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Oct 19 2016
MountainMatt
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28 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
SRC- Upper Gorge, AZ 
SRC- Upper Gorge, AZ
 
Canyoneering avatar Oct 19 2016
MountainMatt
Canyoneering5.79 Miles 1,856 AEG
Canyoneering5.79 Miles   7 Hrs   19 Mns   1.24 mph
1,856 ft AEG   2 Hrs   39 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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1st trip
I finally had the honor to make a visit to this unique area of the SRC that has been on my radar for quite some time now and it certainly was incredible!
Upon the descent into the canyon I was immediately in awe of the sheer size and power of what was around me. I had no idea just how grand and regal the SRC was, throughout the whole day I constantly had to remind myself I was in Arizona...
This was one of those humbling trips that once again reminded me just how diverse, wild and amazing this state truly is!

It was unbelievably hot out during the day for it being late October, the thermometer said 82° but in direct sunlight with no shade it felt more like 100° but I shouldn't complain since some people around the country are already dealing with snow.
With that being said it felt amazing to hit the canyon floor and splash cool refreshing river water in my face and take a rest in the shade of one of the nicest beachside camps I've ever seen.
So for some reason I always thought the whole Salt River being salty was just a myth/wives tale, I mean forgive me but I just really did not know it was named the Salt because of It's high salt content, I've just never really looked into it or asked anyone...
Well I probably should have because I basically relied on my days drinking water to come from the river and I quickly found out that was a mistake! :sweat:
I eagerly filled up my waterbottles with crystal clear river water and took a big fresh sip before I attempted to do my filtering because that's my ritual whenever I visit an Arizona watershed for the first time but boy was I surprised with salty ass water that immediately left me spitting out the contents! :--:
I learned the hard but rather funny way that it's truly named the Salt River for that reason!
Luckily I brought enough 8.5% Double IPA's to keep me hydrated for the rest of the day 8).

The wide open views almost made my head spin, I'm not used to hiking alongside a river of that magnitude so everything was such a treat! The power and sound of the water in that section is such a rush and looking up at the near vertical cliff walls I spotted the remains of three different vehicles that at one point in time drove off US 60 and into the abyss of this massive canyon. :scared:
It's kind of crazy to imagine those horrific scenes playing out and realizing there were real people in those vehicles when it occurred, it's the kind of stuff you see in every typical action movies but very surreal to see in reality.

My friend, her two dogs and I took rest alongside the river while I dropped my pack and ventured on further to scope out the area I initially came for.
As always I was greeted with a few unexpected surprises that literally made me grin from ear to ear! :D
There were a few amazing sections of large powerful cascades that made me feel tiny as the ripped and roared past me.
Just before the heart of the gorge is a beautiful shelf like patio section that remind me of a few areas I've seen photos of inside the Grand Canyon, it felt like I was walking back in time on these ancient carved rocks.
Hititng the my long sought after "Honey-Hole" was a satisfying treat that left me astounded of what I was viewing.
It required a little bit of care moving around inside that area of the gorge as the terrain becomes more rugged and the canyon more narrow a.k.a. "The Good Stuff"!
I stayed snapping photos until 6pm which of course at that time was moments before darkness was going to occur so I made a swift and quick return to my patient group that was awaiting my presence.
My friends dog sliced open his rear paw at some point during the day and he was crying and stopping on our way out of the canyon floor so I gave him the express ride on my shoulder out of the rough stuff.
Luckily once we hit more manageable terrain he toughed it up and walked on his own without whining, which I was thankful for because it would have taken me a long time to carry that pit bull mix out of that steep canyon.
The rest of the hike out was just perfect, surprising amounts of stars loomed above as we all enjoyed the cool crisp weather along with a unique light show of the far away vehicles headlights as they appeared and disappeared out of the dark abyss while they drove on the Highway 60's switchbacks.

This trip was quick and only covered a short distance but it definitely goes down in one of the more memorable places I've had the pleasure of visting. The roaring rapids, enormous canyon, countless scenic vistas and unique alcoves made this such a treat that fulfilled my constant craving of exploring the unknown.

