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on the way home i checked out the Aravaipa Rd that is just north of the Mammoth area. it ends at the western edge of the Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness Area. not much to see there except a neat one lane bridge.

 

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Klondyke store is still there but it's slowly being stripped of it's former nostalgic coolness; the phone booth is gone, the lunch counter is gone...

 

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Going into Aravaipa Canyon and Turkey Creek is always a beautiful drive:

 

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We chose a different camp spot this time, as a tree had fallen at our old favorite spot, making it look messy and the dead tree was taking up a good half of the area. This time we were right next to the Turkey Creek Indian Ruins.

 

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Leaving Turkey Creek Friday morning:

 

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The trail out of the canyon was a little rougher than usual, and we were soon to find that the entire trail was overgrown, very rocky, washed out in many places.

 

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We had lunch at Parson's Grove in the shade:

 

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From there we set out to find the 1st cabin on our exploring list. G and I went ahead to scout out the trail, which we found easy enough. Just like Matt at Experience AZ had described, the road petered out and we had to walk the last bit. This rocky was was as far as we got in Clifford:

 

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Pictures from the homestead:

 

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After careful maneuvering we managed to get Clifford turned around and out of the wash.

 

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By then it was late in the afternoon and we made our way to a spur trail George had found on google earth were we set up camp. This big metal thing was in the trees as we drove in:

 

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Saturday morning we continued on the Rug Road where our first stop was the ruins of a building and some sort of processing plant:

 

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From there we continued on Rug Road toward Carpet Hill. George and I were driving along minding our own business when all of a sudden the front passenger side tire fell into a hole created by a large washout. BOOM (I got a huge adrenaline rush)!

 

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Everybody worked together as a team to fill the hole with rocks, and we put a strap from the back of Clifford to Ladybug's Jeep Gracie for safety sake while G backed up out of the hole.

 

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We left it better than we found it by not only filling it in but marking the best line with rocks for the next people to pass:

 

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We stopped at the summit overlooking Carpet Hill to take some pictures and goof off a little...

 

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Johnpa tried to give himself a hernia by picking me up, but it was all good because it gave George the opportunity to recite one of his favorite movie quotes: "Hey you, get your damned hands off her!"

 

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Ladybug and Ob1jeeper decided to bypass Carpet Hill and search out the 2nd cabin on our exploratory list. We meant go up Carpet Hill, and then come back down and meet them there, but the cabin turned out to be a bust so they went on to Mammoth from there, and we went on past Copper Creek after Carpet Hill.

 

The trail was very overgrown even as we got closer to the Mammoth side.

 

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Carpet Hill was in very rough condition, it looked like a lot of water had run down pretty recently.

 

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We ate lunch at the summit of Carpet Hill overlooking Mammoth.

 

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We bypassed much of the mining areas at Copper Creek and made our way to the main road to Mammoth.

 

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Three does and a fawn were on the main road and for the longest time they couldn't find a way to get off the road. There was a steep rock face uphill on one side and a steep drop off to the creek on the other side. Finally they found their way and took off into the desert.

 

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We aired up across from the shooting range and said our goodbyes.

 

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You can see all the pictures I uploaded here: Diane's Flikker Album

 

We had a great group of fun-loving friends, and even though it was a little hot during the day, the evenings were pleasant and it was a very fun weekend! Thanks everybody who came out to enjoy the adventure.

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Cool Pics! Thanks for sharing!

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Very Cool Pics and great descrips Diane!! Just a few more pics, but your story line is best, so I've abbreviated...

 

Heading up Turkey Creek

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The trees are so tall in this canyon!! One sign indicated there were sycamore, oak, and AZ walnut in this canyon.

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It was cool to cross the creek many times. We could tell there had been heavy rains in the area from all the dead brush and limbs in the creek.

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The Turkey Creek Indian ruins....this was a grain storage for the crops that were grown in this canyon.

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Dinner time! The Indian Ruins are just a real short hike behind Goose's JK here.

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The next morning, Kris points out that this seems to be a serious conversation. I think it could be just an awakening from the cafe moonshine....(WHICH BTW, I can't seem to find anyplace that sells it! I shall call in the morning...otherwise, I think we're heading back to TN!)

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Moving out on day 2. We aren't in the canyon long before we start climbing.

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As Diane mentioned, the trail was rocky and brushy.

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An awesome view back upon the canyon where we had spent the night.

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Just another awesome view!

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A tail gunner's view....

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I enjoyed all the different cacti on this trail.

 

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George cools his heels on an old bed frame, found at the Bleak homestead where we had hiked back to.

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Ob1 and JohnPa are shocked at Clifford! Thankfully Clifford stopped here, before losing his Top Load!

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Coming out of a grove of oak trees to climb up the hill on day 3.

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Ob1 and Goose check out the boilers at this old mine site.

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Clifford finds a washout. Everyone worked well together to repair the trail and return Clifford to safety.

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A strap just to be safe. Probably of the greatest surprise is that "George pulled a Kristopher"!

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Climbing the hill to a saddle. It was great to see Kristopher's smiles!

 

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Just a few awesome views from the saddle!

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Down we go! We left the group shortly after this point, in search of another old cabin , and not willing to risk that growing tire gash on a rougher trail....We never found the cabin, but enjoyed a nice mexican lunch in Mammoth, and stopped at the Ray Mine overlook to check it out....

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It was such a great trip! We loved being out with good friends in such awesome countryside. It felt good to be back out camping in a tent once more! Thanks for putting this trip together!

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Thank you for adding to the picture thread Ladybug! :cool:

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great pics everyone, and thanks you D & Ladybug for putting stories to them!

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