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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 May 21 2021
jacobemerick
Backpack11.04 Miles 2,859 AEG
Backpack11.04 Miles2 Days         
2,859 ft AEG
 
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Backpack w/ kiddos. Reached trailhead before 5pm on Friday, one other vehicle there, we passed those day hikers a few minutes later, only other people we'd see all trip. Had to turtle to haul in all of our gear (65L pack on back, 22L on front), 7yo also had a pack, I wasn't that efficient with gear. Made quick work of the two miles to the planned campsite above the first crossing of Workman Creek (thanks @outandback). Easy setup, kids are great helpers, then I thoroughly burned our pizza-dillas. Temps dropped quickly and we were all curled up in our different sleep soon after sunset. Cold night, had to readjust my underquilt a number of times to keep the butt warm.

Woke up early, rushed breakfast and camp organization, and packed the 22L for the dayhike down to Hell's Hole. Easy going past the junction w/ Boyer Cabin, as soon as the descent started around 5682' the overgrowth kicked in and it only got worse as we descended. Had to carry 4yo a few times (she hates pokey plants and all plants are pokey in this state). Reached the bottom and kids were absolutely floored by the deep pools and tiny waterfalls, so we just stayed there and kept exploring to a minimum. After an hour of finding scorpions, splashing in the water, and getting spooked by a (maybe) snake, we headed back up, which between the kids' slow pace and the switchback's gentle grade felt easier than the descent. Once we reached the top we continued our leisurely pace, the 6yo and 4yo hunting for 'ladybugs' on the flowers, while the 7yo and I chatted about GC adventures. Returned to camp for lunch and packing up, then easy trot back to the Jeep.

Camping near (preferably above) Workman Creek really makes this an enjoyable two-day adventure without hauling gear up that long climb. Also, with how overgrown the trail is on the main drop, I'd also say that just hiking the first three miles makes for a very pleasant hike by itself... the rest of the trail seems to be for completionists or peeps interested in further explorations up/down creek.
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