Was up on Mt Graham for the first time hitting the two published technical canyons up there and hit this amAZing Ash Creek Canyon on the 2nd day.
Started down the Ash Creek trail near the cabins after being dropped off by our friend. Not exactly the official start but it still works.
Forrest hiked down the lush upper canyon for a few miles til we reached the slickrock. True to name, it is EXTREMELY slippery!
We crabbed walked down most of it but near the end one of us slipped out of control a good 40-50ft to the bottom and thankfully walked away with only bruises.
I've done some slippery canyons, but this one takes the cake as one of the most slippery ones I've done... We did a thick bushwhack to get to the sweet Ash Creek Falls and thankfully it wasn't flowing too crazy but enough to make for an adventurous day.
We did the nicely flowing 170ft waterfall rappel and proceeded down canyon to bypass some more slick cascades. Before we knew it, we were atop a super sweet crack in the granite rock layer thru which the creek flowed. It ended up being a 3-stage rappel sequence of heights between 50-90ft right thru the flowing creek and down the crack.
The photos do a lot better job of describing it than I can! Afterwards the canyon opened up and it was back to many slippery cascades some of which we bypassed and a couple at 100 & 130ft that we rappelled down. Dropped out gear where the trail rejoins the canyon and proceeded down canyon to the lower TH. Our buddy was down there to pick us up but he didn't want to beat up the SUV too much so we road walked the road over a mile or so to join up with him.
We also got by with just shorty 3mm wetsuits but some of the thinner members of the group got a lil chilly thru the narrows section, but wind breakers helped warm them back up. So bring enough neoprene depending on the time of year & weather. I'm giving the canyon a extra R due to the super slippery rock and that tight crack sequence that would be rather difficult to complete if the creek was flowing more than 3-4cfs.