Passage #18 - Reavis Canyon
Location: Picketpost Trailhead to Rogers Trough Trailhead
Length: 18.4 miles
Southern Trailhead: Picketpost Trailhead
- GPS Coordinates: 33.27184° N, 111.17643° W
- Access: From Florence Junction, drive east on US 60 for 9
miles. After mile marker 221, continue 0.5 miles and turn right (south) onto
FR 231 (this point is 4 miles west of the town of Superior on US 60.) Drive
0.4 miles and turn left onto FR 310. Continue 0.6 miles, and then turn right
at a sign for Picketpost Trailhead. You will see the large metal AZT sign
marking the trailhead in 0.1 miles.
Northern Trailhead: Rogers Trough Trailhead
- GPS Coordinates: 33.42223° N, 111.17325° W
- Access: From Florence Junction, travel east on US 60 for 1.8
miles, turn left (north) onto Queen Valley Road, continue 1.8 miles, and turn
right (east) on FR 357. Drive 3 miles and turn left (north) onto FR 172 at a sign
for Rogerís Trough Trailhead (there is a sign for FR 172 about 20 yards after
the turn). Continue 9.2 miles to a fork and bear right onto FR 172A. Follow
this road 3.7 miles, bear left at an intersection with FR 650 (which is also
the route of the AZT arriving from Passage 18), and continue 0.4 miles to a
very large parking area. The trail departs from the north end of the parking lot.
From Superior, travel west about 3 miles on US 60, 0.6 miles west of mile marker
223, turn right (north) at an unmarked intersection onto a dirt road. This is
FR 357. Follow it 5 miles to a right turn onto FR 172, which is only marked as
such about 20 yards after the turn. (A sign on FR357, facing the opposite
direction, indicates this is the turn for Rogerís Trough Trailhead.) Follow the
directions from Florence Junction Continue 9.2 miles to a fork and bear right
onto FR 172A. Follow this road 3.7 miles, bear left at an intersection with
FR 650 (which is also the route of the AZT arriving from Passage 18), and
continue 0.4 miles to a very large parking area. The trail departs from the
north end of the parking lot.
Trail Route Description: From the Picketpost Trailhead the trail
proceeds to and then under Highway 60. It climbs and descends to Queen Creek,
crosses it and follows a fenceline. It continues on to FR 357 and then
crosses a railroad line. It crosses a dirt road, passes under high-tension
power lines and then climbs up to a ridgeline and follows it. After passing
just east of Barnett Camp the trail enters Whitford Canyon and then crosses
FR 650. The trail parallels FR 650 and finally crosses it again and reaches
Reavis Canyon Trailhead. It follows this trail (#509) along a streambed and
then up towards Montana Mountain. The trail passes south of the peak and then
again connects with FR 650. It continues west on FR 650 for approximately 1.5
miles where it exits the road to the right for a half mile north to the Rogers
Season(s): Fall, Winter and Spring (current weather forecast)
Water: Water can be found seasonally in many of the drainages.
All water along this passage should be purified prior to use.
The Tonto National Forest is closing the gate at Picketpost TH between dusk and
dawn now. There's a site host there overnight so folks won't get locked in, but
no late night arrivals.
Whitford Canyon is a notorious flood path so be aware of the weather and don't
enter this area when rain is imminent.
Elisha Reavis used part of this route in the 1890's to haul fruits and vegetables
from his ranch to Superior.
USGS Topographic Maps: Picketpost Mountain and Iron Mountain.
Tonto National Forest - Superstition Wilderness Map.
Tonto National Forest map.
BLM Information Center maps.
"Hikers Guide to the Superstition Wilderness" by Jack Carlson and
Elizabeth Stewart, Clearcreek Publishing, Tempe, Arizona.
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