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Webb Peak via Soldier Creek, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 3.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 9,420 feet
Elevation Gain 610 feet
Accumulated Gain 640 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6.6
Interest Perennial Creek & Peak
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Webb Peak from Ash Creek TH
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Webb Peak from Ash Creek TH
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22  2010-08-13
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7  2008-09-28 PrestonSands
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Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:50am - 5:19pm
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Soldier Creek Campground
0.2 mi away
Columbine Corrals Campground
0.3 mi away
Webb Peak Trail #345
Webb Peak Trail #345
0.4 mi away
2.7 mi
794 ft
Ash Creek Canyon
Ash Creek Canyon
0.4 mi away
7.3 mi
2,300 ft
Blair-Ash Ridge Loop
Blair-Ash Ridge Loop
0.4 mi away
6.0 mi
2,082 ft
Ash Creek Trail #307
Ash Creek Trail #307
0.4 mi away
7.3 mi
270 ft
Webb Peak from Ash Creek TH
Webb Peak from Ash Creek TH
0.4 mi away
3.5 mi
900 ft
Grant Goudy Ridge Trail #310
0.5 mi away
6.0 mi
93 ft
High Peak Trail #300
High Peak Trail #300
0.6 mi away
1.0 mi
250 ft
Deadman - Highline Trail #325
Deadman - Highline Trail #325
1.3 mi away
4.4 mi
1,332 ft
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What's aspenin', Webb?
by PrestonSands

Overview: Webb Peak via Soldier Creek follows forest road #88, also known as the Webb Peak Road, to the summit of 10,030 foot Webb Peak, in Arizona's Pinaleno Mountains. It is one of four routes to the summit. This old road, which is closed to motor vehicles, can be hiked in conjunction with one of the two branches of the Webb Peak Trail #345, or the Chesley Flat Trail #311, to make a nice, mountain top loop.


State highway 366, which provides access to this hike, is closed yearly due to snow from November 15 through April 15 (or possibly later), about 7 miles before the trailhead.

Hike: The hike begins where the unsigned Webb Peak Road (forest road #88) meets the Swift Trail highway, near the Soldier Creek Campground. There is a small parking area near the beginning of the road. Pass through the vehicle barrier gate, and begin following Webb Peak Road as it heads up a shallow draw, away from the rolling meadows along the Swift Trail. The headwaters of Soldier Creek trickle down the draw, which parallels Webb Peak Road for its first quarter mile. Engelmann spruce dominates this area's recently thinned forest.

The road makes a sharp bend to the left at 0.25 miles, and leaves Soldier Creek behind. Aspens and southwestern white pines now begin to crowd the tall spruces, creating a shady, forested hike.

As the hike rounds the south ridge of Webb Peak, the trees part to reveal a nice view of the Galiuro and Santa Catalina Mountains to the west. The views continue until the road reaches the one mile signpost, near a fine roadside campsite.

The hike now turns north, and arrives at a signed junction with the Chesley Flat Trail, at around 1.5 miles. You will pass near some mountain top meadows in this area, carved out of the forest by past fires.

The road comes to an end at 1.7 miles, next to a rustic forest service cabin, and just below the summit of Webb Peak. Take the short walk up to the summit, where the fire tower stands. Be sure to sign the register, which sits in the rocks below the tower. Trees block the view from the summit, but spectacular 360 degree views await you from the tower.

Returning to your vehicle via one of the Webb Peak Trail's two branches makes a great loop with a quick return. The short branch offers a 3.25 mile loop, while the long branch offers a 4.5 mile loop. Returning via the Chesley Flat Trail and the Swift Trail highway brings route finding challenges, and a loop hike of 5.5 miles.

Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

PrestonSands
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Coronado Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs)


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    To hike
    From Safford, head south on U.S. highway 191. Turn west onto state highway 366 (Swift Trail). Follow highway 366 (which later turns into forest road 803) approximately 29.1 miles to an unmarked and unsigned, yet clearly visible forest road on your right. This is Webb Peak Road/forest road 88. Webb Peak Road is 0.35 miles past the turnoff for Ash Creek Trailhead, and 0.15 miles before the turnoff for Soldier Creek Campground. There is a parking area at the beginning of Webb Peak Road, before the gate. Trailhead/parking area gps coordinates are: 32.7044 N, 109.91942 W.
    page created by PrestonSands on May 10 2008 3:07 pm
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