Getting lived in Phoenix now for fairly a couple of years, I discover I’m often asked the exact same query, basically how do you deal with the excessive heat living in Arizona throughout the summer time months? And usually respond by saying that if it weren’t for swimming pools and air conditioning, I would not be right here! Its accurate, but as with something, the summer season heat is merely anything that you get utilized to following awhile simply because Arizona is so considerably far more than heat and hot temperatures. Getting such a vast and diverse state and area, and if you happen to be such as myself, and you really like nature, the outdoors, travel and adventure, we are quite fortunate due to the fact Arizona is nevertheless capable to offer you several pristine wilderness places and beautiful rock canyons that are literally basically a brief distance from the Phoenix metro region exactly where you can really like gorgeous scenery, escape the heat and awesome off. So if you happen to be up for a new, intermediate level canyoneering adventure to a rather majestic, remote wilderness region with beautiful canyon scenery top to up to a spectacular, colossal waterfall oasis, then I extremely suggest you verify out the Cibeque Canyon Hike, in the Salt River Canyon Wilderness, Globe, Arizona!
It was early on a Saturday morning in mid-June that I met up with the TLC Hiking Club, led and organized by Eric Kinneman, in east Mesa, and immediately after everybody arrived, we received a fast briefing from Eric of the day’s adventure ahead, then by 6:30 am, we got into our automobiles and were prepared to set off on US Hwy 60 east. Soon after about a single hour’s drive, we arrived in the town of Globe, then produced a left onto US 60-Hwy 77, North, for roughly an additional 25 miles till we reached the leading of the Upper Salt River Canyon. There at the major and searching off to the distance and down beneath, I was once more totally astounded at only how beautiful, and breathtaking the view of the Upper Salt River Canyon was! Wow!
From the highway with the Upper Salt River down beneath, we continued to make our way down the steep hill and right after crossing over the bridge, we quickly produced a left onto an all dirt road, which was the very same region exactly where I were earlier in the year to do a one day white water rafting trip on the Upper Salt River. So I had currently heard of Cibeque Canyon and was really excited to be returning once more as I knew this was going to be a fairly scenic and beautiful canyoneering hike!
We turned and drove down this quite narrow, all dirt mountain road exactly where 4wd’s and HCV’s were encouraged but not essential, and stayed suitable, immediately after along the river’s edge for merely about 4 miles till following crossing Cibeque Creek itself, which fortunately were dry that day, we created a appropriate turn into a big, open parking region and the trailhead for Cibeque Canyon. Note that before attending this hike, we were encouraged by Eric Kinneman that since that Cibeque Canyon is situated on ancient Native American tribal grounds, in the Upper Salt River Canyon Wilderness, which is strictly protected, it was essential by the White Mountain Apache Tribe Indian Reservation to buy a day use, Black/Salt River permit, for $15, in advance, which you can do either on-line, the easiest, or too at any Sportsman’s Warehouse Shop in Phoenix. So prior to we started the day’s hike, we all confirmed we had our permits and that they were readily accessible and readily available ought to we be stopped and asked to show proof by tribal authorities.
Immediately after every person had arrived at the trailhead, we got packed up and and immediately after a rapid group photo, it was by 9:30am (a later arrival than planned due to an extended stop in Globe and a too tire blow out along the way) that we were prepared to start our day’s hiking adventure into Cibeque Canyon! Eric started the hike by top us from the parking region down into the bottom of Cibeque Canyon and into Cibeque Creek. At roughly about 3000 feet in elevation, Cibeque Creek winds through the bottom of Cibeque Canyon, and with just a small bushwacking, we produced our way down on the left side of the creek, initial right after a tiny path for possibly about mile till the path faded out, then it was up and over the rocks and boulders and into the water, which on this mid-June day was fairly low level, all round not Getting additional than knee high level in its deepest regions. Note that it is extremely recommended to put on water sandals or river shoes for this hike as you will be in and out of water for the rest of your journey. As we continued our boulder hopping, canyoneering adventure, criss crossing back and forth through the refreshing water of Cibeque Creek, I briefly took a moment to appear up at the surrounding scenery, in this rather quiet wilderness canyon, and was amazed. It was simply just breath taking, as I knew it was going to be!
Our journey continued into the now narrowing Cibeque Canyon, nevertheless boulder hopping, and wading from one crystal clear pool to yet another, after the gently winding, twisting stream from one side to the other, taking one cautious step ahead of the other, up and over quite a few slippery, substantial rocks and boulders in the creek’s bottom till roughly basically about a single miles later, we veered to the left for one final time and I caught sight of Eric Kinneman and the rest of our group members who were just before me and I looked up and was in full shock and awe. I could not think my eyes, mainly because there suitable just before me, was a giant, gushing, 80 foot, pounding waterfall! Wow! It was amazing and completely spectacular, a really unbelievable sight to see. I discovered it quite extraordinary that anything as really incredible as this was nestled and hidden away in this remote wilderness canyon and nonetheless unknown to most individuals. Wow, totally astounding! And, an unbelievable encounter that I will not soon forget!
We had such a fantastic time with each other there at the falls with the whole group with each other day, taking lot’s of pictures, as nicely as considerably of wonderful video of some of the members carrying out some cliff jumping, which includes Eric Kinneman himself undertaking his renowned and rather daring back flip off the cliff’s rock ledge! Wow! So substantially entertaining and such fantastic comaradery among close friends that every person of us I am positive will don’t forget this hike constantly. Even so, following greater than an hour, it was soon time to start producing our way back once again, so we right away packed back up and retraced our journey back through the winding, twisting, Cibeque Creek, and arrived back at the trailhead once more, finishing our day’s 3.2 mile RT canyoneering adventure in Cibeque Canyon by about 12 pm, and an estimated 2.5 hours total RT hiking time.
In sum, what an outstanding knowledge and an cool adventure! A rather good hike that the moment once more was expertly researched, planned and organized by Eric Kinneman himself, and outstanding was simply 2 hours away from Phoenix too! So if you are up for a beautiful, very scenic, off the beaten path, remote wilderness hike, and a moderate, fairly brief distance, canyoneering encounter to an amazing, colossal, and awe-inspiring, 80 foot waterfall oasis, be confident to verify out the Cibeque Canyon Hike, in the pristine Salt River Canyon Wilderness, Globe, AZ!