Passage #19 - Superstition Wilderness


Apple tree in bloom at Reavis Ranch Location:  Rogers Trough Trailhead to Theodore Roosevelt Lake

Length:  28.7 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.

Difficulty:  Difficult

View of Pinyon Mountain from the trail 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.

Notes/Warnings:

  • 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.

Resources:

  • 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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