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Virgus Canyon (Upper) - via Rug Road, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 3.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,519 feet
Elevation Gain -165 feet
Accumulated Gain 752 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 7.66
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Historic & Seasonal Creek
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Parsons Virgus Negro Henry
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Parsons Virgus Negro Henry
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20  2009-05-17 Grasshopper
2  2009-05-17 ssk44
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Overview: This lush, reparian, and remote canyon which the "Rug Road" crosses, offers a great location for a backpack campsite (only 1 mile hike from the TH Start location) and/or a remote off-trail canyon dayhike; This canyon has a seasonal creek with large sycamore trees, a historic cabin- Virgus Cabin & Corrals, and also has a perennial spring which is located only 100 yards behind the old Virgus Cabin;

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    Virgus Canyon (Upper) - via Rug Road
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    Broke camp the morning of day 2 of our trip and hiked a little ways further west to Deer Creek and the entrance to Hell's Hole. Really nice canyon to go into, definitely worth the time. We dropped our packs and hiked in about 2 1/4 miles one way to Hell's Hole Valley, where there is asmall waterfall coming out of the rock. Then we backtracked out and started heading west again down Aravaipa Creek.

    We hiked all the way to the entrance to Horse Camp Canyon when we finally ran into the rest of our group again, and had lunch. We then went into Virgus Canyon. We boulder hopped about 1 1/4 miles before we turned around and headed back. The fall colors in this particular canyon were the best we had seen of the whole trip. There were places where fallen yellow leaves were so thick that you couldn't tell at first that there was a big pool underneath! Volcanic rock formations in there also pretty spectacular. This canyon will take some climbing, unlike Hell's Hole which is just flat hiking in between tight, steep canyon walls.

    Overall wildlife was around, tho I missed most all of it. Others in our group reported running into deer, coatamundi, etc.

    GREAT trip. Thanks to all who hung out with us!
    Virgus Canyon (Upper) - via Rug Road
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    (Virgus Canyon Homestead, 05/17/2009)

    Beautiful destination! The Virgus homestead site is located in a truly special setting and the hike into the location only adds to the experience. The sycamores along Virgus Canyon would be stunning in the fall. If you're into early 1900's Arizona history, you will love this hike. Great Rug Road side trip that should not be missed.

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    Virgus Canyon (Upper) - via Rug Road
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    On our 2nt/3day (5/16-18/09) seventy mile road trip on the legendary "Rug Road" Eric & I had one full day to do a couple of seperate day trips from our primary campsite which served as the TH Start for this days' activities. On this Sun-5/17, we first hiked down Upper Virgus Canyon.

    This lush, reparian, and remote canyon which the "Rug Road" crosses, offers a great location for a backpack campsite (only 1 mile hike in) and/or a remote off-trail canyon dayhike. This canyon has a seasonal creek with large sycamore trees, a historic cabin- Virgus Cabin & Corrals, and also has a perennial spring (Bleak Spring) which is located only 100 yards behind the old Virgus Cabin.

    We much enjoyed viewing all the Virgus homestead history as my pic set attempts to show and also the serious geology that took place in this scenic canyon. We had plans to hike another mile down canyon, but the sometimes thick overgrowth in this riparian canyon creek was just too time consuming as we had another day trip planned this day.

    Just FYI.. for those who are familiar with Aravaipa Canyon, approximately six miles further down Virgus Canyon from where our hike ended, is the intersection with a beautiful section of the Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness/Perserve. A very popular backpack choice (admission by BLM-Safford office, permit only).

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    From the Phoenix area: TH Start for this hike and/or backpack begins 18 miles in from Mammoth,AZ, at the "primary campsite" location as described in HAZ hike description: "Rug Road-Mammoth to Klondyke to Hwy 70" (See this hike description and associated driving directions for all pertinent details);
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