“Grand, scenic views, begins fast & smooth, becomes very technical, epic singletrack.
— Ryan Soukeroff
This trail starts on a 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.
The upper parts of Mt Graham are only open April to October, weather permitting.
Need to Know
Bring lots of water! Poison oak is prevalent. Bees frequent one area.
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.