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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Pioneer Pass Campground

There is a gem of a campground in the pines, and you won't have the traffic you would in Payson or on the rim. 

Pioneer Pass Campground is south of Globe in the pines, at an elevation of 5,900 feet.   The road rises from the high desert of Globe on a narrow mountain road.  The campground has plentiful firewood, picnic table, vault toilets, but no water.  It is a great campground for the scouts to explore at.  There are nearby hikes to Pinal Peak.

Our troop did the wilderness survival merit badge and there was plenty of material to build the shelters.

Information on the campground with directions and GPS coordinates at these two links:

Forest Service Website

Camp Arizona Website

Google maps gave accurate navigation directions August 2011.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Reavis Ranch through Roger's Trough

Reavis Ranch through Roger's Trough is a great backpacking trip, around 18 miles round trip going in from the south.  The hike in is harder than the hike out.  It is absolutely beautiful.  The spring runs year round.  Apples in October.

You can also go in from the north.  They say it is longer, but flatter than the south route through Roger's Trough.

Anyway, here is information if you are going in from the south.

Hiking Guide
Hiking Guide

Reavis Ranch through Roger's Trough overview map
Reavis Ranch through Roger's Trough, north detail map
Reavis Ranch through Rober's Trough, south detail map

You can find indian cave ruins up Roger's Canyon in a few mile detour.  Or you can climb up to circlestone, a stone wall left on top of a mountain by ancient indians.

Scout On!

Thursday, November 4, 2010