Salome Wilderness Trails

Globe, Arizona

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Sort of sandwiched between other better-known Rim-Country wildlands, somewhat isolated, and therefore less frequently visited, the Salome Wilderness offers backcountry venturers a chance for real solitude. Salome Creek, which runs the entire east-west length of the wilderness and is a year-round stream in its upper reaches, and Workman Creek, another perennial stream, contain deep pools except during periods of prolonged drought. The wilderness name is interesting. Spanish-speaking settlers named the creek for the biblical Salome, daughter of Herodias, who was rewarded with the head of John the Baptist after a dance performance. Later, American settlers corrupted the name to “Sally May,” supposedly after two daughters of an 1880s pioneer, and an apocryphal legend grew around that contention. When the Tonto National Forest was mapped in 1927, “Salome” was restored. This trail guide covers an area with 12 miles of trails.
Guide to Arizona's Wilderness Areas

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Guide to Arizona's Wilderness Areas

by Tom Dollar & Jerry Sieve (Westcliffe Publishers)

Sort of sandwiched between other better-known Rim-Country wildlands, somewhat isolated, and therefore less frequently visited, the Salome Wilderness offers backcountry venturers a chance for real solitude. Salome Creek, which runs the entire east-west length of the wilderness and is a year-round stream in its upper reaches, and Workman Creek, another perennial stream, contain deep pools except during periods of prolonged drought.

The wilderness name is interesting. Spanish-speaking settlers named the creek for the biblical Salome, daughter of Herodias, who was rewarded with the head of John the Baptist after a dance performance. Later, American settlers corrupted the name to “Sally May,” supposedly after two daughters of an 1880s pioneer, and an apocryphal legend grew around that contention. When the Tonto National Forest was mapped in 1927, “Salome” was restored. This trail guide covers an area with 12 miles of trails.

©  Tom Dollar & Jerry Sieve/Westcliffe Publishers. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Globe
Distance: 12
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Trailhead Elevation: 2,500 feet
Top Elevation: 6,543 feet
Local Contacts: Tonto National Forest, Pleasant Valley Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Copper Mountain, Windy Hill, Armer Mountain, McFadden Peak, Greenback Creek
Driving Directions: Directions to Salome Wilderness Trails

Recent Trail Reviews

5/14/2011
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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.


4/5/2008
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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).


6/4/2007
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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>


10/1/2006
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All in all its a good trail,but not to be attempted solo.



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