GET 2017 Day 9, March 26, Sunday.
Start at rim of Turkey Creek Canyon, near segment 6 alt mile 30.
End Blackrock Canyon trail, 3 miles from intersection with Holdout Canyon Trail
Miles walked: ???
The trail descends down to the bottom of Turkey Creek Canyon.
Trees with peeling bark that look like sycamores are at the bottom, growing where you would expect cottonwoods.
Turkey Creek Canyon joins up to Aravaipa Canyon, and I am allowed to walk this part out to the trailhead without a permit.
The mixing of light and shadow in a deep canyon makes photography a challenge.
Mountain cottonwoods are here in Aravaipa. This view gives an idea how tall and vertical the canyon wall can be.
A deer grazes near the road.
Good-bye Aravaipa with one last image.
Heading up a rocky jeep trail toward rocky mountains, we leave cool canyon air and start some challenging trail.
Well, I say trail, but trail all but fades away. A few cairns are visible, but I have a lot of trouble finding my way. With overgrown mesquite and yucca, it is impractical to go cross-country to the next GPS coordinate.
Since Holdout Tower is marked on the map as “vague”, I divert onto Blackrock Canyon jeep trail alternate, then have trouble navigating. I follow a creek drainage for several miles that will eventually join up with the main trail. Looking ahead at the map, tomorrow may be even harder to find my way.