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Jug Trail #61 - Salome Wilderness, AZ
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Salome Creek is a major drainage for the Sierra Ancha range. The Jug is the narrow section of Salome Creek just before it widens after Dutchwoman Butte. Dutchwoman Butte looms to your right as seen in this photo. The jug lies in the area below this butte. With that in mind it's easy to get an idea as to where you are headed.


Converted from an old 4x4 jeep track the trail is wide most of the way. Staying level, the trail follows the contours of Victoria Peak over to Salome Creek. Hugging the mountain the trail goes in and out of the natural drainages three times. The first is extremely level and you can look across the wash to your vehicle. The second has very little descent if any. Finally the third begins a slight descent. The area covered so far is thin on vegetation. Having hiked the area after nearly four months without much rain period the desert was looking dry. Shriveled to a pulp the prickly pear cactus was showing signs of drought. Views of the surrounding area make up the excitement for the beginning of this hike.

Salome Creek heading on down to Roosevelt Lake comes into view on your right. Nearing Dutchwoman Butte the trail starts a more noticeable descent. Take caution where the trail is gravely and steep. Continue on until you reach a small coral to the right.

The designated FS trail continues about 0.7 mi. It hooks left into a drainage then you turn around. There are no connecting trails. I'm not sure why it ends on the left hook, maybe an old homestead? I do know this trail is very popular with technical canyoneers. Instead of hooking left they continue on a use-trail that soon meets the creek or turn right to the creek.

You don't need to be a canyoneer to ponder the creek from above. From the coral head off-trail right to the creek. Approach the edge with extreme caution! No trail exist, you just have to make your way along the edge best you can. I believe I found three or four good spots to look down into the gorge of Salome Creek.

Note: The technical canyoneering version coming back through the creek requires beta, gear and skill.

Warning: If you head down the creek unprepared ( see note above ) you may not be able to get out. I've heard some scary stories over the years.
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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 3.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,300 feet
Elevation Gain -500 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2+ hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Seasonal Waterfall & Seasonal Creek
Author joebartels
Descriptions 209
Routes 742
Photos 9,432
Trips 3,478 map ( 18,036 miles )
Age 47
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Wilderness Salome
Backpack   Yes & Possibly Connect
Preferred   Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov → 10 AM
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  5:14am - 7:39pm
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2.9 mi away
5.0 mi
1,350 ft
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Harvester Ant
Wasp
Flora
Ocotillo
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Geology
Diabase
Slot Canyon
Named place
Dutchwoman Butte
Salome Creek
Salome Jug - Salome Wilderness
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by joebartels

Salome Creek is a major drainage for the Sierra Ancha range. The Jug is the narrow section of Salome Creek just before it widens after Dutchwoman Butte. Dutchwoman Butte looms to your right as seen in this photo. The jug lies in the area below this butte. With that in mind it's easy to get an idea as to where you are headed.


Converted from an old 4x4 jeep track the trail is wide most of the way. Staying level, the trail follows the contours of Victoria Peak over to Salome Creek. Hugging the mountain the trail goes in and out of the natural drainages three times. The first is extremely level and you can look across the wash to your vehicle. The second has very little descent if any. Finally the third begins a slight descent. The area covered so far is thin on vegetation. Having hiked the area after nearly four months without much rain period the desert was looking dry. Shriveled to a pulp the prickly pear cactus was showing signs of drought. Views of the surrounding area make up the excitement for the beginning of this hike.

Salome Creek heading on down to Roosevelt Lake comes into view on your right. Nearing Dutchwoman Butte the trail starts a more noticeable descent. Take caution where the trail is gravely and steep. Continue on until you reach a small coral to the right.

The designated FS trail continues about 0.7 mi. It hooks left into a drainage then you turn around. There are no connecting trails. I'm not sure why it ends on the left hook, maybe an old homestead? I do know this trail is very popular with technical canyoneers. Instead of hooking left they continue on a use-trail that soon meets the creek or turn right to the creek.

You don't need to be a canyoneer to ponder the creek from above. From the coral head off-trail right to the creek. Approach the edge with extreme caution! No trail exist, you just have to make your way along the edge best you can. I believe I found three or four good spots to look down into the gorge of Salome Creek.

Note: The technical canyoneering version coming back through the creek requires beta, gear and skill.

Warning: If you head down the creek unprepared ( see note above ) you may not be able to get out. I've heard some scary stories over the years.
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To hike
Globe take 88 north out of town. When 88 turns west into the Superstitions at the Roosevelt span bridge, continue north onto 188. Basically don't turn and you'll be fine. Continue on 188 to the A-Cross turn off to the east just after mile marker 255. The distance from Globe to the turnoff is 39.5 miles. Okay turn east onto A+ or A-Cross road also know as FR60. It's ten miles to the trailhead. Just after a mile a shallow creek with a rocky bottom is crossed. Probably not passable after a recent rain as the signs forewarn. You will pass over a short section of pavement. This is normal, just be on the lookout for the A+ turn on your left. About 3 miles in you will pass a healthy grove of chain fruit chollas. Nearing 4.5 miles a little 4X4 recreation spot is passed around the Salt Gulch area. Looks like fun, but no clue here if it's legal or not. Methodist creek is passed near 7 miles. Then a saguaro packed sloped is passed near the 9 mile mark. Finally over a cattle guard around 9.5 miles. The trailhead sign at ten miles reads A Cross Trailhead. This is it, trail 61. Park on your left in the small area provided.

GPS readings taken from field

A-Cross turn off Trailhead
N 33 47.191

W 111 15.838

N 33 45.270

W 111 08.148

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