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Ash Creek - Salt River Canyon, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,103 feet
Accumulated Gain 350 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 3.75
Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Ruins & Seasonal Creek
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15  2018-04-08 RedRoxx44
22  2018-03-22 Oregon_Hiker
30  2018-03-22 Grasshopper
Author HAZ_Hikebot
author avatar Guides 16,862
Routes 16,292
Photos 24
Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Apr, Oct
Sun  5:12am - 7:36pm
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This hike takes you to the top of a small butte in the bottom of Ash Creek canyon approximately 3 miles upstream from its mouth on the Salt River. Ash Creek canyon is one of the largest canyons flowing into the Salt River in this area. This small butte juts out above the creek approximately 80-100 feet below and provides spectacular views up and down this deep cliff lined canyon. On the way to the butte look for a historic cement watering trough under a huge juniper tree about 0.3 miles from the TH on FR3127. An inscription on the top of the trough indicates it was built Feb 3, 1934, by the Forest Service with support from the NIRA (National Industrial Recovery Act of 1933) and is still in use. An added bonus for this hike is the remains of an ancient Salado Indian compound on top of this small butte. A narrow land bridge leads through a gap in the compound's external defensive wall. The defensive wall stretches 280 ft along the south side of the butte. The remains of numerous rooms line the length of this wall separated from it by a 10-20 ft gap that may have served as a common courtyard or allowed ready access for defenders to line up along the wall. This ruin has obvious signs of being picked over by pot hunters and only one pottery sherd was seen.

There were pools of water visible along the creek below the butte and sections of slick rock making it an attractive destination. Access to the creek might be found by exploring along the trail leading from the water trough NE along a fence towards the canyon bottom.

Note: This hike description and the official gps route assumes that you have driven to the TH on FR3127. If you don't want to risk driving the 4x4 road you can park just outside the Haystack Butte Ranch gate (see directions below) and hike the 6.4 mile round trip distance on FR1052 and FR3127. You will be rewarded with amazing views to the west of the Salt River Canyon and the distant Sierra Ancha Mountains. The area along these forest roads begs for further exploration.

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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.

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2018-07-14 HAZ_Hikebot
    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
    Strictly 4x4

    To hike
    From Phoenix take US-60 east through Globe to Haystack Butte Road (FR303). Turn left on Haystack Butte Road and drive approximately 13.4 miles past Haystack Butte to where there is a fork in the road (N33.73526 W110.64547). Follow the right fork downhill towards the Haystack Butte (Oddonetto) Ranch. Turn right at the ranch grounds gate and follow the road 50 yards along the south side of the ranch corral passing through a gate on to FR1052. Note: The ranch is on property leased from the Forest Service and use of this road by the public is permitted. Respect the privacy of the ranch and do not enter the ranch house grounds. Leave all gates open or closed as you find them. Warning: The roads beyond the ranch are not maintained and are subject to wash outs with some sections requiring high clearance 4x4. If/when Tonto National Forest implements a Motor Vehicle Use Map, these forest roads could get closed to vehicles so check the TNF website for their MVUM status. Parking outside the ranch grounds entry gate and hiking this road will add about 7.2 miles round trip to the hiking distance. If you park near the ranch it is advised that you leave a visible note on your car windshield saying you are hiking down FR1052 with time and date. Follow FR1052 2.4 miles and continue straight on to FR3127 where FR1052 turns left. Follow FR3127 for 0.8 miles and park at the unmarked TH on the side of the road before FR3127 drops steeply down into the canyon along a fence. Driving beyond this point even in a high clearance 4x4 is not advised.
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