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Blackjack Wash to Salt River - SRC Wilderness
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Blackjack Wash to Salt River - SRC WildernessGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2013
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking1.90 Miles 536 AEG
Hiking1.90 Miles
536 ft AEG
 
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Friday morning at Camp Grasshopper Hank and Randy were hanging around camp before setting off to find Clay Spring. I decided to wander up to the top of the hill on the north west side of camp just to see what was up there and to check out the views. It was a short hike to the top with some minor scrambling over the White Ledges. The top of the hill was fairly large and divided into pockets of lush desert vegetation by the rows of upturned granite layers. I spent way more time than I had planned exploring these pockets and enjoying the fantastic views.

While exploring to the south west side of the hill top to get a better view of the ridge I discovered a steep but do-able route down to Black Jack Wash. By then it was getting into early afternoon. Hank had planned a hike down to Black Jack Wash and the river for that afternoon. I was a little concerned that Hank and Randy would worry about what happened to me if I didn't show up for the hike but I was already half way to the river and decided to proceed onward. Hank knows I tend to take off on random wanders so I figured he wouldn't worry too much. As I descended towards the wash I heard voices and there was Hank and Randy hiking down the wash to the river. They apparently hadn't given a thought to my disappearance that morning and all was good. We made our way to the mouth of Black Jack Wash and explored the river bank for about a half hour before heading back. This area, Jump-Off Canyon, has to be one of the most beautiful sections of the Salt River with gigantic slabs of rock tilted up at a 60 deg angle on the north side of the river. The return hike to camp was short (0.7 miles) and only had a couple steep uphill sections. When we got back to camp we discovered Randal's red Ford pickup parked next to my car but no Randal. We had expected his arrival that afternoon. A short time later he strolled into camp from a wander up the same hill I had hiked up that morning.
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