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Apr 16 2021
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Reavis Gap, Fireline & Campaign Creek LoopGlobe, AZ
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Backpack31.68 Miles 7,338 AEG
Backpack31.68 Miles2 Days   4 Hrs   41 Mns   
7,338 ft AEG40 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
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
Mar 28 2021
00blackout
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47 male
 Joined Mar 14 2016
 Apache Junction,
Reavis Gap, Fireline & Campaign Creek LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2021
00blackout
Hiking17.20 Miles 2,900 AEG
Hiking17.20 Miles   11 Hrs      1.56 mph
2,900 ft AEG
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1st trip
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With the temps starting to get up there I wanted to get out to the eastern Superstitions and get in a big hike before the season ends for me. Headed out to the Campaign TH and started up Campaign Creek. Lots of running water in the creek all the way up to Brushy Spring. Made it to the Fireline Junction and had a nice break under the pine trees. About 3/4 of the way up Fireline the trail became washed out and I lost track of it, so I started up a steep wash. The climb up this part was nearly vertical at times climbing up an all rocky section. As I got near the top, I decided to take a small ravine up to finish off this stretch which turned out to be the wrong decision. As I was climbing up this ravine a tree root that I was using for footing, broke and I slid on my stomach about 30 feet down the side, fortunately landing on my feet (lesson learned). After quickly evaluating myself I continued up the rocky ravine finally cutting over successfully near the top. Fantastic views on top and happy to say the pine forest at the bottom of pine creek all survived the fire. Headed down to Pine Creek to start this section. I had read Chumley's, Wally's and Dixieflyer's triplog on the old Pine Creek Trail and thought I would give it a shot. Yeahhhh, this 2 miles section took me over 2 hours hunting for cairns and bushwhacking through thick Manzanita. I would find a cairn that would lead into a grove of manzanita and then I would have to try to find the tread again. I finally linked up with the Reavis Gap Trail and started the long trek down. Ran out of water about half way down Reavis Gap, fortunately was able to filter some once I got back to Campaign Creek. Long, exhausting 11 hour day finishing the last mile in the dark (headlamp). You would never know you were in the Superstitions in the Pine Creek area. It is a forest full of tall pines and TONS of bear scat. I definitely need to head out there again and camp.
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Feb 20 2021
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 Scottsdale
Campaign Fireline Circlestone, AZ 
Campaign Fireline Circlestone, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Feb 20 2021
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Backpack19.26 Miles 3,307 AEG
Backpack19.26 Miles   34 Hrs   22 Mns   1.27 mph
3,307 ft AEG   19 Hrs   12 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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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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Nov 22 2018
wallyfrack
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 AZ
Reavis Gap, Fireline & Campaign Creek LoopGlobe, AZ
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Hiking avatar Nov 22 2018
wallyfrack
Hiking19.33 Miles 4,235 AEG
Hiking19.33 Miles   8 Hrs   15 Mns   2.34 mph
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I hiked up Reavis Gap trail over the Pine Creek trail and looped up to Reavis Ranch to grab a few apples before they're gone. I added few bonus miles and AEG not paying attention but I was getting out early so no harm. :lol: The easiest and best part of the hike was the Pine Creek trail. I was surprised to see all the cairns and how easy it was to hike. The middle half mile is a bit choked but other than that it was better than expected. I didn't see any hikers all day and the weather was perfect for a long haul. Happy Thanksgiving!
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 Phoenix, AZ
Reavis Gap, Fireline & Campaign Creek LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 03 2018
joebartels
Hiking17.33 Miles 3,646 AEG
Hiking17.33 Miles   9 Hrs   19 Mns   2.07 mph
3,646 ft AEG      56 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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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Autumn Foliage Observation Light
Sycamores thru Campaign are moderate. Majority of the balance is light. First I recall the Pear Trees in foliage.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
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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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Reavis Creek at Fireline #118 Light flow Light flow
light clear flow, easy to cross

