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Oct 19 2016
MountainMatt
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27 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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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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Nov 18 2014
ssk44
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45 male
 Joined Mar 31 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Salt River Canyon, AZ 
Salt River Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 18 2014
ssk44
Hiking2.00 Miles 850 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
850 ft AEG
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Salt River Canyon at Sawmill Canyon :D
Named place
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Salt River Canyon
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Sycamores are just about done in the canyon. Salt Cedars are already turning. Mid December should be really bright for them.
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Aug 23 2014
alittlediamond
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48 female
 Joined Jan 08 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Sawmill Canyon - San CarlosGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 23 2014
alittlediamond
Hiking1.00 Miles 470 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles
470 ft AEG
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This hike was a bust and a waste of a $20 permit. We followed the directions on this site and a few others, but we had to be in the wrong area. We parked in the pullout/lookout area 3 miles from the bridge. There was a kind-of/maybe trail in the distance but it didn't look all that accessible so we went to see the lookout just before the 3-mile one and the one right after the 3-mile one. Those were pretty much sheer cliffs so they definitely weren't the right place.

We went back to the 3-mile lookout, parked, and made our way very clumsily down hill. There may have been a fall or two. We got to the kind-of/maybe trail and followed it til it disappeared. We were no closer to the river and could see no way down. We bushwhacked a bit and after causing a few mini rock/dirt slides, we realized that this was too dangerous to continue. We then couldn't find the kind-of/maybe trail to go back so we just headed in the right direction and hoped for the best. There may have been a few more falls, cuts, scrapes, and contusions along the way as we tried to make it back up the steep slope. We finally decided the best idea would be to head straight up, climbing rocks, to the highway and walk along it back to the car.

We had a really fun time trying to get somewhere, but in the end we got nowhere and did not see Sawmill Canyon. Most expensive mile I've ever hiked. However, if I priced it out by cuts and bruises, I definitely got my money's worth.
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Jun 16 2012
ssk44
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 Joined Mar 31 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Salt River Canyon - Upper Gorge, AZ 
Salt River Canyon - Upper Gorge, AZ
 
Canyoneering avatar Jun 16 2012
ssk44
Canyoneering
Canyoneering
Basic Canyoneering - Scrambling; easy climbing/downclimbing; frequent hand use; rope recommended; easy exit
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
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Rugged segment up upper Salt River Canyon between Flying V Canyon and Sawmill Canyon.
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Salt River Canyon
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Jul 10 2006
scorpion scus
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58 male
 Joined Aug 12 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Sawmill Canyon - San CarlosGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 10 2006
scorpion scus
Hiking6.00 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   2 Secs1.09 mph
400 ft AEG
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really nice canyon. the mud at the entrance of the canyon almost sucked me up :lol: .
permits are 20.00 a day per person.
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Jul 08 2006
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 Joined Oct 04 2002
 Canton, OH
Sawmill Canyon - San CarlosGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 08 2006
Hoffmaster
Hiking5.00 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   0.91 mph
400 ft AEG
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Mike and I started our hike at a pullout about 3 miles after the US60 crosses the Salt River (heading north). We picked up the old jeep road that switchbacks down the side of the canyon. About 100 ft above the river, the jeep road makes a switchback to the right and peters out, but there is a trail that continues straight. We took this trail and ended up on the bank of the Salt River staring directly across at the mouth of Sawmill Canyon. We hiked a short ways up river so that I could take some pics of the outstanding rapids located there. It was really hot so we headed back down river and threw ourselves in. The current was just strong enough to require steady swimming to keep from being swept too far down river.
The opposite bank, at the mouth of the canyon, was very, very muddy. After crawling through the thigh deep mud we were in the mouth of Sawmill Canyon. At first, the canyon didn't seem impressive. We walked a few hundred yards before we came to a small pool filled with bluegills. We rinsed our socks and shoes here to keep the mud and silt from rubbing our feet raw. A few more yards around a bend was a spectacular emerald pool deep enough for jumping. The pool is surrounded on 3 sides by shear cliffs. The far end of the pool would be a 20 ft waterfall had it been flowing. Fortunately it has plenty of holds and climbing up it was rather easy. We continued on through this section of narrows, swimming and wading through a series of clear pools. We didn't bother to search for ways to bypass any of the pools since it was hot.
After a bit, the canyon started to open up a bit. We stopped at a shady spot on some slickrock to eat some lunch. Then we returned the way we came. I stopped at the emerald pool to sample a few different jumps at varying heights. Definitely fun! :)
Surprisingly, Mike and I picked up quite a bit of trash in this canyon. :x Water bottles, Doritos bags, Cheetos bags and various other garbage. We can't imagine who could possibly leave trash in such a beautiful place and be able to live with themselves afterward. Besides, who brings Doritos and Cheetos on a hike anyway?
We plan on exploring this area more extensively in the near future. The terrain was some of the best that I have hiked in Arizona so far. The worst thing about this hike is the $20 fee the San Carlos Apaches charge for the permit. That's probably why I haven't seen a write up on Cibecue in a while. Ridiculous! :?:
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Jun 29 2006
Vaporman
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40 male
 Joined Mar 28 2005
 SLC, Utah
Sawmill Canyon - San CarlosGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 29 2006
Vaporman
Hiking5.00 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   5 Hrs      1.00 mph
400 ft AEG
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When I was here, there were two manditory swimmers and three optional ones that I recommend doing. Look at the write-up for the full story. :D
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Yea, canyoneering is an extreme sport... EXTREMELY dramatic!!! =p
Mar 06 2005
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42 male
 Joined Nov 22 2004
 Tucson, AZ
Sawmill Canyon - San CarlosGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 06 2005
uadave
Hiking5.00 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   2.31 mph
400 ft AEG
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