I've been wanting to catch the falls colors in Aravaipa Canyon for a few years now and finally was able to see them in person.
So the Friday morning after Thanksgiving, we drove out to the West TH, geared up and started creek hiking our way up canyon.
The leaves were greener than I expected with loads of yellows and some reds & oranges lightly mixed in.
That first day, we trekked up to Booger canyon, dropped our packs, and with minimal gear we continued up canyon to Deer Creek Canyon and hiked up that sweet canyon to the springs. Sunset was an hour away at this point, so we turned around and hiked back down canyon the 2-3 miles back to our campsite at Booger. We had great weather that holiday weekend and the evening was only slightly cool but enough that we decided to start a fire after dinner. Having backpacked this canyon before, I didn't feel so inclined to check out every side canyon, so instead I stuck to the 4 classics but ventured further up canyon on each one since I had one of my old climbing partners with me.
So the next morning, we left camp and ventured up Booger Canyon a fair ways until it became less interesting and returned to break down camp. We hiked another few miles back down canyon to drop our gear at Horse Camp Canyon at another great campsite that we'd spend that night at. We again took minimal gear and ventured up Horse Camp canyon while bumping into another group who Moovyoaz was with.
The slickrock section is flipping sweet and this time when we reached the large pool below the falls, the water level and flow was low enough to scramble up and continued up to some cool narrows, arch, and hanging gardens section
where we were stopped by a 20ft drop. Returned back to camp for a quick back before rounding the afternoon off with a boulder hopping scramble up Virgus Canyon. I almost forgot how much fun that canyon is to explore and got even further up when my buddy found a safe to climb around the boulder jam but alas we got stopped by another boulder jam. We could have climbed past it with some class 4 climbing but the dinner bell was calling us back to camp.
That evening seemed a bit warmer so we skipped on the fire and just enjoyed another warm mountain house before getting whooped in chess again and retiring to our warm tent.
The next morning, we broke camp and made the scenic 5-6 mile pleasant creek hike back to our vehicles. Such an amAZingly beautiful canyon, yet maybe next time I'll have to go early December and work more on inviting a cute gal.