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
spotty pools, no flow
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Nov 03 2018
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Campaign - Fireline - Reavis Gap Loop, AZ 
Campaign - Fireline - Reavis Gap Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 03 2018
The_Eagle
Hiking17.29 Miles 3,699 AEG
Hiking17.29 Miles   9 Hrs   18 Mns   2.06 mph
3,699 ft AEG      55 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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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Autumn Foliage Observation Light
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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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Reavis Gap, Fireline & Campaign Creek LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Hiking20.05 Miles 4,569 AEG
Hiking20.05 Miles   10 Hrs   14 Mns   2.13 mph
4,569 ft AEG      48 Mns Break
 
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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 Payson, AZ
Reavis Gap, Fireline & Campaign Creek LoopGlobe, AZ
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Hiking20.05 Miles 4,569 AEG
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1st trip
We started up Campaign first, which treated us to a nice fall display and even a trickle of water in spots. Brushy, here and there, but not bad. The trail itself was easy to follow. Overcast skies and a cool, fall breeze made for very comfortable conditions. We continued on a nice little climb up Fireline. The catclaw and other stabby stuff is present, nothing that'll stop you in your tracks. We reached Circlestone as a light drizzle passed through. We enjoyed the first raindrops in quite some time. We skipped on by and started toward Mound. Naturally, I headed straight for the manzanita. Not Linda's favorite vegetation to fight, but she didn't complain. We broke free of the manzy and took a nice route to the summit. We enjoyed the excellent views, epic clouds, gorgeous weather and even a low level fly-by from 4 fighter jets during lunch. The trip back down went by quicker. We took the other side of the ridge and found an easier path, avoiding the manzy patch. Circlestone was busy and we knew we'd encounter people at Reavis Ranch. There were dozens of campers and a few more trickling in as we passed through. We jumped on Reavis Gap and left all of that behind. I like this trail and the views of Four Peaks along the way. After some advice for a group of distressed AZT backpackers, we started the loose, gravel-ridden downhill. We arrived back at the TH just before darkness fell. This was a great hike and absolutely perfect day to be in the Supes. Best day I've had in a long time.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Sycamores along Campaign, with a cottonwood or two sprinkled in.
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 phoenix, az
Reavis Gap, Fireline & Campaign Creek LoopGlobe, AZ
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Hiking17.93 Miles 3,774 AEG
Hiking17.93 Miles   7 Hrs   52 Mns   2.49 mph
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1st trip
the eastern supes have been on my radar since our backpack to reavis ranch last year
noticed that ray (and others) have been doing some cool hikes out that way, so i cold-called him for a hike
he had in mind this loop, which is a good long intro to and sampler of the east side
his silver bullet easily made it to the trailhead, and it was about 30 degrees when we set out on campaign trail
after reading about the climb up fireline, we did the loop counterclockwise, taking reavis gap trail at about a mile and a quarter in
sustained and at times steep climb up to reavis gap/two bar ridge
great views from there, with grassy terrain, rocky outcroppings, lots of landmarks i've yet to learn the names of
a gentle descent and another climb to the point where reavis ranch is visible, simply an amazing view
we took a short snack break somewhere in there, ray sharing half of his sandwich
familiar ground on a short section of reavis gap, the piece through reavis ranch, and fireline up to the circlestone
turnoff
we considered going up to circlestone, but both felt that was pushing it so we continued along fireline
ray says he'll be back :)
found the steep drop into campaign creek, had lunch toward the end of fireline, and eventually hit the intersection with campaign trail
while very pretty with the almost bare sycamores, the creek crossings made for more difficult travel
we got off trail a couple of times even with cairns at each crossing
oh, and i blew one of the later crossings, dunking a foot; never my strong suit
there was quite of bit of bear scat through here
closed the loop and finished above reavis mountain school, enjoying late fall color and lush vegetation in the creek, which held quite a bit of water on the eastern end
great hike and i'd do it again but clockwise, to see the views going the other way
excellent choice ray, even with a long drive and a committing hike with someone you've never met before :lol:
we did quite well together and even felt like having dinner at guayo's on the way into globe
thanks for agreeing to a hike, for driving and for the chocolate milk/pringle's combo as a post-hike snack
enjoyed the hike and your company :)
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rayhuston
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 Gilbert, AZ
Reavis Gap, Fireline & Campaign Creek LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 04 2016
rayhuston
Hiking17.93 Miles 3,774 AEG
Hiking17.93 Miles   7 Hrs   52 Mns   2.49 mph
3,774 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
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1st trip
My third trip to the eastern Superstitions in the past 30 days. Trekkin_gecko joined me on this adventure, our first time hiking together. I often hike alone, but it's nice to have a hiking partner along to enjoy a hike as wonderful as this one, and having Kelly along made it all the more enjoyable.

