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Jug Trail #61 - Salome WildernessGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar May 12 2018
ddgrunning
Hiking3.50 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles
500 ft AEG
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Hit up the Jug with a group of youth from our church. Given the dry winter, I was worried about water conditions, but poking around social media, I was encouraged that there would be enough flow to make it enjoyable. Last year, we went closer to the end of May, and conditions were perfect, with plenty of flow, lots of swimming holes to enjoy along the way, and a gushing waterfall at the actual "Jug."

We traveled through Punkin Center from the valley, which saves about 15-20 minutes versus driving in from the Globe side. Arrived at the TH shortly after 8 a.m. and were the first arrivals. We didn't see anyone else until shortly before we were finished descending the waterfall. When we returned to the TH, there were about a dozen cars parked.

The weather was quite pleasant--low/mid 80s for the high, with a breeze that kept things nice for the exposed, shadeless hike out.

As for the canyoneering itself, at the drop in point, it was clear that the water levels were significantly lower than last year. Some of the pools were beginning to accumulate some algae and the water was beginning to get a bit murky. That said, there was still some "flow" from pool to pool in most places, and it was far from the smelly, nasty experience I had on my first trip to the area several years ago.

The lower flow meant less stopping to swim and cliff jump at swimming holes along the way, and more wading/boulder hopping than swimming. But we had a great time, anyway.

At the waterfall, we chose to rappel, as it was clear that the pool below was down a few feet from the high mark on the walls. We didn't check depth, but I would guess it is still okay for jumping, as that pool is typically pretty deep.

The next pool after the swim below the waterfall was the money spot for this trip. Deep swimming hole, that supported cliff jumping from 20-25 ft. without touching bottom.

After finishing off our playing around, we made the trek out and were back in Phoenix by mid-afternoon.

Fun trip, though I imagine conditions will quickly deteriorate going forward, with temps rising and no rain in the area.
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