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Dec 02 2018
chumley
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46 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Hell Hole Canyon - AravaipaGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Dec 02 2018
chumley
Canyoneering11.27 Miles 300 AEG
Canyoneering11.27 Miles   3 Hrs   48 Mns   3.10 mph
300 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
II - Normally requires a half day
 
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Day 3 in Aravaipa brought us to the closest canyon, Hell Hole. Saturday we got to the confluence in 1:05. Sunday it was only 45 minutes. With time restrictions in mind this allowed us to explore a good distance up canyon. I had done this hike last year, but 9L hadn't seen it before so I was quite happy to visit again. Chris and Sam started earlier and we passed them along the way.

There was more water flow this year, almost the entire way. Though I would have liked to see it two days earlier when there was a solid flow from the rain. Just one more reason to come back again! :)
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Sycamores rusty, cottonwoods a bit past peak with plenty of leaf litter

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Mostly light flow, but occasional dry sections

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Dec 01 2018
GrottoGirl
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44 female
 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Primo Araviapa and Hell Hole, AZ 
Primo Araviapa and Hell Hole, AZ
 
Canyoneering avatar Dec 01 2018
GrottoGirl
Canyoneering12.00 Miles 500 AEG
Canyoneering12.00 Miles
500 ft AEG
Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
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Whateverman
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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49 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Primo Araviapa and Hell Hole, AZ 
Primo Araviapa and Hell Hole, AZ
 
Canyoneering avatar Dec 01 2018
BiFrost
Canyoneering12.00 Miles 500 AEG
Canyoneering12.00 Miles
500 ft AEG
Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
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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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Dec 08 2017
chumley
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46 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
East Aravaipa, AZ 
East Aravaipa, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 08 2017
chumley
Hiking15.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking15.00 Miles   3 Hrs   16 Mns   14.52 mph
1,000 ft AEG   2 Hrs   14 Mns Break
 
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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 - Color Foliage
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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.

dry Parsons Canyon Dry Dry

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98% dry. Just a couple of pools along the way
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Mar 30 2017
Steph_and_Blak
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70 male
 Joined Nov 21 2015
 Grand Junction,
Hell Hole Canyon - AravaipaGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Mar 30 2017
Steph_and_Blake
Canyoneering8.50 Miles 340 AEG
Canyoneering8.50 Miles
340 ft AEG
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Dec 17 2016
The_N
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33 male
 Joined Mar 18 2015
 Payson, AZ
Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Dec 17 2016
The_N
Canyoneering28.00 Miles 1,500 AEG
Canyoneering28.00 Miles1 Day   6 Hrs      
1,500 ft AEG
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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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Sep 20 2016
SkyIslander18
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49 male
 Joined Sep 29 2004
 Small Town USA
Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Sep 20 2016
SkyIslander18
Canyoneering11.00 Miles 200 AEG
Canyoneering11.00 Miles
200 ft AEG
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
III - Normally requires most of a day
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5am departure from Pima.
Very scenic drive into the East entrance during sunrise.
7am entrance into Aravaipa.
Downstream to Hell Hole Canyon and in up to the spring/hanging gardens.
Back upstream to Turkey Creek and a visit up to the cliff dwelling.
Overcast all day, water felt great, lots of greenery with hints of autumn to come.
Wildlife - 7 javelina (with young), 1 deer, 1 bobcat, 20 vultures, 2 hawks, 1 ring-neck snake, many creek fish, 1 heron, 10,000 caterpillars, 1000 butterflies, insects of all kinds & a very unpleasant amount of biting mosquitoes.
Solid 9 out of 10 trip (1 point deduction due to the mosquitoes).
:D
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SkyIslander18
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49 male
 Joined Sep 29 2004
 Small Town USA
Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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SkyIslander18
Canyoneering11.70 Miles 200 AEG
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Awoke early from our Turkey Creek campsite to a chilly 35 degrees.
Needed to warm up so I took an early morning stroll up the road and up to the cliff dwelling for sunrise. I believe this was the first time I have ever watched the sunrise from inside a cliff dwelling!
Returned back, woke the yeti, broke camp then drove to the end of Turkey Creek for our Aravaipa hike.

Being Preston's first time up the canyon, I would like for him to tell the story (he is a much, much better writer than I).

I'll just say, every trip I make through this canyon just blows me away!
This really is a special place, and a place I will visit many more times.
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64 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 01 2012
tibber
Hiking8.80 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking8.80 Miles   9 Hrs      1.47 mph
200 ft AEG   3 Hrs    Break
 
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Ambika and Guru invited me to join them for their Aravaipa trip. Guru got called away overseas for business so it was just Ambika and me. We drove to the Nature Conservancy on the east side arriving around 7:30 Fri nite.

The next morning we made ourselves a nice breakfast before leaving the Guest House for the TH. We stopped at the Salazar church that was all decorated for the holidays : rein : . The caretaker had just washed the steps so we didn't get to go inside.