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

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

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

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

It could not have been a better day and the same goes for the company. It was nice to finally meet and hike with you, Kelly. I had a great time!
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Nov 25 2016
decepticonjon
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42 male
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 Chandler, AZ
Reavis Gap, Fireline & Campaign Creek LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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decepticonjon
Backpack20.30 Miles 3,600 AEG
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Nice loop after turkey day. Water good at beginning, some at the ranch, and some at bushy, didn't see much else. Got in late lunch to the trailhead at campaign, but it was flowing like crazy. Reevis mountain school was nice and lush. After the branch on reavis gap didn't see much because of the blinding sun. Tons of campers at the ranch even though didn't see any on the trail. I'd say at least 8-9 camp sites or 2-6 campers if not more. Water was trickling at the fireline intersection and then headed to the circlestone turn off. Cloudy skies and cool temps made the brutal struggling ascent to circlestone manageable. Circlestone was enchanting, and then off to bushy springs. Light pools and some trickling streams in bushy and the traverse down that trail is probably a lot better than going up it. All in all, another wonderful superstition experience

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Nov 19 2016
BiFrost
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51 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Reavis Gap, Fireline & Campaign Creek LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Backpack19.81 Miles 4,008 AEG
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Last weekend we were in Reavis with good group of Hazers but Kathy was under the weather so was robbed of Supes Reavis overnight. So we decided to make another trip but this time camping in Campaign Creek and backpacking the loop instead of day hiking. Starting from the Campaign Creek TH we headed to Reavis Gap Trail about 1 mile in and then began the ascent of that trail. Very rough rocky trail but it's easy to follow all the way to the gap which is also the junction with AZT and Two Bar Ridge trail. Took short break here and then quick run over to Walnut spring to check things out which had reliable water as usual. Then back to the gap and hiked down to Pine Creek. Was surprised to see that there was almost no water in Pine except for very small pool.

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

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

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several large pools for filtering

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nothing

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one very small pool

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good flow here as usual

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dry right at the crossing but small pools upstream a bit

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

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the usual small pool which was clear
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Nov 12 2016
wallyfrack
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60 male
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 AZ
Reavis Gap, Fireline & Campaign Creek LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 12 2016
wallyfrack
Hiking18.80 Miles 4,222 AEG
Hiking18.80 Miles   8 Hrs   42 Mns   2.16 mph
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The plan was to get to the Campaign trailhead by 7a, do a clockwise route, summit Pine Mountain, stop by Reavis Ranch and get out before dark. The bed was too soft and warm and the drive a little longer than estimated so the hike didn't start until 8:20a. A few years back I would have pushed the pace but now I just call it as I go. The campaign was in decent shape but there are a few washed out areas and a few turns/crossing to watch for. The trail was a little overgrown approaching the junction with Fireline trail. The Fireline trail is overgrown at first but seemed better the higher up I hiked.
Once up on the ridge by Pine Mountain, time was on my side so I gave the off trail route a go. There is some manzanita but most of it is avoidable. I found a small old ruin and hit the summit. The views are nice but the summit itself is nothing special.
After hiking back to the Fireline trail, I continued on toward Reavis Ranch and saw a grey fox looking back at me. It appeared he was waiting for me to pass and then crossed the trail. I filtered a quart of water at Reavis Creek and moved on.
Upon arriving at Reavis Ranch the campsite was mostly empty. Karl, John9L and Claire were setting up camp so I talked with them a bit, ate my sandwich and decided to continue on to beat the sunset. There I finished was just after 5p. FR 449A has been graded and the sand was mostly pushed to the side. From what I heard Chumley and crew hiked the same loop as I did but probably in the same direction so we never passed. :doh:
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Nov 12 2016
chumley
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 Tempe, AZ
Reavis Gap - Campaign - Fireline Loop, AZ 
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chumley
Hiking15.07 Miles 3,398 AEG
Hiking15.07 Miles   5 Hrs   58 Mns   2.71 mph
3,398 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
 
