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Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness - GET #7Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 30 2012
azdesertfather
Hiking17.00 Miles 1,053 AEG
Hiking17.00 Miles   8 Hrs   44 Mns   1.95 mph
1,053 ft AEG
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One great trip, that's all I can say! Well, almost...

Started the trip off great...we get just a couple of minutes from the trailhead down the dirt road to Aravaipa, and someone asks me if I had the permit. Doh! :doh: ](*,) :tt: How could I forget something like that! I called the Safford BLM to cover myself and left a note in the car and everything turned out OK, thankfully. But I had a few people on the trip who made sure I DID NOT forget what happened.

Second mistake: I didn't bring a spare pair of shoes. Very dumb. This is a hike where a backup set of shoes is ESSENTIAL, because within minutes of starting the hike you will have to cross Aravaipa Creek and your shoes will stay wet from that moment on. Thankfully I at least had dry socks to wear in the evening.

On day 1 of this 2-day trip we hiked from the west trailhead to Horse Camp, where Bruce and Joe peeled off for the rest of the trip. The other 4 of us on the trip went with me to the east trailhead, then down Turkey Creek to the ruins and back. The ruins were definitely worth the side trip to see, if you are interested in historical ruins.

We picked a camping spot late that afternoon just outside the wilderness boundary across Aravaipa Creek from the spot where Turkey Creek runs into Aravaipa Creek. After about a half hour of setting up camp, a guy comes along and says we can't camp there because it's private Nature Conservancy land! You gotta be kidding. There was signage there saying it was Nature Conservancy land but the sign only said "NO HUNTING". It didn't say "private property" or "no trespassing" or "no camping"...just "no hunting", so definite finger wag at the Conservancy for bad signage that caused us to waste a lot of precious time. We quickly break camp and a couple of the 5 of us who broke camp first took off ahead to find another camping spot, but the problem was they peeled off and the rest of us didn't see them, so we kept hiking a mile and a half trying to catch up to the two who were actually far behind us...and just before dark we decided we had to just set up camp on our own. It wasn't until midday the next day before we finally found the other 2, at Horse Camp near Bruce & Joe.

With this trip I officially completed my first segment of the GET :y: Looking forward to getting started on the GET once a few HAZ people finish completing the AZT!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Turkey Creek Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Some of the water was just underneath the surface, the rest was in little pools above the surface.
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