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Nov 11 2017
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Ash Creek CanyonTucson, AZ
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Checking Out the Creek after the Fire... First Time in this Area and it was good to catch up with Chad again... My Vehicle did pretty well going up. The Crossing that gave everyone trouble before is a Piece of Cake now. But the Hill afterwards gave my POS Aging AT's a run for their Money... But then, even the best 4x4 wasn't going to go any farther as the Upper Creek Crossing is about 15 Feet below the Road and straight down... They would pretty much need to build a Span to cross that now... Amazing Country even with the Burn... Sad to see the Aftermath with a Dead Bear though... Cluff Ranch is a nice little Gem as long as you don't yell at the Locals for Littering.... A******s!
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The goal of this backpack was to escape anything related to 90 degree temperatures, to visit some waterfalls and find some snow. It was successful on all fronts. A tremendous over night trip into the premier sky island, Mount Graham.

We started our backpack at the lower Ash Creek trailhead. This trail is a climb from the start and it can feel like a real slog at times, especially, when carrying an extra tent and old sleeping bag for the pups. In particular, the 1,000 feet gained between mile four and fivish, is brutal. There were a few newly fallen obstacles along the way and some higher than average creek crossing as well to add to the ardor. After enjoying the falls from the trailside lookout, Jackie stayed with the pups so I could get a "closer" look. After dropping down one viewpoint, I started to realize that although it was very steep and a little dicey looking, one could scramble all the way to the base of the falls, an area that has been on my wish list for awhile. I yelled back to Jackie and let her know I was going down further, she acknowledged and I began the wild descent, which actually went pretty well.

However, about a 100, or so feet from the bottom I kicked up a pretty good rock slide, one that ended with a couple hundred plus pound boulders smashing to the bottom of the raging creek and echoing something thunderous and chilling. I immediately thought Jackie might get worried and yelled back, "I'm ok," even though I knew there was probably no way she could hear me. After that, the base of the falls came pretty easily and I marveled at the cool little area, After exploring and snapping a few pics of the cool little cascades below the falls, I began my crawl up. After reaching the top, I found out pretty quickly from a shook up Jackie that she had been assuming the worst since hearing the rock slide, In fact, she had even sent out a couple of distressed texts to people assuming the worst, after not seeing, or hearing from me in about 45 minutes. The poor girl was about 15 minutes away from collecting her gear, the pups and heading back to the TH to get proper help. I felt horrible for not communicating my intentions to reach the bottom and for not finding away to signal back that I was alright, after the rock slide; a tad humbling seeing how greatly thoughts of your demise might impact someone close to you. In the end though, all was well and nobody was hurt, so we continued on after collecting ourselves a little.

We took the nearly devoid of snow Ash Creek bypass trail over the snowed in route over slick rock. We ended up calling it a day near the old mill site. We found a great site along the robust snow fed creek and set up camp quickly to potentially pursue some exploring up trail. However, that thought devolved into a nap and the usual camp chores. We enjoyed a chilly, but not overly cold night and while the temperatures definitely reached freezing, I do not think they dipped too far below that. The moon never really allowed darkness to take hold, but we still slept well, thanks in part to a tough little day and climb.

We decided to head for Webb Peak Sunday morning, but got turned around by some real deep snow just after clearing 9,500 feet. We had got lucky for most of the hike up and were able to cruise with micro-spikes on some hard crusted 3-4 feet deep snow for large sections, however, as the temperature warmed the post holing began. However, it was still only a minor inconvenience until we got to just under a half a mile from the summit where the snow got really deep and soft, deep enough to lose a dog in deep! We'd had such a good time playing in the snow up until then, that it really did not bother us to turn around. We did the quick hike back to camp, broke camp and started the relentless descent. The trip down seemed to fly by in comparison to the hike up. I visited an old favorite set of falls on the way down and then finally made it to another one I had been meaning to get to. We finished to complaining about the heat and in shorts and t-shirts, slightly different than the wintry conditions we began our day with, Arizona at its finest.

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Ash Creek-Shingle Mill Loop, AZ 
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Lee wanted to do a loop involving Ash Creek, and having only previously been to the Pinalenos once, and never to Ash Creek, I was happy to join him on this trip. I didn't know much of anything about this area and have only since begun to research it some more. There's a lot of history and it is worth doing some reading to put context to it all when you are there.

