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Ash Creek
United States
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Highlights: Very remote location, exceptional vistas, lots of wildlife
Near: Safford, AZ
Distance: 10.78 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 2942 ft

Summary: This hike takes you to the top of Basset Peak, the highpoint of the Galiuro Mountains. The hike starts out at 5000 ft in elevation. The trail follows Ash Creek to its headwaters at the bottom of a large basin, which is marked by a lone stand of aspen trees. At this point the trail climbs up and out of the steep walled basin. Once you climbed out of the basin and on to the prominent ridgeline you will be at the intersection of the Ash Creek trail, the East Divide Trail, and Basset Peak Trail. Follow Basset Peak Trail for another mile to the summit.

Trailhead: From Tucson take I-10 east to Wilcox. Take exit 340, then follow Fort Grant Road north for about 18 miles to its intersection with Ash Creek Rd. Follow Ash Creek Rd west for about 15 miles. This should place you approximatley at the intersection of Sunset Rd and Ash Creek Rd. If you are in a two wheel drive vehicle this will probably be the start of your hike. Otherwise, continue up Ash Creek Rd another 2.5 miles to the trailhead and parking location. Note that the total hiking distance for this hike is relative to the trailhead. (Lat:32.50678 Lon:-110.23358)

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