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Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Apr 22 2018
adilling
Canyoneering8.35 Miles 200 AEG
Canyoneering8.35 Miles
200 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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This is my third trip into this paradise on earth. The first time from the East Entrance.

The drive in was surprisingly smooth. The dirt road from Hwy 70 for most of the journey to the trailhead was well maintained and smooth. I wish Peralta Road was so nice. But, towards the end, there were a few creek crossings and the road got a little rougher. We got to the East Trailhead and then went the extra 1.5 miles to the Turkey Creek/Aravaipa junction. This saves 3 miles in and out by driving that portion. There were 3-4 creek crossings that a passenger car would not be able to navigate.

Since you already drive into the canyon, you start off right away looking at the canyon walls. Our plan was to hike to Hell Hole Canyon, check that out and see how we feel about going further into Aravaipa from there.

Having hiked this canyon in December and early February in the past, I have never seen it so green. The cottonwoods on the east side are towering and when the wind blew, it was like it was snowing with all the cottonwood spores flying around. Lush and full of life for sure.

The water level was low at the start and never really got too deep. Up to the ankles in most spots with a few places a little deeper. There’s a fairly well-established path crisscrossing the creek. One of the best parts of this place is you can just hike in the river and not worry about the trail. It was a little toasty in the afternoon, but the cool water and all the shade made it very pleasant.

We make it to Hell Hole Canyon and hiked in a few miles, but we decided to turn around. My wife came along and is not a regular hiker. I could tell she was getting close to her limit. We decided to take a break, have a little lunch, and then head back to the trailhead.

Critters-a-plenty out in the wilderness too. We saw javalina, coatimundi, deer, and tons of birds. The other party of backpackers that were heading out as we were heading in said they saw a bunch of wild turkeys as well.

We all made a vow to return to this place for an overnight trip. It’s hard to compare the west and east entrances. They both have their charms. Either way, this place is special.
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