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Aravaipa beginner backpack

  • Nov 26, 2011 · 12:00 AM



Fri - Sun, Nov 25, 26 & 27

Leader: Paul Hiegel

Length: 6 miles backpacking (over 2 days) + day hikes from camp (t.b.d.)


Rating: Easy

'I'm going' RSVP's by telephone only.

Note: Your 'I'm going' RSVP here does NOT insure you a space; after calling to 'hold' your spot, when we receive your permit fee of $15 within 3 days you are 'in'.

We will organize the Friday morning carpools once the roster is established. 

Yep - you have had time for Thanksgiving... Now leave the crowded malls for the poor planners and head for a nice backpack and work off some of that turkey, stuffing and pie at the same time!

How can a stream only shin-deep cut a 1,000-foot deep canyon through the heart of the desert? Aravaipa Creek is born of perennial springs in the 7,000-foot Galiuro Mountains. Fourteen tributaries join it in its journey to the San Pedro River. By the time the stream twists into the 11-mile canyon, its crystalline waters flow ankle to waist deep. The Aravaipa watershed was occupied by hunters and gatherers starting about 9,500 years ago during Archaic Period, and later by Mogollon, Hohokam, and Saladoan peoples. Come out and see Aravaipa in all of its fall splendor on this wonderful backpacking trip. We will be entering from the east entrance again this year. Prepare for wet feet as we will hike in, across and through the creek the whole time. There are myriad side canyons to explore as well as a ruin or two.

We will be camping both Friday and Saturday evenings in the Canyon. Likely, rather than move our camp, we will 'base camp' and and day-hike each day.  
This is one of the premier hikes in Arizona - do not miss this rare opportunity.

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  • kurt

    WOW! What a trip! The group, weather and scenery were all 5 star. Oh... the thanksgiving meal that everyone packed in: turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, smoked salmon, as well as some superior 'appies'...... WOW! No Mountain House here, ba-by......

    November 28, 2011

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