Ascent of Salt River Peak on 2003-10-18
|Date:||Saturday, October 18, 2003|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Salt River Peak|
| Elevation:||4857 ft / 1480 m|
Ascent Trip ReportNamed for the Salt River which runs north of the Salt River Range into Roosevelt Lake. LT. A.W. Whipple called it the Salt River in 1851. The name for the peak first appears on a map of the Crook National Forest in 1926. (Barnes, p. 378,379) The station survey report by the US Geological Survey in 1948 states that the peak was also known as Smoke Signal Mountain.
The peak is east of highway 88 in a readily accessable area of Tonto National Forest. There are some fences and cattle grazing on the west side of the peak, but no signs restricting access. For more information contact: Tonto National Forest, 2324 East McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ. 85010 Phone: (602) 225-5200
To reach this peak take highway 88 north from its intersection with highway 60 between Miami and Globe. Drive north on this highway, which goes toward Roosevelt Lake, for 13.2 miles to a safety pullout on your right at the crest of a hill. Park here to start the hike. UTM at this spot is: 506520E, 3711620N (NAD27). The peak is 0.95 miles to the east on a bearing of 82 degrees. Hike east through a gate and follow an old road to a fence line and turn left continuing on the road with the fence on your right. As the road fades near the base of the peak turn right and climb up the moderately steep slopes on the northwest side. There is a register and benchmark at the summit. Allow about 30 to 45 minutes for the ascent which is about 1 1/4 miles one-way with an elevation gain of 900 ft. 5/97 RLC
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