There are four primary ways to reach the Little Colorado River at the bottom of the 56-mile gorge on foot:

  • Walk all the way down from the bridge at Cameron, AZ
  • Salt Trail (most popular)
  • Horse Trail
  • Beamer Trail (via the National Park)

A handful of other routes exist, the two most notable being:

  • Blue Springs Trail
  • Walter Powell Route

For a few years, I thought that was it. Other than rafting, helicopter or parachute, I thought those were the only ways in.

I learned recently that a handful of other obscure (but tested) routes into the gorge exist further upstream, closer to Cameron for the most part.