2016
clairebear
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 Photos 178
 Triplogs 158

37 female
 Joined Oct 26 2011
 Tempe, AZ
Reavis Ranch via 109 NorthGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Nov 12 2016
clairebear
Backpack26.00 Miles 4,700 AEG
Backpack26.00 Miles2 Days         
4,700 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Partners 10 partners
BiFrost
chumley
Droog
Espi
John9L
LindaAnn
nathanbrisk
The_Dude
The_Whit
Tough_Boots
This was only my second time camping at Reavis Ranch. John and I did pass through Reavis Ranch last January as part of a backbacking trip in the Eastern Supes, but we camped in another location.

Anyways. Karl, John and I had a nice and uneventuful hike in. Camp was full of tents but not a person in sight when we got there. We relaxed a bit and took our time finding a spot to set up tents. Actually it took forever to find the spot that was just right lol. During this time Wally was just passing by and so we all chatted for a bit. Once the tents were established it was mid afternoon and we headed out to check out Circlestone, which i had never been to before. Along the way we met up with some of our group making their way back to camp. Circlestone was really neat and I enjoyed exploring it with Karl and John. We even speculated what the ancient people did there and re-enacted a human sacrifice ~! lol.

We came back to camp just as the daylight was fading and were treated to a nice fire. It was a cold night, but so nice to have beers with a fun group.

Sunday was a relaxing morning and eventually we tore down camp and exited Reavis the way we came. Our group was a little bigger on the hike out since Kyle, Nicole and Nathan also joined us.

Fun weekend and nice to meet everyone !~
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Nov 11 2016
John9L
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 Guides 6
 Routes 170
 Photos 4,848
 Triplogs 1,619

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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Nov 11 2016
Droog
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 Guides 1
 Routes 113
 Photos 1,437
 Triplogs 117

42 male
 Joined Jul 01 2011
 Phoenix, Az
Reavis Ranch Trail #109Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 11 2016
Droog
Hiking20.80 Miles 4,051 AEG
Hiking20.80 Miles
4,051 ft AEG45 LBS Pack
 
no photosets
1st trip
Partners partners
HAZ - Event
Falke
The_Dude
What a great weekend.

Started a little later than we wanted on Friday. This did give us the opportunity to both see an amazing sunset and also do some moonlight hiking. I heard on NPR that the 11th was the closest approach (Perigee) but I could not verify that once I got home. Either way it was pretty bright on the way on even in the areas with tree cover. There were many camps but the area is so big that you wouldn't even know someone was there until you walked right up on them. We were able to easily locate the rest of the HAZ group however. An evening of introductions, much beer drinking, fire stoking and good times.

This was my first field test of my soda can alcohol stove. It worked like a champ, even after I stepped on it. It ended up being very light and boiling 2 cups in about 6 minutes. I brought 4 ounces of fuel and got 3 boils. I could have gotten a 4th if I had managed the fuel a little better. I will be making a few more and testing some designs I have seen on the entirewebs.

This was also my maiden voyage of my new hammock under quilt. Thanks to the kit from Ripstop By The Roll I saved myself some coin. It took about 4 hours of sewing and kept me as warm as I needed to be. My next venture is a down Sleeping bag. What I have now is by far my heaviest piece of gear.

Saturday morning we socialized, ate some breakfast and got on trail to Circlestone around 10:30. This is a beautiful hike with some pretty rewarding views. My hiking partners decided to explore Mound Mtn. I decided a nap in the grass was a much better prospect. The trip took them about an hour and a half. Plenty of time for napping.

Back at camp we again prepared meals, attempted to get sauced, and watched chumley aggressively burn through the 2 cords of wood we had gathered a short time before. BTW...Gloves...I bring them but forgot to use them. The only injury for me was from gathering wood.

The hike out was nice and I am glad the wind kept up most of the time. We stopped and saw the grave pile for old man Reavis. What a life. What a plot of land to have had. I did hit a wall about 2 miles from the trail head. We didn't stop for lunch and my snacks were packed away. My bad. It was a rough 2 miles. Can't wait for the next Backpack trip.