After a Friday night car camp along the creek, we set out in the morning from Cluff Ranch. This meant that the first four miles and 1300 feet gained was on the road, but that was necessary to make a loop with Shingle Mill. The first mile of actual trail parallels the creek well above the drainage before finally dropping down into what can only be described as a lush mountain stream. From here, the route climbs steadily under the canopy of bright green trees (and through thick fields of poison ivy), making numerous creek crossings along the way.

After a mile along the creek, the trail takes a crazy steep route up some well-built switchbacks to ascend above a set of falls that you can only see bits and pieces of as you climb around. There's a horse's skull at the bottom that is no doubt the result of a fall while ascending this precarious section of trail.

Another mile later, at the top of the steep switchback climb, you arrive at Oak Flat, where a single campsite is available, but moderate terrain would make it relatively easy to set up anywhere. Again, watch for poison ivy, as it was still prevalent here. We opted to continue, going an additional mile and a half to just below where the trail switchbacks away from the creek again. Here we found a great creekside campsite that needed only about 15 minutes of improvements to fit our two tents. There was an existing fire ring and a plank set on rocks for a nice fireside bench. One can only wonder if this plank was one of the many pieces of lumber that were "lost" while descending the poorly-engineered flume a hundred years ago?

After setting up camp, we chatted with the only other people we saw all weekend, a family hiking one-way from top to bottom. From there we headed upstream along the creek, hoping to get to the bottom of Ash Creek Falls, which GPS showed to be just 0.4 miles away. This is an incredibly scenic area and scrambling along this steeply ascending creek was a blast. We reached the base of some scenic falls and then backtracked a bit and went to a nearby drainage where we had seen some more falls through the trees. Sure enough, another 75-footer! :y:

After heading back to the falls on Ash Creek, Lee decided to try and catch some Apache Trout in the pools downstream while I was sure I could climb to the top of these falls, hoping to find bigger and better falls above it. This might be the dumbest thing I've done in a while. ](*,)

Getting up there is crazy steep. The rocks along the falls are the slipperiest things you have ever set foot on. Wet or dry. The bypass options involve steep chutes of loose dirt and rock, trees with roots that don't support your weight, and generally nothing to hold on to. So yeah ... it was so much fun! :y: :scared:

I launched a boulder downhill that would surely have killed Lee if he was nearby at the time. :o Next to the falls, yelling is pointless as neither of us could hear anything but the rush of water flowing over the rocks. On my return attempt, I dislodged a small boulder and went tumbling about 20-feet down at the mercy of gravity. I'm still not sure how the boulder didn't follow me down as I was sure I was going to have a minimum of some broken bones and a world of trouble. :stretch: It would probably be until at least sunset before Lee realized that I wasn't just exploring anymore and set out to find me. :pray:

From there on out I was extra-triple-cautious about getting back down. In the meantime, I had gotten to the top of the second set of falls, where I believe it was just a short scramble up to the base of a narrow slot fall described by nonot and photographed by vaporman here on haz.

Ultimately I was able to get back down with just a solid shin bruise and a little blood loss. Back at camp I enjoyed well-earned beer and briefly soaked my leg in the sub-45-degree creek. 10-seconds was pretty much the max before needles and numbness set in. Extra kudos to Joel who had mentioned the poison ivy and prompted me to pick up a bottle of Tecnu before leaving on Friday. I scrubbed my legs and hands, and made sure my daytime clothes didn't contact my camp clothes. So far, I'm PI free, so I'm hoping my precautions worked! :pray:

Big fire, dinner, and a great night sleep set up a great Sunday hike out.

The first mile gains 1300 feet and is the man's way to start your backpacking day. :wlift: (I only cried twice. Maybe three times? ;) ) But the reward looking down on the top of Ash Creek falls from above is totally worth it. From here we headed back down to the junction where we stayed to the west on Shingle Mill trail. This is a well-constructed old road that is now largely overgrown and features some solid brush-fighting sections. Neither Lee nor I could understand why such a well-constructed road was not maintained as a hiking trail by the FS. We chalked it up to funding.

