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Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 24 2013
outdoor_lover
Hiking5.25 Miles 350 AEG
Hiking5.25 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.31 mph
350 ft AEG   2 Hrs   30 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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I have only been to Horse Camp from the West Side, so all of this area was new to me...I would hardly call this a Hike, it was more of a stroll... :D Walk/Wade for awhile, take 50 pictures, Walk/Wade for awhile, take another 50 pictures. Sit, just enjoy the sounds of the Creek and the 100's of Birds flitting about in the Canopy above, take 50 pictures... :sweat: I was in no hurry and in total enjoyment/relaxation mode. :)

I wasn't worried about how far I would get, unless I get hit by a bus before my next Trip out here, I plan on returning and seeing more. It's always nice in an area like this to leave something new and exciting for next time... :D

I made it as far as the beginning of the last bend before Hell Hole Canyon. I did take about a 1/2 mile side Trip and explored Parson's Canyon. That would be a pretty nice Canyon with good Water Flow. I'll have to keep that in mind. It did have a Trickle and a few Pools in a few areas, but it was mostly dry.

When I started, it was sunny and by the time I turned around in Parson's, it was getting pretty warm and I was starting to think about finding a Swimming Hole. By the time I got out of Parson's, it was overcast and the temperature had dropped enough to where I was thinking that I may opt to stay dry.... :lol:

I got to the beginning of that last bend and sat for awhile, having a snack and playing with the Camera. By the time I got done fooling around it was starting to get late enough that I started back. I needed a little time to set up my Camp before I picked up JJ at the Official TH. Of course, now that it was overcast, the Lighting in the Canyon was different, so another 50 pictures commenced on the way back... :sl:

I got back to the Jeep having had a very enjoyable day in the Canyon. This end is different as many people have said in the past. It has a much more Riparian Feel to it, the Creek is much calmer along most of my Route today, with just a few small Rapids and Tumbles. Seems to be a lot more Birds over here and the Lizards...Wow! 1000's of Lizards.... :o I don't think I have ever run into that many in such a short distance. There were times I came close to stepping on quite a few and once when I put my hand on a Rock in Parson's, I had one run across my hand...A little startling when you're not expecting it.... :o :sweat: Mostly Ornate Tree Lizards and Common-side Blotched, but there's probably a few other species that I heard, but never saw. And Butterflies, yep, tons of them and lots of different varieties from Satyrs, Brushfooteds, Sulphurs, Blues, Swallowtails, you name it, it was probably there...

Saw some Lion Poop in Parson's, don't think there's anything else in that Canyon that could make that big of a pile... :D Lots of cool Alcoves and Decks in that Canyon, perfect for a Lion to stretch out and wait for something to pass by... :) Plus there's still Water...

I did notice that this end, at least the first two miles, had several really nice areas to set up a Camp. There was a huge Alcove not far in where it looks like people have done just that.

I saw a total of 4 people all day. 3 in one party and a single Hiker. The Solitude was absolutely awful... :D It was a great day and I will be back to enjoy this incredible area time and time again. It's a pretty special place... 8)
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
There were a few Wildflowers scattered throughout my Hike including some Poppies. The reason that I'm calling this moderate is because the Water Plants that grow in and line the Creek are in full Bloom and it's a virtual carpet of tiny White Blooms. There are Butterflies everywhere taking advantage...

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