We had an interesting loop planned that Belinda put together. Chumley helped us with the car shuttle and dropped off a vehicle for us at Turkey Creek Trailhead. We then loaded up into my vehicle and headed for ridgeline and top of the canyon. Once on the ridgeline we headed for the canyon and eventually dropped in. It wasn’t too long before it started to get narrow and light water flow in the creek. As we ventured downstream the walls got higher and higher. Interesting conglomerate rock that Aravaipa area is known for. We had a few downclimbs that required webbing assist and then two rappels in the lower part. Very cool section for sure with sculpted rock, narrows, and small pools.
Once we made it through the narrows we popped out on Aravaipa Creek and ventured downstream hiking the awesome section to Deer Creek Hell Hole confluence. From there it’s a pleasant hike up Deer Creek and into the Hell Hole section with high canyon walls and some autumn color mixed in. We set turn around time of 330 in Hell Hole before returning back to Aravaipa but did get to see the majority of the most spectacular narrows of the canyon.
Back in Aravaipa we hiked back upstream to the Turkey Creek Trailhead arriving just before dark. Of course, we had to complete the car shuttle and pick up a vehicle but not too long and we made it back to the Conservancy ranch house for dinner and beverages