Great day, everlasting memories and a place I'm already day dreaming of going back to! : rambo :
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Apr 05 2015
Randal_Schulhauser
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60 male
 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Pinetop AZ and Area - April 2015, AZ 
Pinetop AZ and Area - April 2015, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Apr 05 2015
Randal_Schulhauser
Backpack29.32 Miles 2,120 AEG
Backpack29.32 Miles4 Days         
2,120 ft AEG
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1st trip
Pinetop AZ and Area - April 2015

197 miles, 3hrs 45min per Google Maps

Bob Mohle's country getaway cottage on the outskirts of Pinetop AZ was offered up as an excuse to burn off some forfeitable vacation time. With some backdrop interest in the local history surrounding lumbering/lumberingu railroads, we headed out to the White Mountains with seven basic clues;
Clue #1, Apache Railway :next: azmemory.azlibrary. ... d/34
Clue #2, Apache Railway :next: en.m.wikipedia.org/ ... lway
Clue #3, Apache Railway 2004 :next: trainweb.org/southw ... html
Clue #4, Southwest Lumbering Industries logging train, circa 1910 at Standard AZ in the White Mountains :next: azmemory.azlibrary. ... c/14
Clue #5, White Mountain Scenic Railroad (7 page brochure) :next: archive.library.nau ... 1967
Clue #6, White Mountain Scenic Railroad locomotives :next: air-and-space.com/L ... .htm
Clue #7, Maverick AZ ghost town :next: boards.ancestry.com ... ashx


Day 1 - Sunday April 5th, 2015
FitBit totals = 7.64 miles, 770 AEG (77 floors)

On the road by 3pm after Easter brunch with the family. Arrived at Bob's Pinetop cottage about 7-ish and enjoyed some crisp country air with temperatures expected to drop into the hi 30's later that evening...



Day 2 - Monday April 6th, 2015
FitBit totals = 6.97 miles, 410 AEG (41 floors)

Up at dawn with a loose plan to visit Kinishba Ruins, Fort Apache Historic Park :next: wmat.nsn.us/fortapa ... .htm , Pacheta Lake, Pacheta Falls, and scout out remnants of the logging railway that ran between McNary and the ghost town of Maverick. Flat tire on our way out from Pacheta Falls to Maverick put an end to the exploration (made it back to Pinetop to see NCAA final game tipoff).
Apache Railway that ran from Holbrook to McNary to Maverick :next: azmemory.azlibrary. ... d/34 NOTE: ran as a tourist train during 1960's and 1970's until fire in 1980 (1976 in some references) at the McNary Lumber Mill combined with changes in tribal lumbering policy led to its closure. Ran under brand of White Mountain Scenic Railway.
Maverick ghost town :next: ghosttowns.com/stat ... html
McNary lumber history :next: https://fhsarchives ... lls/
Finish the day with some "Hollywood History" by watching Walter Hill's "GERONIMO - An American Legend" with Wes Studi, Jason Patric, Gene Hackman, Matt Damon, and Robert Duvall :next: imdb.com/title/tt01 ... 004/.
Our visit to Fort Apache and seeing General Crook's cabin made me think that movie would be a great bookend to our day...
Later that night, I find the best historic reference for the Apache Railway, an article from the January 1963 Arizona Highways entitled "First Caboose to Maverick" :next: islandpondrailroad. ... .htm




Day 3 - Tuesday April 7th, 2015
FitBit totals = 9.60 miles, 790 AEG (79 floors)