The only places the trail was difficult to follow was where it passed through a drainage. Over time the road that once was has long since eroded and there's not really a path anymore. So just pick your best line and find the way across. Several of the drainages had pools with a light flow of water. I think we saw a few leaves of poison ivy at one stretch, but this is totally unlike the Ash Creek drainage! There were many very scenic sections with beautiful shade trees over an open grassy forest floor.

On a prominent point above Shingle Mill Canyon about a mile before Horse Camp, we encountered the remains of one of the tramway towers that once stood here. It was amazing to imagine a tramway built 95 years ago carrying lumber down the mountain across this point.

Shortly thereafter, we reached the junction for Hulda Gap Corral, but opted to skip the short side trip. From this point on, the hike basically sucked :bdh: . The next two miles or so consisted of a narrow quad track -- but one I can't imagine anybody ever wanting to ride. It was a rocky roadbed of misery and one that I'm confident I could walk faster than anybody could ride. The last four miles the road is wider and could be done in a high-clearance 4wd vehicle, but is the true definition of a Jeep trail. Once again, most of the route could be traveled faster on foot. It would be a bone-jarring rock-crawling mess in a vehicle.

There's also no rewarding value to these lower six miles of Shingle Mill trail. It is some of the driest, blandest, harshest, rockiest desert you have ever seen, devoid of even the smallest shade-providing shrub or tree. And now we figured out why the upper part was not maintained. I still think that the 2.5 miles from Ash Creek Trail to Hulda Gap should be cleaned up. It could be a real gem if not for the overgrowth. But coming in from the bottom simply isn't worth the six mile road hike to get there. If those six miles were on a reasonable dirt road and you could drive significantly closer, that would also be another story. But it's not.

So anyway, we reached the end of the road and took a one mile off-trail hike through the desert back to Cluff Ranch and the truck parked at Pond 3. After some relaxing and fishing along the pond it was time to round up and head home.

One nice surprise for this hike is how surprisingly close it is. Less than 2.5 hours to get to. Not at all like driving to the top of Mt Graham!

Thanks for the suggestion Lee!

Water note: I never carried more than a liter. I drank straight from Ash Creek and didn't even consider filtering the pure snowmelt. No illnesses endured (yet?). I finished my liter by Horse Camp on the way down and filled another there, but never drank any of it. The cooler back at the truck was more appealing :)
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It gets stronger than this, but still a steady flow. Surface water flowing all the way to Cluff ponds.

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Full. Filling. Overflowing.

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Nice flow over the falls near the jct with main fork of Ash Creek

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Dry in sections, light flow in others. Basically if there was bedrock it was wet, if not it was dry.

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Looks like it would only hold a small amount of muddy water immediately after rains.

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Slickrock slot just above trail crossing appears to be a perennial source of surface water. Clear pools, and light flow through this section.
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Ash Creek CanyonTucson, AZ
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Very interesting trip today--- :scared: Last February, two friends and I spent the day exploring the quarry above the canyon. It was a great day, and I was eager to return and explore the canyon with my husband. Today was the day. We made our way up to the canyon and pulled off the road near the mouth of the canyon.

It was cool and evidence of the recent weekend of rain and snow was evident in the wash in the canyon. The water must have been awesome last weekend--small shrubs and trees pushed over by the flowing stream were still bent low to the ground . We found several stagnant pools of water and were able to work our way around most of them. Then one proved impassable, and we had to retreat. We did enjoy the geology of the area and found a few fossils.

As we made our way out, we could hear the sound of a four wheeler on the main road. Its sound would fade in and fade out. My husband remarked about how often it seemed to pass on the road. For forty-five minutes we could hear it passing down the road at the mouth of the canyon. When we made it back to the road, we could hear it just on the other side of the culvert running under the road. As we climbed the rocks up to the road, the four wheeler quickly made its way up to the road. When we topped out onto the road, we were confronted by two rough looking ranchers who wanted to know what we were doing in the area. One told us, "This is my ranch from the cattle guard to the next cattle guard. There is public access to the river after the second cattle guard." While there were no trespassing signs and the old sign about blasting was posted by Phelps Dodge Mining Corporation, it was evident we were not welcome. [Freeport MacMoran purchased Phelps Dodge in 2007, so there has been no activity since then.]

