Reavis Creek Hike

Apache Junction, Arizona

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A fine backpack trip in the eastern Superstition Wilderness, this hike is a scenic loop around Iron and Mound Mountains through the highest portion of the Superstition Mountains. You’ll encounter stands of tall ponderosa pine, seasonal creeks, and several springs. The loop also traverses the headwaters of Campaign Creek and West Pinto Creek, two of the least visited areas of the wilderness. Start by following the Reavis Ranch Trail down Rogers Canyon, heading northwest from the trailhead. Watch for Grave Canyon on the right, and make sure you follow the Reavis Ranch Trail (northeast up this side canyon). The Rogers Canyon Trail forks left and continues down the main canyon. This trail climbs steeply to the Reavis Saddle on the ridge northwest of Iron Mountain. Chaparral brush and pinyon-juniper forest are the dominant vegetation, but some nice groves of ponderosa pine also grow along the valley floor.

Reavis Creek Hike Professional Review and Guide

"A fine backpack trip in the eastern Superstition Wilderness, this hike is a scenic loop around Iron and Mound Mountains through the highest portion of the Superstition Mountains. You’ll encounter stands of tall ponderosa pine, seasonal creeks, and several springs. The loop also traverses the headwaters of Campaign Creek and West Pinto Creek, two of the least visited areas of the wilderness.

Start by following the Reavis Ranch Trail down Rogers Canyon, heading northwest from the trailhead. Watch for Grave Canyon on the right, and make sure you follow the Reavis Ranch Trail (northeast up this side canyon). The Rogers Canyon Trail forks left and continues down the main canyon. This trail climbs steeply to the Reavis Saddle on the ridge northwest of Iron Mountain. Chaparral brush and pinyon-juniper forest are the dominant vegetation, but some nice groves of ponderosa pine also grow along the valley floor."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Apache Junction
Distance: 18.1
Elevation Gain: 5,740 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2–3 days
Season: Fall through spring
Local Contacts: Superstition Wilderness, Tonto National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Iron Mountain and Haunted Canyon
Driving Directions: Directions to Reavis Creek Hike

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May 2018