Ash Creek

Safford, Arizona 85548

Ash Creek

Ash Creek Professional Review and Guide

"A day hike to Ash Creek Falls, 2.5 miles one way, or backpack to Cluff Ponds, 9.8 miles one way.

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 100-foot cascade which can be viewed from the trail, 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."

More Ash Creek Professional Reviews and Guides

"A hike through the alpine forest high on the Pinaleno Mountains, ending at a spectacular waterfall. The trails in the Pinaleno Mountains offer high, cool hikes, a welcome escape from the furnace-like desert below. Snow lingers into May and sometimes returns in October. Access to this hike is provided by the Swift Trail.

This amazing road, now paved for most of its length, climbs the north slopes of the range, crosses Ladybug Pass, then traverses high on the south slopes. Numerous trails start from the Swift Trail and its spur roads, and descend the mountain to trailheads in the foothills. These hikes are long, strenuous, and rewarding. The hike to Ash Creek Falls, in contrast, remains in the alpine forest just below the mountain crest, and takes you to a high waterfall."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Best May to October
Additional Use
USGS Webb Peak, Shingle Hill Mountain, Thatcher
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Nov 2018