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Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Dec 17 2016
DallinW
Canyoneering28.00 Miles 1,500 AEG
Canyoneering28.00 Miles1 Day   6 Hrs      
1,500 ft AEG
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Braved the cold with some friends to play around in the water at Aravaipa.

We were hoping the fall colors would hold on just long enough for us and it seems they did. Probably just past their prime, but there was still plenty to rave about. The rains from the previous night had the creek running high and muddy. The itinerary was pretty loose: Hike the length of the canyon and back, explore some of the side canyons.

I really liked the choose-your-own-adventure aspect of this hike. Follow the creek, follow a use-trail, bushwhack it, whatever. "Have it your way" as the great King once proclaimed.

Our pace was slightly slower than I had anticipated. Its a fine balance between walking the creek when the brush gets too thick, and walking along the banks when its faster than the creek. We moved a little less than 2 mph going in, and around 2.5 mph coming out. The faster "out time" was probably due to us following use-trails more often.

We briefly visited Booger Canyon. As far as we explored this canyon, it was a series of one waterfall after another, requiring some boulder hopping and scrambling to progress. This one is well worth the visit and I wish we would have had more time to continue further up this side canyon.

We reached Turkey Creek and took a quick break before turning around. Made it back to the campsite near the mouth of Hell Hole Canyon and called it a day. The temperature dropped quickly after the sun disappeared and a large fire was started. Beverages and treats were enjoyed along with each others company before we retreated to our sleeping bags to brave the 26 degree night. I kept fairly warm with 2 base layers and a puffy on.

Woke up with frozen shoes. We were all moving slowly but eventually we made it out of camp around 9 am.

Hell Hole Canyon starts wide just like Aravaipa but narrows into a quintessential slot canyon as you progress. No scrambling or boulder hopping required for this one, just walk along the wash, enjoy the isolation and beauty all around you. We past a cool arch, and a neat looking spring (or fall?) which comes right out of the canyon wall into a small little pond. Water was trickling down the walls in some places as a mist, which was really cool to see in the unique lighting of the slot. We turned around after exploring the canyon for about 2 miles.

From there we hiked out non-stop all the way back to the truck.

The side canyons we visited were better than the main canyon, in my humble opinion. Do not miss out on the best parts of this area by just hiking the creek end to end, especially if you have the time to explore. Had plenty of fun, can't wait to come back and explore more, which there is plenty to do in this area.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Probably on the tail end of prime. A lot of leaves on the ground. Some spots were still going strong, some still had some green.

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