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Ash Canyon Trail #539 - 4 members in 11 triplogs have rated this an average 3.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jul 28 2018
RowdyandMe
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 Deer Valley, AZ
Ash Canyon Trail #539Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 28 2018
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Hiking5.80 Miles 1,410 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles   4 Hrs   16 Mns   1.47 mph
1,410 ft AEG      19 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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Jun 19 2018
kelly14
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 Phoenix
Ash Canyon Trail #539Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 19 2018
kelly14
Hiking6.88 Miles 1,870 AEG
Hiking6.88 Miles   5 Hrs   12 Mns   1.69 mph
1,870 ft AEG   1 Hour   8 Mns Break
 
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Did this trail yesterday. Temperatures were comfortable in the low 80's. The hike down in the canyon was pretty well shaded most of the hike with the way back being perfect. Did this hike for the first time last August and it was beautiful and had so much water, so it was crazy to see how dry it was compared to last time. No evidence of any rain a couple days prior :(

Having a dog and a baby strapped to our chests, shade and water are necessary and this hike still provided though! All the springs along our route were going (some more so dripping or seeping) but did encounter some sizeable pools intermittently as well that Riley could jump in and cool off. Once we turned up the main Ash Creek Canyon it started to become more of a rocky section with some more water and nice pools and potential sweet waterfalls when running. Definitely worth a trip back.
(cairns seemed to stop when the trail enters the main ash creek canyon btw, but with all the cows down there its like a highway regardless)

On the way back decided to come back looping around in a side canyon and checking out Ash Spring. (which was dripping and had a small pool). There was also a pipe above the spring that looked like it was put there to direct run off water in the canyon above into the small pool? Anyway the canyon got a little choked up at times but nothing bad thanks to the cows! Returning this way we saw some beautiful oaks and a couple nice patches of pine forest.

All in all a great hike! Only complaint being all the cow crap. Definitely coming back when monsoon hits. On the drive out saw at least 10-15 deer, 5 turkeys, and 3 or 4 javelina!

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a couple pools above and below the actual spring. The actual spring had a small pool of relatively clean water as well.

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slightly seeping and had a very small pool.

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hiked to the source. It is flowing ever so slightly near the top but starts to seep more near the confluence with the canyon.
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Yeager - Gaddes - Burnt Canyon - Ash Loop, AZ 
Yeager - Gaddes - Burnt Canyon - Ash Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 09 2018
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Hiking15.76 Miles 3,944 AEG
Hiking15.76 Miles   9 Hrs   8 Mns   2.10 mph
3,944 ft AEG   1 Hour   38 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Yeager Canyon Trail #28
6 years since Bruce and I hiked this one. The trail is very well maintained.

Gaddes Canyon #110
Short leg to make the loop work. Never tire of this one.

Gaddes Canyon Two Trail #9037
Long standing fav, prefer up. Dry, no wildflowers.

Black Canyon Trail #114
Almost felt like cheating since we just hiked the nicest upper end. Columbine patch. Box Elders stood out with their bright translucent green leaves.

Offtrail Black & Burnt Canyons
1.5 mi portion we did on a 17 mi loop Aug `14. The most notable pools of water all day. Bring your own, this canyon travels easy from all the cow trails-of-use.

Ash Canyon Trail #539
Only 1.5 mi, perhaps the best part of it too.

Yeager Cabin Trail #111
Whopping 0.5mi of this gem. 9Lee linking at it's best!

Little Yaeger Canyon
Looked forward to this the most as somehow it never made the mix. Heading in I couldn't figure why Preston mentioned...
Reversing your route back down Little Yaeger Canyon is the most difficult option.
Crystal clear now. I barely made it down with lots of help. The sword was double edged as the guys spent the previous hour suggesting changing this final leg to a nearby trail... lol
I'd still go up this canyon since I forgot to keep an eye out for the Aspens. Forget descending until memory fades!

