Salome Creek, Arizona, US
|Usual Difficulty||V+ (for normal flows)|
|CHERRY CREEK NEAR GLOBE, AZ|
|usgs-09497980||7 - 100 cfs||V+||00h30m||45 cfs (running)|
Here is some privelaged beta. Use wisely. To date (07NOV07) it has only been run once in kayaks...numerous canyoneering descents though. This stretch of creek is one of the most amazing places that you will be able to boat ever. It is sheer vertical walls with ZERO, NONE, ZILCH opportunities for escape. Trust me when i tell you this....you do not want to go in there at what appears to be "a good high level". It is recommended that you do a canyoneering trip prior to kayaking this creek. But for those boaters who don't have that luxury...then make sure that you walk the length of The Jug from the north rim of it.
There are countless slides and falls in here....ranging from 4-30 feet. The entrance drops to The Jug are a good indication of what is downstream. There is only one mandatory portage (Ryan's Falls) The rapids of note *with names* are as follows: (IN ORDER)
-Good Twin (small 5 footer that looks like you will piton)
-Last Chance Falls (wierd but hard hitting fall to slide)
-Three Blind Mice (run the top 15ft slide, and the portage(?) the pinch) **This drop could throw a major wrench in your whole trip
-Cave Drop (you'll pass under a fallen spire)
-Evil Twin (the CHOICE drop of the run)
-Ryan's Falls (portage baby - scale walls and cliff jump or repel from the anchor position on RR)
-Camelback (double drops the mark the finish of the Jug)
Take Out: From highway 88 take A+ (or A Cross Rd) to where the creek cross the road. (right near a ranch). Here is your take out. It is exactly 1.5 miles downstream from the Jug. It is a bash, but better than hiking out on the put in trail.
Put In: Drive up 2.5 miles to the pull-off (where there is a large Sierra Anches Wilderness Forest Service sign) and park here. There is a trail (old jeep trail) easily visable. Hike this for 2 miles, it will drop you into the canyon. **Make Sure** you close all the farmers gates! You will be standing on the side of the Jug. Hopefully it is running. If it is and you are qualified enough, you will know what to do from there!!!
VIDEO, PICTURES AND STORY HERE:
1st Descent of Salome Creek
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|-2.5||Trailhead parking area||N/A|
|0.0||The Jug Entrance||N/A|
|0.6||The Jug Exit||N/A|
|3.8||A Cross Road: Take Out||N/A|
The trail from the dirt road to the creek is about 2.5 miles. The elevation at the trailhead is 3310 feet. The elevation at the put in is 2800 feet, while the elevation at the take out is 2563 feet.
Elevation 2800 feet.
Elevation 2563 feet.
This take out is 3.2 miles downstream from the exit of the jug. The creek will be very wide, shallow and braided.
Elevation is about 2320 feet.