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Ash Creek Trail #307Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 27 2021
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,468 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   4 Hrs      1.64 mph
1,468 ft AEG      20 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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This was my first time heading down this trail and it was a challenge to say the least. Before this hike I read previous trip logs and can agree, this trail is gnarly. The first .5 - 1 mile isn't that hard to follow but at one point completely disappears into the creek. After trekking through the creek for a few hundred feet you will see a point where the trail somewhat looks like it goes left, this is wrong. If you keep your eye to the right instead you will see a faint trail that is absolutely littered with fallen trees. This is the trail. You will have to crawl under and over many fallen trees through this section and through many overgrown patches. It seems this part of the trail used to be an old road given how wide it is. After the obstacle course the trail mellows out for a short bit and is easy to follow. You will come up to a creek crossing where you will need to jump down and cross and come back up the other side. After this you will begin a short decent down towards the old Mill site. The trail comes and goes as you head down to the Mill site but it is nothing hard to walk through. After the Mill site is where the real challenge begins. The trail from here on out is almost nonexistent. After about a 1/4 mile you will come to a point where you can stay along the creek or begin a climb up on the detour trail. I decided to take the detour trail because it looked to be a lot easier to follow. This was true for the first couple hundred feet and then it just completely disappeared. We decided to just go straight down to the creek in hopes of finding a trail to follow and somewhat did. At this point in the hike the best thing to do is look out for rock cairns that people have left. We made it all the way to the top of slide rock when it came to the point on if we should continue or not. I decided to hike down slide rock and see what the trail looked like from there and it was just to gnarly looking. We decided that given the time of day, storms moving in, and the overall beating we took, it was time to turn around. If you can remember everything you went through on the way down, it makes the hike back up 100x easier. One thing that greatly helped us and that i HIGHLY recommend to anyone doing this hike, download the hike on Alltrails or something similar before hand and follow the lines on the map the best you can. This helped us greatly in finding the trail every time we lost it(which happens every couple hundred feet). Overall even though we didn't make it to the falls, it is still one of the most amazing and beautiful hikes I have ever done and highly recommend. Just keep in mind it is a very easy trail to get lost on and at times can be extremely dangerous. Previous trip logs about flooding and fire damage are true. This area has taken an absolute beating.
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