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 11 2016
The_Dude
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 Guides 1
 Routes 114
 Photos 1,339
 Triplogs 336

41 male
 Joined Jun 10 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Reavis Ranch via 109 SouthGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Nov 11 2016
The_Dude
Backpack21.70 Miles 4,682 AEG
Backpack21.70 Miles3 Days         
4,682 ft AEG34 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Fantastic weekend trip to Reavis Ranch! We had been out here back in January of 2014 from the north, so we decided to conquer the south side now that I have a more capable vehicle. IT took us about an hour to reach the US-60 and Queen Valley Road, then another hour and 15 to drive the dirt road up to Roger's Trough. I only needed the 4 wheel drive on the last big switchback, but it was a bumpy, rocky trip the whole way. We started hiking a little after 3:30 Friday afternoon and made it to the high point right before sunset. After a nice break by Chumley's apparently 'trademark' cairn, we started the last four miles down to the ranch in the dark. There was so much moonlight we did not need our headlamps but for one wrong turn, and a few creek crossings. We hit camp about 7 and said hello to the HAZ crowd around the fire, got my tent set up quickly and then onto some beer, dinner, and revelry. A group of us took off for Circlestone and Mound Mountain Saturday morning after a leisurely breakfast at camp. Circlestone was pretty impressive, but the views from Mound Mountain really made the whole trip. We could see all the way from the Mogollon Rim down to the Santa Ritas way to the south. Amazing to be on top of the Supes! We made the trip back to camp and started tracking down firewood for the night. Sunday morning we packed up at an easy pace, and then spent a good half hour trying to get apples out of the tops of the trees in the orchard. We were able to come up with a few for each of us, my kids were really excited to get a tasty souvenir once I got home. Really great to meet so many folks from HAZ, nice to put some names and faces to a number of folks I had chatted with online, and some others I had not met before.
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Sep 16 2016
Anekantavada
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 Routes 2
 Photos 202
 Triplogs 30

36 male
 Joined Mar 07 2013
 Chandler, AZ
Reavis Ranch Trail #109Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Sep 16 2016
Anekantavada
Backpack16.50 Miles 2,900 AEG
Backpack16.50 Miles3 Days         
2,900 ft AEG38 LBS Pack
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked linked
Partners none no partners
Got a great group together and headed out for three days at the lovely Reavis Ranch! 7 AM Friday morning we hit the Reavis Trailhead by Apache Lake. After a brief goodbye our ride left us to the trail. Our mission is 3 days crossing the Superstition Wilderness. We would rendezvous with our friends at the ranch who would give us a ride out at Roger's Trough. The hike in was great, we had a fair amount of early shade owing to the trail being just under the ridgeline. As the sun rose so did the temps and it was rather warm. Luck the weather was unseasonably cool! We made it to the ranch in about 6 hours and setup camp by Reavis creek. The next day a few of us did the hike up to Circlestone. What an amazing view! The hike out was WARM! several of us were stung by bees near Reavis Spring/Saddle but we made it out and it felt great to hike the entire Reavis Trail 109. Apples are a good crop, but wont be around in about two more weeks.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Reavis Creek at Fireline #118 Light flow Light flow
Typical of this time of year

dry Whiskey Spring Dry Dry
Bushwacked around but couldn't find surface water. Looked as if you could dig to get it to seem though, the ground was somewhat moist
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Apr 21 2016
kwpapke
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 Guides 1
 Routes 6
 Photos 10
 Triplogs 16

66 male
 Joined Dec 28 2009
 Oro Valley, AZ
CirclestoneGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Apr 21 2016
kwpapke
Backpack19.00 Miles 2,200 AEG
Backpack19.00 Miles1 Day         
2,200 ft AEG
 
no photosets
1st trip
Linked linked
Partners none no partners
Hiked up to Circlestone from Rogers Trough and spent a night with a full moon camped up by the ruins. Great overnight! Here's the video I made of the hike: https://www.youtube.co...
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
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Apr 16 2016
LindaAnn
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 Guides 22
 Routes 359
 Photos 2,325
 Triplogs 948

39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Mound Mountain PeakGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2016
LindaAnn
Hiking19.73 Miles 3,750 AEG
Hiking19.73 Miles   9 Hrs   13 Mns   2.53 mph
3,750 ft AEG   1 Hour   26 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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friendofThundergod
hikingaz2
rtaylor3235
Lee's triplog sums up today's hike pretty well...

