Salome Jug - A Thrilling Phoenix Area Hiking Adventure

Throughout our Phoenix Area Hiking series, we’ve reflected on the splendor of the Sonoran Desert flora of Devil’s Canyon, showcased the 12-mile gorge of Aravaipa, and explored the majestic Superstition Mountains and Weaver’s Needle Loop.

Today we thought it only proper to cover a truly thrilling canyoneering journey known as Salome Jug.

Steeped in the Sierra Ancha Mountains, rushing water has carved a spectacular gorge cut through pink granite. Salome Canyon is one of the most awesome Phoenix area hiking adventures and canyoneering hikes in Arizona. Trekking the Jug is akin to partaking in one of nature’s grandest water parks.

The waters of Salome gather in the Sierra Ancha mountains of central Arizona. Just before the creek merges with Roosevelt Lake, it cuts an impressive gorge, slicing through ancient granite like a knife. The trek itself is a combination of hiking, boulder hopping, wading, swimming and rappelling. Because of its technical nature, you need to be proficient in canyoneering and give the canyon the respect it deserves. Going with more experienced canyoneers or a guide is recommended; the consequences for the unprepared can be serious. However, for the experienced, there are few canyons which offer a greater effort to reward ratio. The scenery is stunning, the swimming refreshing and the experience sublime.