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Aug 31 2019
Timknorr
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33 male
 Joined Jul 26 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Timknorr
Canyoneering11.00 Miles 200 AEG
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The Creek was really flowing from rains the night before. It looked like flowing hot chocolate. The current was also more powerful than usual. With the muddy water we were unable to filter our water. If anyone has advice on how to filter muddy water please let me know. We were going to push on and had enough water for one night, but around 1pm we were woken from our midday nap with the sound of thunder. That was the nail in the coffin. Good thing too because a few hours after we left we watched a massive front roll right over the canyon and the NWS issue hail warnings for Aravaipa wilderness. I hope the other 3 groups who passed our camps survived the storm.
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Jun 11 2019
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Sun_Ray
Canyoneering4.61 Miles 134 AEG
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After seeing this hike on various “Best” lists Judy and I got-er done. While reading how hard it was to get a permit I was surprised how many open dates there was. Guessing it’s the heat factor. Judy and I left N. Scottsdale at 6 AM and got to the TH 8:55 with a temp of 84*. We quickly learned it was easier for us to walk in the water rather than on the stream edges where it’s rocky and lots of flood debris. While at a high level you just have to follow the steam, both Judy and I enjoyed using our pathfinding skills. There were 4 vehicles in the parking lot at the start and 5 at the finish. 101* when we finished about 4 hours later. The vast majority in the sign in book were backpacking for 1-3 days.
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Jan 12 2019
TheNaviG8R
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49 male
 Joined Jul 26 2008
 Mesa, AZ
Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Jan 12 2019
TheNaviG8R
Backpack7.50 Miles 200 AEG
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The wife and I purchased our permit late December and soon realized that the shutdown might affect our hiking plans. Luckily it didn't.
We set off early in the morning hoping to get our spot we had last time and when we got near it I stopped to listen for voices. None were heard so I was happy for that. We did get our spot. Yay.
We had another great trip here even though it rained slightly throughout the whole night. 'til next time Aravaipa, stay beautiful :)
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Dec 01 2018
chumley
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 Tempe, AZ
Booger Canyon, AZ 
Booger Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 01 2018
chumley
Hiking12.30 Miles 500 AEG
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I had mapped this one out to explore, so I was happy to learn a few of the others agreed to join me.

All of the canyons in this wilderness seem to have a unique and distinct character, and Booger is no different. It was really fun to explore with a lot of interesting geology, diverse terrain, and fun scrambling. A few obstacles may have approached class 4, but there's nothing technical.

Chris and I went upstream to just beyond the main fork, where both forks narrowed considerably. I'd like to check out both, and ultimately get up to the dam on the main fork. But that will have to wait for another trip. It seems like there shouldn't be any obstacles that prevent getting through, but I don't know that for sure.

We all took a snack break at the base of one of the waterfalls before heading back to the house to meet up with the others who were exploring other canyons nearby.
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Booger Canyon Paisano Canyon
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Pretty good color. Better than in the main canyon. Not sure if it lasts longer here or starts later, but it seems that if the bottom color is past prime it may be better up here.
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Dec 01 2018
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 Tucson, AZ
Primo Araviapa and Hell Hole, AZ 
Primo Araviapa and Hell Hole, AZ
 
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GrottoGirl
Canyoneering12.00 Miles 500 AEG
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Awesome day exploring a Technical slot canyon that pours into Araviapa. Chumley helped us by leaving my car at the main trailhead. Karl drove the team up to the top of the ridge where we hike until we entered the canyon. We were all surprised by the tightness of the slot canyon. The down climbs were sporty. I had to build a couple natural anchors for the two rappels.

After we were done in the technical canyon, we had a beautiful hike up Hell Hole.

We got done near sunset and drove back to get the other vehicle. Then we feasted on pasta made by Chumley! It was nice not having to cook!
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Dec 01 2018
BiFrost
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 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Primo Araviapa and Hell Hole, AZ 
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Canyoneering avatar Dec 01 2018
BiFrost
Canyoneering12.00 Miles 500 AEG
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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 :D
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Nov 30 2018
chumley
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 Tempe, AZ
Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
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chumley
Canyoneering12.87 Miles 300 AEG
Canyoneering12.87 Miles   5 Hrs   21 Mns   2.41 mph
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We arrived in the area early enough to go for a nice day hike on Friday, deciding to turn back shortly before getting to Horse Camp.

