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Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Aug 25 2012
John9L
Backpack13.50 Miles 1,000 AEG
Backpack13.50 Miles2 Days         
1,000 ft AEG
 
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This was an absolutely epic trip! One of the best hikes/backpacks of my life! There was water everywhere and we had an encounter with a mountain lion. Chumley and Jonnybackpack were awesome hiking partners and I can't wait to hike with them again. The weather was perfect!

We started our hike from the west entrance around mid-morning. We dropped down and then stepped in the creek and were off. The water was a very heavy brown after the recent rain. It made the trek challenging because you could not see the bottom. On top of that I was wearing a pair of Keen Sandals and rocks were constantly getting stuck under my foot. Every few minutes I struggled to clear the rocks out. I dealt with this all weekend.

We continued into the canyon and the walls start to tighten up. This place is beautiful! Around the two mile mark a small canyon takes off to the south. We followed it back and were delighted to see a 20 foot waterfall. Jonnybackpack said how lucky we were because it's usually dry. We continued on and then took a short break. Immediately after our break we noticed another waterfall to the right. This one was amazing! I would guess it was 40 to 50 feet high with a deep pool at it's base. We partially climbed up and enjoyed the refreshing water. It made me feel alive! After a few minutes another group walked up and they enjoyed the pool as well.

We continued our hike and found a nice campsite that was raised up off of the creek. We set up camp and then continued hiking with the goal of checking out Virgus and Horse Camp Canyon. After a mile or so we reached Virgus and then started hiking into the canyon. The water was flowing strong and Jon was looking for photo ops while we headed in. After a few minutes Jon asked if I smelled cat urine which I did. There was a very strong odor. We joked about seeing a mountain lion. From there we continued a little farther up canyon and then turned around. While hiking back Todd was in the lead followed by Jon and myself. We were away from the creek and were heading back in a wooded section when I hear Todd yell out that a cat is up ahead. We all retreated out of the area back to the creek. From there we stuck to the creek and made a lot of noise as we exited Virgus Canyon. It was a good rush getting out of there. We did not encounter the animal again. I was a little bummed that I didn't see it. For anyone making a trip to Aravaipa in the near future, DO NOT hike up Virgus alone!

Afterward we entered Horse Camp Canyon and made our way up the creek. There was plenty of water flowing as well. After a few hundred yards we came to another waterfall that had a nice flow. We were able to climb up to the top and continued hiking back a little farther. At that point it was late in the day and we decided to return to camp.

It was a fun evening back at camp. We brought some beverages with us and I had two sets of the ENO LED lights and an ipod with speakers. We planned on having a fire but the lights and music were too good to leave. We eventually turned in for the night. I actually got a great nights sleep. It was a little warm but I was comfy in my tent and have no complaints.

The next morning Todd and Jon got up early to scope out another waterfall close to camp. I slept in and then had my breakfast. They returned around mid-morning. From there we packed up camp and then started the hike out. On the return we stopped at the two waterfalls from the hike in. The pool we swam in dropped a good three feet and the water coming over the falls has lightened as well. The rest of the hike out was uneventful and we were back at the trailhead a little after 1pm. Also, the creek was not as brown on the hike it. It made travel much easier when you can see the bottom.

We were really fortunate to have some of these waterfalls flowing as hard as they were. I could picture them running dry most of the year. During our hike we were already planning a return. That's how awesome Aravaipa was! If you haven't been, make the plans and get your permits. You won't be disappointed!
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