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Dec 03 2017
RickVincent
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49 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Oak Grove CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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RickVincent
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Spent a few hours in this canyon. Saw a pack of coatimundi and a whole mess of turkey on the approach to the trailhead. Several Javelina on the way out. Fall color has not yet peaked in the Aravaipa-Turkey Creek area. It has been unusually warm. Maples in Oak Grove still mostly green. Plenty of yellows and oranges among the sycamore and other varieties. Returned to the trail to find yet another flat tire. Getting to be epidemic.
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Mar 02 2017
Oregon_Hiker
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 Joined Dec 07 2010
 Phoenix, AZ
Turkey Creek Canyon, AZ 
Turkey Creek Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 02 2017
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Hiking8.20 Miles 737 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles   7 Hrs      1.17 mph
737 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
 
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This hike follows a 4x4 road up the bottom of Turkey Creek Canyon and then takes a side trip into Oak Grove Canyon, a west side tributary of Turkey Creek. Turkey Creek Canyon is a nice alternative to hiking in Aravaipa Canyon past the wilderness boundary which requires a permit. This canyon is a deep fairly wide (50-100 yds) cliff sided slot canyon with a 4x4 road up the bottom of the canyon and several primitive car camping sites spaced out over about 2 miles. Warning, this is not a place to be if heavy rains are expected. Partially washed out sections of the road and many creek crossings with flowing water plus being there on week days meant I had the canyon to myself for the next two days. Well, almost to myself. A herd of Javelina visited my camp each night and greeted me on my day hike up the canyon. Also, some critters were making weird noises at sundown that sounded more like a bunch of monkeys than the expected howling coyotes. The canyon bottom is lined with hugh AZ Sycamore and oak trees and even has a token Indian cliff dwelling making it a very scenic and interesting place to visit.
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Oak Grove Canyon Turkey Creek
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Dec 07 2014
CannondaleKid
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 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Turkey Creek - Eastern Ridge, AZ 
Turkey Creek - Eastern Ridge, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 07 2014
CannondaleKid
Hiking5.90 Miles 1,575 AEG
Hiking5.90 Miles   4 Hrs      1.54 mph
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We awoke to a nice crisp 27° morning, which meant I was up and out wandering around in the dark for hours before Tracey was willing to be torn away from the warmth of her new 0° sleeping bag.
:o
Oh yes, the Klymit(sp?) bag worked out well... no wait, it worked too good! ](*,)
How can I expect her to going for early-morning coffee, let alone early-morning hikes? :whistle:

Well, finally the sun hit close enough to our camp for Tracey to stand in the warmth, and 8:30 am(!!) we were in the creek, ok, so it was dry, but at least we were hiking.

After yesterday's Oak Grove Canyon hike along with the surprise (to Tracey) route change, she wasn't going to let me get away with that again and got me to spill-the-beans on my surprise plan for today.
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Ok, so we'll only go a little way along Turkey Creek before we make a 90° left turn and follow an ancient Jeep trail along a spine up to the top of the long north-south ridge east of Turkey Creek. This ridge and most of the Jeep trail continues all the way north to overlook Aravaipa Creek.
If only we had more time, :STP: we would have continued to the northern terminus before retracing our route.

But no matter, we had a long seemingly ongoing climb along the Jeep road to the ridge. As usual, at each flat spot there would be another hill to climb but eventually we reached the top. Ok, which way do we go? South all the way to reach Four Mile Road, or north toward Aravaipa? Knowing we wouldn't go that far either way, we opted for northward to what appeared to be a high-point with some great views. Which is where we had our PB&J lunch and I took the pan photos and video.

Now, do we continue on or go back and explore more of Turkey Creek? Need I have asked? Let's see if Turkey Creek can hold a candle to Oak Grove Canyon? Let's find out! It didn't take quite as long for the descent but at times it was harder due to steep and loose rocky road, now pretty much an ATV trail down to a point.

Back in the dry creek bed we headed for the bend where we would meet Turkey Creek. As we were getting close we noticed a broken down corral off to the side so of course we had to explore it first. Not much but a few old cement water tanks so we cut straight across to finally reach Turkey Creek itself.

See my Turkey Creek Wandering photoset/triplog for the rest of the hike, as well as the rest of the photos and the second video.

