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Mar 17 2015
CannondaleKid
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70 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Salt River PeakGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2015
CannondaleKid
Hiking3.40 Miles 1,352 AEG
Hiking3.40 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   1.63 mph
1,352 ft AEG      10 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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Finally got around to bagging this one.

No video... I didn't realize the camera was zoomed in a bit so the resulting video was too jittery to post.
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Feb 07 2015
FLYING_FLIVER
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 Joined Jan 28 2010
 Fountain Hills,
Salt River Pk and Two Salts, AZ 
Salt River Pk and Two Salts, AZ
 
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FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking3.32 Miles 1,278 AEG
Hiking3.32 Miles   5 Hrs   12 Mns   2.01 mph
1,278 ft AEG   3 Hrs   33 Mns Break
 
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Salt River Pk was the main reason to drive east, to Globe, then north on Rte 188.
Salt River Pk is a short, easy hike, up to a very narrow ridgeline, with the high point being on the south end of that ridgeline. Good footing all the way up, with easily avoidable sharp things. I didn’t get ‘stuck’ once.
The mountain does remind me a little of Saddle Mtn (Tonopah), as parts of it are falling away, leaving shear drop-offs on one side.

Salt River Pk is the highest point in the Salt River Mountains and is home to ‘Salt River Pk’ Triangulation Station. The US Forest Service put the disk up there up in 1934. The USGS came along in 1948 and added two reference marks. All three are still there and in great shape.
The USFS’s data sheet says the peak is “AKA Smoke Signal Mountain”.

While I was ‘in-the-area’, I also climbed up another nearby mountain (Pk 4252) to locate “Salt” Triangulation Station. (Just “Salt”, so as not to be confused with the benchmark on Salt River Pk, which is named ‘Salt River Pk’)

The Salt benchmark was set by the NGS in 1946, very near the high point (summit) of a pre alignment of Rte 188, before the road drops down (to the north) into the Roosevelt Reservoir area. Maps even mention “The Summit”.

The NGS surveyors for ‘Salt’ benchmark also set two reference marks plus an azimuth mark.
Three out of 4 disks are gone, including the actual triangulation station. Drill holes and scattered cement bits are the only remnants of the benchmark itself, and one of its reference marks. The Azimuth mark went the way of a ‘now removed’ cattle guard. The Azimuth mark had been in the headwall of that cattle guard.

I hiked alone, unless you include the constant buzzing of bees. The warmer the temps got, the more they were active. No attacks though - They just buzzed!

If you want to impress your non-hiking friends, drive up Rte 188 and point out Salt River Pk. from the car. From the car, the peak looks very formidable and a bit foreboding.
Impress them and say,“Yeah, I climbed up that mountain. I’m quite the hiker”.
Little will they know, you can first hike down a road north, then go ‘up’, from the unseen and gradual sloped backside, making the hike up a stroll in the park. :)
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Nov 01 2014
BEEBEE
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46 male
 Joined Jul 27 2011
 Mesa AZ
Salt River PeakGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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BEEBEE
Hiking2.61 Miles 1,150 AEG
Hiking2.61 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   1.96 mph
1,150 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break8 LBS Pack
 
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This peak has been on my activation list for a while. I have been waiting for a cool enough day with good visibility to hit this one and today was the day. I made short work of the climb to the top the views were great and the winds were light to start. I took some pics checked out and then signed into the summit register. I got my HF gear out set up the antenna and put Salt River Peak on the air for the first time for the Summits on the Air (SOTA) group. I made 28 total contacts in 55 min on HF all on Morse code (CW) from all over the USA and Canada. Now the winds were really gusting so I decided it was time to break the station down snap a few more pics and head on down.

