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May 29 2022
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53 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Jug Trail #61 - Salome WildernessGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar May 29 2022
RickVincentTriplogs 755
Hiking5.50 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   5 Hrs      1.10 mph
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Correct round trip distance is closer to 5.5 miles for this hike (including all the fun stuff through the creek itself). It can be made shorter if you short cut your way into the creek on the approach, but what fun is that? Minte and I showed up at the Jug TH (first on the scene) and started our hike at 8:45am. Perfect 78 degree start with a light breeze. (No annoying bugs/flies like I experienced two weeks earlier). The water flow was visibly lighter than two weeks ago also, which meant more standing water and more yellow jacket wasps. There was one pool along the way that I would consider just a little bit gross, with a thin layer of debris and yuck to push through. We made it to the jump zone. Minte definitely hesitated for awhile but was already at the point of no return. At least, that is what I told her. She jumped, then I followed. We swam out. I was surprised to find the final pool almost entirely gone. Two weeks ago it was the longest swimmer of the bunch. On this day, we walked our way out across dry boulders and sand. The temperature topped out around low 90's which made for a more pleasant walk out. It was 105+ two weeks ago. Stopped at the IGA (again) for a pair of knockout delicious Philly Cheese steaks. I recommend a stop at the deli for anyone who visits Roosevelt Lake or the Jug.
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May 15 2022
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53 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Jug Trail #61 - Salome WildernessGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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RickVincentTriplogs 755
Canyoneering5.50 Miles 1,780 AEG
Canyoneering5.50 Miles   5 Hrs      1.10 mph
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Always a good time at The Jug. Took my 20 year old son and caught up with my friend Todd while driving down A-Cross Road. Water flow through the creek was decent, although less than ideal. Green muck, bees and wasps already collecting at the entry and exit pools. Water level is down about 18" from usual peak level (using the calcium scum line as a baseline). Water in the jug was still very clear. To me, it's more fun during stronger flow. Light precipitation year will make for a short Jug season. As far as I'm concerned, its close to being over and we haven't even reached June. So, unless you like swimming in algae and don't mind the occasional insect sting (I got one), then you may want to get over there real soon. The big discovery from this trip was our stop at the Tonto Basin gas station/IGA/Ace Hardware/Deli. My son and I ordered a pair of Philly Cheesesteaks that were phenomenal. Tasty, juicy, stringy, messy and they didn't skimp on the meat. They had plenty of other offerings also. This is a little hidden gem at the back of the store if you find yourself hungry after a day at the Jug.
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May 02 2020
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50 male
 Joined Oct 09 2011
 Gilbert AZ
Jug Trail #61 - Salome WildernessGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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sguffeyTriplogs 4
Hiking3.50 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   3 Hrs      1.17 mph
500 ft AEG35 LBS Pack
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What a gem! Perfect amount of water flow through the canyon. Not too hotcold. We used wetsuits, which I would recommend for this activity this time of year, and anytime canyoneering wet canyons, even in warm weather.

Finished the adventure with pizza at Big Daddy Pizza in Tonto Basin. Great pizza! Great service. Better than I expected from something in the middle of no where! Very recommended!
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Ocotillo, Brittle bush, fairy duster, prickly pear, saguhro,
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May 01 2020
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53 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Jug Trail #61 - Salome WildernessGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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RickVincentTriplogs 755
Hiking3.50 Miles 500 AEG
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Great day to cool off at Salome Creek. Met up with Todd and Paul around 6am in Mesa, then made our way out to the Jug Trail via route 87. Great mix of hot temps, ideal water flow and spring colors. Surprised to see so many people out there on a Friday. Must be a lot of people on furlough or short work weeks.
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Dec 15 2019
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41 female
 Joined Oct 21 2016
 Tempe, AZ
Jug Trail #61 - Salome WildernessGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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MAPTriplogs 82
Hiking12.36 Miles 1,136 AEG
Hiking12.36 Miles   7 Hrs   50 Mns   1.61 mph
1,136 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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My first attempt at completing the AZ 20-20 route here was December 1, 2018. My friend and I were awestruck at the incredible colors of fall leaves everywhere! Once the Jug Trail ends it is serious bushwacking the entire way. Sometimes a very clear and easy trail will appear for a bit but disappears into a tangle of sharp pricker bushes just as quickly. We had to turn back in 2018 because the bushwacking was taking too long and my friend was tired of getting constantly stabbed. We found a Cottonwood that appears to be in the process of laying a rock egg. It is really really cool and I honestly cannot figure out how this rock got where it did.

