7 miles
Distance
726 ft
Climb
-5,575 ft
Descent
04:04:25
Avg time
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Ash Creek Details

  • Riding Area
    Safford
    Safford, Arizona
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM, XC, Fat, Adaptive MTB
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Sometimes hard to follow
  • Season
    Apr-Oct
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Drop, Rock Face, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #28926 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    5 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

Overview
This trail starts on an old road that is very fast and flowing before dumping into an epic singletrack. The singletrack ranges from mild technical difficulty to extreme, there are a few exposed cliffs to be aware of that should be walked if you are not confident in your skills.

There are flowy sections through mountain glades, technical switchback descents, and several river crossings that will need to be walked. There is a little hiking involved but the views are amazing.
Need to Know
Bring lots of water Poison oak is prevalent. Bees frequent one area.

Description
One of the Pinaleo ranges larger streams has carved the route for this popular trail. As it drops from alpine forest to desert valley, Ash Creek Trail passes through all of the varied life zones that find a home on this unique mountain.

Such a diverse set of surroundings makes this an excellent trail for encountering some of the varied wildlife species that inhabit the Pinaleos. Black bear, mountain lion, both mule and white-tailed deer, javelina and coatimundi are just some of the animals youre likely to encounter if you proceed slowly and quietly and keep a watchful eye.

History & Background
Since this prominent drainage has long been used as a major travel route up the mountain, it has also accumulated a number of historic relics. Along the trail are remains of an old sawmill and a logging flume, as well as boilers for steam engines used by loggers. These rusty artifacts serve as evidence that this area was used for timber harvest before modern transportation methods made it cheaper to haul lumber from areas where it could be harvested more economically.

Disclaimer

HARD, POISON OAK, AND BEES

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More Stats for Ash Creek bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -4,849 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,652 ft
  • Altitude max
    9,501 ft
  • Altitude start
    9,501 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,652 ft
  • Grade
    -12.813%
  • Grade max
    -97.193%
  • Grade min
    44.9%
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    857 ft
  • Avg time
    04:04:25
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  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
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  • State land
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
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  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
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      May 5, 2017 @ 6:30am
      May 5, 2017
      Ash Creek, Safford

      1 Review & Comments

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      flag happyboyc (Dec 5, 2017 at 18:38)
       I SO wanted to ride this but I am not from the area and was unable to find anyone that ran a shuttle service. To make a loop it would be 60 miles with a climb exceeding 6000', I am a sucker for punishment but even I can see this is to much. Frown
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