I've been on the northern part of Reavis Ranch trail before, but never the southern part, so this was all new territory for me. Great weather today, and it was a pleasure to meet Rick & Bob. Very enjoyable day!
Named place
Named place
Mound Mountain Reavis Grave
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Apr 15 2016
mj3
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 Routes 1
 Photos 20
 Triplogs 1

60 male
 Joined Apr 16 2016
 PHOENIX
CirclestoneGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 15 2016
mj3
Hiking14.20 Miles 2,800 AEG
Hiking14.20 Miles   9 Hrs   20 Mns   1.65 mph
2,800 ft AEG      45 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Well, after getting help from hikearizona.com for several past hikes, I finally decided to sign up. I was searching for a description for a day hike to Circlestone, but was unable to find one, so I took information from several sources and took off on my own this past tax day, Friday, April 15th. The nearest trailhead that I could determine was the Campaign Trailhead. Todd's Hiking Guide had the best description of how to get to the trailhead (http://www.toddshiking...).
The Campaign Trail #256 heads south/southwest and follows the Campaign Creek drainage, gradually increasing in elevation. The route finding is typical of route finding in desert washes - look for cairns, look for trails across the stream bed, make mistakes, go off trail, rediscover the trail, etc. Scenery was great along the way and the views kept getting better as elevation increased. I heard several large animals in the brush, but never got a peak at one. There was lots of bear scat on the trail, so I imagine it was best I didn't encounter any of those large animals I heard. The Campaign Trail eventually intersects with the Fireline Trail at between 4 and 5 miles (my phone app showed 4.93 miles, but I think it was not quite that far). There is a beautiful camp spot here for those that would like to make this an easier overnight trip. The Fireline Trail #118 (there's a sign at the junction) heads west/northwest and climbs steeply (over 1000 feet in about 1.5 miles to the Circlestone cutoff). There is a large cairn and a well worn path headed south and uphill to Circlestone at this point (I think the unofficial name of the trail is the Allen Blackman Trail). This trail climbs another 600 feet or so in about a mile. Unlike many rock piles in Arizona, you know immediately when you've arrived here. Large rock walls 5-6 feet high along with other knocked down piles, arranged in a large (around 100+ feet) circle. I guess folks are still figuring out what this Circlestone site was used for; ancient native american weather station?, alien landing spot?, livestock corral? There are several online articles about it. Whatever the reason, the location is spectacular - incredible vistas in all directions. I'll try to post some photos once I figure out how....The hike back was nice as I was more able to enjoy the views without the lung busting climb up. I didn't see a single person on the trail until I got back near the trailhead where a couple of young women were starting out on a short backpacking trip. Overall it's a pretty tough, but doable dayhike for those in good shape and with some experience in route finding. Somewhere between 14-15 miles with around 3,000 feet elevation gain - half of it gradually and half of it in a 1.5-2 mile stretch approaching the ruin. I drove to the trailhead via Globe and SR188 and came back via the Apache Trail. Got some nice shots of Canyon Lake as the sun was setting - Much more enjoyable driving the Apache Trail after a hike like that than fighting traffic on US60 from Globe.

Mike
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Lots of wildflowers blooming; sage, cactus, iris, and several others whose names escape me...
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 Mesa,Az
Reavis Ranch - Circlestone - Mound Mountian Pe, AZ 
Reavis Ranch - Circlestone - Mound Mountian Pe, AZ
 
