Salome Canyon
The Canyon
Rank: #7 Canyon Depth: 2,200 ft.
Rim Elevation: 5,100 ft. Stream Elevation: 2,900 ft.
Vegetation: desert and semi-desert grasslands and riparian zones. Above these can be found chaparral and pinyon-juniper woodlands. Frequently Seen Animals: mountain lion (rare), whitetail and mule deer, ravens, red-tail hawks, brown and rainbow trout (fishing permit required).
Hiking Season: All year (very hot in summer)  
The Trail
Name: Jug Trail #61, then continuing up canyon on informal trails. Difficulty: Moderate
Length of Hike (r/t): 11.1 miles, of which 4.0 miles is trailhead to stream and back. Trail Elevation Change: 500ft.
Trail Low Point:  2,800 ft.  Trail High Point: 3,300 ft.
Water: Perennial (non-potable) History: Settled by Salado Indians between 1200 and 1300 A.D. Please help preserve any ruins you may find. Removal of  archaeological artifacts is strictly prohibited. Grazing was first introduced in the 1880s, and a homestead patent was issued for 57 acres in 1926.
Tips: The first part of the trail is on the southern boundary of the Salome Creek Wilderness. Once you get to the stream and turn north (upstream), you enter the wilderness. Please close all gates, as grazing is legal in these areas.
Hiking Permit Needed: No Maximum Group Size: 15 people.
Dogs Permitted: Yes (under direct voice or physical control at all times). Horses Permitted: Yes, maximum of 15 riding or packing livestock.
Cross-country Skiing Permitted: Not applicable. Mountain Bikes Permitted: No
Swimming: Yes  
Safety Tips: There are some difficult rock-climbing sections in the Jug section of the canyon. Proceed with great caution or turn around at this point. Remember that coming down the same cliff will be more difficult than going up. Do not dive or jump into pools. Summer temperatures in this, the lowest of the 20-20 hikes, can exceed 100 degrees F, but can also drop well below freezing in the winter. Flash floods may occur after severe thunderstorms. 
Removal of Salado archaeological artifacts is strictly prohibited. Maximum length of stay is 14 days.
The Drive
General Location: North of Roosevelt Lake in Central Arizona Trailhead Accessible to Low-Clearance Vehicles: Yes, except during wet weather or when Tonto Creek is flowing. 
Nearest Town: Punkin Center  
Directions: From Punkin Center, drive south 7.5 miles on HWY 188 to north end of Roosevelt Lake. Turn left on A Cross Road (Forest Road 60). Take Road 60 east for 9-10 miles to the trailhead on north side of road.
More Information
U.S.G.S. Quad Name(s): Armer Mtn., Greenback Creek Office of Tourism Region: High Country
County: Gila Managing Agency: Tonto National Forest, Tonto Basin Ranger District, P.O. Box 649, Roosevelt AZ 85545, (520) 467-3200. In Phoenix, Tonto National Forest, 2324 E. McDowell Road, P.O. Box 5348, Phoenix, Arizona 85010, (602) 225-5200. For search and rescue, call Gila County Sheriff's Office, 1-800-635-8017 or 602-474-2211.
Web Site: (and scroll down to Salome Wilderness)

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