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Salt Trail Canyon to LCR GorgeNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar May 02 2015
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking6.95 Miles 3,180 AEG
Hiking6.95 Miles   4 Hrs   17 Mns   1.90 mph
3,180 ft AEG      37 Mns Break
 
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Bob and I had planned on doing Cheops Pyramid, then due to some knee issues Bob suggested we do Coronado Butte at the Grand Canyon. On the way we were talking about the Salt Trail and the Turquoise water. We made a last minute decision to switch gears and do the Salt Trail hike instead.

We go past Gap and find a main road heading in the appropriate direction. With a quick phone a friend and a text to another we have brief directions. This is where the fun begins. I won't bore you with the details but let's just say it is a spaghetti maze of roads out there. 80 miles and 4 hours later we are still no closer to the Trailhead than when we started looking for it. Nothing made sense, so with the fear of running out of gas we decided to abort.

We headed back to Gap and along the way we were looking real close at all the roads that head into the Reservation. Then just before the gas station in Gap we see another main road. Bob thinks that this may be the correct road and that we just took the wrong one in. We fuel up and head over. Sure enough it is Indian Route 6130. We were on IR6110 prior! Less than a half hour later we were hiking down the Salt River Canyon. Note to those going in the future IR6130 is just north of Mile Marker 499.

The hike was fantastic and delivered with scenic views all the way to the river. Glimpses of the turquoise water made it even more enticing. The trail was easy to follow and an hour and a half later we were at the LCR. I waded out a ways and enjoyed the mineralized waters. Bob's knee was bothering him a bit so after 30 minutes or so we headed back up.

The trip out was a steep one however a steady breeze made it bearable. No issues were encountered along the way. All in all I am glad we didn't give up got a chance to go do this one. It's been on my list for quite some time. Now I need to do the Salt-Beamer-Tanner journey. Joe?
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