Ash Creek

Safford, Arizona 85548

Ash Creek

Ash Creek Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Ash Creek Reviews

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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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Trail Information

Nearby City
5,990 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Backpack or day hike
Best May to October
9,490 feet
Trailhead Elevation
9,490 feet
Top Elevation
Safford Ranger District, Coronado National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Webb Peak, Shingle Hill Mountain, Thatcher
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018