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Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 25 2008
kanode
Hiking18.50 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking18.50 Miles   8 Hrs   30 Mns   2.18 mph
200 ft AEG
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This hike was from the East end to near Horse Camp Canyon with a 7 mile RT into Deer Canyon on the way out.

We car camped along Turkey Creek on Friday night so we could get an early start on Saturday morning. There was one good spot 0.3 miles south of Aravaipa, and another 0.7 miles south (as far as we went). The 0.7 miles into Turkey Creek had spots that required high clearance but 4WD was not required on that section.

The road to the Aravaipa-Turkey Creek junction was well-graded. Cars with low clearance may have had problems driving that far due to water at the various crossings. I didn't get out to check but I'd guess the deepest spots were 6-9 inches deep. Numerous pickups and truck-based SUVs had made it without problem.

We started hiking at the junction of Turkey and Aravaipa creeks at 6:30 am. (There's room for several vehicles to park.) The plan was to hike to Paisano Canyon (that's as far east as I had been) and then explore Deer Canyon. The Aravaipa hike was so pleasant that we didn't turn around until we were only about 0.75 miles from Horse Camp Canyon. This 5.7 miles took 3 hours. There was lots of slippery moss on the rocks so we spent more time hiking out of the water than planned.

We returned to Deer Creek and then hiked up it 3.5 miles in less than an hour and half. That included time spent talking to another HikeArizonan (TM1ssKDMac ) that we ran into at the small but noisy waterfall. We turned around at a large boulder partially blocking the canyon. The hike to that point was well worthwhile with numerous grottos and seeps. I wish we had allowed more time for Deer Creek so we could have gone in farther.

Surprisingly given our early start, we only saw one heron, and 3 toads although there were lots of tracks both in Aravaipa and Deer Canyons.
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