Sounds great. I will be heading up to Reavis Ranch in late April
with a group. If you want to join us for another outing let me know.
I've done this loop but we camped a La Barge becuase it was a large
site for tents. There will most definitely be water in both Whiskey
Spring, La Barge Spring and Bluff Spring after all the rain we've
had. I went a few years ago in much dryer conditions and there was
water in all of these springs then. You wont need to carry too much
water on day two since La Barge is in the middle of your two camps
and there is nice water there.
Whiskey is not the best camping area for tents so you will be happy
in your hammock. There are several trees in the area.
I've been to dripping springs too. There is a little Mesquite bosque
west of the tanks at the base of the cliffs with the holes in them.
THat's where I hung and it was perfect. Couple of tent spots there
too in case you have some ground dwellers with you.
When you come out of the Dripping SPrings area and are heading
toward the Coffee Flat trail stay in in the wash while on the
private property section. The trail is overgrown with catclaw but
the wash, while slow going, is pretty clear.
Really get some good maps. Some of the trails you are mentioning
will be very overgrown and require some bushwacks. The eastern and
northern portions of the wilderness are very lightly used and some
of the trails are not well maintained. I'm guessing you already
know this but thought I'd mention it anyway just in case.
Wish I could join you but I do not have that weekend open.
Jamie D in AZ
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, Blake Robert
> The Flagstaff Hiking Club Superstitions hike is given
> Superstition Wilderness Backpack
> When: Feb 1618 2008
> Description: Moderate 4-6 mi./day $15 gas (from
> Flagstaff) From the Peralta Trailhead, we will hike
> along the Dutchman's Trail over Miners Summit to
> Whiskey Spring the first night (where there should be
> water), a distance of about 5.5 miles, and then on to
> Bluff Spring (more water) by way of the Red Tanks
> Trail for the second night. Trip is limited to 15
> people. Contact the leader, Jean Wilcox
> (779-6647;526-2020;jwilcox@...) for
> I had planned to do something more ambitious-hike
> from the north end of the Superstitions via the Reavis
> Ranch Trail 9.3 miles to Reavis Ranch area and
> camp-lots of trees. Then hike 10.3 miles via Rogers
> Trough to Angel Basin for one of the most pleasant
> camping areas in the range-lots of trees. Then to
> Coffee Flat Trail area and camp at Dripping Spring or
> at Reed's water. Then, on to Peralta Trailhead to meet
> the group and replenish supplies from their cars and
> join them as above. After their loop-replenish at
> Peralta TH again and reverse the approach---exc.,
> maybe, go up Frog Tanks Trail to Reavis Ranch Trail
> instead of via Rogers Trough.
> The Reavis Ranch area will involve camping at about
> 4,860 feet elevation. All the rest will be at lower
> elevation and, probably, not as cold. There has been
> lots of precipitation recently-so, probably good
> I will be camping in a Hennessy Hammock with no bug
> net so I can sit up in the sleeping bag to
> unzip---unless I find time to dig to the back of the
> storage unit and get a 35 year old top zipper REI down
> bag. I may carry a 1966 Vietnam issue hammock as a
> Taco for use to hold airbags---though, I do not
> understand how air matresses make you cold in winter
> camping on the ground while airbags make you warm when
> they are between two hammocks.
> As always happens-when you ask people many weeks in
> advance there are many who want to go. As the hike
> date approaches---one by one they drop out.
> If anyone wants to join me in the more ambitious
> hike-please let me know. Robt. Blake
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