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Ash Creek Trail #307Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 12 2019
RedRoxx44
Hiking4.50 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles
1,500 ft AEG
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I was on the mountain to see what the fall colors were doing, or not. I did not intend to hike this but I saw a lot of log slash piles near the TH, and put on the pack and went on down. What struck me initially were the huge views thru the burned trees, this trail was once an intimate forest experience with a trickling stream. No more. Looks like they followed most of the old tred on what trail maintenance was done. The upper part a mess with some of the old road torn away from flooding and a fair amount of log limbo to do. Marked with red flagging tape in the messed up parts. Down at the flat with the old debris, more of which has been revealed, the creek bed must be 30 YARDS wide at least. Quite shocking. Lots of little waterfalls. I decided to go on down via the old way, the trail in the canyon bottom past the horse or bypass trail. This trail was decommissioned even before the fire due to damage from flooding. Snippets of trail do remain, but I chose some borderline dicey traverses as it gets down to scoured rock pretty quickly. Some decent sized slide waterfalls in there. Helpful--low profile pack, shoes that keep grip when wet, and good pants to withstand butt sliding and crawling up/over/ under logs.
I did see and photograph a bit of the trail with the old grating to hold the soil for the tread. The other parts of the existing trail heavily overgrown of course. Once to the falls I did go down part way on the burgeoning off trail to get some shots but did not feel like getting to the bottom.
I have never hiked the bypass trail and went up it a little, it seemed to brush out, so I went back the way I came, picking some better lines to get through the granite and 8-10 foot high cut crumbly dirt banks.
I guess I was prepared seeing some of the previous photo sets, but this place was so changed it was quite disorienting. The rock, soil , tree floods just scoured this canyon. I would not recommend it until more trail maintenance is done unless you like rough areas especially below the flat.
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