Just returned from the Salt river on Thursday. Great trip!! looks like we hit the peak runoff for the year at nearly 2700. Right now it's still at a very healthy 1950 and it should hold up for the launch on the 29th.
Everyone on the trip have a great time and we came through with no injuries, no significant damage and extra food. We took a layover day at Gleason Fats and enjoyed some great hiking through the cacti forests.
Weather is predictable for AZ this time of year. Nights are cool and crisp and sleeping under the stars is nice even for the timid. Days warm up quickly with the sun and can get beach-like in the afternoon. The cool water is refreshing and several in our group went swimming (some intentionally). Bugs are virtually nonexistent and spring flowers are starting to bloom.
The river is very technical in spots and boaters should try to minimize weight. Currents can be strong, but predictable if you allow a few extra seconds maneuvering. Quartzite is a nice drop and is all it's said to be (especially at our flows). Smaller boats are recommended, but we had several 16' rafts that performed fine.
It is defiantly a top-notch wilderness trip that should not be missed!! Please contact me if interested at "[email protected]