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Time for my last overnighter with Rick ---- O where to go ?? I say Reavis Ranch, been there, Rick hasn't, then do Circlestone, I haven't been there :) Well FOTG changed my mind and said throw in Mound Mtn. while your that close, I'll be there Saturday AM. Great plan, Rick was easy, said ok without much arm twisting :gun: 0910 was at our meeting place at Reavis and Fire Line, decided to go up a bit and stash our packs and just take up our waist packs up. Here comes FOTG and he brought along Linda : app : and Blanco. Now I'm worried----- I got 3 of the top 10 mileage wise in front of me :PMIC: I gave Linda a :budrose: and I :-k she had a talk with the boys, so I wasn't to far behind when I reached Circlestone :STP: One benefit of being slow and steady and following everyone, is they broke the wall of Mazzies and gave me some small opening to follow, except when I couldn't see them because of the dense thickets, but I had Lee's Track downloaded onto my Garmin :thanx: ( Rick's favorite thing to hike thru ) But if you want the special views and destinations you have to grin and bear it, or you'll never see anything. Glad to meet everyone and hope to see you again, and Blanco will never leave anyone behind, but that's how he was raised thanks to Lee. : app :
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 Andover, NJ
Superstition High Country Loop, AZ 
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The forecast before I left NJ on Friday was partly cloudy. I should have checked again Saturday, although it wouldn't have mattered. I was going. This triplog will be long enough to use for reference so I can save my breath a few times. :D

Day 1 - West Pinto & Campaign to Fireline junction
It was overcast when I got to Miles TH. So what? Within half a mile, I had to deploy rain gear. Even so, I enjoyed the cool temps on the long climb to the divide and removed my jacket when the rain briefly abated. Just as I began pondering how far the top was, a full-fledged downpour let loose. Mildly disheartened, I re-jacketed and resumed trudging. My boots gained a pound each. They'll dry out tonight, right? I finally did top out, and began the descent into Campaign Creek with renewed vigor. Fireline shouldn't be far off, but the miles weren't clicking by fast enough and the two days of water I was carrying were taking their toll. I saw a fire ring and flat spot to the left, and decided I'd gone far enough. I dropped my pack to scout the area and discovered the corner of the campsite was the trail intersection. Things were looking up.

Night 1
The rain paused after I got the tent up, allowing a normal, though slightly rushed dinner routine. The rain's return signaled bedtime. The major downpour resumed a few hours later, and I started worrying about how low and close to the creek the site was. I put on wet rain gear and boots to check. Stream flow was still all subsurface.
Then the fireworks started and I spent half an hour counting seconds between lightning and thunder. For a while I wasn't getting all the way to one, but the heavy action eventually moved downwind.

Tent stakes started popping out as the ground liquified. Wet clothes back on, I reset and buried them under big rocks and went back to sleep. I woke to the feeling of water on my face. A vast puddle was just starting to top my bathtub floor. I erupted from tent to puddle and cleared drainage obstacles, mainly the sitting logs, clumps of pine needles, and debris that had washed down the hill and across the trail. A sheet of water half an inch deep was flowing across the whole area. I scuffed a couple shallow channels in the sand with my heel, which drained enough to keep the tent dry. The creek flow was still all subsurface. The rain grew more intermittent. Back to sleep.

Day 2 - Fireline, Circlestone, Reavis
It was raining when the alarm rang, so I went back to sleep until it stopped around 8:30. The lull was long enough to make breakfast and pack up. It started raining again before I was done, but it wasn't wet. Fine graupel continued nearly the whole rest of the day. I was ecstatic that it was neither rain nor snow, and marched up Fireline in high spirits.

Partway up, I spied at long range what appeared to be a rock wall. Maybe it was a ruin, or maybe just trail embankment. I couldn't relocate it when I got closer. I topped out before too long, and headed down the Pine Creek basin. The sun peeked through a few times, but clouds ganged up on it. When the slope turned up uphill again, I started looking for the turn to Circlestone.

I dropped my pack at the junction and practically levitated up the trail. Circlestone was bigger than I imagined, even knowing the dimensions. Despite not being very intact, it's worth seeing. I don't know of many comparable structures, and they're mostly much farther north and east. It seems in keeping with the contention that the Salado migrated during a regional depopulation of the Four Corners area. I snapped a few bad pix and wandered about for as long as I dared. Precipitation intensified, and a new round of thunder suggested a hasty retreat.

Fortunately, no lightning was evident, and I soon recovered my pack and continued down the Fireline to Reavis. Along the way were a couple pockets of quicksand at stream crossings (pretty weird at this elevation, I thought). There were a few hundred yards of very soft, ankle-deep mud on the flat, I think near Whiskey Spring. I feared it would be like that the whole rest of the way, but firmer ground returned. Eventually the Fireline ended and I turned north to Reavis. I didn't figure on having the place to myself, but it was utterly deserted (not to mention totally mushy). I plopped my tent on high ground near the foundation.

