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Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness - GET #7
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Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness - GET #7Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 30 2020
John10s
Hiking11.73 Miles 1,648 AEG
Hiking11.73 Miles   7 Hrs   37 Mns   1.69 mph
1,648 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
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This was my first visit to Aravaipa, and my hiking partner was able to secure a permit when a cancellation gave us an opening. We started from the west trailhead, and the area, including the last stretch of the drive, was very beautiful before we even got into the canyon. We were only doing a day hike, so we knew we wouldn't be able to hike the full ~12-mile length of the canyon and back, but we wanted to explore Horse Canyon around the midpoint.

Despite the dry year, the creek was still flowing, though I assume the water levels are down from where they would typically be around this time of year. We'd read that there are quite a few side canyons that can be fun to explore and that they're hard to see because of the thick foliage along the creek. I took a quick look at the topo map the night before the hike and marked waypoints on the GPS near the side canyons in case we wanted to check them out. Many of them were, indeed, tough to see from Aravaipa Creek.

We didn't end up checking out the side canyons along the way, but the landscape was fantastic--a unique combination of water/trees nearby, surrounded by a more traditional desert landscape up higher. The water temperature was cool but not uncomfortably cold, and we saw some wildlife along the way--fish, a small snake, a skunk, and a deer standing in the middle of the creek up ahead as we rounded a corner. Unfortunately, we didn't see any coatis...maybe next time.

There were a few tents set up near Horse Camp, and we turned north into Horse Canyon and spent some time exploring. It was a great area and would be even more incredible if the water was flowing more heavily. We scrambled up a few levels along dry falls and cliffs and ate lunch among the smooth rock slides and pools. It was clear from the stains on the rocks that when the water is flowing, there are a lot of water falls in that area, and the pools are connected as the water cascades down the canyon. Definitely a place I want to check out again when there's more water.

We hiked back into the canyon until we reached a dead end where we would have had to backtrack and climb up and around the obstacles to continue, but we were running out of time. We could see two or three big caves farther back in the canyon that would have been fun to see up close, but another stop for the next visit. We hiked back out through the creek again, and as we drove out on the gravel road, we spotted four or five javelinas, including two small babies that ran up the hillside as we passed.

The hike itself was flat and relatively easy, but the views were fantastic, and there's a lot to explore between Aravaipa and the many side canyons. We plan to return soon and try the east trailhead so we can check out the other side of the canyon and the Turkey Creek ruin.
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