Ash Creek

Safford, Arizona

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This popular and well-trodden trail runs down the northeast side of the Pinaleño Range along one of the few permanent watercourses in southern Arizona. The upper basin is dominated by coniferous forest and is separated from the lower basin by Ash Creek Falls. This 200-foot cascade can be viewed from the trail. It is the largest perennial waterfall in the southern part of the state. There is a lush forest of hardwoods below it, and the bottom part of the trail follows an old jeep road down through mesquite bosque to reach the Cluff Ponds area.
Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country

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Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

This popular and well-trodden trail runs down the northeast side of the Pinaleño Range along one of the few permanent watercourses in southern Arizona. The upper basin is dominated by coniferous forest and is separated from the lower basin by Ash Creek Falls.

This 200-foot cascade can be viewed from the trail. It is the largest perennial waterfall in the southern part of the state. There is a lush forest of hardwoods below it, and the bottom part of the trail follows an old jeep road down through mesquite bosque to reach the Cluff Ponds area.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Safford
Distance: 9.8
Elevation Gain: 5,990 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Backpack or day hike
Season: Best May to October
Trailhead Elevation: 9,490 feet
Top Elevation: 9,490 feet
Local Contacts: Safford Ranger District, Coronado National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Webb Peak, Shingle Hill Mountain, Thatcher
Topo Map: Ash Creek Topographic Map
Guide Book: Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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5/30/2010

The most disasterous trail I've ever seen. After dodging 30+ fallen trees in 2.5 miles, we found the falls. No way to cross the slick rock without falling, which me and the wife proceeded to do in style. Trudging back for 3 hours, dodging all the tree falls again, we finally got back to the trail head. Can't believe the forest service let's people go onto this trail knowing it is in such severe, hazardous disrepair. Not a hike, it's an odyssey.

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