28 contacts 6 points W7A/GI-113 Salt River Peak http://www.sota.org.uk/
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Mar 24 2012
Laurel
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24 female
 Joined Nov 19 2011
 Avondale, AZ
Salt River PeakGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2012
Laurel
Hiking3.57 Miles 1,150 AEG
Hiking3.57 Miles   4 Hrs   43 Mns   1.69 mph
1,150 ft AEG   2 Hrs   36 Mns Break
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Mar 23 2012
leonesiegel
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 Joined Jan 15 2010
 Scottsdale, AZ
Salt River PeakGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2012
leonesiegel
Hiking3.57 Miles 1,150 AEG
Hiking3.57 Miles   4 Hrs   43 Mns   1.70 mph
1,150 ft AEG   2 Hrs   37 Mns Break
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Adrian, Laurel and I met Pam for this fun hike. Pam led us up a ridgeline that seemed to follow ssk44's route and then towards the top we deviated from it a little. Took some long breaks in the shade a few times, little bit of a warm day. Bushwacking was fairly light for the most part. The payoff views at the summit were awesome and we wondered what it would be like up there with a beautiful sunset. Great to meet another HAZer, finally, and look forward to more hiking with Pam.
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Mar 23 2012
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 Joined Aug 19 2011
 Scottsdale, AZ
Salt River PeakGlobe, AZ
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outdoor_lover
Hiking3.57 Miles 1,150 AEG
Hiking3.57 Miles   4 Hrs   43 Mns   1.70 mph
1,150 ft AEG   2 Hrs   37 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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Sam brought part of the family and friends over to the house and we took the Escape. Figured if the road is a little rough, may as well beat up the SUV. The road in was little rough, but not bad. There's a few spots that have some washed out ravines, a few of them pretty deep. One of those spots I actually got out and looked at it to see if I could sneak by the edge, as it was close. Drop a wheel or get too close to the edge where it collapses on you and you are pretty much pumpkined, even with a 4x4. A couple of other places, you better be confident in your ability to know where your wheels are or you face the same thing. I actually held my breath a couple of times.... :sweat: Somehow even though I had to hug the "shoulder" a few times, I only suffered some temporary Arizona Pinstriping.... :D

The Peak looks impressive from the Parking Spot and I'm excited. You actually follow an old road on foot for roughly a mile before going "off trail". Don't even try to drive that road, it's very steep and we had trouble just keeping our footing on the hills.

I had brought both ssk44's and Joe's Routes and when we hit the saddle by the Water Tank, (which is bone dry), we decided that although ssk44's Route was a little longer it was less steep. :lol: So we went to the east side of the saddle, turned south, and up ssk44's ridge. Nice uphill climb and we are almost to the top of the small peak that starts the East/West ridge of the Mountain. It was warm and with the uphill, we were taking a little while to get there. I could see a small grassy meadow in-between the small peak and summit. Looking at the terrain, I decided that we could eliminate some of the "direct" uphill to the small peak and bypass it completely, traversing across just below the ridge and achieving the meadow with a gradual uphill instead. :) It worked out really well and the meadow was very cool. Soft green grass, hardly any rocks, and the soil felt almost spongy, but not muddy. Sweet.

Took a break there and enjoyed the views and some shade. Sam was a little puzzled at the elevation he was showing, he was eyeing the Peak and felt like it wasn't nearly as high as it should be. Well as we found out, from the angle we were looking, we were actually looking at a "false summit". :sweat: Got to the false summit and were in awe of the actual Summit. It rose above us almost like a Pyramid and the "ridgeline" going up looked just like a corner of one... :sweat: It was narrow and rocky looking, but after just doing Battleship, it wasn't nearly as narrow or exposed as that, so I was fine with it. If I fell, I was just going to tumble, not plummet... :lol:

I lead the way, trying the find the easiest route, but also anxious to get to the top. Eric's description was right on when he stated that the bushwacking was light, I could have easily worn shorts and been fine, but since I had pants on, sometimes I was too lazy to go around a thicker area and just plowed through. That probably wasn't fair to my compadres, as Adrian had shorts on. But the brush areas were isolated enough, that if they weren't comfortable following what I did, it didn't take much for them to find a cleaner route. About 10 feet below the Summit I stopped traversing, took a left and went straight up a steep dirt part. Talk about timing. When my eyes came over the top, my face was almost headbutting the Summit marker.... :D

The Summit was amAZing!!! 360 degree views for miles. And top it off, it must be the season for a certain Family of Butterflies. They were everywhere on top, but they weren't feeding. If they landed, it was only for a split second, no chance of getting a picture. White, Green, Blue and Yellow ones constantly flitting around and doing acrobatic moves. Sam actually caught a White one with Picture #9. It's in the air on my right. So to top off the incredible views we were soaking in, the Butterflies gave the moment a touch of "Magic", usually only read about in books....

