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Backpack – Reavis Ranch – Superstitions

March 17 - March 18

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Reavis Ranch via 109 North

3/17/18-3/18/18

Overview This extremely pleasant hike through the Eastern Superstitions begins at the
Reavis Ranch trailhead and takes the northern section of the Reavis Ranch Trail (109)
southbound to the old abandoned Reavis Ranch homestead.
From the trailhead you are afforded an excellent
overview of Apache Lake. The Reavis Ranch Trail
ascends at moderate grade through grassing rolling
hills toward Castle Dome. The trail is mostly
smooth but an occasional rocky section keeps you
on your toes. The trail passes on the
east side of Castle Dome, through Windy Pass,
before descending to the junction with Plow Saddle
Trail (see below for details on a side hike to Plow
Saddle Springs). The trail continues on to the east
passing Frog Tanks trail junction before descending
into a wooded area where it follows an old fence
line. There are a couple of breaks in the fence with
trails which presumably go to the creek. Continuing
along the fence, you will pass an apple orchard
before arriving at Reavis Ranch. The ranch house
burned down in 1991 but the foundation still
remains.

Directions From Phoenix take US 60 east. Exit at Apache Junction and drive northeast on
State Highway 88. Follow 88 to the end of the pavement (about 25 miles) then a few miles
further until the road begins a steep descent into the canyon. Once in the bottom continue
driving until you see the sign for Reavis Ranch on the right hand side. Turn right and follow
this somewhat steep, but smooth and well graded road to the trailhead at the end.

Statistics

Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 18.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,570 feet
Elevation Gain 1,508 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,824 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 8 – 9 hours

 

 

Details

Start:
March 17
End:
March 18
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