Synopsis
Enjoyed the loop once. Not itchin to do it again. Mingus is my fav so neva say never but I'd reverse it. Good to see Chums jump in on this one. 18% of the hike was breaks =)
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One Columbine patch and a fair amount of raspberry in two canyons.
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 Tempe, AZ
Yeager - Gaddes - Burnt Canyon - Ash Loop, AZ 
Yeager - Gaddes - Burnt Canyon - Ash Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 09 2018
chumley
Hiking17.19 Miles 4,375 AEG
Hiking17.19 Miles   9 Hrs   7 Mns   2.18 mph
4,375 ft AEG   1 Hour   14 Mns Break
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1st trip
For some reason, I had never once dipped my hiking wick into any of the trails on Mingus Mountain, so this looked like a good introduction and an excuse to get to cooler elevations without driving too far.

The sun made it a bit warm toward the end, but the trails were great, and the off-trail sections were mostly manageable too! A patch of poison ivy made me do a few ballerina steps of avoidance.

Deliverance Cabin was one of the most rugged I've seen, and in an odd location. Whoever built it was apparently not a fan of being found. The way down was an improvisational mess. We enjoyed finding the old trail tread on the way back up.

The high point on the day was Kendall Peak, which somebody promised me was a unique and a peak. It's a good thing somebody added it about 6 minutes ago as a cya. :)

Little Yeager turned into a bit of an adventure in the heat of the afternoon sun, but despite slow travel, it was actually a nice change of pace to add to the mix for the day.

I'll have to explore some more of this little mountain sometime!

I ran circles around the other two, racking up a few extra miles and elevation too. :sweat:
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Jun 09 2018
The_Eagle
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Yeager - Gaddes - Burnt Canyon - Ash Loop, AZ 
Yeager - Gaddes - Burnt Canyon - Ash Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 09 2018
The_Eagle
Hiking15.74 Miles 4,046 AEG
Hiking15.74 Miles   9 Hrs   9 Mns   2.06 mph
4,046 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Joe had us up in the Mingus area again to hit some old favorites, look for some stuff and hit some new areas.

We started on the well groomed 1500' climb up Yeager Canyon Trail. Once up top, on FR9003P we stumbled onto the remains of an old cabin structure. Pipe in the structure, suggested there might be a spring in the area. After a bit of a search, we have a new named spring.

Next, the adventure of finding a way off the rim. Chums found us a break in wall to get down to our next search. Geronimo's cabin had been on my list since @PrestonSands was there years ago. This is a place that you could walk right past, if you were not within 50' of it. Gernomio's Cabin was built by Geronimo Pena. He worked as a woodcutter for 37 years, supplying the community of Jerome with firewood. Born in 1877, he passed away in the cabin in 1957 of heart disease. His boots are still supposed to be there, but I did not notice them.

Leaving the cabin we found an old use trail. We lost it and found again, along with the remnants of another unmarked near dry spring.

Back on the familiar Gaddes Canyon #110, Gaddes #9037 and Black Canyon #110, we turned into Black Canyon/Burnt Canyon. Bovine traffic made our travel much easier.

Next up was Ash Canyon #539. We found a shady spot for lunch, before heading up to Kendall Peak.
It was a bit of a huffer for me on that climb in the heat. The views are totally worth it.

We finished off the hike exploring the off trail Little Yaeger Canyon. Slow and brushy in spots, with a few down climbs that we practiced Safety First.

Good times, Thanks for driving Chums, great hiking with you again.
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Pooling in the area of the spring

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Bovine in the area make the numerous pools a must filter

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Filterable water to be had

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Water below the spring in Ash Canyon tells me it's flowing.

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Pools to be found off and on.
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Ash Canyon Trail #539Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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Hiking4.40 Miles
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Did this hike back on August 8th with the wife and the pup. Wanted to get out of the heat and in the mountains. With some google maps i came upon this trail and it was a winner! Had plenty of shade and tons of water! And the weather was in the 70's the whole time. I think portions of this canyon have year round water because we saw fish. Saw plenty of cattle. They seemed rather friendly. But also saw tons of deer and I believe elk tracks? And lots of either coyote or fox crap. This trail seemed like a total paradise and was in amazing condition. Surprised its not more popular.

