|Salt River Horses & Wandering, AZ|
|Salt River Horses & Wandering, AZ|| |
Salt River Horses & Wandering, AZ
|Hiking||6.00 Miles|| 2 Hrs 30 Mns ||2.40 mph|
|732 ft AEG||12 LBS Pack|
|Another day of indecision... Where to hike? |
Nothing came to mind so I figured I'd find someplace relatively flat just to put the last miles on my oldest pair of boots. They have holes in the tread so nothing too rugged.
So I just got in the car and started driving out Bush Highway until something spoke to me... in this case it was an idea to put a wider outer perimeter on a loop along the Salt River near Phon D Sutton that Tracey and I did last year.
I parked at the corner of Bush Highway & Phon D Sutton Road and headed SW along various horse trails until reaching the Salt River.
Should be just a walk-in-the-park, huh? But because of numerous layers/rows of the thick brush it became a labyrinth, except with plenty of ducking down to pass through 'tunnels' all-the-while catching spider webs in the face. Ugh!
At the spot where I reached the river, wouldn't you know it but it was small opening to a steep bank of slick mud. But at least I could see a half-dozen wild horses farther downstream so I backtracked a bit before heading that direction. After a few missteps I eventually found a good spot to film the horses while they were grazing.
Ok, time to move on upstream. The trek to the parking lot at Phon D Sutton became slog through a long series of tunnels, pushing through brush, sinking in soft-sticky mud while encountering a few fishermen and more small groups of wild horses, which I proceeded to film.
Once I reached the parking lot I headed toward Coon Bluff before turning east and climbed up and over the hills, wandering this way-and-that with no specific route in mind, eventually making it back to the car.
While it was not that much of a hike, I covered areas I have never been before so it was all good.
Video: 4:30 - Salt River Horses