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Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Sep 26 2012
snakemarks
Canyoneering11.00 Miles 451 AEG
Canyoneering11.00 Miles
451 ft AEG
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Entered from the east end this time to hike Hell Hole Canyon without the need to backpack... we car camped near the confluence of Turkey Creek and Aravaipa. As we were driving in, a bear charged out of the brush right in front of the truck and ran down the road ahead of us for a bit before disappearing around a bend... 100 yards from our campsite! That incident kept things lively for the duration, although I tend to be more apprehensive of two-legged animals. We crossed paths and had a brief (polite) verbal exchange with a very questionable specimen who seemed to have 'serial killer' written all over him. After checking us out, I was afraid he might come back later and that kept me on edge until we woke up alive the next day. Not even Yogi was inspired to visit our camp that night and I know he was nearby because we heard him bellowing at dusk. Maybe the bullet holes in the truck were a turn-off to both prospective party crashers. I can't tell you how many times that truck has deterred unwanted company! For those of you lucky enough to have seen this beauty, you know what I'm talking about!

Hell Hole Canyon was as cool as before and with more water, due to the heavy summer rains we had. The second spring was positively gushing. There were so many more blooming flowers than I remember from last year and the whole place was just beautiful. We hiked all day, stayed the night, then left the next morning.

Road Conditions

Unless you happen to live in Safford, this is a really long drive and Rt 70 out of Globe is the exact opposite of scenic. Make sure you have taken care of all your needs before you hit this highway because you don't want to have to stop anywhere along the way... trust me here. I was dreading the 40 miles of dirt road at the end, but the Universe smiled on us because they were just finishing up the grading along the entire route, so the road was about as good as dirt gets. It's wide, smooth and relatively straight, making for an easy 35-45 mph cruise all the way and the views are pretty good. It doesn't get better than that.

What clearly needs improvement is the parking situation, or rather, the lack of. If all 20 passes are out with 2 people per vehicle, there's really no way to support that. If you are going with a group, aim for a cozy carpool. If you plan to car camp, you'd better hope that nobody else who you don't wish to know intimately has the same idea.

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