The weather looked ok most of the morning, and the snow from the night before caked the surrounding mountains on the drive in, but as the day went on, it got darker and the skies eventually opened up on us.

While most would consider it to be an annoyance, the rain just makes this canyon even more special. The water turned turbid as the flow in the canyon increased a few cfs. More impressive, though, was the flow into the canyon from numerous waterfalls from high above. Some reached heights of several hundred feet. While the flows were generally light, it was a real treat to see all these drainages with water flowing.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
I'll give it a substantial over moderate. It's past prime for sure (seems early this year based on past observations), but there is still plenty of color to be found, including a few isolated cottonwoods that are still largely green. Still plenty of cottonwoods that are virtually bare too. But the resulting leaf litter on the ground is a nice consolation prize.
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Oct 05 2018
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 Joined Dec 24 2014
 Phoenix
Aravaipa west entrance to Hell's Hole Canyon, AZ 
Aravaipa west entrance to Hell's Hole Canyon, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Oct 05 2018
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Backpack11.00 Miles 200 AEG
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This is my first triplog so pardon any errors as I learn the HAZ system! :D
The remnants of Hurrican Rosa hit Phoenix on Tuesday, Oct. 2, raising the water level in Aravaipa to 20 cfs by Friday, Oct. 5, the day our group of 5 backpackers entered from the west for a 3-day trip. While all 5 of us are experienced hikers, 2 were new to backpacking. We entered at 11 a.m. and because of the increased resistance from the raised water level, and all the downed cottonwoods from the Sept. flood, it was slow going. Several downed trees in the water created deep pools that we opted to bushwack around rather than swim through. We got to Horse Camp at 4 p.m. and set up camp at a lovely spot with an established fire ring. There were no fire restrictions this weekend, and plenty of downed twigs to keep our small fire going until "hiker bedtime" (8 p.m.)
On Day 2, we day-hiked east to the junction of Hell's Hole Canyon (very easy to spot) and back into Hell's Hole about a mile. Although we found some seeps and fern outcroppings along the canyon walls, we did not spot any flowing waterfalls. The hike back to Horse Camp was noticeably easier going with, instead of against, the flow of water.
Day 3 started as overcast with growing, dark clouds so we didn't linger in camp. By our last 1.5 miles, the sky opened up and drenched us for about 20 minutes, then became a gentle drizzle for the remainder of our trip out.
Over the course of our trip, we saw a tribe of 5 coatimundi (with a baby!), heron, a snapping turtle, lots of little frogs, bats, deer, caterpillars, a wolf spider in our camp, and a giant tarantula in Hell's Hole Canyon.
This is a trip I'd gladly do again in order to explore some of the other side canyons.

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Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar May 30 2018
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Backpack23.47 Miles 1,208 AEG
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This was a two-night backpack, staying at Horse Camp both nights. Great weather, nice water temperature for hanging out in the creek, air temperature pretty warm but not unbearable. I went with four other ladies, all old friends, and we had a lot of fun goofing off, splashing in the water, playing ukuleles and singing, and sharing backpacking stories. Of course, the canyon is as gorgeous as ever. On the second day we day-hiked up to Hell Hole Canyon, and up it as far as the spring.

On the third day one person saw a bear just up the trail from our camp, very early in the morning. We all saw some coatimundis. And the raccoons... Someone had mistakenly pulled one of the food bag ropes up too high, so that it was quite available to raccoons on the branch. I got a couple of photos of one of them before I chased it away.

We had fun with our phone bird apps, using the bird call function to attract Bell's Vireos, summer tanagers, and canyon wrens. Also saw a heron, plenty of vultures, a cardinal, and maybe a thrasher or two.
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Apr 22 2018
adilling
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 Joined Dec 02 2014
 Mesa, AZ
Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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adilling
Canyoneering8.35 Miles 200 AEG
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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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Feb 09 2018
hippiepunkpira
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 Peoria, AZ
Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Feb 09 2018
hippiepunkpirate
Backpack12.00 Miles 200 AEG
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2 night trip with Dustin, Gil, Paul, and Kevin. Paul flew out from Ohio for his yearly trip to the southwest for this one. Originally planned to try to do this two weeks later to have more green on the trees, but work obligations dictated it be done in early February. Headed in about 10am under sunny skies. Most of the trees were still rather bare, but was happy to see some trees starting to bud out. The in-creek sections felt chilly at first, but as the day warmed up near 70 degrees, it started to feel good. The first couple miles were pleasant with the canyon more open, but got much more spectacular the further we headed upstream and the canyon narrowed. Having never hiked Aravaipa before, we were guessing we would try to find a campsite between 3 and 5 miles in. We passed on a couple decent sites at 2.5 and 3.5 miles in before finding a nice place at the 4 mile mark that was intimate but had a nice variety of spots for both tents and hammocks.

