we will leave the valley early Sat. morning and head for the trialhead. We have two options here for which trailhead we want to do........I'm thinking the Rogers Trough trialhead but am up for suggestions.
Reavis Ranch Trail (northern segment)
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.
Beyond, the trail runs generally east for about 2 miles, then bends sharply south, paralleling a fence as it enters Reavis Valley.
Reavis Ranch Trail (southern segment)
This is the shortest, most direct route into Reavis Ranch, but it's a genuinely tough hike, with lots of up and down along 6.6 miles. 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, switchbacking climb up to Reavis Saddle, a wide, rocky, open area surrounded by manzanita, alligator juniper and scrub oak - a good turnaround point for day hikers.
Beyond 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.
We can meet at the Burger King at US 60 and Power rd to carpool at 7am. It'll be about a 2 hour drive to the trialhead.
**** Kimberly, it's one night camping............If someone wants to lead 1/2 the group in from the North side I will lead 1/2 the group in from the South side......any takers?? We can switch up and hike out the opposite way on Sunday for anyone who wants to change it up a bit (like a key swap)............please post which side you would prefer to hike in, South or North, the South side will need higher clearance vehicles to get to the trailhead, I have room for 4 riders....****
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