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Lower Salt River Hike; Bulldog Gate

  • Dec 30, 2012 · 9:00 AM

DATE: DECEMBER 30, 2012 @ 9:00 A.M.
RSVP DEADLINE; DECEMBER 30, 2012 @ 9:00 A.M.
RATING: EASY for well-conditioned hikers. Varies between flat, brushy, ravines, mostly off trail, (but not a lot of miles)


This is a scenic hike along and close to the Lower Salt River, beginning at the Bulldog Canyon Gate, and moving upstream on the south side of the river, weaving our way through jeep trail, trail, wash, off-trail, mesquite/riparian areas, some ravines, eventually to a point opposite Water Users Rec Area. We’ll return through the same general area, but not necessarily by the same “step for step” route.

Length: 4-5 miles +/- :WE NEED TO STAY TOGETHER.
Elevation Gain: Small

My purpose in this hike is to look for an efficient route to a point directly across from Water Users, to use when wading across from Water Users (to begin the Sky Island hike, and others) is less desirable because of high water. This will mean that we will do some "look this way, look that way", to learn the efficient route.

Last time out we spotted an active Bald Eagle nest, so bring binoculars. We will give them appropriate space. (They are very high up on a cliff.)

Meet-up Location and Time: The NEW “Park & Ride” @ 3055 N. Power Road, directly underneath the Red Mtn. Freeway (AZ 202, north portion). So, from Phoenix, get on the Red Mtn. Freeway (AZ 202, north section) go east to the east side of Mesa, exit Power Rd. The Park & Ride is underneath the overpass. Be there in time to carpool and leave promptly at 9:00 a.m.

This hike takes us along the edge of The Goldfields, a wild, rugged, and scenic range. There is much wildlife in the area, it is close to Mesa, and parking is free. We will not be wading (unless you want to).

BRING: HIKING BOOTS, LONG PANTS (recommended), MAYBE GLOVES, PLENTY OF FOOD (COMPLEX CARBS & SUGAR), AND LOTS OF WATER (hat, sunscreen, camera, etc). It is a good idea to own, and bring with you a full breathable rain-suit on winter hikes. It functions as an extra layer of warmth, a wind-breaker, and a rain-suit.

Because this is a sensitive wildlife area, please keep dogs on leash.

E-mail, as needed, to discuss whether this hike is for you, or any other issues.

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  • David A.

    Good hike. Lots of javelina and deer prints, probably a trail of lion prints, lots of ducks. Good "route-polishing" trip. Thanks to all who came out.

    December 30, 2012

  • David & L.

    Beautiful area.

    December 27, 2012

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