Guide to Arizona's Wilderness Areas
by Tom Dollar & Jerry Sieve (Westcliffe Publishers)
© Tom Dollar & Jerry Sieve/Westcliffe Publishers. All Rights Reserved.
Absolutely awesome! Backpacked 2.5 miles to workman creek & then went very close to the confluence with reynolds creek. didn't bring the grear! Lots of great trout opportunities and camped about .25 miles into workman creek, water was low weather was dry. If it rained a flash flood would certainly have killed us. Awesome place! I gotta go back and hike it to the hole.
We hiked the lower section of Salome Creek (commonly known as "The Jug"). We picked the perfect weekend as far as wildflowers were concerned. It was absolutely beautiful!! The water was COLD even with a shorty wetsuit (I'm guessing about 50 - 55 degrees)!! The water level was fairly high and since this was our first trip to the canyon we decided not to go all the way through. We didn't know what was safe to slide down and what wasn't at the time, so we played it safe.
The canyon was still awesome to see and, again, the hike was beautiful. We returned another day...
8/16/2008: (oops, forgot the camera)
The water was MUCH warmer (no wetsuits required). The water level was about the same as it was in April but we learned the safe routes by reading trip reports on the Internet and talking with others familiar with the canyon. It is a 2.5 mile hike down to the creek which offers plently of swimming holes. The hike back up is not a steep slope, but it is all UP for 2.5 miles. WARNINGS: 1) There is virtually NO shade on this trail so make sure you bring plenty of drinking water and sun protection, 2) the rocks in this canyon can be very slick so wear appropriate footwear (Merrell watershoes with Vibram soles worked well for me), 3) DO NOT attempt to go through this canyon without rappelling gear and knowledge (one 30' rappel).
Hiked in late May 2007. Enough water to swim through sections, but not too much to make the treck dangerous. We are not equipped to rappel, so we hiked/swam down the canyon to the waterfall, turned around and hiked out of the canyon, and then approached the jug/waterfall from down stream. Enjoyed the whole canyon without having to rappel or jump the falls. Maybe next time... Don't miss this hike - one of the most unique I've found in AZ>
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