Hell's Hole Trail is a 10.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Payson, AZ that offers the chance to see wildlife and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This trail is located in the Salome Wilderness.
Over grown in areas but very easy to stay on trail despite not much maintenance on it. Once down there, we were able to make it down part of Salome Creek, but it just rained and water was flowing pretty good and far too cold this time of year to purposefully go swimming. excellent places to set up camp by the water, but easy to make it just a day trip as well. whole trip took us a total of 7 hours with hanging out at the creek for about 2 hours.
Great hike! Easy to get off trail at bottom so keep your eyes wide open.
When you see the sign Reynolds Creek Group Site or Reynolds Trailhead you are in the right place. The start of Hell's Hole is just a short walk up the road from the Reynolds Trailhead sign. Lots of bristly over growth on second half of this trail so pants will make for a more comfortable experience. Start with steady inclines and declines for about 1 hour before you get to a plateau that seems like it might be a usually muddy area but was dry when I went. After about 15 minutes of this you decend down some very long, steep switchbacks which will eventually get you to the bottom, Hell's Hole. Nice pools of water to wade in, surrounded by ginormous boulders. You will be glad if you take a dip because the hike back out is strenuous! I do not recommend trying this hike in the late spring or summer. It was 88 degrees when I did it and already too warm for the level of exertion this hike demands. 12 miles out and back took me about 6.5 hours