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Salt River Crossing & Peak 1871, AZ
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Salt River Crossing & Peak 1871, AZ 
Salt River Crossing & Peak 1871, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 10 2017
CannondaleKid
Hiking8.10 Miles 1,316 AEG
Hiking8.10 Miles   4 Hrs   58 Mns   1.66 mph
1,316 ft AEG      5 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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On our hike a few days ago along the Salt River between Coon Bluff and the Maricopa County Sheriff Blue Point Substation as we cast our eyes across the river we realized it was an area we had never given a thought to checking out.

So yesterday I took a quick recon for possible areas to cross the Salt River. I knew I could start from the parking lot along the Goldfield Ovens Loop Trail but somehow that would be less of a challenge. Besides, it would add 1-2 miles of an out-and-back to the hike... and I like loops where if possible, I don't cover the same ground twice.

Using Route Manager I mapped out a half-dozen different tracks to areas of possibility, including a few which appeared to follow well-beaten horse trails.

Since I'd be crossing the Salt River twice I hung the Tevas on my pack and set off. Only a quarter-mile to the river before I took off my boots and donned the Tevas.
(In retrospect, I should have begun with the Tevas and saved the time for the switch.)
There happened to be a guy attempting to net fish right where I crossed the river. I say attempting because the fish were smaller than the holes of his net. :-$

After crossing the river I made my second mistake with foot-gear. Instead of stopping to switch back to boots while still on the river rock, I kept going until my feet were caked with sand.
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The extra time spent cleaning sand from between my toes was something I could have done without. A lesson learned in hindsight, I'll remember next time.

Ok, I'm across the river now it's time for exploring. Only I wouldn't do a lot this time as I figured it as a long recon hike to plan future hikes with Tracey. I set out along the most well-traveled horse trail, which happened to coincide quite well with one of my tracks. Over the course of the hike I would follow one or another equestrian/wild horse trail to make a wide loop with Peak 1871 in the center. About a quarter of the way around I took a quick trip up to the summit, shot photos and video before dropping back to the trail.

About Peak 1871: Maps label it as 1971 but it should be 1871. No, my GPS wasn't incorrect but the map. Take a look at the topo lines on the map you will note the last one is BELOW 1900 feet.

Video: Peak 1871 summit panorama

But no matter, the jaunt to the summit of Peak 1871 worked up an appetite so I sought a rock with a view and took a short lunch break. From there I continued counter-clockwise along the horse trails until back to the Salt River flat. I continued south until reaching the river again, where I would follow along the shoreline until either finding a suitable spot to cross back over the river, or continue back to my original crossing site.

Along this part is where I encountered plenty of waterfowl... ducks, an egret and a blue heron. Unfortunately the blue heron was the shyest of the bunch so I never got close enough for a photo. With my Canon this trip I was able to get a good one of the egret, albeit using almost full zoom.

I found a better spot to cross back at the Fox Tail Administrative Site. The river was shallow and best of all, because of the concrete, I needn't worry about sand in my toes. Even better, I had a nice log on either side of the river to facilitate the foot-gear swaps.

Because I crossed far from any planned possible crossings I had no track to follow so I was hiking wherever the easiest path presented itself in the general direction of the Jeep. And this is when I unexpectedly encountered a large group of wild horses. As focused as they were on eating they appeared famished... and by the number with ribs showing, I'm sure they were.

I didn't get within 5 feet like I did on my short recon yesterday, but I did get close enough for a few good photos and a video. As feisty as one particular horse was (alpha-male?) I didn't want to get close enough to be caught up in anything.

Video: Salt River Wild Horses

Another great day, great weather, great views, covered new ground and created a hunger for more than one return trip. Maybe I'll try it from the Beeline side next time.
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