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Reavis Ranch backpack

  • Nov 10, 2012 · 7:00 AM
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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....****

***please update your RSVP if your not attending....there are people on the waiting list that would like to join us if you are not!***

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  • Mick

    Great Trip -Thanks Karen for setting up-finally apples!

    November 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Didn't expect the snow or everything frozen in the morning, but once man make fire, everything was alright. Had a blast!

    November 12, 2012

  • Meagan T.

    Thanks all! Was great to meet you and had a fun time.

    November 12, 2012

  • Melissa W.

    Thanks, Karen. Had lotsa fun with you guys :)

    November 12, 2012

  • Terri

    I'm running late! Picking up Meagan now & should be there about 7:20.

    November 10, 2012

  • Patrick

    Where is everyone?

    November 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hope S. side road doesn't get too much rain. It could be a slip n slide type of situation.

    November 9, 2012

    • Patrick

      Do you have Trekking Poles?

      November 9, 2012

    • Karen

      we can always go to the north side if it rains allot tonight

      November 9, 2012

  • Juli

    I'm not going to be able to attend. Sorry I'm going to miss it, but it can't be helped. If you catch a snipe, take a pic of it for me

    November 9, 2012

  • Patrick

    So depending on the Elevation we camp at 1641 ft. would be around 45 low temp on Saturday night. Higher at 3281 ft. it would be cooler at 39. I have not been to Reavis so not sure where we are camping but that might be better information for temps to expect.

    November 9, 2012

  • Patrick

    I have an MSR Water Filter and plan on bringing it along for those who might need to re-fill.

    November 9, 2012

  • Patrick

    Oh by the way rain finishes by Friday night and Saturday will have some clouds in the morning. Daytime is Sunny on Saturday.

    November 9, 2012

  • Patrick

    I have been tracking the weather on mountian forecast.com and Saturday should be nice and sunny. Saturday night temp will range from 36-39, but little wind. Inside the tent it is normally +5-10 degrees warmer. I backpacked Mt. Humphrey's right after the last big snow storm it was 20 at night, and we where fine just had to get in the tent by 7:30pm. We just need a good fire on Saturday night. Sunday will be clear as well.

    November 9, 2012

  • Terri

    Did someone say snow???? It's 60 and I'm freezing. Bringing the down and the full-body underwear I guess!

    November 8, 2012

    • Meagan T.

      I'm with you. Will probably look like an eskimo. Everybody can mock me if they wish.

      November 9, 2012

  • Karen

    so the weather forcast for this weekend.........Reavis Ranch, high of 57 and lows to 37 with a slight chance of rain......pack accordingly

    November 6, 2012

    • Mick

      November 7, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      40% chance or rain/snow, high of 46? Yikes, hope everyone prepares for Father Winter!

      November 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Regarding carpooling to TH, it sounds like we should just meet at BK then finalize rides. I'm looking forward to sleeping outdoors, it's been a month since my last BP trip!

    November 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there a reliable water source near camp or on the route at all? Will a filter a waste of weight? Sorry if I missed this being addressed already, the comments section is quite lengthy.

    November 7, 2012

    • Steve L.

      we will be camping by a spring. clean water. I'm bringing a filter

      1 · November 7, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Melanie, I don't believe there is water on trial but Steve is correct, a perennial stream at camp. Filtering, tablets or boiling water is necessary to treat prior to consumption.

      1 · November 7, 2012

  • Melissa W.

    All, I have a four passenger Jeep Grand Cherokee 4WD. so I can take up to 3 people (snuggly) with gear (super snuggly!).

    November 7, 2012

  • Karen

    Who has vehicles for the South side??? and how many passengers can you take??

    November 4, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      If Carol's not going, Melissa can take her spot.

      November 6, 2012

    • Mick

      Thanks Juli-I will be carpooling to meeting place with Kim

      November 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    All I am cancelling as I do not feel my knee is ready yet. I hope fun is had ny all.

    November 6, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I know right? !

      November 6, 2012

    • Karen

      bummer, gonna miss ya Jeff

      November 6, 2012

  • Ed

    Hi Karen, Thanks for you concern.

    I am still in, albeit slow and steady. Pat (my wife, not Donahue) and I hiked Woods Canyon this weekend, and it felt pretty good. Steve and Jeff are both less than 50%, so misery loves company.

    November 5, 2012

    • Steve L.

