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Difficulty V+
Length 3.8 Miles
Flow Range 7 - 100 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 2 hours ago 3.21 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 07/15/2017 3:26 am

River Description

As of 2007 this has been run once in kayaks yet holds numerous canyoneering descents. 
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 opportunities for escape.  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.

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 HWY 88 take A+ (or A Cross Rd) to where the creek crosses 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 visible.  Hike this for two 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!!!

1st Descent of Salome Creek

Other Information Sources: 
Salome Jug: Brennen Guide
Many canyoneering videos of the Salome jug can be found on youtube
Long video with map of hike in.

Rapid Descriptions

Trailhead parking area

Class - N/A Mile - -2.45
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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.

The Jug Entrance

Class - N/A Mile - 0
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Elevation 2800 feet.

The Jug Exit

Class - N/A Mile - 0.58
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Elevation 2563 feet.

Last Chance Falls

Class - N/A Mile - 1
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A Cross Road: Take Out

Class - N/A Mile - 3.8
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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.


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James Dougherty
8 years ago

Link above dose not work. This is probably the vid that was on huckin huge (editor: Fixed link so it works now. Thanks James)

Gage Descriptions

ONLY DURING RUN-OFF!  If Cherry Creek is over 7 cfs during runoff you might be able to navagate the canyon.

Directions Description

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Tonto National Forest Draft Plan Open for Public Comment (AZ)

Kestrel Kunz

The Tonto National Forest is revising their forest-wide Management Plan for the first time since 1985. On December 13, 2019 they officially released the Draft Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Assessment (DEIS) for a 90-day comment period ending on March 12, 2020. Forest Plans are vitally important as they are the blueprint for resource management and they provide an opportunity to secure better protections for rivers and their surrounding landscapes. As part of the plan revision process, the Forest Service is required to rely on public input to inform management direction, plan components, and new designated areas. Read on to hear about the public meetings that are happening this week!


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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1204355 03/19/15 Craig Irwin 2015
1208053 07/15/17 Kestrel Kunz
1201375 06/04/12 Paul Martzen added coordinates for put in and take out
1201376 06/04/12 Paul Martzen added mileages, elevations and more coordinates
1195165 05/30/09 Cody Howard
1194803 07/06/20 n/a n/a
1195166 05/30/12 Paul Martzen Fixed video Link, thanks to J dougherty