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Tanner - Beamer - Salt Trails, AZ
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Tanner - Beamer - Salt Trails, AZ 
Tanner - Beamer - Salt Trails, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Apr 24 2015
mandolyn
Backpack27.00 Miles 4,597 AEG
Backpack27.00 Miles3 Days         
4,597 ft AEG
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Friday: Arose at 5:00am and left one car at the Salt Trail head, and drove the other to Lipan point to start our decent down Tanner Trail. We left the TH at 8:00am and arrived at Tanner beach at 12:30 pm. It was threatening rain all day, but we were only spit on a little bit. The wild flowers were absolutely gorgeous all the way down. Many of the cacti were in bloom. We ate lunch at Tanner Beach. We had originally intended to camp at Tanner, but we were feeling good and it was not late, so we decided to start the trek down Beamer Trail. We left at 2:00pm and arrived at Lava Rapids sometime around 4ish? I was not too happy at that point because there was some sand walking involved. ](*,) We decided to make camp, estimating that we made it a little past half way down the Beamer Trail.

Saturday: Left camp around 8:00am and continued along Beamer Trail. That trail is one of the prettiest trails I have ever hiked. It was view on view on view and we could not have loved it more. We got to the confluence at 10:30 and were happy to find that it was BLUE! The colorado was a lovely green, so I was hoping the LCR was blue. We got down to the confluence, quickly de-clothed and jumped in. At the same time, a rafting photo tour showed up, so they got some free models for their pics. :) We had lunch at the confluence and tanked up on water, since this was our last clean water source. We headed down the trail at 1:30. I am not sure what time we arrived, but it was a very long day. We travelled on the east side of the river for a ways and it had a trail, but then it got bushwacky and we should have moved to the other side. Eventually, we did, and made better time. Eventually you cross again, go through some reeds, and arrive at the bottom of Salt Trail! Last time I was there, it looked like Willy Wonka's chocolate river. So it was much better to see it a lovely blue. We thought it may be brown when we woke because there was a chance of rain, but the blue held through morning.

Sunday: We left camp at 7:40am. Two of the members had done Salt Trail before. This helped us not veer off track so much, as we knew what we were looking for. We took about four solid breaks, said many cuss words, but finally made it out at 11:25, beating our goal of 11:30. From there it was a short walk back up to the truck, our cooler, and some flip flops. We popped over to the GC to get our other truck and made it home to PHX by 6:30.

All in all, one of the most beautiful trips I have done so far.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
Many wildflower. Most prickly pear were in bloom, tons of yellow blossoms, some oranges, blues and purples.
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