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If you haven't been to Reavis Ranch before, you're missing a classic Arizona backpacking destination. Located in the eastern half of the Superstitions, Reavis Ranch is the former homestead of Elisha Reavis, the "Hermit of the Superstitions". In the late 19th century, he would occasionally show up in town to sell crops he grew on this ranch.
We'll go out on the Reavis North trailhead, up highway AZ-88 a couple miles after the pavement ends. The trail is actually an old road that provided access to the ranch from the 1930s to the early 1960s, and route-finding will not be an issue on this trip. Views will be excellent, with panoramas of Apache Lake, Four Peaks, and the Mazatzal Wilderness Area. Halfway through the hike, at Windy Pass, the western Supes will be in sight, with Weaver's Needle and Fish Creek Canyon. When you find old apple trees, building foundations and some antiquated farm equipment, you're at Reavis Ranch.
With any luck the apple trees may be in bloom.
The total mileage is 20 miles; ten miles each day out-and-back. The terrain is moderate with about 1,500 feet of elevation gain. Water is only available at Reavis Creek, at the ranch, so plan to carry all the water you will need for the trip. We'll have a campfire at night and hike out the way we came on Sunday. You will probably be home early evening.
Carpools will be set-up as needed.
(Copied from an early trip by Lucky)
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