After setting up camp, eating lunch, and collecting some firewood, we headed further upstream for exploration, photo hunting, and rock climbing (for Dustin and Kevin at least). I got caught up photographing the creekside greenery and trailed behind. A little I came across Kevin decked out in climbing gear and spotting Dustin as he bouldered up a pock-marked cliff face. When Dustin returned to the canyon bottom, we continued upstream until turning back at the mouth of Virgus Canyon. Definitely blown away by the beauty of this canyon.

Back at camp we built a fire and broke out a bottle of Kraken spiced rum and some gin and tonic. It was a lively night around the campfire to say the least. Gil brought a soft cooler full of carne asada which we roasted over the fire and ate with tortillas and homemade salsa.

The next morning I went downstream a bit to try to grab a photo or two of a spot green with groundcover that we passed on the hike in. The creek was frigid in the morning shade, and I had to climb back in my hammock and sleeping bag to warm back up upon returning to camp. I wasn't the only one that was cold, despite being the only one to wade in the creek. Paul decided to scramble up the scree slope above us to get into the sunshine and warm his bones- Gil, Dustin, and I joined him to lounge on a sunny rock outcropping with a nice view up and down canyon. Kevin had to get back to civilization for work responsibilities so he packed up his stuff and bailed a day early.

Eventually we decided to go on a little dayhike upstream. As soon as we started hiking, I noticed a pain in my left ankle. I had rolled it during the previous night's exploration, and walking around on it further seemed to be aggravating it. I knew I was gonna have to cut the day's exploration's short, but continued with the rest of the guys to at least have a gander at what was past Virgus Canyon.

As we approached the mouth of Virgus, disaster struck, but not to my ankle. When I had zipped my pack closed, I left the two zipper pulls together at the top of the pack, and then carabinered a full nalgene bottle to the loop on the front of the pack. Gravity acting on the water bottle pulled the zipper open and unloaded the full contents of my daypack into the creek. This included a camera body and three lenses among other things. Dustin was nearby to help me collect everything, but the camera definitely got fully submerged. I'm still letting it dry out with hopes it'll come back to life. At least I had my other camera body with a lens on it in my hand, so not all of my gear went for a swim. Regardless, talk about adding insult to injury.

Not about to let an accident like that ruin my trip, I decided to grin and bear it. We continued upstream past Virgus in a rather open stretch of canyon bottom that featured huge cottonwoods towering over a row of primo campsites, each with big fire rings and lots of logs for seating. Lots of space for tents, but also options for hammock hanging. Definitely will be shooting to camp here when I make it back to Aravaipa.

Just after the campsites, Horse Camp Canyon opened up to the north. I didn't want to push my ankle any further and the sandy beach next to the creek looked enticing. I told the other guys to go ahead and explore up the side canyon and I would wait for them. After emptying the contents of my pack to start the drying process, I laid down on the sand and enjoyed the solitude.

The guys really enjoyed the hike up Horse Camp, but were treated to some even more special on the way back. As we wandered back by the campsites and big cottonwoods, we spotted a herd of about 10 desert bighorn sheep grazing up on the bluff across canyon. We sat down on a big ol' log and watched the do their thing for about fifteen minutes. Gil had been chomping at the bit to see some, he got his wish.

When we returned to camp, I decided it was best to get in my hammock and elevate my foot. Upon removing my shoes, it was apparent that my left ankle was a bit swollen compared to the right one. There was one spot on the front of the ankle that looked a little purple, and indeed felt tender when I tapped on it with my finger. I figured it was a light to moderate sprain. Dustin went out to do a bit of scrambling, I lounged in my hammock, Paul snored away in his own hammock, and Gil collected firewood. It was a pretty leisurely afternoon.