      Light packs, taking it slow - Just enjoying the hike and company. Picking up the cigars tonight for camp and got the mix for the "Trail Juice" to help with the snipe hunt. Really looking forward to the trip....

      November 5, 2012

    • Karen

      glad you can still make it Ed......and I'm a slow hiker too!! No hurry we have all day!

      November 5, 2012

  • Karen

    OK, Terri has offered to lead from the North if anyone wants to go that route, otherwise she may do the south........honestly, think we have vehicles to get everyone up the south if thats everyone wants. I have 2 riders with me so far.....room for 2 more

    November 5, 2012

  • Terri

    Shirley, are you going in from the north or the south?

    November 5, 2012

    • Steve L.

      I thought you said your last post, was your last post? Have a good trip! Bring me back something from Columbia,,, and don't get caught

      November 5, 2012

  • Jeff W.

    I will be driving a pathfinder and bringing my lab, I offered a ride to Corey who is also bringing a dog pending they get along (which I don't think would be a problem), I would have room for 1 more person. I do not have 4-wheel drive, we can finalize the details at BK.

    November 5, 2012

    • Jeff W.

      yup, of course. No lap dog necessary.
      Max will have the whole back of the truck (3rd row seating) and anyone else who wants to join.

      1 · November 5, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Super. Thanks. See ya at BK Saturday!! Can't wait :)

      November 5, 2012

  • Dean K.

    Hey everyone...I guess a spot just opened up for me and I'm really looking forward to thus hike. I drive a Nissan Frontier and would be willing to take a couple or ride with someone else. Any takers?

    November 5, 2012

  • Beth

    Seeing that there are a few on the waiting list and that I will be doing the 7 Summit Challenge this Friday and don't know what kinda contion I'll be in I will be nice and open up a rsvp for someone on the waiting list. I'll love to join my friends but think I'll make my weekend a pampering oneself. :)

    November 5, 2012

  • Shirley

    I will bring a cooler and ice to leave at trailhead if anyone wants to bring beverages or snacks to have when we get back.

    November 5, 2012

  • Juli

    I can drive and give ride to 2-3, or get ride with other. I have Toy Prerunner/wannabe 4-wheel drive w/a little rear-wheel differential lock, which supposedly when pressed gives the truck superpower, but I'm not sure it'd be enough to get up a tough hill. I'm thinking hiking from the north...?

    October 31, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Juli, can I catch a ride w/you from the S. Side? Thx

      November 5, 2012

    • Juli

      Sure. Carol is riding with me too. Meet you at the BK.

      November 5, 2012

  • Terri

    Hi all....one last post before I'm out of touch for a few days. I am doing the north route with Meagan, and possibly Jeff, depending on which route he decides to do. I will meetup w/everyone at BK that morning and will possibly have space for 1 or 2 people. I have never hiked Reavis beyond the turn-off for the falls trail, but I know how to get to the trailhead, so I'm willing to lead a group if needed. Just let me know what we decide. Thanks!

    November 4, 2012

  • Karen

    anyone/no one wanting to lead a group from the North???? If no ones leads from the North then those who don't think their vehicle can make it up the south side, it's really the last bit of the road that gets rough, perhaps you can drop your cars down lower and jump in the back of someone's truck for the last bit of the road up

    November 4, 2012

  • Terri

    K Jeff....spot's yours. I'm confident I'll be back. I scheduled my return trip with a 4 hour layover just in case my flight out of Bogota is delayed.

    October 31, 2012

  • Terri

    Just saw Juli's comment...thought I should add we'll meet you all at the BK on Power at 7, but I have a spot left in my car if anyone from Tempe/Ahwatukee wants to ride with us to the meetup spot.

    October 31, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Terri,

      October 31, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'll take the spot but you gotta be back in the country for sure. I'm going to need to hike the short route due to my knee.

      October 31, 2012

  • Juli

    So how does the driving/carpool thing work? Is that figured out when we meet at 7am?

    October 31, 2012

  • Terri

    Hi all... We are leaving from my place at 6:30 on Saturday morning and have room for 1 if anyone wants to hop in with us. Planning on parking & hiking from the north....open to the shuttle thing, whatever the group decides. I will be out of the country nxt week, but will leave my sat phone # with Meagan and Jeff in case anyone needs to get a hold of me to make arrangements for anything. See you all soon!

    October 31, 2012

  • Terri

    Clearly we won't be taking gear from any of the drivers....lest some of us will be stranded in the desert without a ride!

