The upper Salt is a great mixture of easy river, moderate currents, and whitewater and rapids - very different from the slower waters of the lower Salt. The trip we will take is Salt River Canyon bridge to Cibecue Creek - about 7 miles on the river, about 4 hours of paddling, through a deep beautiful canyon. It can be kayaked by beginners so long as basic common sense is employed, but some paddling experience is preferred. Ideally we would have a few experienced paddlers in our group to help if needed.
Non-kayakers can come on this trip: Cibecue creek canyon is very beautiful, with sheer redrock walls that will remind you of Zion, that offers an out-and-back hike along a creek, crossing it many times. I'll be kayaking though so not leading that hike.
Kayakers will need a wetsuit and a flotation vest. A loaner kayak, paddle, and drybag may be available - RSVP for details on that. Otherwise, bring what you would for any other paddling trip: water, hat, sunblock, snacks, water shoes, water clothes ...
We will carpool from my home in Tempe, leaving at 7am. A permit is required, which is bought at the embarkment point at Salt River Canyon - was $20 last year - bring a little extra just in case.
Note that the trip date may change due to snowmelt conditions. The best upper-Salt kayaking is mid-March to mid-May. I'll watch the weather and re-post the dates as needed. If you're interested let me know early.
For kayaking, serious inquiries only, please.