With my ankle pretty sore, I decided to forego the evening photo hunting. The wind blew up and some light clouds wafted across the sky. We wondered if some weather was coming in. Paul and I pitched our tarps just in case. At the very least, they would create a windbreak to keep us a bit warmer. With the added wind chill, we started the fire early, as well as the drinking. Within a few hours we had consumed yet another carne asada feast and also polished off the Kraken. It was another lively night around the campfire.

The next morning, the plan was to leave by 9:00am and be out around 1:00pm, but with my injury, I was thinking I needed to be ready before everyone and get an earlier start. Of course, hobbling around also made me slow at tearing down and packing up. I ended up the last one ready, but we did hit the trail by 8:30. I had an ace bandage and wrapped my ankle with it, and it did feel much better that way. As long as I didn't put weight on my heel, I was able to walk without pain, and was able to keep up with the rest of the guys so we maintained a reasonable pace. With a slight downhill and walking with the current in the creek, we were able to make good time hit the trailhead just after 11:00. Despite a minor injury and a camera gear disaster, it was an amazing trip! I'm definitely looking to get out to Aravaipa again in the future.
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Dec 08 2017
chumley
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 Tempe, AZ
East Aravaipa, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Dec 08 2017
chumley
Hiking15.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
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I had an opportunity to head to Aravaipa for a couple of days and having never been to the east end, jumped at the chance. I now know I prefer this side and will come back for sure. At 3 hrs, it's really not a bad drive to get there and the benefits outweigh a little extra time on the road.

Thursday night was the coldest of the season statewide, but we were prepared so it turned out to be no problem despite dropping into the 20s. Friday was an exceptional day exploring a couple of miles down Aravaipa and up the geologic wonder of Hell Hole Canyon. It was a real treat. I'd love to see this one with a little bit more water flowing in it.

After seeing a bighorn up on the cliffs earlier in the day, we spotted some deer as darkness fell. The next two hours proved to be very entertaining!

We wouldn't have noticed the next critter if not for its glowing eyes as we approached on the opposite bank, wondering what it was. Once we were perpendicular across the creek we shone our headlamps to get a better view. At this point it realized we would not just walk by without noticing it was there and it subsequently repositioned. When that happened both Jon and I caught a glimpse of its silhouette and both had the same reaction simultaneously: tarzan swing! That's a big cat! :scared: It seemed nervous at our presence as we shined our lights directly into its glowing green eyes 25 yards across the river. As is common on our hikes, Jon and I each complimented each other on how large and strong we were -- loudly and repeatedly -- :sweat: while once again heading upstream. Jon noted that our hurried 3mph pace in the dark had suddenly increased to about 4mph! :lol:

Shortly thereafter a new set of eyes was watching our passage, but these were yellow. Though they sat high above us along the creek, as we got closer we could see it was just a curious raccoon (my first ever az wild sighting!). As we neared the trailhead, a skunk waddled across our path and seemed to be in no hurry to let us by. At this point we were trying to figure out what animal we wouldn't see tonight! Of course we weren't done yet. Next we spotted a gray fox that thought it was hidden and didn't run until it was obvious we knew it was there. Not much later we spooked a herd of javelina, and enjoyed watching the babies fight the current while swimming across the creek their parents had simply walked across. :lol:

At this point we were happy we would be sleeping indoors for the night and headed back to TNC cabin to meet up with the others and share our stories over a warm fire and some wild fermentation in the coolship.

The next couple of days included more wildlife sightings including coatimundi, turkey, and bobcat. Apparently there are cool birds here too!

I'm a fan of wildernesses. Some are more wilderness-y than others. I've only been to Aravaipa three times, but I think it's one of Arizona's truly wild wildernesses and a wildlife gem. FWIW, we did not see a bear. ](*,) Maybe next time! :)
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
A little dull. Sycamores were solid rust. Some cottonwoods still had a lot of green, others had some nice yellows, and some were mostly bare. Walnuts were prime yellow. Ash hadn't started yet.

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Mostly dry. Some pools and light flow up canyon near the spring, which was flowing nicely.

