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Ash Creek - Galiuro, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,917 feet
Elevation Gain 987 feet
Accumulated Gain 987 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 10.94
Interest Seasonal Creek
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Ash Creek
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Bassett Peak
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author avatar Guides 43
Routes 149
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Trips 2,280 map ( 17,751 miles )
Age 72 Male Gender
Location Mesa, AZ
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Sun  5:34am - 7:21pm
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Awesome fall colors
by CannondaleKid

Since a significant number of folks hiking in this area never reach where the actual "Bassett Peak Trail" begins, I figured it would be worth adding a hike description for the lower part of the trail. With various vegetation including sycamore, alder, maple, ash, oak, walnut, and aspen, it is well-known for a myriad of fall colors.

You begin hiking up the East Divide Trail #287, following the North Fork of Ash Creek from the trailhead. While much of it appears to be flat, the trail climbs a total of 1,000' with 400' of the gain coming in the first two miles. The trail then steepens a bit, and you'll climb another 600' over the next mile. Much of this part of the trail is heavily wooded, and you will criss-cross the creek numerous times along the way. At the crossings, you will enjoy a small amount of boulder-hopping.

Just over 2 miles out, you walk past a trough used by the local game. This trip, we observed a hunting tree-stand overlooking the trough, so the lazy, un-sporting hunter can sit and wait for the game to come to the watering hole. Last time out here two years ago, there was no stand, but a hunter was sitting just a few hundred feet uphill from the trough for the same reason. As much noise as he made just sitting there, I doubt he had any chance of bagging any game.

Once you reach Upper Ash Springs, you will be amidst a stand of a few dozen aspens. The trickling water makes for a peaceful break before heading back down the trail. Due to the gradual climb on the way up, you may not realize just how much you climbed until to head back down. Your feet will feel much lighter than on the uphill hike, and one may almost feel refreshed as they continue down.

The hardest part of this hike is knowing when the best fall colors will arrive. Unfortunately, this year we were a bit too soon., probably just over a week.

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2011-11-06 CannondaleKid
    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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    Map Drive
    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To Ash Creek Trailhead

    From Mesa by CannondaleKid
    1. From I-10 & US 60 go ~72 miles EAST on the US 60 to the US 60/US 70 junction in Globe.
    2. Turn RIGHT onto US 70 and go SOUTH-EAST 76.5 miles the US 70/SR 191 junction in Safford.
    3. Turn RIGHT onto SR 191 and go SOUTH 16.7 miles to the SR 191/SR 266 junction.
    4. Turn RIGHT onto SR 266 and go WEST 19.3 miles to Bonita.
    5. Turn LEFT onto Fort Grant Road and go SOUTH .2 mile to High Creek Road
    6. Turn RIGHT onto High Creek Road and go WEST 13.6 miles to Sunset Loop Road.
    7. Turn LEFT onto Sunset Loop Road and go SOUTH 3.5 miles to FR 660.
    8. Turn RIGHT onto FR 660 and go .7 mile to the last prudent stop with low clearance vehicle.
    9. Continue another .5 mile to last area more than one vehicle can be parked.
    10. Continue .2 mile to the sign declaring the start of the trail.

    Thatcher/Safford bypass:
    If you don't plan on stopping for food/fuel in town and don't mind driving 60-65 mph on relatively smooth dirt roads you can save 6 miles and a good 40-60 minutes by avoiding Thatcher/Safford altogether. To do so just replace steps 2 through 5 above with the following:
    2. Turn RIGHT onto US 70 and go SOUTH-EAST 61.5 miles the US 70/Graham County 40(Klondyke Road) junction.
    3. Turn RIGHT onto GC 40/Klondyke Road and go SOUTH-WEST ~24 miles to the GC 40/Aravaipa Road junction.
    4. Turn LEFT onto Aravaipa Road and go SOUTH ~20 miles to Bonita.
    5. Turn RIGHT onto Fort Grant Road and go SOUTH .2 mile to High Creek Road

    From Phoenix or Tucson - GPS Route - by Randal Schulhauser
    1. Take I-10 east about 190 miles until you reach Wilcox AZ
    2. Take exit 340 for Fort Grant Road.
    3. Travel about 18 miles north on Fort Grant Road.
    4. At the stop sign, turn left onto Ash Creek Road.
    5. Travel about 3 miles west until you reach the 4-way stop at the intersection of Ash Creek Road and Fort Grant Road.
    6. Continue west leaving the pavement onto the graded dirt road. This is the start of the Sunset Loop.
    7. Travel 14.3 miles along the Sunset Loop until you reach FR660 located near bend in the Sunset Loop Road that heads north.
    8. Take FR660 about 2 1/4 miles to the Trail Head. (may be more like 1.4 miles)

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) - 231 mi, 4 hours 42 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) - 122 mi, 2 hours 59 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) - 374 mi, 7 hours 2 mins
    page created by CannondaleKid on Nov 06 2011 4:46 pm
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