While I was unpacking, the graupel turned to a light, soft, wet snow shower. A young couple passed through, on there way to Angel Basin, and asked the time. It was 4:15, and I didn't think to ask if they planned to get all the way in one shot, but I said they could probably hit the campsites at Reavis Saddle by dark. They gave me a ripe persimmon. (Thanks!)

The snow turned heavier. An inch fell in the next 45 minutes, and my willingness to cook dinner vanished entirely. I finished off the day's trail mix, ate a tortilla and a peanut butter packet, ate a Clif Bar, and then ate the persimmon while I walked down the to the Reavis Gap junction to see what was new since my last visit.

Volunteers must have been busy, because I haven't seen the area so clean in years. The snow tapered off and soon melted. I finished wandering and watched the sky until well after dark, cheering for every little glimpse of moon or stars. My boots and socks were still thoroughly saturated, but otherwise life was good. Time for bed.

Night 2
There never was such a quiet night at the ranch. With so much water running everywhere, the critters didn't have to converge as usual. I slept much more soundly than usual.

Day 3- Reavis to Rogers Trough TH
I had decided to only go as far as Rogers Trough, so I passed on the blue and gray light and slept until there was yellow light. Yellow light? That meant the overcast blew away, which meant the temperature plummeted. My saturated boots were now blocks of ice, and the tent stakes were frozen solid into the ground. I pulled on my wet socks and jammed my feet halfway into the boots, hoping they would melt enough to get all the way on. Moments after I left the tent, the condensation froze solid.

I ate a big breakfast and filtered water from where the dead horse was. (I'm glad it's not still there). The sun warmed everything and got my feet the rest of the way into my boots. I packed up and headed for Rogers Trough at warp speed.

I followed the young couple's tracks to guess how far they went the night before. They made it past the upper sites, past Fireline, past the big juniper, past the trailside sites approaching the saddle. I stopped for a break at the saddle, and couldn't tell whether they camped there or kept going.

On the big downhill, a couple backpackers passed me heading up. They had shifted their trip to avoid the weather, so their feet were dry. They were also the last people I saw on the trip. It was getting a tad warm, but I was down before too long. The Reavis grave seemed less brushy than on my last visit.

I was running out of gas by the second break, which I took lying down in the middle of the trail. The rest of the way was longer and tougher than I expected. I didn't know there was so much up-and-down on the benches between the creek crossings. The true AEG must be quite a bit more than what's in the book. I was paying the price for last night's minimal dinner. I finally topped out and started crossing an endless meadow, wondering why the TH wasn't there yet. Then I saw the sun glinting off a distant sign, and stepped up the pace with the goal within reach.

In retrospect, I should have stopped at the campsite with the big cairn. The Rogers TH was not a happy place. It was trashy and lacked legitimate campsites. Turning back into the Wilderness, I found a little stealth spot someone had cut into a thicket not far down the trail. Home!

Night 3
Utterly uneventful. Nice!

Day 4- West Pinto back to Miles TH
I rose before dawn to get a good shot at finishing in one day. Boots were frozen solid again, but didn't take as long to thaw. My socks were almost dry. Breakfast was good and everything packed up quick. Besides the distance, I wondered about route-finding, because the stretch of West Pinto that I saw winding through the meadow yesterday looked lightly-traveled and indistinct. Still, it was a nice, cool, sunny morning and life was good.

Putting my fears to rest, the trail was easy to follow once I got out of the grass, except for missing the turn just before Rogers Spring. After reorienting, I quickly finished the two big climbs with a good bit of morning still remaining. I should have mentioned by now that every drainage everywhere has been running heavily since the morning of Day 2.

According to the book, it's downhill the rest of the way. At first that sounds like a good thing, but the downhill is pretty steep in places, and it just keeps going. I was glad to reach the Silver Spur junction, where I figured on some moderation. There were a lot of crossings in the next couple miles of the "normally dry" West Pinto Creek. It was running a few inches to a few feet throughout, but every crossing was rock-hoppable and the trail was entirely on benches and not in the creek bed (Thanks!).

