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Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 12 2014
AZWanderingBear
Hiking14.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking14.00 Miles
200 ft AEG
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"Wilderness, I began to realize, belonged not only to the landscape of the earth, but to the landscape of the mind as well," Page Lambert in Writing Down the Canyon. At every turn Aravaipa reminded me of this quote.

This had been on The List for a while. Thought Fall might give it color and just a little extra pop to make the nearly six hour drive very worth it. So Tuesday we set out with the truck loaded for camping and expectations high. Stopped in Globe for Mexican at Chalos (fair) and an hour or so later began the 40 plus miles of dirt roads required to access Aravaipa from the East. The roads are in good shape until you get to the last few miles with the multitude of creek crossings, but even then it was all easy enough and scenic.

Near The Nature Conservancy we stopped to photograph a few javelina kindly posing roadside. A Ranger drove up behind and scared them away before we could get any decent photos (not like I don't have a bunch of javelina pics, but....). He asked for our permit number before driving past us in a hurry.

Turned up Turkey Creek and found a nice campsite and set up for the night. Enjoyed some of Mary Jo's great chili by a warm fire of plentiful driftwood gathered along the dry creek bed. After some Fireball and conversation and we were ready for our sleeping bags.

While anxious to see Aravaipa, we weren't anxious enough to get up early. Inhaled a good breakfast of cowboy coffee and oatmeal before grabbing our packs and heading out on our hike. Saw another couple starting at the same time and a Ranger leading three others in backpacking. We saw Ranger led group much later in the day and only one one other hiker. So essentially we had the Canyon to ourselves. Perfect.

Glad we brought the right shoes. We were feet wet in the first few minutes, but the water was pleasantly warm and hiking in the Creek was a joy most of the time. The trees are turning, but not yet at their prime. Maybe 2 weeks more will see the peak. The contrast of the lush canyon floor with the stark sandstone walls combined with the ethereal silence kept conversation at bay for most of the time. Perhaps the word serene best described the feeling of the place.

We kept measuring our relatively slow pace and how much energy we were burning versus time and distance and our desire to push further west into the Canyon. We found ourselves at Horse Camp and decided that was a perfect turn around spot.

We hit our camp comfortably before sundown after 14 miles of pure enjoyment. Dinner of some pasta and chicken and some more Fireball in front of a really good fire with lots of discussion on what we had experienced made for a fine evening.

We'll hopefully be back someday to Aravaipa. But Aravaipa will now always be in the landscape of our minds.
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