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Kayaking upper salt river

  • Mar 24, 2013 · 7:00 AM

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.

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  • Terri

    Thanks for setting up the event Todd. It was a great time! I definitely want to do it again!

    March 26, 2013

    • Todd

      Thanks Terri - you're so welcome! :^)

      March 26, 2013

  • Steve L.

    Awesome

    March 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We are going to bail. Don't have right boat or skills. Will try to get on some class II stuff to practice for next time, and Mark can teach me to roll. We're gonna get one last ski run in for the season instead. :) Have fun!!!

    March 21, 2013

  • Angie

    Thank you for the invite but I'm going to pass. I don't think my Old Town kayaks would work for the upper salt.

    March 21, 2013

  • Terri

    Looks like I'm in! Steve & I are going to do this one tandem. I've been reading about tandems on white water & it sounds like a lot of fun!! Looking forward to it! See you all Sunday.

    March 19, 2013

    • Todd

      Hey that's great!! I've done upper salt 2 in a 12-foot inflatable, worked really well because the front passenger's weight holds the nose down and you can punch through big waves. The guy in back has to steer hard and be able to "see around" the one in front. Tandem hardshell or inflatable?

      March 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think we're gonna opt out, only because we don't really have any rapids experience, and I don't know how to roll. Mark does, but not me, and if that's a necessary skill, I won't be able to learn by then. :)

    March 19, 2013

    • Todd

      Please keep in mind it depends on what kind of boat you're taking. Any boat you can fall out of (a sit-on-top or an inflatable) you dont need to know the roll.

      March 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    JOC - what class are these rapids?

    March 18, 2013

    • Todd

      Mostly 3's

      March 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Right now. I don't have a boat here. Unless someone had an extra to use. I'm an experienced kayaker. But a snowbird. N my boat is not with me

    March 18, 2013

  • Terri

    I'd rather not do this one in a sit on top, which is what I have. So, I'm out. Have fun & be safe!

    March 17, 2013

  • Diane

    I'd love to do this!

    March 17, 2013

  • Angie

    Does anyone want to do the lower salt this Sunday? It's going to be 90 degrees.

    March 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I would be up for it....but I have family in town right now. Next time for sure!

      March 13, 2013

  • Terri

    Anyone doing this trip with a sit on top?

    March 12, 2013

  • Steve L.

    I have an inflatable rated for class 3, Hope that will work? beginner white water, done the lower salt many times though.

    February 26, 2013

    • Todd

      Can you eskimo roll?

      March 8, 2013

    • Steve L.

      getting the hardshell this weekend. plan practicing in the pool

      March 12, 2013

  • Carri

    Don't really have the right equipment to do this.

    March 5, 2013

    • Todd

      Sorry to hear. Would you consider going with an outfitter?

      March 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do you mind me asking how? We have in the past have had a friend nice enough to stay at camp then come get us. Is that what you have planned?

    February 28, 2013

    • Steve L.

      hi Lori. call me [masked]:-)

      February 28, 2013

    • Todd

      We'll leave a few cars at the endpoint before we embark.

      February 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have you arranged a shuttle?

    February 28, 2013

    • Todd

      We will shuttle ourselves.

      February 28, 2013

  • Angie

    So can you use Old Town Kayaks or do you need the kayaks that can do the E. Rolls?

    February 28, 2013

    • Todd

      If you know how to E-roll, a hardshell made for whitewater is the best boat for this trip - you can play more in the waves. My inflatables work pretty well for this too. Not sure what an old town kayak is.

      February 28, 2013

  • Angie

    So we can bring are own kayaks? Do we need skirts for the kayaks?

    February 24, 2013

    • Todd

      Hardshells need skirts.Self-bailing inflatables don't.

      February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone have extra boat n gear I could use??

    February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've been here for the winter but don't have a boat or hear with me. Have kayaked for about 10 yrx

    February 24, 2013

  • Angie

    I might bring more then 2 people.

    February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I never did in my life but I wanna do it , I grow up a country we have lots of river. But I need to know what I have to have . Do I need training.

    February 24, 2013

    • Todd

      First time I did this river, I did it without training or even any idea what the rapids were like. Your level of training required depends on lots of things ... what kind of boat you're taking, how protected you will be, how many experienced paddlers go with you, and your appetite for risk. If it's a concern for you, you might want to carpool with us and once there, use a professional outfitter - they take the same route we do - at about the same time - you don't have to worry about anything - just have to pay some $$.

      February 24, 2013

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