Ash Creek Falls

Safford, Arizona 85548

Ash Creek Falls

Ash Creek Falls Professional Review and Guide

"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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"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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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
1,380 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Day hike
Best May to October
9,600 feet
Trailhead Elevation
9,600 feet
Top Elevation
Coronado National Forest, Safford Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Webb Peak; Coronado National Forest, Pinaleno Mountains
Local Maps

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Sep 2018