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creek was running very well

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creek was running pretty well near here
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 Prescott Valley
Ash Canyon Trail #539Prescott, AZ
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Hiking5.00 Miles 843 AEG
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Fantastic out and back hike. Lots of good fall foilage. The trail follows the bottom of the canyon and criss crosses the creek several times. Lots of cairns to mark thge way. I hiked to the last cairn and then a little further until I realized that there no longer was any trail to follow. A bit difficult to get to the trail head, but totally worth it.
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Gaddes Canyon - Ash Creek Loop, AZ 
Gaddes Canyon - Ash Creek Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 09 2014
joebartels
Hiking17.20 Miles 3,940 AEG
Hiking17.20 Miles   10 Hrs   30 Mns   1.86 mph
3,940 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
This summer adventure falls within 80 miles of the valley. It opened my eyes to a few opportunities south of Mingus. It was nice to get in a cooler weather hike after months in the skillet.

The drive in is easily within 2wd-HC in dry conditions. Looks like it could get sloppy under deluge.

We headed up to 6959. Unexpectedly witnessed stellar views of Mingus with a San Francisco Peaks background. The Verde Valley was filled with smoke and Fraleys to round out the scene. The idea was to beeline down to #114. Bruce didn't care for my planned route through chaparral. The bypass started off wicked cool through storybook oaks. Our feet crunched through eight inch deep leaves. Which made the steep descent enjoyable. I was tempted to take the Nestea plunge. Unfortunately part of getting old involves wisdom. Those underlying rocks would have wrecked havoc.

At the bottom of the disneyland of oaks we unknowingly entered private property on a well maintained dirt road. Within minutes a calm yet understandingly disturbed property owner let us know we were trespassing. In my posted GPS Route I have included a legal alternative through "Burnt Canyon".

Onwards to Black Canyon Trail #114 for a short stint then on to one of my favorites Gaddes Canyon Two Trail #9037. Then into new terrain on the southern two-thirds of...

Gaddes Canyon #110
Wow. Roll the dice and watch the money fly. I've hiked the upper third many times without a clue about this gem. Sweeping views. Gorgeous stretches under canopy or aside enchanting trees. Somewhere in the 7,300 foot range is just dreamy.

Nearby sounds of birds chirping to not so distant rapid fire automatic rifles held our attention. Naturally I allowed Bruce to block, I mean enjoy, the artillery side of the trail.

Kendall Peak
"Nice", no comparison to 6959.

Ash Canyon Trail #539
This is a great canyon. Trail maintenance is not great, certainly not difficult either. Our route continued past the designated trail. Which looking back is probably why the cairns stopped.

Thumping rain drops entered the mix. The mind races through thoughts. The "I'm tired" mentality turned to please let this be over. With a ten percent forecast I opted to forego the umbrella in favor of a dollar rain jacket ( plastic bag ). More of a concern was the route "out" of this loop I created... it was seriously messing with my enthusiasm. The plastic rain bag worked well. Uphill would be a sweaty mess. Downhill was perfect. Better than an umbrella in keeping you dry from brushing friendly foliage. I would opt for an umbrella though as the crunchy bag noise was slight torture. Ear plugs!

In the end it all worked out. We got lucky. Aside from the private property segment I recommend this loop for those seeking to see the terrain.
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We didn't see the spring specifically. It may be under a pool. There was plenty to filter.
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South of Mingus Mtn Loop - from Fr132, AZ 
South of Mingus Mtn Loop - from Fr132, AZ
 
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The_Eagle
Hiking18.02 Miles 4,080 AEG
Hiking18.02 Miles   10 Hrs   32 Mns   1.89 mph
4,080 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break16 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
It was Joe's week and he came up with a beauty.

After he proposed it to me, he quickly recanted, saying he thought FR 132 was 4x4. I looked at the Sat. view and it looked fine, then checked the interweb and found a Youtube video, taken that day, which filmed the road almost completely from where we'd be driving. (What are the chances)... All looked good.

