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Rogers Canyon Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Reavis Ranch lies high in the remote Superstition Wilderness among tall pines and adjacent to a perennial creek. It’s a popular destination for backpackers, especially in fall when the apple orchard bears fruit. A scenic but long hike is the only way to access Reavis Ranch, ensuring its preservation from overuse."
--Charles Liu, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Phoenix (Menasha Ridge Press).
Great hike. Cool temperatures near the top of Montana Mountain, elevation 4900 ft. The ruins are some of the nicest around. The 3 times I've done this trail, there has always been water flowing. My 3 dogs really enjoyed this hike. Lots of trees, brush, and boulder-hopping. Relatively isolated. Trail finding can be a problem criss-crossing the drainage.
Very strenuous. Pace yourself. The guide is wrong. My gps recorded 4.25 miles with an elevation change of 900 ft one way. We did it in 6 hours in a rush, 7 hours at a more manageable pace.
Not sure how a 1985 Pontiac Fiero made it to the trailhead but would highly recommend a high clearance vehicle - I've always been able to make it in a 2wd truck. About a 45 minute drive off-road once you hit the dirt road. Take in the stunning scenery on the drive in and keep your eyes peeled for a legendary arch much photographed by David Meunch.
One of the best trails to do in Phoenix. This trail also leads in to a whole system of great trails in the Superstitions. Make sure to read the book "Hiker's Guide to the Superstition Wilderness" before you go - great historical info on the area.
Nice, but long hike. Plan on spending the entire day as it takes quite a while even getting to the trail head on very primitive roads.
This was a great hike with a cool payoff...the American Indian cliff dwellings are cool, and Angel Basin is outstanding. But the adventure starts with the drive there!
Don't get a late start....it took us a hour from US 60 to the Roger's Trough Trailhead. High clearance is needed, but not 4WD. There is one switchback which is so sharp it is impossible to do...both directions I had to do tight 5-point turns.
We started at noon and got to the dwellings around 2:15, went to Angel Basin and turned around at 3pm--getting us back to the trailhead about 5:15...just in time to drive the steepest portion of the road before sunset. I recommend doing this earlier in the day!
The foliage was beautiful, having turned yellows and oranges. The manzanita or whatever it was tore up my shorts though, they literally are unusable now....I looked like I had been attacked by 40 cats, so I recommend long sleeves and long pants if it's not too hot...just make sure you don't mind the pulls and scratches you'll get.
The hike is serene however....not too many other hikers and beautiful hoodoos, overlooks, and again, the cave dwellings.
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