As we left we noticed many tracks in the muddy road indicating the four wheelers had made numerous u-turns looking for us. As we made our return trip to Clifton, we did notice what looked like a gold mining operation not far from Ash Creek. It was along the San Francisco River where they were removing water for washing rock and filtering out gravel and possible gold. I don't know if that was why these two individuals were nervous--but we were very uncomfortable with the situation.
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Part of the weekend camping trip to the Pinalenos. Started about 1030 Saturday morning. Since we were hiking down into a canyon we weren't too concerned about storms with our late start (however below the waterfall area things could become dangerous with increased stream flow if there was a big storm). Turns out none of this was a factor. The flow in Ash Creek was moderate as you would expect during the monsoon season. Everything was wet and lush. Summer wildflowers were happy as heck. And so was I. This is the magic season!

Everyone went down to the Ash Creek Falls area, with Charles extending his trip much further downstream. There is no way I was going up on that observation rock, but the coward's view just below it to the right wasn't much comfort either. Next time I will hike further down the trail to the vantage point that AzWaterRat found. It gives a nice view of the falls (more head on versus side). Anyway, we took a nice break at the top of the slickrock before heading for the waterfall turn around point. We went back via the bypass route, partly because we didn't want to deal with some of the downed trees along the way. Don't worry, there was more on the upper reaches of the trail too, but the worst spot was near the slickrock. I was taking my time the whole way, savoring the glorious vegetation and taking pictures to my heart's delight! :)
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Hadn't been up into the Pinalenos yet this summer, so when I saw a Phoenix group was going there (and didn't have a ton of people), I signed up. Left Tucson around noon Friday and rolled into Columbine Corral CG about 4 and set up in site #3. Though there was heavy moisture in the air from rains earlier in the day, things were dissipating with just a few sprinkles. Stayed quiet the rest of the night. Parked the truck at 4 o'clock and didn't move it again until I left at noon Sunday! Sure don't do that very often when I'm out and about. It was nice just hanging out in one area for a couple of days.

Relaxed during the evening, grilling sausages and enjoying beer. Walked over to the parking lot by the work center a couple of times after dark to look at the sky. I wondered when the Phoenix contingent would arrive. Thought they might show around 7, but not so. By 9 o'clock I figured they might have cancelled due to low turnout (or the ominous flash flood watch that was in effect at the time). I always get a kick out of those flash flood watches; around here it frequently translates into a non-event. :lol: There was a curious skunk checking out my camp that provided some extra entertainment. I was just about to call it a night when the group rolled in at 10 o'clock. They set up, got a fire going, and we sat around until about 1 AM. Guess the hike to Ash Creek Falls wasn't going to be early. :lol: Fine by me. Right after retiring to the tents, I heard what sounded like a large animal getting into something over by the others. Saw the flashlight beams and heard someone say, "Don't make it mad!" (or something like that) Found out in the morning it was two skunks fighting over some stuff left out right by their tents. :o Luckily no spraying!

Saturday we hiked down to Ash Creek Falls, with Charles going well beyond that solo, while the rest of us returned to camp. Such a pretty hike in the summer. Charles got back to camp in early evening from his long hike (about 4500 feet down and back up). I grilled pork ribs and did a stir fry (with Hatch chiles thrown in for heat) on the stove for my evening meal. After I got everything cleaned up and put away, I walked over to join the others around their fire. Charles had planned on doing a spooky night hike to the Webb Peak tower at 11 PM in the new moon darkness, but nobody else wanted to go. Turns out that wouldn't have worked anyway.

After it got dark we were treated to a heck of a light show from thunderstorms that stretched in the distance from the north to east to southeast! Couldn't see the cloud to ground strikes because of being in the trees, but many cells were really putting out the lightning! It started out clear above us around sundown, but clouds were increasing by the time we headed for the tents (early at about 9 o'clock). About that time thunder could be heard to the northeast, so it was looking like we might get some rain after all. I like it when the storms allow you to get your evening activities in hassle free! :)

The storms cut loose over the mountain between 9 and 11 PM. The lightning was pretty intense (especially "in tents" :lol: ). Normally I get out of the tent and into the vehicle when it gets this bad, but this time I decided to not get soaked, and stayed in the sleeping bag. That was definitely the strongest thunderstorm I ever rode out in a tent. It was a little scary and very exciting! :scared: :o By 1130 the storms were rolling off the mountain toward the southwest. Quiet the rest of the night. Only a few drops of water got in the tent, so that was good. Same for the others. When I got home I checked the weather observations for the Columbine RAWS (over by the nearby work center) and found out we got 0.75 inch of rain. Not bad!

