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Best Loop Hikes Arizona
by Bruce Grubbs (The Mountaineers Books)
© Bruce Grubbs/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
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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