We started our off trail with an easy climb up what appeared to be an old fire break. The only thing you needed to watch out for was the small easy to miss Agave, which got me. I stepped on one, it broke off from the bottom of my shoe while embedded in my foot. I couldn't get my shoe off with the agave through both, so Joe used some pliers to extract it.

The 360 views from atop of 6959 were incredible.. After checking out the planned exit, we opted for for a less brushy route down to the west. We followed numerous game routes down the sweet forested area, until it opened up to a used two track. A few minutes later we were informed by the owner of the property that we were trespassing (no signs were seen). We explained our situation to the land owner and he let us pass through to our destination. He has a sweet little area back there.

Up the Black Canyon Trail #114 to the Gaddes Canyon Two #9307. I been on these before and have enjoyed them every time. The other times we've done these trails the sign of Bears were everywhere. This time....no sign what-so-ever.

Next we make the turn on to a section of the Gaddes Canyon Trail #110 that I had not been on before. It hops off the ridge with sweet views of Burnt Canyon. Once again, like many times before, I was used as a Teva Shield. There was hundreds of rounds of automatic rifle fire echoing in the canyon below.

West On FR413, to FR132, to the turnoff for Kendall Peak. We signed in and took lunch there.

The Ash Canyon Trail #539 was a pleasant stroll and cairned well.

The Ash Creek Trail #9705 was less of a trail, but you are following Ash Creek, so no Route finding issues. It wouldn't be a Summer hike with Joe if Thunder, Lightning, Rain and Hail weren't involved. So we had about 45 minutes of that. The temps at this time dropped to a nice 63 degrees....

Now the fun... Joe had it drawn up to follow a drainage back up to FR132. It went pretty easy for a quarter mile, then the canyon started getting real thick, with no indication of letting up. Joe suggested, and luckily I agreed to jump out and climb up high on the ridge. We found paths through the scrub, until we lucked out and found an area where they were re-stringing a fence and had cut out all the brush around it! This probably saved us at least an hour of hell.

:next: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZO9us7WItlA

Pleasant hiking with mostly cloudy sky's all day with temps were in the 80's most of the day, but dropped into the low 60's during and after the rain. That's some good weather for August!
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Plenty of pooling in the area. Flow not noticed.

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Ash Canyon-Creek Trendall Peak, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Oct 22 2013
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Hiking16.81 Miles 3,570 AEG
Hiking16.81 Miles   9 Hrs   45 Mns   1.82 mph
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The plans
My original plans where to Hike Medlar Springs to the end, back track to Ash Creek #9705,then off trail hike to Ash Canyon Trail #549. Round trip, just under 20 miles. A couple weeks after planning this, i see a post by Mr "The Yeti" mentioning Kendall Peak. I then plotted a course to Kendall, and if I had the time I would complete this trail.(around 1.3 extra miles)

What happened.
I got off work at 11pm Monday Night, and headed up to Sunset Point for a nap. I was already packed, I just had to stop at a store to get some supplies. I left Sunset point around 4:45am and headed toward the Midlar Springs Trail Head. I just got My 4 wheel-drive fixed, so I picked the roughest way I could find to the Trail Head. This worked out great. I got some 4x4 time, and had all day to get a good hike in. Until........
I passed a sign saying "Bottle Ranch, Please help us keep it clean". I knew there was a ranch at the end of the Forest Road. The next sign reads Bottle Ranch, Private property.. I stopped to think for a bit. I could park here , and start my hike. I though it would add at least 1 mile each way to the trip.(actually only adding .5 miles total) I decided to turn around and head to the Ash Canyon trail head. It was around 28 miles to go around, most on dirt Forest roads. This took over an hour. During the hike, I had plenty of time to think about the Private Property sign. It didnt say No trespassing, I was on a Forest Service Road, and this trail is on the Prescott Forest Website. Im sure It would have been ok, to start hiking at Medlar Springs TrailHead. It was early in the morning, and I didnt think this threw.

