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Fun trail, beautiful canyon! The last reppel was a little scary but so fun! Our 150ft rope could have been longer, the water level was very low.

hiking
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

My buddy sent me pics of waterfall and beautiful scenes. I went on this hike and saw none. The drop into hells hole hoes a thousand feet down in one mile of overgrown vegetation that leans towards pushing u down the edge. I wore short sleeves which was a huge mistake. At the bottom there are 3 camp sites. We took the best one littered with beer cans and broken fishing poles. The water only existed in a disgusting stagnant pool a short ways from 2 maggots infested dead deer. Honestly if I wasn’t sadistic and loved hurting myself on the insane elevation climb I would have hated this hike. The best part was us being away from literally any human. We knew nobody was out there at all. The worst part- was the rest of it. AZ has so many beautiful places in it for me to waste time on this trip again. No clue where a waterfall was. We struggled to find water at all.

hiking
bugs
over grown
scramble
washed out
3 months ago

Bar none best hike due to being the most challenging for me. The switchbacks were insane and beautiful. I would suggest poles or rope. Wear long sleeves and a good pair of hiking footwear as there is tons of overgrowth. Maybe a machete for some bushwhacking. Glad we spent the night. Had a little mishap going off trail, (about mid way) by following the creek to the right instead of crossing over the creek, but made for a good adventure and got to see some beautiful terrain. Once we backtracked, and got back on trail, all was good and we made it to our destination campsite by the river before sundown. Couldn't find the waterfall but still had a great time! would I do it again?....hahahaha no.

hiking
no shade
scramble
4 months ago

I'm an avid hiker and this is one of my favorite Arizona hikes for its fun factor. Also known as "The Jug," it's nature's waterpark in a slot canyon, equipped with rock waterslides and a 25-30 ft jump from a waterfall at the end. Thankfully it's a well kept secret to the majority and there are rarely more than a handful of people on the trail the four times I've been here. On a weekday you have it almost to yourself. Because the water dries up and develops algae as it gets hotter and the wasps come out, the best months to go are May and June. I took 2 friends to The Jug today and we had a blast. Conditions were great with nice water flow and minimal algae. The hike into and out of the canyon is along a well marked trail in the heat with no shade so be prepared. But the reward is the mile plus hike thru the slot canyon, jumping from rock to rock, and swimming from pool to pool, often in water too deep to stand in, with natural water slides along the way (I counted 5). People might say you need rapelling equipment but, thanks to some kind climbers who installed a rope along the rock ledge at the end, you can safely shimmy along the rock face until you get to the rock overhanging next to the waterfall. From there, you let go of the rope and you'll naturally slide down the boulder and plunge ~25' into the deep pool below. It's exhilarating! Then you swim out until you get to a beach, where you'll find the trail for the hike out. FYI, both my friend and I clocked about 7 miles on our Garmins vs the 5 miles on AllTrails. Another tip, the entrance that we used to get down into the canyon was just right beyond the campfire/campsite that you pass on the hike in.

a super fun adventure. we went when there was plenty of water and the rock sliding was great. there were a number of parts that were wall to wall water that were so deep we needed to swim, but not excessively long distances. the jump at the end is very easy, even if you slip and fall off (like my friend did), you'll be safe because it hangs over the pool nicely. it was in the 80s so we were pretty cold, I'd want a wet suit if I did it again at those temps.

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome trail, hard climb back out. Wasn’t able to make it to the confluence of the two creeks, lost the trail in the river bottom.

It had some great views. The water was beautiful. Backpacked in and out and camped along the river at the bottom. There were great spots to camp down there with big fire pits from other campers. Only reason I wouldn’t do it again is because the trail was so overgrown and the bushes were so thick and thorny. Without a long sleeve shirt and pants it would have been even more brutal. But there were a ton of overgrown parts that were very difficult to get through. Beware if you go you’ll want protection for your arms and legs. And be prepared to get a little frustrated by it. Would have been much faster without constantly trudging through thorny bushes. There are other places to come near water that have nicer trails.

backpacking
6 months ago

Beautiful trail but pretty overgrown. Went in January and there was plenty of water. The switchbacks are no joke.

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Pretty secluded trail, the creek barely had water but some rain will lush it right back up. Didn’t make it to the end due to arriving late but definitely a nice hike with lots of greenery to see

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Wasn't able to make it all the way down to Hell's Hole due to poor timing on my part. I made it to about mile 5 and had to turn back around to beat sunset. I think if I had allotted myself time to rest at the bottom, the trail wouldn't have been so tiring but a 10 mile hike with no break was TOUGH. You do have to cross the small creek at one point and I'd definitely advise wearing long pants because the overgrown brush isn't too friendly. Even though I didn't make it to Hell's Hole there were amazing views and a quiet trail. I'd recommend this hike in a heart beat for someone who's in shape and has a hiking buddy to go with!

hiking
Sunday, October 01, 2017

I went to scout this trail and the gear that would be needed today, Sep 30 2017. I am glad that I did. As previously mentioned you will need rappel gear, 150' rope, rappel device, and harness. A wet suit is at your discretion, but I would for sure bring water shoes or a second pair of boots as well as a waterproofing bag. Now that being said when I went today there was not much water there and what was there was stagnant. Covered in scum and rotting plant life, there was no clear running water. If I had all the gear I probably would have opted out and gone another time, maybe after winter or some good rainfall. Also as previously mentioned there were a lot of wasps at the entrance and exit to the canyon, I think it might be the water they are after. None the less if you hate bug or are allergic this might not be your trail. Once you get near the canyon the entrance is not well marked and there is a cattle fence blocking the trail that you need to open and let yourself through. Once the trail turn from red dirt to grey silt stay to the left, that is the enterence. If you go right it takes you to the exit of the canyon. Hope this helps and can be of some help. Stay safe.

