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Upper Salome Creek Overlook, AZ
mini location map2019-04-18
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Upper Salome Creek Overlook, AZ 
Upper Salome Creek Overlook, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2019
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking4.20 Miles 933 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles   6 Hrs   14 Mns   0.67 mph
933 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
 
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The purpose of this hike was to explore along the canyon rims overlooking the confluence of Turkey Creek, JR Canyon and Cataract Canyon at the head of Salome Creek. There were sure to be some great views of these scenic canyons and we were not disappointed. Our original plan had been to drive from camp down FR486 towards JR Ranch then take FR2747 that branches off that road towards Turkey Creek. That road has a washout that although doable for ATVs was not something we cared to risk driving. So the washout would be the trailhead for this hike. But after finding the ranching trail shortcut off Redman Mesa a couple days earlier I determined that hiking from camp via that route was about the same hiking distance and would take less time than the combined driving/hiking route.

We made good time hiking to the canyon rims with only minor bushwhacking. The views of the confluence of the four canyons were spectacular. For the return we decided to make it a lollipop loop by following Turkey Creek upstream to connect with the old 4x4 road which would take us back to the ranching trail. We started out following the north rim of Turkey Creek Canyon using cow trails to find our way through the brush. But as cow trails generally do, they led to water in the bottom of the canyon. We usually avoid hiking in canyon bottoms because of the risk of getting blocked by pour-offs but were feeling adventurous. The bottom of the canyon had a heavy growth of trees - mostly Sycamore, Oak and Cottonwood, along with the usual brush and probably some poison ivy. Cow trails led the way but then we had a major OOPS. As the canyon walls closed in on us we came to a water fall about 25-30 feet high with sheer cliffs on each side. After enjoying a water fall photo session as any AZ veteran of 7 years would, we backtracked down the canyon looking for a way out. Soon we found a break in the cliffs on the south side of the canyon where we could scramble up and connect with the 4x4 road which would lead us back to the mesa ranching trail.
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