60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Phoenix
by Charles Liu (Menasha Ridge Press)
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The most difficult thing about this trail is getting to the Reavis Ranch trailhead. The road past Canyon Lake turns into a gravel/semi-paved one that changes between one and two lanes. Once you reach the turn off to the trailhead the next three miles are a little nerve-testing as you go up a single lane dirt road. From the trailhead the trail is very easy to follow. I set out with the intention of getting to the Falls but ended up getting wrong directions from some men on horseback. I never reached the falls but the hike is very secluded and beautiful nonetheless. It is definitely an overnight one, it is too much to do in one day as I learned. Saw lots of wildlife from lizards to snakes and deer just remember to bring lots of water as there is little to no shade anywhere along the trail.
This was the second time that my friends and I hiked to Reavis Falls. The first time was in February 2007. Both times, we did it as an overnight trip, but if you're in good shape you can do it as a (long) day hike. This is a very strenuous hike (especially when carrying overnight gear), but well worth the trip when the falls are flowing well!! A few good camp sites exist along the trail once you get over the saddle and start heading down toward Reavis Creek. Just remember that the further you carry your gear down, the further you have to carry it back up. Take a LOT of water!!!! If the creek is flowing well, you can pump water, but I don't know if it flows year-round. There are also plenty of places to leave a cache.
The Reavis Ranch trailhead offers a stunning view of Apache Lake, but I would not recommend taking a passenger car. The trail to the falls is off of the Reavis Ranch trail and is easy to miss (it's marked by two rock piles). If you stay alert on the trail down to the creek, you may notice some old, overgrown ruins. We missed them while heading down to the creek, but saw them on the way back up.
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