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Salt Trail to LCR Confluence, AZ
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Salt Trail to LCR Confluence, AZ 
Salt Trail to LCR Confluence, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Nov 10 2017
arizona_water
Backpack20.63 Miles 4,365 AEG
Backpack20.63 Miles3 Days         
4,365 ft AEG
 
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This was a three day, two night trip down the Salt Trail and along the LCR to the confluence. I had wanted to return to the LCR to make it all the way to the confluence, and at a request from friends in Flag, we finally made this happen.

We spent both nights at the Salt Trail Canyon campsite, with a long day hike out to the confluence. We were 3.5 miles from the confluence at 1:15pm. Sunset was at 5:15pm, so our group split up. Half of us continued on to the confluence and filtered water, walking it back to camp in the dark. The other half returned by sunset. Those of us carrying water back from the confluence arrived at camp at 8:30pm.

Weather was perfect. The only thing I would change is knowing that there's a work-around trail for that first mile between Salt Trail Canyon and the main river crossing. Unfortunately, we followed a cairned route up above the river through a labyrinth of thorns and drop offs. What should have take 30-45 minutes took us almost two hours. I'm glad I still made it to the confluence though! The night march back to camp went by quickly, as we were able to pickup the social trail on the east bank after crossing back over, just over a mile from camp.

Crossing the LCR at night under the light of headlamps was one of the eeriest and most memorable experiences of my life.
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