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Hell's Hole Trail #284 - Salome Wilderness
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10 by photographer avatarAugustWest
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Hell's Hole Trail #284 - Salome WildernessGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 05 2021
AugustWest
Hiking11.43 Miles 2,779 AEG
Hiking11.43 Miles   5 Hrs   18 Mns   2.63 mph
2,779 ft AEG      57 Mns Break
 
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Every time I drive up AZ 288, I ask myself the same question. Why don't I go to the Sierra Ancha mountains more often? This trip was no different and while there are always 'issues' the payoff seems to be worth some of the minor inconveniences.

I started this morning at 7:30 to an empty parking area at the trailhead. The temps were in the high 20's. The first part of this hike along the jeep road was 75% covered in snow. It was pretty crunchy stuff about 3" deep so making my way through wasn't so tough. This part of the hike was extremely enjoyable with a really healthy pine forest and easy tread to walk through.

Reynolds Creek was flowing nicely. The crossing was a really nice spot to stop and take in some of the sun filtering in through the trees. After the crossing, the trail tightened up in spots with pretty thick brush. This would continue all the way down to Salome Creek. Some spots were tough to push through, but nothing really prickly so very manageable.

Once down at the creek I mostly relaxed, lying down on a flat rock in the sun. The creek was flowing very swiftly and it was really nice to take in the sound of water and the amazing surroundings.

The hike back up was pretty uneventful, but the path on the plateau was extremely muddy in the early day sun.

Altogether this was an amazing trip to mountains that possess a lot of what I love about Arizona. The brush keeps out the riff raff and arrow painters. I didn't see anyone all day and I imagine that most days this time of year this is the norm. I'll be back again soon to explore the Boyer Cabin side of this same watershed.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Reynolds Creek Heavy flow Heavy flow
lots of water
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Wildflower seed in the sand and wind
May the four winds blow you home again
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