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    Hi,
    I'm planning on hiking the 50 mile stretch of the Arizona Trail from Superior to Roosevelt Lake at the end of this month (passages 18 and 19). I've joined the Arizona Trail Association and looked over the water source info, but I'd like to get a little first hand information if I could. It looks like there's there's a bit of a stretch after Reavis Creek, maybe up to 20 miles, where the water may be iffy.

    I want to keep the hike kind of leisurely, maybe 15 miles a day, and wondering if I need to load up on the water through that area.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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    Maybe, I'll see ya out there Jack. Leaving March 26 from the Dutchman TH Trail #104 off Forest Road 78 heading east on the Grand Enchantment Tr.

    See if any of this helps. http://www.simblissity.net/get/guide-seg02.shtml
    Click the Water Chart Info and raed the Route Details

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    Trust Fred's water report, and contact him for specifics this year. He lives and hikes in that area and he will likely know the status of streams and springs.

    In general, a 20-mile water carry is a fairly short one on the AZT. I've usually had pretty good luck finding water in the Supes, but every season is different. It's been pretty dry down there this year so be cautious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack89 View Post
    Hi,
    I'm planning on hiking the 50 mile stretch of the Arizona Trail from Superior to Roosevelt Lake at the end of this month (passages 18 and 19). I've joined the Arizona Trail Association and looked over the water source info, but I'd like to get a little first hand information if I could. It looks like there's there's a bit of a stretch after Reavis Creek, maybe up to 20 miles, where the water may be iffy.

    I want to keep the hike kind of leisurely, maybe 15 miles a day, and wondering if I need to load up on the water through that area.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated.
    If you want a resupply PM me. I am in Mesa and will bring you what you need. Rolls
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    May all your hikes have clear skies, fair winds and no rocks under your pad.

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    I completed the AZT last year and do not recall any issues with water from Superior to Roosevelt (but the Oracle to Superior stretch was verrry dry). I was lucky and had lots of water along Whitford Canyon, and I even got my feet wet at one water crossing! Reavis Trail Canyon is reasonably reliable and Reavis Ranch has lots of water. I camped at Pine Creek which, luckily, was flowing quite well (there are two good campsites beside the creek). There was lots of water at Cottonwood Creek, and there was also a livestock trough there too.

    Frankly, it was one of the easier stretches from a water perspective. Just read Fred Gaudet's water report to see whether the W1s and W2s seem to have water, and you'll be fine.

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    Make sure you stop into Tortilla Flats. I cannot wait to go back !!!!
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    Thanks for all the replies. I'll definitely pay close attention to Fred's report, sounds like a pretty reliable resource. Great link Dogwood, hope to see you out there.

    Thanks for the offer Rolls, I live in Chandler and my son's helping me out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack89 View Post

    Thanks for the offer Rolls, I live in Chandler and my son's helping me out.
    Ahhh, shoot and I was hoping to be a "Trail Angel" and do my first "Trail Magic".

    It is great that your son can find the time to help you. Have a good hike.
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    I will be seeing someone next weekend who will have just hiked this stretch. I'll ask and let you know of any updates. Oh, and I actually live in Gilbert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pyroman53 View Post
    I will be seeing someone next weekend who will have just hiked this stretch. I'll ask and let you know of any updates. Oh, and I actually live in Gilbert.
    Trip fell through but might contact Trail Steward, Craig at:480-491-4906 mailto:[email protected]

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    I just finished passages 18 and 19 yesterday and found that Fred's water data was right on the money. I carried four liters starting out and more or less refilled to that level when stopped at a water point. Probably didn't need that much until after Walnut Spring.

    I started out at Picketpost trailhead on Thursday morning and finished at Roosevelt bridge just after 11 am on Sunday. For me, this was a pretty challenging hike. I ain't afraid to say that some of that elevation change kinda kicked my butt. It was well worth it, though. The scenery was absolutely breathtaking in some places.

    Thanks for everyone's input, I appreciate the good advice, and kudos to the ATA for the tracking and waypoint data. I used that info on Gaia GPS, and it was a big help.

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