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98% dry. Just a couple of pools along the way
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Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Sep 15 2017
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Backpack12.00 Miles 200 AEG
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Aravaipa Canyon Family Affair, 2017

We were having a family gathering a while back, and I mentioned hubby and I were going to be backpacking into Aravaipa in September. I got a chorus of “I want to go!” from a bunch of them. So I reserved a permit for the max #, party of 10 for Sept 15-17. There were three generations of family on this trip which made it really cool. Every one of these kids have been taught the “leave no trace” concept, and they all followed it explicitly.

We went in from the west end, with the younger bunch striking out ahead of us. We told them to find an area hubby and I had seen before, that looked like it was big enough to hold all of us. It became the “spot where the naked guy was” because on our trip in 2012 there was a guy skinny-dipping there. So off the kids went. They would eventually stop and wait for us old folks, and then they would take off again. Probably about 4 miles in, we came up on the spot we had described to the kids, and they were nowhere in sight. They had kept going. So we dropped our packs there and my brother-in-law took off after them. Hubby and I headed up too, but not that fast!!

BIL caught up with them, they said they suspected that was the place but thought it was too close so they kept going. When they found out that’s where we would be camping, they dropped their packs on the trail and decided to go farther exploring. Out of 10 of us, only the 3 of us old folks had ever been in the canyon before. For the kids, it was like them being in a candy store.

All the kids in the group have backpacked before, it was a piece of cake for them. One of the boys carried up a set of regulation horse shoes with the stakes. Yes, you read that right! Even the youngest was a real trooper, she carried her pack for over half the trip up. But it didn’t fit her well, and her shoulders were getting sore, so it got passed off between the rest of them for the rest of the trip up. And hubby packed two folding chairs – one for me, and one for my niece who is mamma to the littlest hiker. What a sweetheart!!

When the kids decided to keep going, hubby and I returned to camp to start setting up. We set up camp and just hung around camp for the day. I gotta say, I’m probably 100 lbs heavier than I should be, and I estimate my pack weighed 35 lbs. After 4 miles of walking upstream, I was DONE. I decided my main goal for this trip was to survive without injury. When the kids all came back into camp for the afternoon, we had tin foil dinners and pitched horse shoes. After it got dark, it was adult drinks around the fire for the old folks, and crashing for the evening.

Day two, my BIL had to go home. So when he headed down, we headed up. We walked up the river to horse camp, probably another 2 miles. To date, that’s as far as I have ever been. The kids naturally were all over the place, and 4 of them climbed Virgus falls – including the littlest one.

We returned to camp, and ended up getting in the water to cool down. There are two holes big enough to swim in right at camp. We played cards, then sat by a fire and had a couple more adult beverages, and crashed.

Day three we had breakfast and hung around camp, packed everything up, pitched horse shoes again, then headed out around 11 or so to come home.

