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Hell's Hole Trail #284 - Salome Wilderness
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Hell's Hole Trail #284 - Salome WildernessGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Mar 22 2019
ALMAL
Backpack11.00 Miles 943 AEG
Backpack11.00 Miles
943 ft AEG
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Decided to make an annual check on things at Hells Hole Friday. I don't normally go there anymore on weekends, since the article in Arizona Highways the place is just overrun. If you go and want solitude, shoot for Wednesday or Thursday.
The road in is in good shape with no snow, at least up to the Reynolds trailhead. The parking lot was empty at 7AM. As expected, the first crossing of Workman creek required me to slip on the sandals to cross. After the Boyer junction, the trail became very gnarly with sticker bushes. I suppose, weighted down by recent snow caused so many to fall into the trail? The final mile was constant use of hands to clear a path all the way down. Don't try this in shorts... The creek was raging, as Reynolds creek empties in upstream and very murky. It was almost too loud to sleep, but I managed. The waterfalls 100 yards downstream were flowing nicely, and they were worth the trip alone. Allergies set in Saturday morning and I made the decision to exit.
Good thing I did. About an hour into the hike out, I heard voices coming from an area way off the trail down a steep ravine. I stopped and hollered down to see if they had lost the trail. They had. 1 adult and 4 boy scouts. I waited, then steered them back on course and continued. 10 minutes later 3 more boy scouts. 10 more minutes 4 more boy scouts, all headed down to the campsites. Glad I left, can't imagine 13 people camping down there. There were 5-6 people camped at the creek crossing also.
Don't go here on weekends is the best idea if you want to enjoy it. Tried out my new LL Bean Continental Ruck and I like it a lot.
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