|Canyoneering||6.30 Miles|| 6 Hrs 5 Mns ||1.58 mph|
|1,818 ft AEG|| 2 Hrs 5 Mns Break|
|Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use|
|A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit|
|II - Normally requires a half day|
||no linked trail guides|
|Please note: There are now two documented TH Starts (with my two 12/17 GPS Routes posted) for this hike description. Brian and my route down this day was an exploratory route from the "not recommended" TH Park/Start Location (see my two posted 12/17/12 GPS Routes information notes for the "recommended" TH Park/Start location hiking down from FR346 to access Blackjack Wash).
This remote, off-trail, light canyoneering hike is all about the destination :
ending at the Salt River at a most scenic location where four huge geological formations (coined the "4 bars") of the "White Ledges" reside and crossover the Salt River at this ending location.
Our Oregon Hiker (Larry) and I first viewed this possible Salt River Canyon Wilderness hike on 11/20/12 when he and I first visited this area to hike Hess Canyon and then later this same day drive the scenic area roads for more intel. My thanks to Larry for all his Google Earth analysis which allowed for a "go" on this one. If only I had decided to begin this hike from Larry's recommended TH Start location on FR346 vs my decision to start this hike in from the upper end of Blackjack Wash. My route decision worked out OK, but was not the best beginning route in for this hike. Live and Learn!
I had high hopes for this new destination hike and I did a heavy selling job to Brian in anticipation of a big payoff. It did pay off nicely for us both and Brian, thank you for joining me and for all your help with route finding within the numerous boulder fields we needed to negotiate the ups and downs around waterfall drop areas. The last 1.4 miles to the Salt River is a real pleasure trip with a nice sandy wash to hike with a colorful and scenic slot canyon for most of this final way to the Salt River and "White Ledges" viewpoint area. Another fun and rewarding day in our amAZing!
|(Outside.. "there is No Place Like It!!")|