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Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 30 2012
The_Eagle
Hiking26.43 Miles 1,290 AEG
Hiking26.43 Miles
1,290 ft AEG30.5 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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First time here for me.

Dave secured the permits the first day they were available for a Friday/Saturday stay.
There were 7 of us that made the trek, Joe, Dave, myself and 4 of Dave's friends.

We met up at 8 am with temps in the 40's, and started our journey.
You only get to stay dry for 1/3 of a mile before you get to the first creek entry.

The water was cold and the JBM pegged 11 on numerous occasions.

A majority of this hike is in the flowing creek. Hearing stories of what you you should and should not wear on your feet, here are my observations based on the choices made in our group.
- Scandals = Bad, too many stops to clean out dirt
- Waterproof Boots = Bad, they fill up with water and don't drain
- Trail Runners/Hiking shoes w/ 1 pair of socks = OK, still had to clean out dirt.
- Trail Runners/Hiking shoes w/ 2 pairs of socks = Good.
- Light weight Hip Waders and hiking shoes = Good, the only dampness was from sweat, feet stayed warm.

Joe and I opted to make camp at about the half way point and day hike with lighter packs from here. We bid the others adieu and they left for the east entrance and the Turkey Creek Ruins.

After setting up camp we made our way over to Virgus Canyon. A sweet Canyon w/cool rock formations and flora. There is some scrambling required, but nothing too bad. After getting .6 mile in, we reached a point that we could not get over.

I dropped Joe back at camp and ventured upstream to Booger Canyon. I just ventured in a bit, made some mental notes for future exploration.

Perfect sleeping weather with temps around 45 at night.

Day Two

I went upstream and went into Deer Creek / Hell Hole a little ways. I need to come back to the check out a lot more of this Canyon, and to get up Parsons Canyon. Just not enough time on this trip.

While Araviapa Canyon is spectacular, the side canyons are a great change of pace. From what I saw, each of them has their own personality. I really need to get back to explore some more of these!

Thanks for getting the permits Dave and great hiking with you again.
Flora
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Cardinalflower
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Fauna
Great Blue Heron
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial

dry Deer Creek Dry Dry
Dry from Araviapa Creek, a mile in
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