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West Aravaipa Canyon Out-and-Back

Intermediate/Difficult
 5.0 (2) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Amazing out-and-back along Aravaipa Creek through 1,000 foot deep canyon.


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9.7

Miles

15.7

KM

99%

Runnable

2,801' 854 m

High

2,605' 794 m

Low

394' 120 m

Up

394' 120 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Geological Significance · River/Creek · Spring · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Open year Round. Only 30 runners from the west trailhead each day.
You get permits through Recreation.gov
Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness Permits, Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness - Recreation.gov

Overview

The trail drops down through the cactus down to the creek. The first mile and half run along the creek is through the cottonwoods. The trail then enters the canyon with red rock soaring on both sides. Many creek crossing.

Need to Know

Open year Round. Only 30 hikers from the west trailhead each day.
You get permits through Recreation.gov
Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness Permits, Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness - Recreation.gov

Description

A green paradise in the middle of Arizona desert.

The year round Aravaipa Creek is constantly shaded by cottonwoods as it cuts a 1,000-foot-deep canyon through the Galiuro Mountains.

There is a well-marked short trail down to the creek. There is no official trail once you reach the canyon bottom, but often you'll find one or more social trails on the banks. Overall, the general route is obvious.

Expect to get your feet wet, as the easiest progress is frequently by wading in the creek or by crossing from one bank to the other.

The turn around point is at a popular camping area beside the creek between Virgus and Horse Camp side canyons.

Flora & Fauna

Cottonwood, willow, walnut, alder and sycamore trees. Six species of native desert fish may be found here, along with desert bighorn sheep, an extensive variety of large and small mammals and reptiles, and at least 238 species of birds.

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Shared By:

Stewart Carnes

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Dec 13, 2021 near Mammoth, AZ
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Nov 12, 2021 near Mammoth, AZ
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Nov 12, 2021 near Mammoth, AZ
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Nov 12, 2021 near Mammoth, AZ
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Dec 13, 2021 near Mammoth, AZ

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