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Webb Peak from Ash Creek THTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 16 2020
sandyfortner
Hiking3.50 Miles 900 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles
900 ft AEG
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We actually did this 2 days, Wednesday we went from the Webb Peak TH, up to the tower and attempted to find the rest of the loop, but could NOT find the trail, so came back the way we went up - KINDA! Thursday we headed out towards Ash Creek falls. The start of the trail is great! :y: Uh ha. Within 1/4 mile, the erosion takes over and you have to pick your way around whatever looks to be the best route - but it's obvious where you're going. I crawled under one deadfall, hoping that that wasn't the moment it would choose to shift / drop. But, eventually we came to the Webb Peak junction, or so we surmised. The sign is there, but most is broken off, so it says AK. We assumed that was the end of "peak", and the junction was in the right place, so off we went. From that point on, there is NO trail. Unless you've done this loop so many times that you can do it with your eyes closed, or unless you've downloaded the route, it would be a bugger! There are stretches, maybe 100 - 200 feet at a time, when you are not in a burn area and the trail is GREAT! But, in between those spots, it's all a guess. :scared: Growing in what the trail app said was the trail, were 4 - 6' aspen and Mexican locust, also ferns, washouts, deadfall - you name it. Once in a while we must have been on the actual tread because as we would push through the vegetation we would see a cut log, cairn, or a waterbar. But mostly we used the app and common sense to push our way around the loop. Our route looks like path Little Billy would take, (in the comic strip Family Circus), when he was called to come home! I"m not sure why this trail isn't being maintained. Maybe the forest service wants to let everything grow in to help anchor the soil and stop the excessive erosion. I'm not sure. But, if someone had an overwhelming desire to lop off / saw off thousands of aspen and Mexican locust, AND checked FIRST with the Forest Service, this trail could keep you busy for some time! :D We did see 2 turkeys and 2 deer. The unburned portions, although rarely encountered, were spectacular! The extensive burn areas are growing back slowly. Every water source we crossed was flowing nicely. It took us 5 hours to do the loop and we still don't know what we did! Ha! ](*,)
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max West Ash Creek - Pinalenos Medium flow Medium flow
Not sure what Medium means in this particular creek, but ample flowing water
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