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2016-10-29  
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Bassett Peak and B24 Wreck via Ash Creek, AZ
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Bassett Peak and B24 Wreck via Ash Creek, AZ 
Bassett Peak and B24 Wreck via Ash Creek, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2016
The_Eagle
Hiking11.95 Miles 3,389 AEG
Hiking11.95 Miles   6 Hrs   53 Mns   1.78 mph
3,389 ft AEG      10 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
We changed the hike up to get to a place a little cooler with color.

First time in this area for me and it's some pretty country. A Pistachio grove, fields of Bright Red Chili Peppers, Tomatoes, Apples, Pears, Peaches and cotton were all passed on the drive in. On the turn off from the Sunset Loop to Ash Creek Rd, there were Campers / RV's all set up for deer hunting. We saw 3 hung up on the way in and at least six on the way out. We heard no shots all day.

JJ made the most of the available road getting to the TH. We only stopped once to move a boulder out of the way, with JJ trying to put his Cherokee through a slot the same width of the rock opening.

The hike is enjoyable through Ash Creek to Upper Ash Spring. There was plenty of color, but also plenty green. A week or 2 should make this perfect.

Making the climb out of the creek, the views started opening up. The Mt Graham area looms large behind a vast grassy area running to the base of it. It's a steady climb to the top, with just a few loose spots. The turn off The East Divide trail to get to the top is a bit thin, but it's been recently flagged it to top.

We headed down to to checkout B24 crash site from 1943. 12 tragically lost their lives here. It is steep and loose getting down to this site. There is quite a bit of debris scattered about.

After climbing back up to the trail, it was all downhill to the Trailhead.

I'm glad I was able to finally make it out to this one. It's been on the radar for quite awhile.

Thanks JJ for all the driving...

Great hiking with you and the Turtle again. Two Thumbs? up!
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Plenty in the spring box and the creek below
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