|Hiking||15.00 Miles|| 9 Hrs 15 Mns || ||1.62 mph|
|200 ft AEG|| || || |
I've been wanting to do a through-hike of Aravaipa Canyon but the east entrance is so far from Mesa/Phoenix that it is hard to do in a day hike. So last Monday (4/30) we drove two cars to the east trailhead and dropped one at the parking lot there. We then returned to Mesa/Phoenix after a day-long drive which included a drive up Turkey Creek to the Salada ruins. On Monday, my wife dropped us off at the west trailhead and we set out through the canyon to the dropped car 12 miles up creek. We left the trailhead at about 8:45 am and rolled up 15 miles, reaching the car at 6 pm that evening - 9 hr 15 min on the trail. Got home at 10:30 pm after lunch/dinner in Globe. What a looong day!
But we took our time and absorbed all we could, including about 1 1/2 mi up Hell Hole Canyon (that excursion added 3 mi to the trip and took us 1 1/2 hours to do). But is was worth it.
Spotted lots of birds, plus one rattlesnake. Met two parties as they were coming out of Hell Hole when we were going in. One of the parties had seen desert bighorn high up above the cliffs. We kept scouring the terrain up there (what we could see of it) but saw nary a sheep. We did see one coatimundi.
Temperatures were in the mid to high 80s, but with the breeze and lots of water to walk and play in, who noticed the temperatures? Skies both days were very blue and cloud free (at least what we could see of them from within the canyon).
I had read "snakemarks" triplog recommending Hell Hole Canyon and I'm glad I did. Thanks for the tip.
BTW, the 45 mile dirt road that takes you from route 70 to the east trailhead is in good condition except for being very dusty. If you plan to follow someone in on that road, be prepared to eat a lot of dust. A few washboard sections are present but they are small in size and number. You can make good time.
|To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a wilderness, they call it peace. -- Publius Cornelius Tacitus (56 AD – 117 AD)|