One video filmed in Turkey Creek...
Panorama from the ridge East of Turkey Creek
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Dec 06 2014
CannondaleKid
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69 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Rug Road via Oak Grove Canyon, AZ 
Rug Road via Oak Grove Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 06 2014
CannondaleKid
Hiking6.70 Miles 1,227 AEG
Hiking6.70 Miles   5 Hrs      1.41 mph
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After the 4 hour drive from Mesa we were eager to hit the trail... as soon as we could limber up our legs from sitting so long.
:-({|=
Although I had mapped out a number of possible GPS routes in the area, I really had no idea exactly where we would go so it was a matter of let's explore this small box canyon... not realizing it WAS oak Grove Canyon and it continued around the bend. Ok, we're heading the right direction now, let's continue until we can exit up and out one side or another, or keep going until it's time to turn around.
(At least that's what I told Tracey) :STP:

Even though we missed the peak colors by a week or two, there was plenty of beautiful scenery that conspired to keep our pace in scenic-mode... and we enjoyed it immensely!
:y:
After passing through a few tight/wet spots in which we endeavored to keep dry, I noticed some javelina trails running some distance up the western wall of the canyon. They seemed to be well-used so I figured one way or another they probably continued up and out of the canyon.
:pray:
So, giving Tracey a little encouragement we began climbing. First through the thick brush with plenty of cat's claw and shin daggers to avoid, then the steep, loose-rock slopes and finally climbing boulders through a series of small pour-offs.

By this time Tracey was wondering what's the point? along with I don't want to go back down, there better be a way back to camp!
:tt:
And once we reached a saddle with another deep canyon ahead of us, she quickly set off around on a ledge seeking an escape route, only to end up at a dead-end. Along with the dead-end she realized her two-way radio battery was also dead and she couldn't get a response when yelling to me... because I was scouting out a route to continue climbing even higher as I believed there was a route which would allow me to spring my original plan on Tracey... since she refused to ride along Rug road, I figured we could hike the worst part and she could see what she was missing.
Ha! :guilty:

But now, where is she? I haven't heard anything so I better go see if she dropped over the 100'+ cliff she had been skirting.
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Thankfully she hadn't, and now it was time to tell her my original plan... especially since we were actually able to exit the canyon where I hoped. Following the route I mapped out before leaving home, by now we were closer to the road than taking that awful route back to the canyon floor so Tracey was all for it... if we could continue.

I was pretty sure we were quite close to Rug Road but with another saddle to cross that may reveal another drop, we had our hopes up. And once we saw three dirt-bikes ripping along Rug Road we knew we had it made.
:y:
As soon as we hit the road we looked for a large boulder to sit on and have our PB&J lunch before the 3-mile hike along Rug Road back to our campsite in Turkey Creek. (Technically our campsite was in the first part of Oak Grove Canyon.)

Anyway, Tracey got to experience Rug Road, albeit on foot, and all it did was reinforce the idea she doesn't want take a drive on it. (Any time soon maybe, but I have hopes I can wear her down due to some destinations I know she would like to reach without too long a hike)

On the last many-stepped hill back to Turkey Creek, I noticed a towel laying in the road, and immediately thought someone had thrown-in-the-towel and had given up trying to drive up the hill.
](*,)
BTW, the towel and the hill are in the photoset.

Back to camp it's time to set up then spend a relaxing afternoon-evening, thinking of what to do tomorrow. Another secret plan of mine... but you'll have to wait for the next triplog to find out.
:whistle:
Again I'm posting the full set of photos on HAZ.

Only one short video today:
Water dripping from a wall in Oak Grove Canyon
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Nov 16 2014
RickVincent
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49 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Oak Grove CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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RickVincent
Canyoneering7.25 Miles
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Plenty of leaves on the ground, but still more fall ahead. Maples in Oak Grove Cyn are still green. Sycamore are mixed green and yellow.
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Mar 16 2014
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 Joined Sep 29 2004
 Small Town USA
Oak Grove CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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SkyIslander18
Canyoneering9.20 Miles 600 AEG
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I had not been out to the Aravaipa area in almost 3 years so I was very excited about this overnight trip! Preston picked me up in Safford and together we traveled out to the canyon with a few scenic & historic stops along the way before arriving at the mouth of Turkey Creek around noon. After a short drive up the creek, we picked a campsite for the night then threw on the packs for our afternoon hike.....

..... after walking the remainder of Turkey Creek road and rounding the bend at the corrals, we entered Oak Grove Canyon. The route up this canyon was a little rough & slow going at times, but well worth it! Better than expected March greenery along the creek, some dramatic high canyon walls & bends with a few spring flowers here & there. It was very nice!
After exiting the canyon, we hiked up the Rug Road a couple of miles for the overlooks.
Man ..... what a rough road only the first mile of this is, I had to 4x4 hike it!
We then walked back down Turkey Creek road to our campsite at dusk to begin the night activities.

After sunset, we made the very short hike up to the Turkey Creek Cliff Dwelling for a super fun full moon photography session with the dwelling & stars. Then it was back down to camp for a "colorful" fire, quesadillas & chips, pottery firing (there is just no end to the Yeti's talent) and good campfire conversation. My day ended with full moonlight shining through my tent and visions of Aravaipa Canyon in my head .....