Up at dawn and after a hearty breakfast, headed over to Greens Peak - Four Knolls area to take in the stellar panoramic views (despite hurricane-like winds). Explored Sunrise Ski Resort area to see if tram to top of mountain was open (everything closed to public). Off to explore the headwaters of the Little Colorado and the Mount Baldy Loop. When we parked at the West Baldy Trail #95 TH, I heard a distinct hissing sound - Another flat tire!
Fortunately I was able to limp back to Pinetop where Rex @ Future Tire (futuretireaz.com ) took care of us. Today's flat was caused by a roofing nail and a simple plug-n-patch repair to the Goodyear Wrangler P275/65R18. Monday's flat was a rock puncture and not repairable. Disappointed with Ford's off-road package tires (these weren't my first off-road flat tires), I let Rex sell me a Cooper Tire Trailcutter AT2 that we mounted as my spare for now as I contemplate what to replace my other 4 tires with (anyone have experience with Cooper Tire Trailcutter AT2's???). A special "shoutout to Louis Weaver (Bob's handyman in Pinetop) who met us as we limped into town just in case we needed a ride
Lugs are 21mm, stock tire wrench lugs 7/8", yet have specialty 21mm wrench in truck
(Shouldn't the 7/8" lugs on truck all be 21mm to fit wrench?)
Back on the road after lunch at Red Devil Pizza :next: reddevilrestaurant.com (Randy and CJ took care of us during lunch) and headed over to Porter Mountain and
Ice Cave Trail #608 :next: [ description ]




Day 4 - Wednesday April 8th, 2015
FitBit totals = 5.11 miles, 150 AEG (15 floors)

On the road home with a stop at the Salt River Canyon...




TOTALS
29.32 miles, 2120 AEG
193 TOTAL IMAGES
85 images on iPhone 5S
87 images on Canon 6D
9 images on Canon 7D
12 images on Canon Rebel XT



HAZ DESTINATIONS
1. Kinishba Ruins :next: [ description ]
2. Fort Apache Historic Park :next: [ description ]
3. Pacheta Lake :next: [ description ]
4. Pacheta Falls :next: [ description ]
5. Maverick Ghost Town :next: [ description ]
6. Railroad Grade Trail :next: [ description ]
7. Greens Peak :next: [ description ]
8. Four Knolls :next: [ description ]
9. Candy Mountain Trail :next: [ description ]
10. Sunrise Park :next: [ description ]
11. West Baldy Trail #95 :next: [ description ]
12. Ice Cave Trail #608 :next: [ description ]
13. Salt River Canyon - AZ60 Crossing :next: [ description ]
14. Upper Salt River :next: [ description ]

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Apr 02 2013
AZLOT69
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69 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Upper Salt RiverGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Rafting avatar Apr 02 2013
AZLOT69
Rafting7.00 Miles
Rafting7.00 Miles
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1st trip
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Sunny, hot, perfect day to raft. Joined the Salt River Swim Club.
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Mar 24 2013
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67 female
 Joined Jan 21 2006
 Flagstaff AZ
Upper Salt RiverGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Rafting avatar Mar 24 2013
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Rafting8.00 Miles
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Imagine my delight to be invited on yet another rafting trip, the day after the commercial ride on my birthday. A small private group needed another person on the paddle raft to even up the sides. We had fun, and we also took part in a rescue of a raft that got pinned on a rock. Eventually some guys showed up and set up a z-rig, because with just the rope from a throwbag we could not get them loose. No swimmers, but they finally had to flip the boat in order to get it off that rock!

Again I linked this to the tubing because we need to get around to having one for the rafting, but we haven't gotten around to it yet!
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Mar 23 2013
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 Joined Jan 21 2006
 Flagstaff AZ
Upper Salt RiverGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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I'm linking this with Salt River Tubing, since we have no entry for the Rafting. However, this is upriver from the tubing, on the wild section of Salt above Roosevelt Lake. Put in is at Salt River Canyon Bridge on US 60 north of Globe.

This was a commercial trip for my 60th birthday. We used SRR aka Salt River Rafting (raft the salt dot com). Good company to go with! There were 12 in my group.

I was very glad to meet Alex aka Big_Load! He fell in the water, but we pulled him out again right quick!

The river was running about 1200 cfs that day. It's dropping, because the previous weekend it had peaked at 1700. Remember, this is not dam-controlled flow. This is coming off snowmelt in the White Mountains.
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Dec 15 2007
mazatzal
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63 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Kinishba RuinsAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 15 2007
mazatzal
Hiking0.60 Miles 20 AEG
Hiking0.60 Miles      50 Mns   0.72 mph
20 ft AEG
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1st trip
Interesting ruins. We also walked around Fort Apache up the road. Both good stops for lunch or short visits.
We stopped at the Salt on the drive up.
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