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Sep 12 2019
markthurman53
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67 male
 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
Webb Peak Loop, AZ 
Webb Peak Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 12 2019
markthurman53
Hiking4.06 Miles 948 AEG
Hiking4.06 Miles   2 Hrs   33 Mns   1.90 mph
948 ft AEG      25 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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The last hike for the day was to Webb Peak then down what I guess is the Blair Ash Ridge Trail but instead of going all the way down Blair Ash Ridge I took a connector trail to Ash Creek. I took Ash Creek back to the Starting point. The Webb Peak Trail #345 was in good condition, the best trail I have seen all day. Good views from the Webb Peak tower in all directions.

From Webb Peak I continued down Blair Ash Ridge for about a mile where I headed south toward the Ash Creek Trail. Much of the first mile along the ridge follows an old logging road but is heavily overgrown and in places hard to locate the trail. In places the trail shows up nicely then it would just disappear. The last half mile of this section is easier to follow because the old road is more obvious. Not much to see along this section but it didn't matter as I was pretty occupied with trail finding. At 1 mile in I took another old logging road toward Ash Creek. This trail was easy to follow but lots of dead fall along the way. Once in Ash Creek the trail is very hard to locate. I did notice red ribbons tied to various things and it didn't take long to realize these were trail markers. These ribbons were real time savers because even though there wasn't much of a trail in many places it would eventually lead to a recognizable trail. They also indicated where the trail crossed the stream. This trail eventually leaves Ash Creek and heads up to the Trail Head at Columbine Campground. Needed to watch for these ribbons along this stretch because it is really overgrown and the trail almost non existent or hidden under brush.

This is a nice loop Trail with a little bit of elevation gain, a little path finding skills and a peak with great views. Probably the best and closest view of the Telescope and Mount Graham. Temperatures were in the upper 60sso it was perfect hiking weather.
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May 20 2013
fricknaley
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 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Blair-Ash Ridge LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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fricknaley
Hiking6.49 Miles 2,131 AEG
Hiking6.49 Miles   3 Hrs   35 Mns   1.81 mph
2,131 ft AEG
 
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we chose this as the second hike of the day. chad opted to out and back ash creek to the falls.

started off with a trip up to webb peak and the unmatched sky scraper views from up there (it was down right cold) then down the long route to webb, taking off trail from there along the ridge between ash creek and blair canyon to an excellent high point along the ridge for a close up look at the huge aspen grove along the flank of webb peak. more off trail down to ash creek, where we shot down to the falls. first time i've seen the falls in years and they were really flowing today..sweet!

we took the old alignment of ash creek back up and it reminded me why this is probably the premier hike in a premier mountain range in arizona. just spectacular.

thanks for an epic day up in the pinalenos guys :y: :y: :y:
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May 20 2013
PrestonSands
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43 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Blair-Ash Ridge LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 20 2013
PrestonSands
Hiking6.49 Miles 2,131 AEG
Hiking6.49 Miles   3 Hrs   35 Mns   1.81 mph
2,131 ft AEG14 LBS Pack
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Having finished hiking the entire Cunningham trail system, Nick, Chad and I continued on to Ash Creek trailhead. Nick and I chose to hike the Blair-Ash Ridge loop, while Chad opted for an out-and-back hike to Ash Creek Falls. Nick and I quickly climbed Webb Peak, where we scaled the fire tower to enjoy an outstanding view. I signed the register (which was in desperate need of a new notebook), then we continued down the long branch of the Webb Peak Trail. Going off trail onto Blair-Ash ridge, Nick and I waded through a sea of woody blowdown debris over to what I refer to as "Tramway Peak" to enjoy another superb view. The final stretch of ridge descent brought us to Ash Creek Falls, which was flowing quite nicely. Next up was the newly abandoned stretch of the Ash Creek Trail, which takes one past good ol' Slick Rock. Climbing out of Ash Creek was tiring and inspiring as usual, with its almost unreal scenic beauty. Back at the trailhead, we met up with Chad again and discussed our adventures. With the afternoon growing late, we decided to call it a day and began the drive back down to the desert country of the Gila Valley. Thanks guys for joining me and for a wonderful day of adventure! :)
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Jul 09 2010
AK2AZ
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34 male
 Joined Mar 20 2011
 Saffor, AZ
Webb Peak from Ash Creek THTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 09 2010
AK2AZ
Hiking3.50 Miles 900 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   6 Hrs      0.58 mph
900 ft AEG
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BEAUTIFUL HIKE AND ADVENTURE! first time reading a topo map and we took the trail Backwards that left us a bit confused till we ran into a few hikers and they saved our sorry butts! and turned our map upside down to show us where were were headed!! LOVED THE HIKE! THE WATER FALL IS WORTH THE HIKE!!!!
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Oct 19 2008
PrestonSands
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 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Blair-Ash Ridge LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 19 2008
PrestonSands
Hiking6.00 Miles 2,082 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs   9 Mns   1.90 mph
2,082 ft AEG
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The Tramway Peak/Blair-Ash Ridge area had been on my to-do list for awhile. Even though the day was getting late, I decided to go for the peak anyway. I left the Webb Peak Trail and made it to the peak at my turn around time. A solitary stone atop a boulder at the summit of the peak was the "summit register". I added a second rock. At this point, I figured I may as well just make a loop out of the hike, and continue east along the ridge. I repeatedly found and then lost trail #344 (an ancient logging road) along the ridge and came close to breaking my ankle in the fern meadow, before I got to the recognizable wagon trail (near point 9031') shown on the USGS map at dusk. I followed the trail for aways before just heading straight down the mountainside for Ash Creek. I stumbled onto the Ash Creek Detour Trail, and followed it back to the Ash Creek Trail. By the time I reached the mill site, I had to break out the flashlight, which I hooked onto my waist belt. I found that this provided better illumination and depth for the surface of the trail. This was a great hike, with a very scenic off trail jaunt.
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