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After a chilly start to the morning we all came up with different plans for the day. I had decided this loop looked good, and Nathan and Linda decided to join me. We didn't hit the trail until 10am, which is a little late for a 15 mile day in my book, so I set a fairly quick pace.

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

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

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

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

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

This is a big day hike with some solid gain, and I was happy to get back to camp. But I'd definitely do it again!
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I didn't look for the spring, but there were pools of water and a light flow in this upper section of creek near the spring.

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

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

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

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

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

I junctioned with the Fireline and began the steep 2 mile ascent. Let me tell ya--it was slow-going. After reaching the high point, it was smooth sailing from there. You then junction with the Reavis Ranch trail. I was pleased to get back to camp only an hour after the speed hikers, and I was greeted with some fresh, wild apples at Reavis Ranch. They're great!
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Aug 31 2016
joebartels
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Reavis Gap, Fireline & Campaign Creek LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 31 2016
joebartels
Hiking17.82 Miles 3,732 AEG
Hiking17.82 Miles   6 Hrs   29 Mns   2.95 mph
3,732 ft AEG      26 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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We missed the Gap turn and did the loop clockwise. Perhaps my first. I'd rather go down Campaign as it's a bit less against the grain on vegetation. Not much catclaw. Further up flimsy manzanita hangs over the trail often and takes it's toll on hikers in shorts.

The perspective change up to Fireline was a nice change. I mentioned the climb up Fireline to jj but it didn't seem to register. Believe it became crystal clear before we topped out...lol It was pretty hot but the rest of the loop was cake.

Tall but not super tall yellow wildflowers partially fill the fields. I swore in 2009 they were taller than @azdesertfather
A photo appears more waist level like this and perhaps most years.

The apples... Reavis Gold! As in eat the golden and skip the red. It's not a bumper crop year. Plenty now. Falling quick. Might be plenty for the tree climbers in a month, who knows? I brought home a pear to see if it ripens. Saw several trees loaded with what looked like choke cherries. Not sure how I missed 'em before, there are several loaded trees. JJ tried one, squinted, spit and said bitter. I respectfully disagree, 100% battery acid!

Bruce, jj and I hit this in 2012 one day later on September 1st. I was hoping for those exotic wildflowers. Apparently this year didn't measure up in rainfall.

The reverse Gap is tame compared to ccw.

Great hike as always, it would have been too hot for most.

Carried 4 quarts. Down to frozen block finishing up Fireline. Carried the block to melt it faster. Consumed 3.5, 4 easy in this heat if it wasn't frozen.
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standard yellow fields for late August

dry Pine Creek at Reavis Gap #117 Dry Dry
dry here, Carslon mentions possible pools not far in the canyon

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good light flow typical this time of year

dry Reavis Creek at Gap Trail #117 Dry Dry
ground looked damp, no pools
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JuanJaimeiii
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54 male
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 Chandler, AZ
Reavis Gap, Fireline & Campaign Creek LoopGlobe, AZ
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking17.82 Miles 3,732 AEG
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Interesting new twist on this loop. This time we went clockwise. Not intentional, just a chatting error that worked out fine. The push up the Fireline trail had me huffing and puffing. Whew I must be out of shape! :sweat:

Reavis Ranch was a welcome site as always. I was prepared to see many more apples on the trees but several have fallen already. If you want to partake in apple eating this year I suggest you get a move on. Maybe two more weeks before they all hit the ground.

