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We did Rogers Canyon as a one-night backpacking trip 3/18-3/19 with our dog. Highlights included the many spring crossings and small waterfalls, exploring the ruins (seriously so cool) and camping in Angel Basin under a starry sky. A few notes:
1. As other reviews have stated, the road in is tough. We made it fine in the Forester (4WD)
2. Our dog loved the hike, including splashing through the stream. Use caution when bringing your dog to pack out their waste, beware of heat as the trail is steep and difficult on the way up. Make sure they are conditioned enough to handle such a hike, the water, etc.
3. There are several campsites if you want to turn this into an overnight backpack. The first is maybe a half-mile to a mile past the intersection of the Rogers Canyon Trail and the AZT (Reves ranch trail). The next is maybe a half-mile before the ruins (large site under a big tree, shaded). Then there are a few more past the ruins and two sites in Angel basin directly across from one another. We did not venture any further than that, so I am not sure about others beyond. We saw some wildlife in the meadow including a snake and something small and furry. Keep your food tied up.
4. There was LOTS of water flowing through the stream while we were there that was clear and easy to filter. We met a local hiker who has done the hike several times and told us it is not always like this (other reviews we read said it is bone dry in summer/fall). Probably best to plan for the worst and pack in enough water for the duration of your trip.
Overall, highly recommend this hike and it is very do-able as a backpacking trip. There is something very awe-inspiring about the canyon, the ruins, and the meadow at night. Enjoy!
Great. It was my first hike ever. Pretty rocky, as much as you would expect from a Arizona trail. This is a popular trail so it has plenty of people if you wanted to go by yourself. I wanted to hike the whole thing, but, like most people, I hiked to the peak and back (half of the trail). Bring lots of water, I wanted to do the whole thing but I didn't have enough water to last me. 6 bottles of water should do it if you wanted to do the whole thing.
Reviews are spot on:
You need to have an AZ State Land Trust permit to park. Or park at your own risk.
Trail is poorly marked and often not at all. This app helped but there are a few spots that it was off.
Overgrown in several areas so wear shorts at your own risk.
Loose rock and very slippery in areas. Weak ankles beware.
Might need to do this trail again in order to enjoy it better. Views are spectacular as always in this area.
Amazing hike, early spring in the desert not to be missed! This is not an "easy" hike. Last 1/4 mile or so to the cave is very steep and rocky. We had trekking poles and I am glad we had them, helped us out on the way back down more than I would have thought. Also very warm and would agree with others that this is not a good hike for young children or pets in warmer weather if you are thinking of going all the way to the cave and back to the trailhead. Would definitely do this again!