Ash Creek Falls

Safford, Arizona

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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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"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Safford
Distance: 4.8
Elevation Gain: 1,380 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best May to October
Trailhead Elevation: 9,600 feet
Top Elevation: 9,600 feet
Local Contacts: Coronado National Forest, Safford Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Webb Peak; Coronado National Forest, Pinaleno Mountains
Driving Directions: Directions to Ash Creek Falls

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May 2018