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Mar 21 2018
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74 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Gleason Flat Salt River via FR303B, AZ 
Gleason Flat Salt River via FR303B, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2018
Grasshopper
Hiking4.10 Miles 601 AEG
Hiking4.10 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   1.82 mph
601 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
 
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Oregon_Hiker
This was our planned hike number 2 of 3 on a 4nt/5day vehicle camping-hiking trip to this remote, less hiked section of the Tonto National Forest off Hwy 60N of Globe bordering the Salt River Canyon Wilderness off Haystack Butte Road FR303.

Today we were looking forward to some easier hiking and a change of scenery from our previous day's more demanding off-trail hike to summit Peak 5255- Mule Hoof Bend Quad.

Originally we had plans to drive my semi-stock 4WD Toyota 4Runner the entire length of FR303B down to the Salt River and continue on for a distance before planning some hike exploring of the river front areas but about 1/2 mile from the river heading downhill on FR303B, it became obviously apparant to me that "driving it" was not going to be safely possible in my vehicle. Not a problem, as we would just hike this additional out and back distance instead of driving it. I'm just grateful that I realized the need to stop and park it when I did or it could have been a very bad ending scene!

Overall, this out and back hike (no loop this time :D ) offered very scenic views and a lot of historic miming and old ranching history (see Oregon_Hiker's triplog for that interesting detail). I particularly enjoyed the views of the Salt River, the near and distant views across the river of Gleason Flat, the huge White Mtn Apache Indian Reservation Land, and most of all enjoyed our ending, secluded Salt River destination for a most pleasant lunch break (for this area see my picset pics 5-9).


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Mar 19 2018
Grasshopper
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 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Camp Grasshopper - Tonto NF (FR303A)Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Car Camping avatar Mar 19 2018
Grasshopper
Car Camping15.50 Miles
Car Camping15.50 Miles5 Days         
 
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Oregon_Hiker
The idea for this 3/19 to 3/23 (5 day/4 night) vehicle camping / hiking trip came about back in mid-January'18 when HAZ-ssk44 (Eric) located on Google Earth some very scenic and interesting exploration areas that further perked Oregon_Hiker and my interest.

This scenic, remote (with no cell coverage), historic, and rugged Arizona backcountry area has a lot to offer for solitude, off-trail hike exploring, and scenic 4-Wheel Driving. Due to its distance from the PHX area, it made better sense for us to plan a multi-day camping trip.

Some of the recommended HAZ off-trail day hike descriptions and 4-Wheel driving areas convenient to this
"Camp Grasshopper - Tonto NF (FR303A)" are:

.. Haystack Butte - 5741feet, AZ
.. *Hike to Gleason Flat - Salt River Canyon [ triplog ]
.. *Peak 5255 - Mule Hoof Bend Quad, AZ
.. *Ash Creek - Salt River Canyon, AZ
.. Hess Canyon to Salt River - SRC Wilderness, AZ
.. Blackjack Wash to Salt River - SRC Wilderness, AZ

* = Hiked by us this trip.
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Haystack Butte Headquarter Spring
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average hiking speed 1.82 mph

WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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