http://hikearizona.com/gps=25181 (Dont know how to post a Generic Desc to a Generic GPS)
The Hike.
0-2.8 miles. I started hiking around 7:15. Around .5 miles I realized I was off the Ashe Canyon trail. I was following the Hunters Tree Markings. The trail was taking me towards Kendall Peak. I was going to save this for last. The unnamed trail didnt take me to the peak, but close enough I could bushwack a bit up to the top. The peak does have some great views of the area. I remembered Preston the Yeti mentioning a Registry, I wasnt sure if it was at the top of Kendall, or at the TrailHead. I hiked about 1/2 mile back and forth at the
top, looking for this registry. I then hiked down the trail, to the trailhead. I looked again this so called registry. I still couldnt find it. From here I decided to go off trail back to Ash Canyon, instead of hiking the Forest Road to the start. Lucky me, I found a pair of sunglasses,on this off trail portion. These glasses would end up being a life saver, later into the trip.
2.8-6.3-7.25 miles. This part of the trip was easy to follow. I did get off trail at the 4.1 mark. I noticed the creek was getting real difficult. I looked at my GPS and noticed that the trail went over a hill, to cut this part of the creek out of the trail. 6.3 to 7.25 where backtracking. I did find a tennis ball around the 6.4 mile mark.
7.25-9.25. From looking at topo maps, and google, I thought that the 7.25-7.5 mile part of the trip was going to be difficult. I thought it was going to be bushwacking and off trail to go from Ash Canyon trail to the Ash Creek trail. There ended up having a trail the whole way, very easy.
9.75-10.25 This area realy sucked. Bush wacking finding my own way down. Very slow going.
10.25-11.1 There seamed to be a trail here, but it was slow going. I turned around at 1:12 at 11.1 miles.
11.1-12.4 Not wanting to go back the way I came, and trying to saves some time, I started looking for another possible way back. At 11.2 I noticed I could take an alternate route. I knew I was going to have to bushwhack a lot. I ended up climbing 500ft with out a trail(5486-5986ft), bushwhacking the whole way. My legs where tore up before this part, now they are on fire!!!! This is where the sunglasses saved me. I was going threw some tough areas. I'm sure my face and eyes would have been scratched up if it wasn't for these glasses. The short cut was worth it. It seam to save some time and milage.
12.4-16.8 This part was real easy going. I didnt have to look at the GPS very often. At 16.25, I crossed paths with a family of bears... Im sure they where watching me for a bit. When I got close to them, they ran down from the hill away from me, crossed the creek, then started up the other side. They stopped there and waited to see what my next move was. I stood still, and just watched them as they where watching me. Then the family went around the hill and started circling around me. At this point they where out of sight, but I could hear them running. I crossed to the other side of the creek, and headed up the hill. Finally they appeared on top of a hill. Mother bear climbed a tree to take a better look at me. I just stood there and watched for a couple seconds. She finally left and I didnt hear from them again.

Even with the cuts and bruises, I did enjoy the whole trip. I will do the Medlar Springs Trail and finish Ash Creek trail another time.

http://hikearizona.com/map.php?MY=5178&M=3
This map has the GPS for the actual hike i did, plus the 4 hikes in the area.
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Ash Canyon Trail #539Prescott, AZ
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PrestonSands
Hiking3.30 Miles 655 AEG
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Drove up over Mingus after work to hike to the summit of Kendall Peak. It was a very short off trail hike to a summit with a great view. Even found a register to sign. On the way down I stumbled upon a trail sign for Ash Canyon Trail #539. I was surprised, as I thought I had hiked this trail back in June, just one canyon over. I followed the route of this trail as it wrapped counter clockwise around Kendall Peak, following a closed road marked with pink flagging. A couple of miles later and I was at the start of what I had thought was the trail back in June. It was nearly dark now, and I followed Cherry Road back to my truck. Along the way, what sounded like a tyrannosauras from Jurassic Park roared at me from the trees. Freakin' obnoxious bull! Not the most interesting trail, and the route didn't make much sense, but a worthwhile evening nonetheless.
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