The rest of the trip was uneventful for the most part. We saw several deer here and there but that is about it.

Just an enjoyable hike as always.
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John9L
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Eastern Supes Tule to Campaign, AZ 
Eastern Supes Tule to Campaign, AZ
 
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John9L
Backpack29.68 Miles 5,875 AEG
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Claire and I had Monday off for MLK Day and wanted to get out for a three day trip into the Superstitions. We wanted to see a new area and turned our attention to Tule and Campaign trailheads. We decided to start from Tule and make a loop by incorporating over six road miles between the two trailheads.

We drove to Tule Trailhead on Saturday morning and made good time. The dirt road is in great condition and is suitable to most vehicles. We started our hike and made steady progress up Tule trail. We passed a couple of hunters and continued on as the trail starts gaining elevation. The views north of the Sierra Ancha and Four Peaks were wonderful. We eventually connected onto Two Bar Ridge and followed the AZT south. This is a really nice stretch of trail. We dropped into a valley and made a steep climb up a north facing slope that had a good blanket of snow. Once up top we completed the last mile and selected a campsite in Pine Creek. I camped here last year with FOTG and absolutely love this site! It has a flowing creek and lots of tree cover and fire ring. We settled in for the night with a nice fire and the temps were chilly but pleasant overall.

Our Sunday started slowly. We both slept in and made a fire and enjoyed breakfast. It was approaching 11am when a day hiker walked up and talked to us. He started from Campaign TH and said he talked to our friends we were meeting. Our plan was to meet FOTG at the junction of Campaign & Fireline. We got ourselves moving as we headed for Reavis Ranch. The Reavis Gap trail was very wet and muddy. Our pace was slow. We eventually reached Reavis Ranch and found the area completely deserted. We expected some backpackers but there were none. We spent a few minutes filtering water and eating lunch and then headed for the Fireline trail.

The first mile of Fireline Trail was easy going. The trail was a little muddy but not an issue. We started encountering snow in the higher elevations. There was one set of foot prints coming the opposite direction and they broke a path through the snow that helped. We eventually hit the turnoff for Circlestone. Our original plan was to hike up there but it was late in the day and our feet were soaked from the snow. We decided to continue on to camp. The next half mile was slow going through more snow. It drifted to twelves inches high in some places. We finally hit the east end of Fireline where the trail drops down to Campaign. We were delighted to see no snow! We cruised down to camp and arrived there around 4pm.

We finally hit the camp at Fireline and Campaign and could see dog prints all over the place. We were bummed to see we missed Lee and the dogs. I was hoping he was backpacking with us but knew he might be day hiking. A few minutes later we noticed the “FOTG” spelled out with some sticks. That confirmed he was day hiking. At that point we started prepping camp. We gathered firewood and got the tent set up. We planned on using the existing fire ring but it had an inch of ice on top. It was a no go so we built a temporary fire ring just off to the side. We dismantled this the next morning. We settled in for another night and enjoyed our fire. The temps were much colder tonight making things a bit uncomfortable. The fire helped if you sat close but sleeping was a challenge.

We woke earlier on Monday and had a small fire and tore down camp. We started hiking around 9:30am and headed north on the Campaign Trail. I remember this section being fairly overgrown with a hard to navigate section in the middle. We made good time till that point and then got off trail and were swallowed by manzanita and other heavy shrubs. I knew we were close to the trail but we couldn’t find it. I decided to drop us into the creek and take our chances there. The going was very difficult and both of us were frustrated. After much effort in the creek we climbed out and found the trail. From there the rest of the Campaign trail was in excellent condition. We made fast time and took a short break at the junction with the Reavis Gap trail. From there it was on to the Campaign Trailhead and then we had over six mile of road back to the Tule Trailhead. These road miles flew by as we hiked at over three miles per hour. We were back to the jeep around 2:30pm. From there it was back to Phoenix.

