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Goudy - Grant Creek - Ash Waterfall Loop, AZ
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Goudy - Grant Creek - Ash Waterfall Loop, AZ 
Goudy - Grant Creek - Ash Waterfall Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 16 2012
The_Eagle
Hiking20.88 Miles 5,953 AEG
Hiking20.88 Miles   10 Hrs   49 Mns   2.37 mph
5,953 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
My first time down in this area of Arizona. I sure wish I lived closer to the Pinaleno's.
Out the door at 2am and in Thatcher, just outside of Saford at 5:30. I looked up at Mt. Graham in disbelief that it would take us another hour and a half to get to our TH up there....but it did.

Temps were perfect most of the way around on this day.

The trip down Grant Goudy Ridge #310, was much nicer than expected being under the cover of trees for a large portion. The Pinalino's have a different look than the other Sky Islands I've been to. I can't quite put my finger on why that is? The Views were exceptional!

The Grant Goudy Ridge Trail dead ends on the south end, at Grant Creek #305. This is where we stated the climb back up the 4,000' we'd just lost. The track follows Grant Creek and then Post Creek until it turns to the East to make the final climb to the rim. Moonshine Creek is just a bit to the north, but is never in view. We had a 2.5 mile road walk back to the car to restock for our next segment. I confirmed afterwards that there is another set of falls (Grant Falls) that we missed.

15+ miles down, it was time for the hike to Ash Creek Falls. Lush green all the way down, cool rock formations, remnants of the Mt. Graham Mill Site, and following Ash Creek all the way! The Falls were really cool and I wish we could have spent more time checking them out.

Mother Nature would not let that happen. A couple of big drops of rain hit... Joe's off like a Roadrunner. A crackle of thunder and lightning in my line of site past Denny.... It's time for Denny and myself to pack up and Git. That's about the time that the sky opened up. The Angles started Bowling and the gods threw there lit spears in the skys above. It poured/rained all the way back to the car. I was so glad for the dry set of clothes waiting for me.

A Video at Ash Creek Falls
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AF_jM88y-MU&feature=channel&list=UL

A Super big thanks to Denny for Driving!
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Ash Creek - Pinalenos Medium flow Medium flow
Plenty of water from the top to the falls

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Post Creek Light flow Light flow
Water available in many spots
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