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Ash Spring Canyon, AZ

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Canyons are inherently risky. Flash floods occur without notice on sunny days. Technical skills & surrounding topography knowledge required yet does not eliminate risk.
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Distance Round Trip 2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,624 feet
Elevation Gain 430 feet
Accumulated Gain 500 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 4.5
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Seasonal Waterfall & Seasonal Creek
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15  2010-02-11 PrestonSands
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Preferred   Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar
Sun  6:55am - 6:07pm
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Geology Nearby

Likely In-Season!
Overview: This is a scenic off trail hike up rugged Ash Spring Canyon, which is a side drainage of the San Francisco River, near Clifton, AZ. A good destination is the 100 foot seasonal waterfall about 1 mile in, where Ash Spring Canyon spills over an overhanging limestone cliff, in the main fork of the canyon. There are several other side canyons off of Ash Spring Canyon that might be worth exploring.

NOTE: old signs at the entrance to Ash Spring Canyon warn of the old quarry operation above saying "DANGER-NO ENTRY: BLASTING AND DUMPING OF ROCK AND OTHER DEBRIS FROM CLIFF ABOVE-KEEP OUT", but the quarry appears to have been abandoned many years ago. There are not any "no trespassing" signs.

Leave No Trace and +Add a Triplog after your canyon trip to support this local community.

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
    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To canyon trip
    From Safford, head east on Highway 70/191. 10 miles from Safford, the highway splits, turn left onto Highway 191 and follow it for another 23.75 miles to a highway junction known as 3-Way (old drive-in movie theater and store). Turn left to remain on Highway 191. From the 3-Way junction, head north on highway 191 for approximately 9.4 miles to milepost 163.9, in the town of Clifton (this point is just after crossing the 2nd railroad track and before the Circle K store). At milepost 163.9, turn right onto Zorilla Street, then make an immediate left onto Frisco Avenue. Frisco Avenue crosses a bridge over the San Francisco River at 0.55 miles, and becomes the San Francisco River Road (unsigned). Follow the San Francisco River Road for another 4.5 miles, to the rugged canyon on the right, which is Ash Spring Canyon. Park on the side of the road.
    page created by PrestonSands on Feb 11 2010 9:32 pm
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