Temps were in the mid 90’s during the day, still almost too warm to sleep at night. Thank goodness for the water, because on the second night after we all decided to get in and cool off, it seems we all slept better than the night before. Everyone agreed, we will do this again. The kids had a blast; it was really fun just watching them enjoy the canyon.
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VolcanoCLMBR
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Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
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First time ever at Aravaipa. Left town Saturday AM, made it to the TH at about 10 AM, took our time getting trail ready then started hiking on this pleasant and beautiful canyon. It was warm but not too much, once we got to our camp site we were all lazy and took proper afternoon naps. The following morning we traced our steps back and headed back to town.
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Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
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Canyoneering14.00 Miles 200 AEG
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Annual overnighter in Aravaipa - second time from the East side.
Aravaipa was the first place I ever backpacked, and I think it's the absolute perfect place to introduce someone to backpacking ... if a night or two there isn't for you, then backpacking probably isn't for you.
It's also the only place I keep returning to time after time - each time is different, and it's always magical!
I planned the trip for a couple weeks later this year than last, hoping for hotter weather, and it worked out great - I got in in between cold spells. I need air temps around the 90's in order to enjoy the cool water, rather than just tolerate it in lower temps.
From what I have observed, it seems as though at least half of the permits issued for entry from the East end go unused. There were 10 permits issued for the day I arrived, but only 2 signed in and one vehicle at trailhead.
I intended to use the same charming little campsite that I stayed in last April, right across the creek from the mouth of Booger Canyon. It was empty and waiting for me ... I did later discover an even nicer site also on creek left a few more minutes downstream that I may try next time - but the Booger site has served me quite well twice now.
I took an hour to rest, refuel, and set up camp, then explored up Booger Canyon for a few minutes. It looks awesome and rugged, and I would love to check it out further - but maybe not alone ...
Next I meandered downstream farther than I had been, for a half hour or so. The middle section of the canyon really is beautiful.
Back at camp I debated a bit then decided to go ahead and start a small fire - there was plenty of wood and I thought the smoke would discourage insects (though they weren't bad) and alert other animals that there was a human present tonight. Last time I camped here there was fresh bear scat close by.
Just as I was cleaning up after dinner, right before the daylight finished fading, I heard animals moving across the creek - noisier than deer and larger and more deliberate than coati's ... I stared hard into the trees at the mouth of Booger and soon saw a bear! I watched as the bear family took about 10 minutes to pass, flipping over rocks and searching for food as they went ... saw an adult and a cub, and heard one or two more. Despite the fact that they were only about 50 yards away and I had both fire and food, they didn't seem to notice or care that I was there. I am sure they knew ... the cub did look at me for a minute while I was taking video of it. This was only my second bear sighting ever, and it was pretty great - I didn't feel fear or much alarm ... just thrilled.
Bedtime rolled around soon, and it took awhile to get to sleep - listening to the sounds of the night and wondering if the Berenstain Bears would be coming back upstream on my side during their nightly rounds. Once I fell asleep on my brand new pad - more on that later - I slept great, just waking up cold at 3:30, donning my fleece, and then back to sleep for two more hours. Woke up for good at daybreak with the singing birds, and enjoyed a lovely morning around camp.
Took my time and enjoyed extended breaks at several nice campsites and swimming holes. I was really hoping to get lucky and catch a ride in the back of someone's truck from the 4wd trailhead back to my car at the 2wd trailhead, like I did last time - but it wasn't to be since there were no vehicles at Turkey Creek once I got there. I thought oh well, it's just another mile and a half trudge, and maybe I am meant to walk it because I will see something good. I did meet a very handsome gopher snake stretched out across the road, and I got to hike with a turkey. I came upon a group of them after following their tracks down the road for awhile, and while most of them scattered or ran way ahead, there was one that kept just running a little ways up then waiting for me to catch up before running ahead again ... even after it finally turned off into the woods and let me pass, I could still hear it calling for some distance. Very cute.
The drive home was uneventful except for some cows in the road - watch out for them.

Gear notes:
I am in love with my new NEMO Cosmo insulated sleeping pad! It's a tad heavier than my old Thermarest, but at 3.5 inches thick it is a dream to sleep on! The built in foot pump works perfectly - you can also inflate it with your hands by kneeling down and practicing your chest compressions on it - either way it inflates in a minute or less. The dump valve deflated it instantly.
The Mazama 2L hydration bladder I recently got in a Cairn box also passed the test. I like how wide the opening is, and the shape and profile fit better in my pack than my Camelbaks.
This was my first time using the Sawyer filter extensively, and I didn't love it. Using with a Smartwater bottle as a straw was unsatisfying - you have to suck too hard to get a good drink ... squeezing it from the bottle into the bladder wasn't ideal either. I actually used my back up chlorine tablets the second day instead - much simpler. I will probably stick to my Steripen and/or chlorine in the future.
I decided to hike in a long sleeved Columbia Ice shirt this time and I like that a lot - rather than short sleeves and sunscreen.

Overall another fantastic trip - I am so thankful that this is what I enjoy and that I am able to do it!
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Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
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Our intention for the hike was to go in a couple of hours and turn around. Though the hike is not difficult technically, hiking through the water for hours is tiring :D We were thinking we'd find a couple of canyons - but we only found/ventured into Hells acre on the way back. Water level was ankle to knee deep & we found ourselves hiking in the water most of the way to our turn around spot - as it was cooler and easy to follow. Do not wear tevas - as rocks will be under foot all the time. I changed out of mine right away & put on boots (use socks too - and tie tightly to avoid the rocks entering).
We went in 3.4 miles, just before I guess Javelina Canyon -- there were waterfalls and we had lunch. The hike back with the sun starting to go down cast beautiful light in the canyon & we found our trek back (with the current) to be prettier and easier. We used a side trail for about a mile coming back and made better time. Our moving avg was 1.9 mph overall - so not fast whatsover. We hiked about 6.5 miles - as we must have hiked more directly coming back. We did run into 4 seperate groups of people & it was fun to chat. We were the only ones not there for multiple days. One hardy group of elderly women did the hike end to end w/ 1 night camping. Woohoo for them :y: They said the prettiest part of the canyon was in the middle - guess we would have had to go another mile or two in. Next time : )) We were very lucky to buy our permits the day before, as everything was sold out. Yee haa. Enjoy!
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 Gilbert AZ
Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
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Braved the cold with some friends to play around in the water at Aravaipa.