This was a great loop and we covered a lot of ground. There was a ton of water and lots of snow at the higher elevations. Water will not be an issue for several months. We only saw two people within the wilderness. Great hike and I was glad to see some new areas.
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Jan 16 2016
clairebear
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 Tempe, AZ
Eastern Supes Tule to Campaign, AZ 
Eastern Supes Tule to Campaign, AZ
 
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clairebear
Backpack29.68 Miles 5,875 AEG
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DAY 1
Saturday morning departure from the Tule Trailhead. I remember one or two other cars there at the trailhead and as we were hiking up the trail no too far from the cars we discovered quickly the cars belonged to some hunters. We said Hi and quickly moved along on our hike. Once we hiked up the the ridge were we connected with Two Bar Ridge trail we paused for a break and I adored the views- Gorgeous and rewarding. Views of the Four Peaks in one direction and then great views of Canyon Lake and Bronco Butte and Goat Mountain from an angle I'd not seen them before- Not really a shocker though since this was a new area for me. This is a beautiful section of the Eastern Supes. We followed the Two Bar Ridge Trail which dropped us eventually in a valley with an immediate and intimidating climb thanks to heavy backpack! The hike up eventually put us on a snow covered trail - ( the first of many on this trip! :D) From the top the trail leveled out and afforded us more beautiful views of snow covered Four Peaks. Eventually we reached Pine Creek and chose a great campsite with a nice resting rock near the fire for back support. Cold first night and the water in Pine Creek made filtering water extra chilly.

DAY 2
Late morning start after chatting with a guy who had met up with Lee at Campaign Trailhead. We headed up a muddy Reavis Gap trail. It was only muddy in the beginning and dried up as we gained elevation. Nice views at the highpoint and then we dipped down into Reavis Ranch. More mud here at Reavis Ranch. 9L and I both pointed out places we'd camped and then we took a lunch on a nice sitting log overlooking the creek. We had Reavis Ranch all to ourselves- a fact that took us both by surprise.

From Reavis we took the Fireline trail. This is a new trail for me and I really enjoyed the scenery on this portion of the trip. The higher elevations were covered in snowy paths lined by dense pine forests giving the illusion that I was extremely far from the desert. Even though there was so much snow it such a joy to have an unexpected blanket of powder that i've not seen before on a backbacking trip. Even though it was lovely it was still quite a workout and extremely slow going plowing through the powder and therefore we skipped out on Circlestone- a place I'm interested in yet have never visited. At this point we were both looking forward to camp and the reward of a nice fire.
We were wondering when the snow covered earth would finally give way to dirt again and as we headed down near the junction with Campaign trail and our camp. What a relief!
And I adored this camp site- great location again next to running water and a pretty wide open ground covered in soft pine needles surrounded by tall pine trees. I would love to come back here again to camp! We were however, disappointed to learn that we had missed Lee and dogs. So we commenced with camp chores and enjoyed a fire and another cold night.

DAY 3
Typical breaking down camp with added difficulty of cold factor. (When temps are quite cold I want only to hibernate!) I had a hard time warming up in the morning which made packing up difficult for me. Once we started moving as we hiked out I quickly felt better. Campaign trail is another beautiful eastern supes trail, but required a bit of route finding as we crossed over the creek many times and pushed through some dense brush. We did managed to get quite a bit off trail because we stayed low when we should have went higher. So we pushed through more uncomfortable and overgrown sections as we dropped again into a creek. This part narrowed off a bit and I was worried it would turn into a slot canyon so we both decided to climb out and this put us back on the trail. Such a relief!
The rest of this trail was easy going and uneventful. We took another break at the Reavis Gap junction and followed the trail out which took us parallel to the Reavis Mountain school eventually putting us back on the road. For the next six miles we followed the road back to the Jeep. This was the conclusion of another nice back packing trip. I will say this trip covered a lot of ground and ever changing diverse new horizons- hot desert trails,to snowy pine forests and overgrown creek beds. The snow was the most unexpected and made this trip truly memorable :) I want to revisit all of these trails again in the future^^
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