    October 29, 2012

    • Karen

      you can carry gear for the drivers.....insure yourself a ride home!!! :}

      October 30, 2012

    • Meagan T.

      sounds like it would be a good idea to be a driver...

      October 31, 2012

  • Karen

    Kimberly, this is a one night trip.....Sat. night. If someone will lead the group from the North side, I will go from the south side since I know my truck will get up that hill. Any takers for leading a group from the North?? Once we get to camp anyone wanting to hike out Sun. the opposite way they came in so you can get the full view of this hike is welcome to do so, switch it up!!

    October 30, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the reply.

      October 30, 2012

  • Terri

    Apples to eat? Or to stuff in someone's backpack? Like rocks.... :-)

    1 · October 29, 2012

    • Steve L.

      juli, the other item is alcohol. required for snipe hunting and to make kissy sounds to attract them

      October 30, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      You're awful Steve.....gotta love ya.

      October 30, 2012

  • Terri

    Indeed Professor!

    October 29, 2012

  • Kelly

    I am new to backpacking and could use any extra stuff I could borrow.

    October 29, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Kelly, you can definately share in the use my stove and water filter. So there's 2 things you won't need. What do you already have?

      October 29, 2012

    • Kelly

      I only hike, fastly I might add. I do have a water filter a wet bag and water purification tablets.

      October 29, 2012

  • Steve L.

    This is a great hike! I see we have a few first time backpackers. Let us know what you need. Most of us have collected some extra equipment. The main equipment is; steeping bag, sleeping pad, tent and pack. The rest you probably already have. We can share stoves and waterfilters. I hear there may be a few glasses of wine around the camp fire.

    October 28, 2012

    • Meagan T.

      Thanks :) very excited. Think I have pretty much everything except the stove and filter. Will bring some campfire beverage as well.

      October 29, 2012

    • Steve L.

      I have no Idea what you are talking about Corey?

      October 29, 2012

  • Steve L.

    Just did some checking on the temps. It will probably be 40 degrees at night and 70 during the day at out camp. Much warmer once out of the valley and over the saddle. It really is a different world in the valley. Also we missed the apples

    October 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Karen, are you talking one night or two nights? Also, have you configured the travel/carpool arrangements? Thanks

    October 29, 2012

  • Carri

    Let me know if you find someone to do that Shirley!

    October 29, 2012

  • Shirley

    I need a backpack and someone to carry it for me.

    October 29, 2012

  • Steve L.

    Hi Kimberly, Haven't seen you since last spring at siphon draw. Glad to see you signed up. This is a great trip and we will be camping in an old apple orchard

    October 13, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hello, Steve !! I am sooo looking forward to this overnight hike...It will be great to hike with you again...

      October 26, 2012

  • Karen

    anyone want to do it so we split up the groups and come from both sides and then on the way out we can switch directions for whomever wants to (gives you a change to see the other direction)??? People with high clearance vehicles can come from Rogers Trough and then the rest from the other side.......it's a thought

    October 24, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Personally, I like the idea Karen... Especially because Marco (he's the same pup from last year, just more grown up!) and I don't have a high clearance vehicle, we're pretty much restricted to the North approach. If everyone preferred to go in via Rogers though, that would be ok because we're still in either way!

      October 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was at Roger Trough's TH 2 weeks ago. It looks good. No washouts but 4 wheel and/or high clearance is needed. Hiking in from Roger is a real treat! You start in desert, brush, to grasslands to pines. It's amazing how many different plants zones you pass in 7 miles. I have time off and need to do something so I hope a spot opens. If not, I'm willing to lead w/possibley Mick's help. thx

    October 24, 2012

  • Beth

    Let me know if a spot opens up. I missed the opportunity because I thought my Anchors class was scheduled for that weekend and it appears that it won't start till the week after. Thanks, Beth

    October 15, 2012

  • Todd

    I've found Roger's trough route is easier. Part of the northern trail is rocky, adds to the challenge. Check first that the road to Rogers Trough TH doesn't have washouts.

    October 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was in the group that approached from the south last year... Yes it was 'shorter', but we ended up arriving at camp nearly 3 hours after the group that approached from the North. Plus it's quite the journey just driving to the trailhead... That said (and the fact I don't have a 4-wheel drive vehicle), I'd like to go in from the North. That's just my preference, I am game for whatever really!

    October 13, 2012

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