Angel Basin Loop Trail

Apache Junction, Arizona

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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.
Best Loop Hikes Arizona

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Best Loop Hikes Arizona

by Bruce Grubbs (The Mountaineers Books)

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.

©  Bruce Grubbs/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Apache Junction
Distance: 18
Elevation Gain: 3,060 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2 days
Season: September through November, April and May
Trailhead Elevation: 4,820 feet
Top Elevation: 4,820 feet
Local Contacts: Tonto National Forest, Mesa Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Iron Mountain, Pinyon Mountain; USFS Superstition Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to Angel Basin Loop Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/15/2007
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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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