Where the creek starts dropping, the trail doesn't. I'm sure it beats scrambling through the pour-offs and cataracts, but contouring deep into half a dozen main side drainages adds a lot of distance, not to mention up-and-down. The south-facing stretches had plenty of catclaw. However, the trail is smooth and hard, not rocky or wet, and the view is spectacular the whole way. I pushed along, my boots finally dried, but 30 miles of hiking in wet socks has taken a toll on my feet, and 2000 feet of downhill hadn't helped.

The long trek high above the north side of the creek finally ended, and became a similar trek high above the south side, with a little more up and down. By now, my toes welcomed the uphills. Just when I wondered if I would really finish today, I found myself at Oak Flat.

I dropped my pack and hobbled around a bit, exploring the corral as I hadn't on the way in. I finished my snacks and drank the last of my Gatorade. I could definitely see the barn. I'd been making almost 3 mph for the last couple miles, and did well over that for the remaining two and half miles to the car. I'd forgotten how many stream crossings there are in that stretch, but the bed was oddly dry except for a few puddles. I suspect that all the water pumping downstream for the mine leaves the water table extremely low in this stretch.

In about 40 minutes, I saw my car sitting alone at the corral. I skirted the giant puddle, dropped my pack, and started the long, slow, drive on FR287A back to the highway. It was long and memorable trip, but the car seat sure was comfortable.

Epilog
If you've read this far, you must be a relative, friend, hiking partner, or perhaps just the kind of person who would enjoy such a trip as much as I did. As much as I enjoyed the it, I think I'll need some time before I tackle these trails again. I had thought about taking an extra day to revisit the Rogers Canyon ruins, but decided to pass. It would have been great to see Reavis Falls with so much water flowing, but I figured it would be miserable camping down there in the cold and damp and too long to do as a day trip from the ranch. I guess I'm still saving that one for the next time.

Finally, Route Scout reports about 500 feet more for AEG on West Pinto than what's in the book, and I didn't even fire it up until I was at Rogers Spring, which makes the difference more like 700 feet. With the rollercoasters on contour between Silver Spur and Oak Flat, I think that's probably a realistic number.
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 Prescott, AZ
CirclestoneGlobe, AZ
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Night hiked in to Reavis Ranch and caught up with five of my TLC Hiking Group compadres that had a nice toasty fire going. SAT morning we set out for Circle Stone & Mound Mountain summit bag. We were solicited before the trip by Forest Service Rangers to provide some trail maintenance, particularly overgrown brush and clearing existing trail under their "adopt a trail" program.

Water from Reavis Creek was completely drinkable "as is".

We easily found the turn off junction for the north ridgeline up to Circle stone, 1.94 miles almost exactly from the Reavis Ranch foundation. On the way up to Circlestone we cleared much of the overgrown brush and obstructing rocks on the route. Beautiful clear day. After a short break at the Circle, we continued our journey over to Mound Mountain, 0.7 miles of bushwacking. Fun fun. Few cairns if any, much of it overgrown with lots of Manzanitas. I tried to stay on the true ridgeline, blazing and clearing as straight as a path as possible on the way up to the Summmit of the Superstitions. Much of the route follows a barbed wire fence that you have to crossover multiple times.

Views from atop Mound towards Supe Ridge; 4 Peaks; Castle dome; Reavis Ranch were spectacular. Reavis is easily distinguished as a yellow blob with all its fall foliage. I regret not leaving earlier Sunday morning to stop and bag & tag Castle Dome on the way out. Ohh well, next time. I'd like to do this summit again, but bushwack a straight line back down to Reavis. The shortest distance between 2 points is a straight line.

We threw the Forest Service a solid. The former route up and down from Fireline Trail is now a legit trail. Happy Trails.
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Oct 28 2015
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CirclestoneGlobe, AZ
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This was day three of our Superstitions adventure. The previous day’s backpack into Reavis made us appreciate hiking with just a day pack. The morning was cool and perfect for a good outing as we left our camp in Elisha Reavis’ beautiful valley. Circlestone was the group objective. Kelly and I had an eye to topping Mound Mountain as well. Was the first time on any of these trails for any of the four.