We were hoping the fall colors would hold on just long enough for us and it seems they did. Probably just past their prime, but there was still plenty to rave about. The rains from the previous night had the creek running high and muddy. The itinerary was pretty loose: Hike the length of the canyon and back, explore some of the side canyons.

I really liked the choose-your-own-adventure aspect of this hike. Follow the creek, follow a use-trail, bushwhack it, whatever. "Have it your way" as the great King once proclaimed.

Our pace was slightly slower than I had anticipated. Its a fine balance between walking the creek when the brush gets too thick, and walking along the banks when its faster than the creek. We moved a little less than 2 mph going in, and around 2.5 mph coming out. The faster "out time" was probably due to us following use-trails more often.

We briefly visited Booger Canyon. As far as we explored this canyon, it was a series of one waterfall after another, requiring some boulder hopping and scrambling to progress. This one is well worth the visit and I wish we would have had more time to continue further up this side canyon.

We reached Turkey Creek and took a quick break before turning around. Made it back to the campsite near the mouth of Hell Hole Canyon and called it a day. The temperature dropped quickly after the sun disappeared and a large fire was started. Beverages and treats were enjoyed along with each others company before we retreated to our sleeping bags to brave the 26 degree night. I kept fairly warm with 2 base layers and a puffy on.

Woke up with frozen shoes. We were all moving slowly but eventually we made it out of camp around 9 am.

Hell Hole Canyon starts wide just like Aravaipa but narrows into a quintessential slot canyon as you progress. No scrambling or boulder hopping required for this one, just walk along the wash, enjoy the isolation and beauty all around you. We past a cool arch, and a neat looking spring (or fall?) which comes right out of the canyon wall into a small little pond. Water was trickling down the walls in some places as a mist, which was really cool to see in the unique lighting of the slot. We turned around after exploring the canyon for about 2 miles.

From there we hiked out non-stop all the way back to the truck.

The side canyons we visited were better than the main canyon, in my humble opinion. Do not miss out on the best parts of this area by just hiking the creek end to end, especially if you have the time to explore. Had plenty of fun, can't wait to come back and explore more, which there is plenty to do in this area.
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Probably on the tail end of prime. A lot of leaves on the ground. Some spots were still going strong, some still had some green.

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Met up with the fellas for a cold, wet weekend in Aravaipa. Camped up top on Friday night where we braved a downpour and high winds. We started on into the canyon Saturday a.m. and were instantly greeted by a river of chocolate yoohoo. We spend all day in the water as we made our way to the East end and Turkey Creek, relishing every spot of sunshine we could nab. Made a brief exploratory side trip up Booger Canyon. A series of cascades made a great spot for a nutrition break. Fall colors were present throughout, but the rain and wind of the previous night knocked plenty of leaves to the ground. Settled in for camp just East of Hell's Hole Canyon next to a family of Deer that hung around all night. The cloudy skies cleared, making way for mid-20's temps to creep in. We had the fire going all night and I ended up sleeping out by the firepit for the last 4 hours. In the a.m. we warmed up and started hiking into Hell's Hole Canyon for a little side trip. Truly a beautiful canyon with tall, narrow cliff walls, fall colors and waterfalls. We departed Hell's Hole and started our slosh back the the TH. The route back kept us out of the water more often, using the narrow use trails as much as possible. Once the sun came out, the weather was absolutely beautiful and we made a decent time on the hike out. We all agreed the hike from East to West in Aravaipa was more scenic. Tired of wet feet and shoes full of sand and pebbles, we were thrilled to finally be on dry land. Good times and many thanks to Dallin for the invite.
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