hiking
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

This was an absolutely wonderful canyon to go through. We went through in early May, and the water level and weather was perfect. We wore 3mm full wetsuits, and they kept us at the perfect temperature. The hike into the canyon is easy-- about 2 miles downhill. Once you enter the canyon, you have roughly a mile of wading/swimming. Be sure to bring gloves, river shoes/neoprene socks, helmets (as the waters can be rough - you dont want to hit your head!), and a dry bag for your gear. You WILL be completely submerged for at least part of this trek. There are no technical canyoneering skills required until the very end. You will need to be sure and bring a harnass, at least 100 feet of rope, a biner, and a belay device. You will have to rappel down a 40ft waterfall to exit the canyon. When we were there, the water level was high enough to jump, and some people were jumping (we rappelled), but be aware that the water level might not be high enough to jump. So, you need to come prepared to rappel just in case. If you don't, there is a good chance you could get stuck with no way out! I think mid-spring (April/May/June) is the best time to go through the Jug as the water is high enough but not too high. Also, less risk of monsoon. The only part about this canyon I didn't enjoy were the wasps - there were a bunch of wasps towards the beginning of the route drinking from the pools. If you are allergic, be sure to bring you Epipen just in case! ProTip- when you turn off the highway onto A-Cross road, you will drive across a stream. If you are comfortable crossing the stream in your vehicle, the water levels in the canyon are probably safe. If not, the water levels are not safe and you should try again another day!

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

This was a beautiful trail not very difficult at the beginning but on the way back be ready for all up hill. Painful but definitely worth it!

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Great hike but pretty difficult. The trail was overgrown and narrow on the final descent into the hole, so I would recommend pants and sleeves. I recommend this one for experienced hikers only.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Great hike, not many people at all. It's clean, didn't see a single piece of trash. Took 7 hrs total.

backpacking
Monday, March 13, 2017

Great backpacking trip with a Boy Scout Venture Crew. Parts of the trail are a little overgrown but never missed the trail. It seemed like the mileage may be off a little but overall a good trip. Lots of water from winter runoff made for beautiful streams and waterfalls

Saturday, January 28, 2017

this trail was a lot of fun.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

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.

hiking
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Fun. Bring water. I'd also bring a rope and some type of harness. There was a line to use but weather may one day make it loose it's strength

hiking
Monday, May 30, 2016

Great hike! Easy to get off trail at bottom so keep your eyes wide open.

on Hell's Hole Trail

hiking
Sunday, March 29, 2015

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

Saturday, January 25, 2014

This hike was amazing! Once you reach the river it's lots of swimming, water slides and beautiful rock formations around you. At the very end of this hike, you will want be prepared for a 40 foot drop. Sometimes the water is high enough to jump, but most of the time you will need to rappel down with rock climbing equipment. This hike took us all day from driving to it to driving home, the hike itself took roughly 5 hours to complete but well worth my day!

hiking
Tuesday, March 16, 2010

This review is about Salome Jug: The Jug is located in the rugged, mountainous Salome Wilderness of Tonto National Forest, on the northeast side of Roosevelt Lake -- land of saguaros, prickly pear and ocatillo, and, in the summer months, rock almost too hot to touch. The two-mile hike in, all but about a half-mile of which is the same old jeep trail as the two-mile hike out, was a scorcher in the mid-day sun. We each cached a few liters of water by a large boulder at the point where we'd rejoin the trail on the way out. My hiking companions and I brought cooler bags to hold our stashed water bottles, which we'd frozen the night before. We then continued another quarter-mile to the top of Salome Jug and the first, slime-covered pool. Green gunk or no, it was certainly refreshing and a nice partly-shaded spot for a snack. The surface scum (a/k/a slime, gunk and algae) is a summer occurrence, when water levels are low. The most popular time to visit Salome Jug is in May and June, when the water is clear and not too cold, and the flow rate is moderate. Even in the middle of summer, though, the trip through the Jug entails almost continual wading and swimming, and the largest, deepest shaded pools are cool and virtually algae-free. This trip is not possible -- or at least not at all advisable -- during the winter, when flow rate is high. If there was a high-point in the adventure for me, it was the 30-foot rappel into the main pool, near the end of the Jug; although the 20-foot traverse along the sloped shelf -- sloped towards the cliff, that is -- at the top of the rappel made me nervous. But we set up a rope from a fixed bolt near the start of the traverse over to the rappel bolt, and we each in turn hooked a caribbeaner onto the rope for safety. At the bottom of the "rap," we enjoyed some swim-time in the 50-yard-long main pool, where bats squeaked from crevices in the vertical walls and, every so often if I were still, little fish tickled my legs. My companions did some cliff-jumping while I floated on my daypack. After several more deep pools and a few minor downclimb, we came to the final pool, where the gorge ends and the view opens up towards the wide valley and Roosevelt Lake in the distance. We followed the switchbacks up to the bluff, where we rejoined the Jug Trail and picked up our water cache. All ice had melted, but the bottles were still cool. By the time I reached the parking area, what little water I had left was hot. I strongly recommend bringing at least four liters per person on this hike, and a water filter wouldn't be a bad idea either, especially in the hottest months. And, of course, don't forget your sunblock!

hiking
3 months ago

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