Read some reviews that were very negative. Almost stopped us from going. We found the main trail easy to follow. We did not need a seeing eye dog. look around and pay attention. Trail markers are an upright with arrors to keep you going in the correct direction. No major trash as reported. Yes there was some litter near the river. Did come across some soda cans which when we return to park with trash bags will retrieve. Scenery is very beautiful. Did not see anything but some birds. Nice walking trail.
ATTENTION HUMANS: YOU SUCK! I'm sorry, but this place is a disgrace! There were piles of trash in places. And I'm not talking about an occasional water bottle or food wrapper. I mean LOADS of garbage, some near the water line! There is spray-painted graffiti on the boulders...so tacky! I am just very ashamed of the mess that this natural habitat has become. And those horses have to live amongst all that trash!
I see people on here complaining about the horse droppings on the trail. Sure, that was an inconvenience, but I can't be mad about it. We were in THEIR home, after all.
As for the hike itself, these were my issues:
1: You have to pay an $8 day use fee in order to park there. Yet there is no evidence that this trail/rec area ever gets maintained....EVER!
2: There is no trail markings at all. I saw one sign at the parking lot denoting the trailhead. But we were left to guess about the rest of it. We followed a couple foot paths that went along the river. We had to scramble up and down a few rocks, some very tall and steep. But through it all we never came across a discernible "loop trail". This came as a surprise to me because typically National Forest trails are very well marked and maintained.
**However, having said all this...we came to see wild horses and we were not disappointed in that aspect. We saw 4, and they were beautiful!**
But PLEASE people.... **PLEASE** be more careful about cleaning after yourselves.
PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT!!!
Justin M. on Lower Salt River Nature Trail
Good for fat dogs (like mine) and kids!
Beautiful views, amazing to see so many horses in the wild grazing! We helped a crawfish get untangled from some fishing wire :)
Cons: trails and signs are very unclear. A 45 minute hike turned into 2 hours. Do not take dogs unless they are used to heat and hiking. Very little shade on trails. Lots of trash and lots of bugs near water. Lots of bees on trail in flowers. Bring lots of bug spray, and sunscreen. Trails do not seem to be walked on often, we got a little cut up from the overgrown bushes. Lots of horse dumpings on trail paths.
You will have a great time if you go prepared :)
Disappointing. The trail isn't clearly marked; we found our way by following the piles of horse manure and garbage. There were unattended/illegal fires, lots of garbage, and minimal views of the river. The trail was clearly un-maintained. The number of flies and bees is outrageous, and be prepared to walk through a LOT of spider webs. It's an easy trail, when you know where the trail actually is. We wouldn't recommend this trail to anyone. Also- there was a bobcat.