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1st Annual Reavis Ranch Fall Backpack

  • Nov 10, 2013 · 6:30 AM
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If you’ve never heard of Elijah Reavis, you can easily find info about him on the Google machine.  Reavis was a surprisingly well educated old prospector with an unkempt beard that had the Apache Indians convinced he was insane.  Because it was considered bad ju-ju to do any harm to the mentally ill, he was allowed to live in peace out in the Superstitions.  Most outsiders were not so lucky…  Anyways, Reavis had an incredible setup where he kept animals, farmed, and even traded his fruit and vegetables for gold.  To this day, the apple trees are still there and they produce fruit each and every year.  There is also a perennial creek that flows through the ranch so water is not a problem.

This is a great time of year to go because it doesn’t get warm (and can actually be very cold) and there are still apples on the trees.  A good friend of mine and I had both been out there the same time of year last year and it was incredible!



Oh, I should mention that this time of year also coincides with the pre-hibernation fattening up of the black bear.  Yes, there are bear in the Eastern Superstitions.  And yes, they like apples.  Last year there was fresh bear shiznit everywhere (literally all over throughout the ranch), but with the popularity of the ranch and the number of other groups that will be there seemed to be effective at keeping them away.  I’ve been out there 2 years in a row and have never seen a bear…just poop.


The Details

We will leave the valley early Saturday morning and head for the trailhead(s). From here, we have two options here for which route to take.  In my experience, coming in from the South at Roger’s Trough is the far superior option as the hike is much more enjoyable as you wind through a ridiculously large, old, alligator pine forest and fields of love-grass.  The only catch…to get into Roger’s Trough, we will need high-clearance 4x4 vehicles (if anyone has one at their disposal)…a 2-wheel drive will not cut it. If we can get everyone in through Roger’s Trough, I would like to do that route.  However, not knowing if we’ll have enough 4-wheel drive vehicles makes it kind of silly to not have a backup plan…so we can also come in from the 88.  If there’s interest, we can even split the group to allow for some to approach from both sides and meet in the middle.  This is an AWESOME trip and it WILL fill up…so sign up early (but only if you are really going to come)!

Reavis Ranch Trail (North Approach via the 88):

At 9 miles, this is the longest route to Reavis Ranch. In some ways, though, it's the easiest, following an old jeep trail that climbs steadily, but mostly at a gentle grade, gaining about 1,500 feet as it winds past Castle Dome (the prominent rock knob southeast if the trailhead). The high point of the trail comes beyond Castle Dome, about half a mile before you reach Windy Pass.  After this junction, the trail runs generally east for about 2 miles, then bends sharply south, paralleling a fence as it enters Reavis Valley.


Reavis Ranch Trail (South Approach via Roger’s Trough):

This is the shortest, most direct route into Reavis Ranch, but it's not quite as gentle as the northern approach.  There are several ups and downs along 6.6 miles and there is about 1,000 ft elevation gain.  The Reavis Ranch Trail heads northwest from the Rogers Trough Trailhead, past junctions with the West Pinto and the Rogers Canyon trails. Nearly 3 miles from the trailhead, the route begins a long, steep, switch-backing climb up to Reavis Saddle.  After reaching the saddle, the trail slopes gently downhill to Reavis Ranch, past ponderosa pines and huge alligator junipers and through thick fields of lovegrass, planted to control erosion after a 1966 fire. You'll pass the Fire Line Trail, at the southern end of Reavis Ranch, about 3 miles past the saddle.


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  • Daniel S.

    Just saw the date change...I can do it if it's Saturday/Sunday, but I have to work on Monday. I do have a 4x4 that could fit 4 other people.

    November 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Also I was there this weekend, no apples left :(

    October 29, 2013

    • Oränge

      Yep, because that Monday is a quasi-holliday...figured­ I'd change things up a bit.

      October 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are the dates on this event correct?

    October 29, 2013

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