Fast forward to present day. I am convinced the first weekend of December is the time to come here. My husband and I tried for the first weekend to catch the fall leaves but were not able to cross Tonto Creek after all the rain we had been getting. We came back the following week in a HC truck and it was still somewhat of a swim through the second crossing of Tonto on A-cross Rd. The trees down in Salome Creek looked like they had just dropped a bunch of leaves. Still beautiful but not as vibrant or full as I remember. This hike is rocky and ankle twisty and sometimes the best option is wading upstream through the creek to avoid the tangle of stabby plants. My husband got tired of getting stabbed and took, what I imagine was, a lovely break by the creek. I used my body like a machete and continued to as close to the upstream end as I had time (and energy) to make it. It's pretty apparent that not many people hike upstream of the Jug area. I think the really striking area is nearer to the Jug but definitely worth hiking at least to the "birther tree" as we decided to name it. :lol: I'm going to keep trying to pin down the perfect time for fall leaves here. They really are incredible.
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May 03 2019
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 Joined Nov 18 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Jug Trail #61 - Salome WildernessGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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nonotTriplogs 511
Canyoneering3.50 Miles 500 AEG
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Perfect conditions.
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Apr 19 2019
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 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Jug Trail #61 - Salome WildernessGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2019
MountainMattTriplogs 528
Hiking6.88 Miles 1,275 AEG
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Awesome day to a place that’s long been on the list and a extra bonus to be able coordinate schedules to link up with Joel and Jon again.
We were one out of I believe five groups which was on a Friday so as everyone knows this canyon sees plenty of human activity but it’s still special to see and experience nonetheless.
I didn’t do anything technical and stayed dry above my waist with a lot of climbing in and out of the canyon and traversing but needless to say I didn’t even began to see the real “goods” of this mighty catherdral of water and rock but will have to return for a full descent with a group one day to see all of its wondrous splendors.
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Jul 21 2018
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42 male
 Joined Aug 17 2020
 San tan valley,
Jug Trail #61 - Salome WildernessGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Xxjt123xxTriplogs 6
Hiking3.50 Miles 500 AEG
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May 12 2018
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52 male
 Joined Apr 13 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Jug Trail #61 - Salome WildernessGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar May 12 2018
ddgrunningTriplogs 428
Hiking3.50 Miles 500 AEG
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Hit up the Jug with a group of youth from our church. Given the dry winter, I was worried about water conditions, but poking around social media, I was encouraged that there would be enough flow to make it enjoyable. Last year, we went closer to the end of May, and conditions were perfect, with plenty of flow, lots of swimming holes to enjoy along the way, and a gushing waterfall at the actual "Jug."

We traveled through Punkin Center from the valley, which saves about 15-20 minutes versus driving in from the Globe side. Arrived at the TH shortly after 8 a.m. and were the first arrivals. We didn't see anyone else until shortly before we were finished descending the waterfall. When we returned to the TH, there were about a dozen cars parked.

The weather was quite pleasant--low/mid 80s for the high, with a breeze that kept things nice for the exposed, shadeless hike out.

As for the canyoneering itself, at the drop in point, it was clear that the water levels were significantly lower than last year. Some of the pools were beginning to accumulate some algae and the water was beginning to get a bit murky. That said, there was still some "flow" from pool to pool in most places, and it was far from the smelly, nasty experience I had on my first trip to the area several years ago.

The lower flow meant less stopping to swim and cliff jump at swimming holes along the way, and more wading/boulder hopping than swimming. But we had a great time, anyway.

At the waterfall, we chose to rappel, as it was clear that the pool below was down a few feet from the high mark on the walls. We didn't check depth, but I would guess it is still okay for jumping, as that pool is typically pretty deep.

The next pool after the swim below the waterfall was the money spot for this trip. Deep swimming hole, that supported cliff jumping from 20-25 ft. without touching bottom.

After finishing off our playing around, we made the trek out and were back in Phoenix by mid-afternoon.

