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Salt Trail-LCR Gorge-Confluence, AZ 
Salt Trail-LCR Gorge-Confluence, AZ
 
Backpack avatar May 12 2017
BiFrost
Backpack24.79 Miles 5,237 AEG
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Back to back weekends in the Grand Canyon what could be better! Another first for Kathy down the Salt Trail and LCR Gorge. I watched the LCR gauging station near Cameron which had been flat lined near zero for about a month so we were 98% sure it would be blue for our trip. We left Phx early and arrived about 8am on the rim. Drove out to the overlook to check the color and sure enough it was blue :y:

Back at the TH we got organized and began the slow trek down the steep Salt Trail. Had to take packs off twice on the top section but nothing too difficult. Took some time to get down since Kathy had not been on anything quite this rugged. Made it down early afternoon then took a lunch break and enjoyed first look at the river. After that we headed down stream for about 3 miles to camp for the night. Small site but it worked and would give us a jump on day hike to the confluence. Also the one crossing was considerably easier than expected because of @John9L intel on where to cross just above the travertine dam. Thanks John!

Next day the only goal we had was to make the confluence and lounge there long as possible before heading back to camp. We had about 4 miles to the confluence so not too long of a day hike arriving around 10am. Anyone who has experienced the confluence knows how awesome it is with the blue LCR and dark green Colorado…on this day we were fortunate to have those perfect conditions. It was a bit early for the boaters but sure enough about an hour later they started to roll in. One of the groups was private trip that were really cool and more than willing to share their cold beverages. Even invited us on the boat to chat and knock back some cold ones. It was their 16th trip on the river so they had some good knowledge and stories to share. We spent about 3 hours talking with everyone before they moved on down the river. This one guy in their group was doing the trip on a paddle board [ photo ] definitely never seen that before. Fun filled day as we headed back upstream the LCR to our camp.

Next day it was the tough hike out to the rim. We got an early start just in case and it went faster than on the way in. We were kind of dreading the hike out because of the heat but the forecast was spot on in predicting cooler temps on Sunday. So really wasn’t too bad and Kathy had easier time going up the Salt than down it. Reached the vehicle by 1pm, smiles all round, cold beverage, snacks and easy drive out. Great trip all around!!
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