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Ash Creek - GaliuroTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2014
johnny88
Hiking6.00 Miles 987 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
987 ft AEG
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Note: my camera has a smudge on the inside of the lens, so some of my pictures are blurry near the right side

This is a continuation of my trip around the Galiuros. After hiking Kennedy Peak the previous day, I drove to Ash Creek. It was a Saturday evening and I was surprised to find the area almost packed. I saw many groups and picked the most private site I could find. All the groups, to their credit, were pretty quiet. By 7:30pm, when I went to bed, I couldn't hear any one. Maybe it was the cooler weather (it got down to 41 F at night), but I slept great out there! Really almost better than I do at home.

After some coffee, I continued driving up the road to the trailhead. I soon reached a closed gate, which I assumed marked the beginning of the trail, so I parked my car and started hiking. I would soon discover that you can drive up the road for about another mile. Oh well, I was already parked and ready to hike. The road to the gate was only mildly difficult. One small section was a little tricky for my Subaru, and it seemed to cause multiple vehicles a bit of tire spinning and bottoming-out (given the noises I would hear - I was only camped a hundred feet away from this part of the road). But everyone seemed to make it up or down eventually. I saw all sorts of cars drive by: huge pickups and SUVs, jeeps, cute 'utes, and a station wagon. On my way out, I actually several sedans fairly far into the road, even beyond the gate. Personally, I thought the road was too rough for your average sedan. I think my Subaru could have made it all the way, and you typical AWD cute 'ute (Honda CRV, RAV4, etc) could also probably make it with some caution.

Ash Creek is what I would describe as a very pleasant and enjoyable hike. It's not difficult, and you pretty much just meander back and forth across the usually dry creek bed. It seems Fall has not peaked here yet - there was still a lot of green. Maybe in a couple weeks there will be more color. I was pleased with the small sections of color that were out though. Starting early was a plus - I only saw one group on my way in, but several on the way out.
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