Angel Basin Hike

Apache Junction, Arizona 85219

Angel Basin Hike

Angel Basin Hike Professional Review and Guide

"This backpack trip has it all—scenic canyons, views from high ridges, seasonal creeks, and a well-preserved pre-Columbian ruin. Upper Rogers Canyon is one of the gems of the Superstition Wilderness, and Angel Basin is a surprising open valley in a country of deep canyons and rugged peaks.

The route also crosses one of the highest passes in the Superstition Mountains, providing views of much of the range."

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"Starting from the remote Rogers Troughs Trailhead in the eastern Superstition Mountains, this loop follows the historic Reavis Trail (the route of the Utah to Mexico Arizona Trail) past the old Reavis Ranch site and its apple orchard.

Descending the headwaters of Fish Creek on the little-used Frog Tanks Trail, the loop then follows Rogers Canyon to scenic Angel Basin, where it joins the Rogers Canyon Trail to complete the loop."

"This hike follows the streambed down into Rogers Trough, passing by and around all manner of trees and boulders. Toward the end, you can explore the 600 year-old cliff dwellings up the canyon slope, then Angel Basin itself, a meadow opening up where three canyons converge.

This can be done as a long but undemanding day hike or as an easy overnight. The estimated hiking time includes exploring the ruins and riverbeds (and taking the uphill return). OUTSTANDING FEATURES: Riparian glades and woodlands, native American cliff dwellings, cool rock formations, caves, a wide meadow where trails and canyons converge."

"A hike through one of the most scenic canyons in the Superstition Mountains that leads to a well-preserved pre-Columbian ruin. Begin this hike at the Woodbury Trailhead. The trailhead road is passable to ordinary vehicles except after a major storm.

This well-preserved ruin is a popular destination, but please don't climb on the walls or otherwise disturb the fragile remains. There is seasonal water in the creek bed below the ruin."

Angel Basin Hike Reviews

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7/15/2007
Note: Turn on to Queen Valley road off of the US-60 instead of the non-existent queen creek road the guide mentions. Other than that this guide was fairly accurate, but don't rely on it. I would not go with out a topo map and a good compass. I did this trail in the middle of July but the temperatures were not too bad. We camped at the Roger's Trough trail head and took the loop counter-clockwise. Looks like there would be a lot of seasonal water, but everything was bone dry with the exception of a few stagnant pools around Reavis Creek. This trail is definitely strenuous. Expect lots of elevation gain and rough overgrown trail in a few places. When the loop went through Roger's Canyon in the last 5 miles the trail became near impassible with fallen vegetation and overgrowth. We ended up hiking and almost bouldering through the dry river bed up the rest of the canyon. This trail is not for the faint of heart or inexperienced hikers. Definitely an overnight hike. But all around it is very scenic and full of wildlife. We saw a rattlesnake, horny toad, deer, tarantula and much more. Reavis ranch is an interesting place to explore. The Indian dwellings are also impressive. Not the best trail I've hiked in AZ but certainly worth doing.
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11/28/2005
Plan about 6 hours for a leisurely dayhike from the Reavis Trough Trailhead to the Rogers Canyon Cliff Dwellings. This will allow you plenty of time to enjoy the awesome scenery and spend time reflecting on what life must have been like for the early inhabitants of this area. The road to the trailhead is a bit rough but one can get to about a mile from the trailhead in a two-wheel drive vehicle. There is a place to park at the base of a rather nasty hill. Reavis Trough Trailhead is at the end of FR172A.
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Trail Information

Apache Junction
Nearby City
12
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
8 hours
Duration
Fall through spring
Season
Superstition Wilderness, Tonto National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Iron Mountain
Local Maps