Fireline Trail was in good shape. Conversation was flowing nicely along the way. Everyone was in good spirits after a good night in camp and a great breakfast. (Triplog for the backpacking portion of the trip is here:http://hikearizona.com...).

Didn’t take long before we were headed up a surprisingly good trail to Circlestone. A bit before arriving at our destination there was a very nice fire ring in a perfect circle with a bit of flourish to its build. MJ asked if that was our destination, obviously underwhelmed.

Everything about Circlestone is impressive but simultaneously mysterious. The location provides amazing views, but what was the significance of this site? The stone works are large and obviously required great effort, perhaps multigenerational commitment, but to what purpose? The interior rooms and walls appear a bit random, but were they? One points towards Four Peaks, perhaps the home of the Great Spirit? Others seem to coincide with the sunrise and sunset of the summer and winter solstices, a Stonehenge-like calendar? The views extend all the way to the Phoenix Valley where Hohokam canals watered villages and crops, so visual communication via large fires? A bee landed on Larry’s arm and remained peacefully for 15 minutes. Was he attempting to give us answers or had he just found a cheap source of salt? Can I come up with other things I don’t understand about this place?

We all explored and took photos. Kelly and I kept looking up towards Mound Mountain, the highest peak in the Superstitions. Larry and MJ wanted no part of what would likely be a lot of bushwhacking to the summit. Kelly and I left them agreeing to meet back at camp later.

We both had tracks on our respective GPSs to keep us somewhat on track. Immediately I got us on the wrong side of the drift fence that extends out of Circlestone. Kelly gracefully slid under as I held the barbed wire up, me less so a few seconds later. We found a trace of a trail and made good time until we were about 700’ from the summit. A thicket of chest-high scrub oaks mixed with manzanita and other thorny things made going up tough. We took the path of least resistance where we could and finally hit the ridge a few hundred feet from the summit. We rock hopped most of the rest of the way to the obvious summit boulder arriving with a minimum of bloodletting.

Artists have not the brushes or oils to recreate the hues of landscape from this vantage. Poets possess not the words to convey the elation of sitting astride a mountain range of incredible austerity and rugged beauty. Film fails to capture the immensity of what lay below.

Modern humans build homes and cities and farms and factories in the valleys and plains. The level places feed our bodies and fills our needs. But the human spirit finds succor in the high places. We equate evil with low and godliness with high. While there are canyons I love and valleys that are beautiful, nothing is as exhilarating or as spiritual as pulling yourself up onto the summit of a remote mountain top. I’ve little doubt that the builders and maintainers of Circlestone came to the same place Kelly and I now found ourselves for exactly the same reason we ventured up here. We think we know more than they did, but we don’t. We simply know different than they did. We use GPS. They knew the land too intimately to ever have needed one. We know how large the world is. They knew the place they lived in minute detail; every plant, animal, noise, and season. But we both, then, now, and I suspect forever, are in awe of high places and the eternity of the view from there and the effect it has on your soul.

We took the obligatory summit shots and signed the register under FOTG. Kelly read off entries from the tattered register, many from HAZ, worthy adventurers all, with even a few who have gone onto perhaps higher places. We pulled out our lunch with Kelly taking her’s atop the summit boulder and for a while being the highest object in the Superstitions. Each of us pointed out landmarks known and ones we weren’t quite sure of. Four Peaks loomed. The backside of 5024 and the Flatiron and the Ridgeline seemed small from here. Kelly spotted Camelback, though Phoenix was hidden in the haze of the day. The Mogollon Rim was not clear but visible. The Sierra Anchas were just over there beyond the scar of the mines at Superior. We weren’t sure which peak was White Mountain, having left our maps back in camp. Mostly we just soaked in the feeling of being on top.

Time came to leave, all be it reluctantly. We stepped off the summit, hesitating a second for one more look just to more fully etch the experience into our psyche. The climb down was far easier. Kelly led and chose a very efficient route and with little effort we emerged back on the trail just below Circlestone. Our sense of accomplishment made the hike back to camp light with great conversation. MJ and Larry greeted us in camp, everyone with huge smiles. Kelly and I were glad we had summited Mound. They were equally happy to have passed on the bushwhacking after seeing our battle scars. It was a good day.
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