Thanks Preston for spending my B-Day with me in this most awesome area, Twas a wonderful day!
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Mar 16 2014
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 Oro Valley, AZ
Oak Grove CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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PrestonSands
Hiking8.30 Miles 1,065 AEG
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Rolling into Safford on Sunday morning, I picked up Chad and we were soon off on the long drive to the eastern end of Aravaipa. Driving past the Aravaipa trailhead into Turkey Canyon offered a brief glimpse of the beauty that lay in store for us the next day. We parked near the Turkey Creek cliff dwelling and set off on foot on the road. The road hike ended soon and we were boulder hopping up Oak Grove Canyon below massive cliffs of buff colored conglomerate, well guarded by a continuous stand of cottonwoods and sycamores. Water and then a flowing stream gradually appeared as we moved slowly up the well shaded canyon, which included an unexpected bigtooth maple patch. Chad found some great photo ops, while I sloshed my way through the creek a bit farther to Jackson Spring and the two rock towers near point 3828'. We soon regrouped and made our way out of this sliver of paradise onto the dusty route of the Turkey Creek road once more. "Hey, let's check out the Rug Road", so we did, climbing out of the canyon up god-awful, undercarriage wrecking rock steps onto a pleasant, open ridge which offered a great view of the surrounding area. I managed to slip and fall on my ass, a victim of this savage, treacherous old road. Eventually we made it back to my truck, where we partook of the ice chest then made the short walk up to the cliff dwelling. Hiking back down, we set up camp nearby, next to an old corral in the creek bottom, and waited for darkness to arrive. Once it had, we returned to the cliff dwelling for some night photography experimentation. The evening was concluded with a colorful, roaring campfire, fire grilled quesadillas on fresh tortillas from the tortilleria in Willcox, birthday cake, and a pottery firing experiment. It had been a great day. The next day, Aravaipa awaited...
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Nov 22 2012
RickVincent
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 Mesa, AZ
Oak Grove CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Nov 22 2012
RickVincent
Canyoneering5.00 Miles 320 AEG
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Woke just before 3am on Thanksgiving Day. On the road at 3:30am and arrived at Turkey Creek at 6:30am, just before sunrise. Took about 1/2 hour to navigate the narrow winding road down Turkey Creek in my 4x4 Tahoe. I wish I could have made the Tahoe a bit thinner for this trip, as I picked up plenty of new pin-striping.

Arrived at the trailhead near the mouth of the canyon and started my hike about 7:10am. I planned this trip as a photo-taking adventure and so my progress was slow, as I stopped several times along the way for tri-pod set-ups at various locations.

Going was mostly easy until reaching the huge boulder jam near the twin spires. I stowed my camera gear and prepared for a little bit of boulder scrambling. The canyon seemed to get less interesting past the boulder jam. The canyon walls opened up and the creekbed was dry.

I continued on about 1/2 mile hoping for more, but then decided to turn around. On my return I avoided the boulder jam by hiking up a hilly slope between the spires. This gave me a birds eye view over the tree line of the canyon. I hiked down the other side of the slope and found myself back on the canyon floor.

Unlike last year, the stand of maples had barely started to turn colors. Only a few red and yellow leaves which made it hard to find. I had missed them on my way into the canyon and almost missed them on the way out. I guess I was looking for this bright mass of red and yellow leaves like last November. The sycamores and cottonwood, on the other hand, were a mixed bag of at peak or post-peak.

I continued out towards the mouth of the canyon and back to my vehicle. I was on the road at 1:30pm and made my way back to Mesa. Arrived at my house at 5:45pm, closing out a busy day of 8 hours driving and 6 hours hiking. Best part may have been the smoked turkey that Anna had been preparing since noon. My folks came over and we enjoyed a spectacular Thanksgiving Day dinner for the four of us.
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Oct 13 2012
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 Gilbert, AZ
Oak Grove CanyonGlobe, AZ
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ssk44
Canyoneering1.50 Miles
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Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
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Nov 26 2011
RickVincent
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Oak Grove CanyonGlobe, AZ
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RickVincent
Canyoneering2.40 Miles 300 AEG
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This is a nice alternative to Aravaipa when you don't have permits. We left Mesa at 5:30am. Once arriving at Aravaipa wilderness area we turned left and enjoyed a beautiful drive down Turkey Creek. Stopped at the Salado ruins then continued on toward Oak Grove Canyon.

Fall colors were everywhere, on the trees and on the ground. Sycamores and cottonwoods are past their peak. Came across a stand of maples that displayed a full range of greens, yellows and reds.

We hiked about 1.2 miles back and then headed back out the way we came. Huge canyon walls and dramatic curves at the heart of this canyon. More to explore, I look forward to going back again.
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average hiking speed 1.14 mph

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