There were a few bees too. There were alot of different blooms going on in the area. Very few poppies, and the Indian Paintbrush was very isolated, but there were about 10 other species in full bloom and very colorful.

The others decided to start their descent back to the false summit, I stayed for a few more minutes and took a few more pics. When I got down and met the others, apparently Adrian had a run-in with a bee. He had a welt growing just under his right eye. He said that the Bee smacked him in the face and stung him, but I really couldn't see a Stinger. I scraped it to be sure and since he wasn't swelling up like a balloon, it wasn't going to be an emergency. He seemed ok and looked no worse for wear an hour later, so we were probably lucky he wasn't allergic....

Took more of a direct descent, probably following Joe's Route a little closer. It's steeper, but with a little creative switchbacking to help with the steepness and to find "cleaner" areas, it worked out great. Back to the Saddle, took a shade break and then followed the rollercoaster road back to the car. Some of those downhills on that road are almost easier to run down, rather than try to walk it and keep your footing.... :sweat: Got back to the car and made it out to the highway without incident...Whew....

Awesome trip with good company. Sam could have probably left me in the dust, but was watching out for his daughter who wasn't as experienced of a Hiker as he was. We had a great time and the Summit was totally worth the work to get there....Thanks to Sam, Laurel and Adrian for joining me in this Peak Quest.... :D
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Feb 29 2012
joebartels
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 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Salt River PeakGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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joebartels
Hiking2.45 Miles 936 AEG
Hiking2.45 Miles   1 Hour   6 Mns   2.58 mph
936 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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We had just enough calculated time to squeeze this one in on the way home. JJ sprays some sort of cop musk as he drives. I swear we had five cops tailing us close throughout the day. Of course there was nothing to be nervous about just seemed... odd

This was like a tiptoe through the tulips without snow, cold rocks or bushwhacking to break stride. We peaked with less than a half hour to sunset. Admired the friggen stellar views then headed back. This is definitely a good one to tag on when passing by the area :)

JJ treated to my favorite Chalos steak fajitas heading back through Globe :y:
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Feb 29 2012
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 Chandler, AZ
Salt River PeakGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking2.45 Miles 936 AEG
Hiking2.45 Miles   1 Hour   6 Mns   2.58 mph
936 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
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Wow what a great hike this turned out to be. It isn't overly challenging but man the views from up top are spectacular! The sun was starting to set as we reached the top and the photos just don't do it justice. Maybe if I would have had my Moto flip phone with me they would have been of higher quality. :)

I would highly recommend this one if you are in the area. I will surely be doing it again.
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Jan 25 2010
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 Gilbert, AZ
Salt River PeakGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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ssk44
Hiking3.40 Miles 1,150 AEG
Hiking3.40 Miles   4 Hrs      0.85 mph
1,150 ft AEG
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Salt River Peak (01/25/2010)

This was a very fun and rewarding hike that surpassed my expectations. The day was beautiful with excellent visibility following the recent pounding of storms. 4-6" of snow on the northern slope of the remaining 400 vertical feet added an interesting twist to the hike that certainly upped the caution level. "Mini Matterhorn" came to mind as I viewed the remaining steep and narrow snow covered ridgeline climbing up to the summit. Very cool! Shortly after reaching the summit, I spooked four whitetail deer that were bedded down just off the edge. Close encounters with wildlife are definitely one of the benefits of hiking solo.

I have wanted to hike this mountain for years. After finally doing it, I can't believe that I put it off for as long as I have. Salt River Peak is a great half-day hike. Not too easy and not to difficult. Perfect! The payoff at the summit is very special. I love this stuff! I highly recommend this hike if you have an appreciation for the area.


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 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Salt River PeakGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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mazatzal
Hiking3.50 Miles 1,150 AEG
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We parked along the track that goes to the saddle just off what was then HWY 188. We took the track to the saddle and then off trail to the ridge and summit.
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