Passage #19 - Superstition Wilderness
Location: Rogers Trough Trailhead to Theodore Roosevelt Lake
Length: 29.4 miles
Southern 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.
Northern Trailhead: Theodore Roosevelt Lake
- GPS Coordinates: 33.67650° N, 111.16104° W
- Access: This is near Theodore Roosevelt Dam, where AZ 88
and AZ 188 meet. The parking area is at the north end of the suspension bridge,
on the east side of the highway.
Trail Route Description: The trail enters the Superstition
Wilderness and descends into Rogers Canyon on trail #109. It reaches an
intersection with trail #110 and then turns northeast and travels up on to
Reavis Saddle and on to the ruins of Reavis Ranch. From the ranch area
trail #109 heads north to a junction with trail #117 (the Reavis Gap Trail).
The route follows this trail across Pine Creek towards Reavis Gap. At a
trail junction with trail #119 (the Two Bar Ridge Trail) the route turns and
goes past Walnut Spring, Two Bar Mountain and along the high Two Bar Ridge.
Just beyond Pinyon Mountain trail #119 ends at the Black Bush ranch road
(FR 83). The route follows this road and then turns north on trail #120
(the Cottonwood Trail). This trail goes through Cottonwood Canyon, by
Cottonwood Spring and then onto FR 341. This road climbs out of Cottonwood
Canyon and then descends to trail #121 (the Thompson Trail). Trail #121
parallels Roosevelt Lake, passes the Roosevelt Cemetary and then works its
way over and down to the Thompson Trailhead. From here the route follows
Highway 88 over the Roosevelt Lake Bridge to the Vineyard Trailhead.
Season(s): Fall, Winter and Spring (current weather forecast)
Water: Water can usually be found at Reavis Creek, Walnut Spring,
Cottonwood Spring and Roosevelt Lake.
All water along this passage should be purified prior to use.
Mountain bikes are prohibited in the Superstition Wilderness.
There are good campsites upstream and downstream from the Reavis Ranch site, but
camp at least 300 feet from water and trails.
USGS Topographic Maps: Pinyon Mountain and Theodore Roosevelt Dam.
Superstition Wilderness Map - Tonto National Forest.
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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