The others broke camp and headed out for Phoenix fairly early Sunday, while I goofed off and made a nice breakfast and slowly put my stuff away. By doing that I was able to get everything dry and save myself extra work when I got home. :y:

This was a very enjoyable camping adventure! :D
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Fun trip through Ash Creek Canyon. Mt. Graham surprised me, it's really beautiful up there. So green and overgrown with fields of coneflowers, wild raspberry, yellow and pink columbine, towering aspens, mossy logs and a million other things to delight the senses.

In agreement with Steve's writeup, it is SLIPPERY in this canyon. Your 5.10's will have nothing on this place, even on dry slickrock. It can be difficult to get your footing on some of the rappels, especially in the narrows. The slip 'n' slide aspect definitely adds to the challenge. Otherwise, the canyon has some great waterfalls and the narrows section is pretty cool (and fairly intense to rappel though, in my experience). It was a steep hike up but no complaints due to the gorgeous surroundings. Another fun adventure with a great group. :)
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Was up on Mt Graham for the first time hitting the two published technical canyons up there and hit this amAZing Ash Creek Canyon on the 2nd day. :y: Started down the Ash Creek trail near the cabins after being dropped off by our friend. Not exactly the official start but it still works. ;) Forrest hiked down the lush upper canyon for a few miles til we reached the slickrock. True to name, it is EXTREMELY slippery! :o We crabbed walked down most of it but near the end one of us slipped out of control a good 40-50ft to the bottom and thankfully walked away with only bruises. :scared: I've done some slippery canyons, but this one takes the cake as one of the most slippery ones I've done... We did a thick bushwhack to get to the sweet Ash Creek Falls and thankfully it wasn't flowing too crazy but enough to make for an adventurous day. : rambo : We did the nicely flowing 170ft waterfall rappel and proceeded down canyon to bypass some more slick cascades. Before we knew it, we were atop a super sweet crack in the granite rock layer thru which the creek flowed. It ended up being a 3-stage rappel sequence of heights between 50-90ft right thru the flowing creek and down the crack. :y: The photos do a lot better job of describing it than I can! Afterwards the canyon opened up and it was back to many slippery cascades some of which we bypassed and a couple at 100 & 130ft that we rappelled down. Dropped out gear where the trail rejoins the canyon and proceeded down canyon to the lower TH. Our buddy was down there to pick us up but he didn't want to beat up the SUV too much so we road walked the road over a mile or so to join up with him. :sweat:

We also got by with just shorty 3mm wetsuits but some of the thinner members of the group got a lil chilly thru the narrows section, but wind breakers helped warm them back up. So bring enough neoprene depending on the time of year & weather. I'm giving the canyon a extra R due to the super slippery rock and that tight crack sequence that would be rather difficult to complete if the creek was flowing more than 3-4cfs. :M2C:
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Wonderful canyon, enjoyed the waterfalls. :y: Absolutely peaceful with the water rushing past in the slot, having little to do but focus on the task at hand, definitely not recommended as a solo trip though.

Found some leftovers in the canyons - seems like a previous group had some trouble. I picked up some of their rope and some more gear on the hike out - just added more to the load to pack up and out :sweat: - if it's yours, send me a private message with a description. Otherwise it's going in the trash.

I have absolutely no clue what the purpose of the 12-13 mm honker was doing at an easy downclimb, I left that one for future parties to noodle on.

Was a little slow on the climb out due to having all the gear to tote myself. No matter, for it absolutely poured on the way out. I was soaked and cooled off, but with the climbing I didn't really get cold at all.

The Ash Creek bypass isn't on the site yet, I tried to map both accurately (which added a bit of time and distance), will follow up soon.
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Hike Arizona it is full of sharp, pointy, ankle-twisting, HAZmaster crushing ROCKS!!
Hike Arizona it is full of sharp, pointy, shin-stabbing, skin-shredding plants!
Hike Arizona it is full of striking, biting, stabbing, venomous wildlife!
average hiking speed 1.01 mph

WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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