Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
6,997.00 ft (2,132.69 m)
Trail type
31.60 mi (50.86 km)
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Reavis Loop is a 31-mile route through the east side of the Superstition Wilderness located within Tonto National Forest just east of Apache Junction and Phoenix, Arizona. The Superstition Wilderness is an area defined by a stark beauty with rugged volcanic peaks, rocky canyons, and a rich history. This is an adventurous trek that showcases some of Arizona’s unique landscapes and diverse terrain. It features scenic vistas, unique geology and historical sites. Although the Superstition Wilderness is a popular place to visit, this route goes through areas that are not easily accessible and therefore more remote. 

Along this route you will find desert grassland, chaparral brush, and piñon-juniper woodland along with lush canyons, cottonwood and sycamore trees. There are steep ascents up rocky and rugged terrain, and some portions where the trail may be unmaintained. **Before heading out, visitors should contact the local land managers for the most up-to-date information about trail conditions.**

This route makes a great 2-3 day backpacking trip with plenty of opportunities for solitude, adventure and exploration (recommended for experienced hikers). The loop uses trails open to hikers, trail runners, backpackers, equestrians, and long-distance backpackers (mountain bikes are not allowed within the Superstition Wilderness).


Starting from the Woodbury Trailhead, head east on Woodbury Trail #114. Pass Rogers Trough Trailhead and head north on the Arizona National Scenic Trail (AZT). At the next junction, turn right and follow Reavis Valley Trail #109 to Reavis Valley, where you can see Elisha Reavis' ranch remnants ( this is a 2-mile round trip out-and-back that is included in the overall mileage of this loop). . 

Reavis was a homesteader who settled in the area around 1874 and built a ranch along a nearby creek. The AZT passes by the site of the ranch which still has flowing water and a few apple trees remaining from an old orchard that he planted.

After leaving the ranch, backtrack about a mile and head east on Fire Line Trail #118. Follow Campaign Trail #256 southeast to Pinto Creek. Take the West Pinto Trail #212 back to the AZT close to Rogers Trough Trailhead and retrace your steps back to Woodbury Trailhead. 


USFS - Superstition Wilderness


Logistics + Planning



Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Solitude. Unique geology. Historical sites.


Some areas may be unmaintained.

Trailhead Elevation

3,479.00 ft (1,060.40 m)

Highest point

5,487.00 ft (1,672.44 m)


Backcountry camping
Historically significant
Big vistas
Horseback riding
Bird watching

Typically multi-day


Permit required



Nearby Lodging + Camping

Superstition Mountains Area, Mesa, Arizona
Superstition Mountains Area, Mesa, Arizona
Superstition Mountains Area, Mesa, Arizona


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