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Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 01 2012
tibber
Hiking8.80 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking8.80 Miles   9 Hrs      1.47 mph
200 ft AEG   3 Hrs    Break
 
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Ambika and Guru invited me to join them for their Aravaipa trip. Guru got called away overseas for business so it was just Ambika and me. We drove to the Nature Conservancy on the east side arriving around 7:30 Fri nite.

The next morning we made ourselves a nice breakfast before leaving the Guest House for the TH. We stopped at the Salazar church that was all decorated for the holidays : rein : . The caretaker had just washed the steps so we didn't get to go inside.

Soon we arrived at the TH and geared up for a long awaited venture in Aravaipa Cany from the east side. We had crossed the creek for the second time enjoying the scenery when some other hikers came upon us in their vehicle. They were driving on the road we were hiking. We didn't know you could drive further per the instructions we had regarding the TH and that's why we were walking. We were offered a ride and tailgate surfed :DANCE: the last mile or so to the Turkey Creek TH.

And just like that we were finally in the creek heading down the canyon. You gotta love hiking in this canyon down the creek as the water, the last times I've done it, is just right. As we got down a little ways we encountered some campers preparing to depart. Ambika was impressed with the waders one of the fellows was wearing and come to find out, the guys were part of a group with some of our fellow HAZers.

Eventually the group from the SierraAdventureMeetUp Group would catch up to us. They were on a photography trip so we would more or less mingle with them the rest of the trip into Hell Hole/Deer Creek area. We weren't planning on going up Deer Creek but it sounded like a good idea. I recalled reading trip reports and seeing photos so I was looking forward to the trek... altho we didn't know exactly where we were going :-k and so relied on the map Ambika had to get us up the right canyon.

It was so much fun going up Hell Hole canyon especially as the canyon walls got taller and the pathway became quite narrow. In fact, once you get in a little ways Ambika was concerned the canyon was ending but indeed the path continued. Once again we ended up mingling with the SierraAdventure Group out of Tucson but no one really got in anyone's way and everyone seemed friendly. We would find ourselves walking with individual members from time to time.

We took our quick lunch break at the first spring on the west canyon wall before joining up with the group at the next big spring coming from the west wall as well. We hung out for a short time. We ended up with Anita coming back with us (the others lingered and then headed up a little further before heading back to the TH). She had a gimpy knee. It's always nice to meet another hiking enthusiast that also does a little photography :) .

We took our time and got back to the intersection with Aravaipa Creek in an hour. We rested our laurels for about 15 minutes before our trek back up the creek. We were quite disappointed with the lack of afternoon sun to light up the area. We did spy a large alcove where we had seen the two backpackers camped. It is quite large and would provide great cover if you got caught in weather. It is probably a 1/4 to 1/2 mile from the Turkey Creek TH.

We thot the rest of the group was almost a good hour behind us so we decided we would walk back to the designated TH. We left a note on the pick-up and started heading up the road when I heard voices so we turned around. We should have kept going as only part of the group had made it back. We ended up having to wait another 45 minutes. Well at least I had a chance to try to figure out how to put my new pant legs on but not without an assist from Ambika :lol: .

On the drive back, they almost blew right by our vehicle and yelled "jump" as they came to a halt. We jumped out the back, got our wet shoes off and drove the 3 miles back to the guest house where we drank our wine and snacked on chips and artichoke dip before enjoying our meal of salad, lasagna, and garlic bread. We reviewed the day and while the fall color was mostly done, we got some oranges and reds and truly enjoyed Hell Hole Canyon. Next year we hope to try it again from the east side as the hiking is soooo much easier. We'll try it a couple weeks earlier.

The reason I think we all like Aravaipa so much is the great variety of what seems like high country terrain that mixes with the desert. To me one of the great joys of hiking here besides listening to your feet walking thru the water is seeing the fall color and just a glance away, a saguaro covered hill. It makes me smile! oh and snap ANOTHER picture. :D

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