Reavis Falls in the Superstition Mountains
Yes, there really IS a large waterfall in the Superstition Mountains!

 

This is another difficult hike into the Superstition Wilderness.  Yes, it's a hard hike, but if you can get out there after a good rain, you may be rewarded by the unexpected sight of a big waterfall in the Superstitions.

Be sure to bring lots of water.  I brought quite a bit of water that day, but I was running low by the last mile of the hike back to my truck.  Also bring some salty foods.  About halfway up the mountain on the way back, I started experiencing severe cramps in my thighs and had to sit down and massage them for a while before they loosened up.

You'll start out on the trail to Reavis Ranch, but you'll leave that trail before reaching the ranch, and even before reaching Castle Dome.

Trailhead altitude: approx. 3,565'

As you hike up the trail, you'll have great views, looking back at Apache Lake and Four Peaks of the Mazatzal Mountains.

Altitude at 1 mile into the hike: 3,716'

After about an hour and 40 minutes and about 3.31 miles of hiking, I arrived at the head of Lewis and Pranty Creek, elevation 4,453'.  At this point, the trail runs around the edge of a large drainage basin.  I began to look for the trail that branches off to the east and goes up and over the top of the hill.  It was about .10 of a mile past where the creek and the trail intersect.  The trail is faint but visible.  Take a left and go up, heading east.  At almost the top of the hill, there is a barbed-wire fence and a gate.  Go through the gate and continue up the trail.  When you get to the top of the hill, which is apparently called Lime Mountain, you're at the highest point on the hike: elevation 4,660'.  And you have hiked 3 and 2/3 miles so far.  You're almost halfway there!  Head down and to the southeast.  Continue past a large slab of exposed granite and keep going downhill.  At about 4.6 miles into the hike, there will be a fork in the trail.  Take the left fork.  There will also be a water crossing, or a dry gully crossing, depending on how much rain has fallen lately.  Then again, if rain hasn't fallen lately, it's probably not a good time to be hiking out to an intermittent waterfall.  At this point, I was surprised to see actual pine trees growing.  After all, the elevation here is about 3,950'!  I think that that is the lowest elevation I've seen (natural, not planted) pine trees growing in Arizona.  Anyway, .30 of a mile later, you'll come to a flat spot that would be good for camping.  Then the trail drops off downhill again.  At 5.46 miles, you'll reach a low area called Cedar Basin.  When I was there, I noticed a large concrete slab, apparently the foundation of a long-gone building.  I can't imagine what someone would have been doing, building a house (?) way out there in the middle of nowhere!  Elevation at this point: 3,280'.  It took me about 2 hours and 45 minutes to get that far.

 

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