Soon we arrived at the TH and geared up for a long awaited venture in Aravaipa Cany from the east side. We had crossed the creek for the second time enjoying the scenery when some other hikers came upon us in their vehicle. They were driving on the road we were hiking. We didn't know you could drive further per the instructions we had regarding the TH and that's why we were walking. We were offered a ride and tailgate surfed :DANCE: the last mile or so to the Turkey Creek TH.

And just like that we were finally in the creek heading down the canyon. You gotta love hiking in this canyon down the creek as the water, the last times I've done it, is just right. As we got down a little ways we encountered some campers preparing to depart. Ambika was impressed with the waders one of the fellows was wearing and come to find out, the guys were part of a group with some of our fellow HAZers.

Eventually the group from the SierraAdventureMeetUp Group would catch up to us. They were on a photography trip so we would more or less mingle with them the rest of the trip into Hell Hole/Deer Creek area. We weren't planning on going up Deer Creek but it sounded like a good idea. I recalled reading trip reports and seeing photos so I was looking forward to the trek... altho we didn't know exactly where we were going :-k and so relied on the map Ambika had to get us up the right canyon.

It was so much fun going up Hell Hole canyon especially as the canyon walls got taller and the pathway became quite narrow. In fact, once you get in a little ways Ambika was concerned the canyon was ending but indeed the path continued. Once again we ended up mingling with the SierraAdventure Group out of Tucson but no one really got in anyone's way and everyone seemed friendly. We would find ourselves walking with individual members from time to time.

We took our quick lunch break at the first spring on the west canyon wall before joining up with the group at the next big spring coming from the west wall as well. We hung out for a short time. We ended up with Anita coming back with us (the others lingered and then headed up a little further before heading back to the TH). She had a gimpy knee. It's always nice to meet another hiking enthusiast that also does a little photography :) .

We took our time and got back to the intersection with Aravaipa Creek in an hour. We rested our laurels for about 15 minutes before our trek back up the creek. We were quite disappointed with the lack of afternoon sun to light up the area. We did spy a large alcove where we had seen the two backpackers camped. It is quite large and would provide great cover if you got caught in weather. It is probably a 1/4 to 1/2 mile from the Turkey Creek TH.

We thot the rest of the group was almost a good hour behind us so we decided we would walk back to the designated TH. We left a note on the pick-up and started heading up the road when I heard voices so we turned around. We should have kept going as only part of the group had made it back. We ended up having to wait another 45 minutes. Well at least I had a chance to try to figure out how to put my new pant legs on but not without an assist from Ambika :lol: .

On the drive back, they almost blew right by our vehicle and yelled "jump" as they came to a halt. We jumped out the back, got our wet shoes off and drove the 3 miles back to the guest house where we drank our wine and snacked on chips and artichoke dip before enjoying our meal of salad, lasagna, and garlic bread. We reviewed the day and while the fall color was mostly done, we got some oranges and reds and truly enjoyed Hell Hole Canyon. Next year we hope to try it again from the east side as the hiking is soooo much easier. We'll try it a couple weeks earlier.

The reason I think we all like Aravaipa so much is the great variety of what seems like high country terrain that mixes with the desert. To me one of the great joys of hiking here besides listening to your feet walking thru the water is seeing the fall color and just a glance away, a saguaro covered hill. It makes me smile! oh and snap ANOTHER picture. :D

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SkyIslander18
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 Joined Sep 29 2004
 Small Town USA
Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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SkyIslander18
Backpack14.50 Miles 400 AEG
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After my day trip through the canyon a month earlier, I went back to the BLM the next day and secured a 2 day permit to camp under the full moon. The main focus for this trip was to explore Hell Hole canyon. Entered from the east entrance and headed in through The Nature Conservancy area to Turkey Creek and the beginning of the canyon. Made my way down stream to the entrance of Hell Hole canyon, dropped my pack here where I knew I was going to camp and continued on down to Booger Canyon. Explored & rested a bit at Booger before returning back and setting up camp for the night. Beat the sun up the next morning, packed up and entered Hell Hole canyon.

Hell Hole Canyon was Awesome! I enjoyed this side canyon more than Aravaipa canyon itself. Very lush foliage the first 1/4 mile in and soon had me hiking around many curves & bends that at one point had me a little disorientated. Hiked about 1.5 miles in passing many hanging gardens & one nice spring before the creek ran dry and I turned around.

There is still a lot of AZ I have yet to see, but I just can't imagine it getting much better than Aravaipa!
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 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Aravaipa CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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mazatzal
Backpack23.00 Miles 600 AEG
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Day 1 to Horse Camp. Day 2 we went to the east end and explored up Deer Creek on the way back. Out on day 3. Saw a pack(?) of coatimundis on the way out.
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