Fun trip, though I imagine conditions will quickly deteriorate going forward, with temps rising and no rain in the area.
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May 27 2017
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52 male
 Joined Apr 13 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Jug Trail #61 - Salome WildernessGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar May 27 2017
ddgrunningTriplogs 428
Hiking6.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   4 Hrs      1.50 mph
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Took a group of friends and their teens to the Jug. Water flow was just about perfect, as were the temps. We arrived at the TH at 8:30 a.m. and were the first ones there. After we got down the waterfall, we could see a bottleneck starting to form. 8-9 cars at the TH when we returned. Very fun place to explore!
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Apr 09 2017
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 Joined Jan 04 2011
 Las Vegas, NV
Jug Trail #61 - Salome WildernessGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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autumnstarsTriplogs 1,391
Canyoneering5.43 Miles 1,217 AEG
Canyoneering5.43 Miles
1,217 ft AEG
Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
C - Strong current; wading/swimming; waterfalls; possible wet/dry suit
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Fun, fun canyon. Lots of floating plus some swimming, and a bit of down climbing to keep it interesting. Enough water on this day that we could mostly just let the current carry us along much of the time. Good experience down climbing in Class C conditions.

It became a little chilly waiting almost 1 hour (!) for 2 people ahead of us to finally get set up on the one and only rappel. And, in the end, we had to free their rope for them when they pulled, having left knots at the end of the rappel side. Seemed to be some kind of poorly-thought-out date. Sigh...

Some of our group jumped instead of rappelling after we checked for obstacles - pool was nice and deep, just be sure to jump out correct distance from the wall.
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Apr 02 2017
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40 male
 Joined Mar 04 2006
 Gilbert, AZ
Jug Trail #61 - Salome WildernessGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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ECEGatorTuroTriplogs 27
Hiking3.50 Miles 500 AEG
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Went canyoneering down the Jug. Two-for-one having done Parker earlier on the same day!
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Apr 16 2016
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42 male
 Joined Aug 03 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Jug Trail #61 - Salome WildernessGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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knmurphyTriplogs 222
Canyoneering3.50 Miles 500 AEG
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Our group managed to get 13 people through in OK time. Thankfully we started early enough to miss the crowds and had the canyon to ourselves. The water is still pretty clean, flow is OK.
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[ checklist ]  Salome Jug - Salome Wilderness
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Apr 16 2016
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47 male
 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Jug Trail #61 - Salome WildernessGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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RedwallNHopsTriplogs 1,355
Canyoneering3.50 Miles 500 AEG
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Nice to do this when it wasn't so busy.
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Jun 25 2015
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 San Tan Valley A
Jug Trail #61 - Salome WildernessGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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CoryTallmanTriplogs 55
Canyoneering3.50 Miles 500 AEG
Canyoneering3.50 Miles   5 Hrs      0.70 mph
500 ft AEG40 LBS Pack
Basic Canyoneering - Scrambling; easy climbing/downclimbing; frequent hand use; rope recommended; easy exit
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Jun 14 2015
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Jug Trail #61 - Salome WildernessGlobe, AZ
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Canyoneering3.50 Miles 500 AEG
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Apr 11 2015
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48 male
 Joined Mar 31 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Jug Trail #61 - Salome WildernessGlobe, AZ
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I finally checked out the Jug. It took me long enough. It's the crowds that have deterred me over the years. Heading down early in the morning easily solved that problem. I was on the trail at first light. I had it all to myself. Perfect. I didn't get in the water. I just worked the edges from above. It's a really cool place and I'm glad I finally went.
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Apr 04 2015
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 chandler, Az
Jug Trail #61 - Salome WildernessGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Canyoneering3.50 Miles 500 AEG
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Another awesome trip down the jug . the water was on the chilly side decently wish I had a wet suite for the last 3 swims they were really cold.
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Sep 21 2014
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41 male
 Joined Dec 12 2013
 Phoenix, AZ
Jug Trail #61 - Salome WildernessGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Canyoneering3.50 Miles 500 AEG
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Hiked to the creek today with my rappel gear given the many recent rains, but the creek was nearly dry. Downclimbed in mid-canyon near what is normally one of the water slides, but what would normally be a full on swim during the late spring was now just very shallow sets of standing pools that could be largely hopped past by staying to the jug canyon edges. Decided not to bother heading to the rappel given the lack of water and surely dry waterfall.....snapped a few pics and climbed back out. Will wait until the spring to return!
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May 17 2014
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 Joined Jun 07 2013
 Phoenix, AZ
Jug Trail #61 - Salome WildernessGlobe, AZ
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Canyoneering3.50 Miles 500 AEG
Canyoneering3.50 Miles   5 Hrs      0.70 mph
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C - Strong current; wading/swimming; waterfalls; possible wet/dry suit
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Good trip. Pretty busy in the canyon but nice. Water was moderately flowing.
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