bugs
no shade
12 hours ago

parking is on the side of the highway near the sign that says Arizona Trail. you have to walk across the highway to the sign that says AZ 88 and that is where the trail begins. the hike is absolutely gorgeous and I would love to do it again but the gnats made us miserable. we were swarmed with hundreds of them that followed us the entire hike! they were trying to go in my nose, my mouth, and every time I stopped moving they would all land on my legs and arms. they didn't bite, but I hated the feeling. I will probably try to go back in winter to see if the gnats are gone then. if you are willing to brave the gnats, I recommend long pants and sleeves. I hiked this without hiking poles but also slipped (but didn't fall) a few times going back down because the path is all loose rocks. if you make it to the 2nd saddle you get a lovely view of Roosevelt Lake on one side and Apache Lake on the other side.

Great hike, a lot of fun!! be prepared to climb over a house sized Boulder and some steep terrain. Roughly 2.2 miles each way, the last quarter mile or so is pretty steep but well worth it.

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
2 days ago

18 miles on dirt road to get to the trail. 2 water crossings, both are shallow, but the first may be difficult in a small car. The road has a lot of washboards and gets a little rough in parts, but is doable with a 2WD car. All trails designates the trailhead as just outside a ranch just off the forest service road. You CAN keep driving up the FS road another 2.5 miles or so until you reach treed/shaded parking/camping area. Not really suitable for large trucks. Also a creek runs through the parking area to restock on water if you have purification tablets. From there Alltrails does a good job of getting you to the ruins. NOTE: when you get just past the burnt trees area the trail begins to split at times. All paths lead back to the main trail, BUT the lower paths tend to be much more difficult than the upper ones. If encountering a split in the trail stay high close to the cliff wall, that will be your best bet. There is a creek/waterfall in the armpit of the canyon (1/4 mile from the ruins) where you can restock on water. I would recommend purifying it lest you get the poops - this is a very remote area with no cell service and a long hike back down. The views from the ruins are incredible and the ruins themselves are very well preserved thanks to the integrity of the hikers. DO NOT vandalize or leave trash behind so other folks can enjoy them as well.

hiking
no shade
2 days ago

great little adventure with my son!

trail is actually 4.4 miles (2.2 one way) last quarter mile is.the hardest to the ruins....alot of climbing and loose dirt. this is a must do, bucket list trail!!!! bring water and snacks and enjoy the never ending scenery and.be prepared to be blown away!!

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

This trail says moderate. I am an avid hiker and would call this difficult. It's a great trail but make sure you are ready for the conditions. Lots of steep climbing, fallen trees, dense brush and rock slides. Big climb coming out at end.

Amazing hike! Definitely gets steep and in some spots the trail seems to disappear. The end results are well worth it, and there are more ruins than just the main ones.

We saw a gila monster crossing the trail about 1 mile into the hike!

hiking
closed
1 month ago

Really wanted to do this trail yesterday (4/13/2020) but the road leading up to it was closed 8 miles from the trailhead. Attaching a photo! I don’t believe it was from covid maybe flooding I honestly have no idea! Also don’t know if there’s another way there besides the dirt road. I just followed the directions for the coordinates I got from all trails! If there is another way that anyone knows or knows the reasons behind the road closure please let me know!!

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Great trail but recommend sticks for the decent back down the steep rocky slopes near trail head. Wildflowers were amazing and it is worth the extra 200yard walk down the road to a clearing and overlook for lunch.

hiking
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

Surprisingly beautiful trail. Lots of different wildflowers. Great views. It seemed like there was a new surprise every half mile. I turned around at 2.5 miles when it was apparent the scenery was about to hold steady. Views of Apache Lake, and Four Peaks were nice. First 1.5 miles is a steady climb, but not too tough. Walking sticks are advised as the loose gravel in many spots makes the hike back down a bit treacherous.

hiking
1 month ago

Really wanted to rate it lower, but the flowers were blooming nicely, there were no snakes, and the weather wasn’t that bad. Although, there is no shade of any sorts unless you want to go off trail. Went midday so snakes were chillin. There is no need to actually finish this trail. Once you get to the Saguaros, nice rock cliff with all the bloom, you’ve gone far enough and there nothing else needed to be seen after that. If you do finish might as well walk the road to a better sight just to your left. Went with my buddy Broke Back Mountain (not the movie guy, he’s a big guy and he broke his back 3.5 months ago). We took our time and finished.

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

on Reavis Falls Trail

hiking
closed
1 month ago

The Apache trail northbound is closed at Fish Creek Vista because of the Woodbury fire and flooding afterwards. There is substantial damage to the road at Fish Creek Hill so it is closed until further notice. The Apache Trail coming south from Roosevelt was closed at the Apache Marina but a rock slide recently closed it closer to Roosevelt. The Reavis Trailhead is not accessible at this time by car/truck unfortunately.

hiking
1 month ago

The views are absolutely amazing.... The first mile and a half is pretty tough but hang in there the views are well worth it!!! It’s getting warm so you need to start early....

hiking
rocky
scramble
washed out
1 month ago

Hammock camping preferred cause barely any level ground throughout trail. Bring long sleeves and pants, water falls during spring and fall but dry up in summer, very rocky and went off trail easily several times, use all trails to find way back. The payoff at the top is incredible. An all time favorite im AZ

This trail should not be listed as moderate. The first 45 minutes is climbing. I would at least say this trail is moderate/difficult. And although there are beautiful views of the lake the terrain is not that great.

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