Ashford Canyon Trail

MODERATE 2 reviews
#37 of 60 trails in

Ashford Canyon Trail is a 9.6 mile out and back trail located near Death Valley, California and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, mountain biking, and off road driving and is best used from October until April.

DISTANCE
9.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2500 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

mountain biking

off road driving

The road up to Ashford is dirt and is only graded once in a while. The road dead ends where there is room to turn around. No parking lot or facilities.

off road driving
17 days ago

A nice, short diversion, easy to drive when last I knew. The trail leads up to a narrow mountain canyon where you can get out and hike further if you'd like. We stopped pretty early on due to a dry fall, definitely be prepared for some boulder scrambling if you want to go further. We also couldn't find the mine ruins that are supposedly located here, but either way, the canyon has a lot of interesting rocks in vibrant colors, and you get a great view down into Death Valley from the parking spot at the top.

hiking
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Road to trail head directly across from the Ashford Mill Ruins. Off road easily accessible via high clearance 2WD. Look for old road tracks on the left, up the wash. OR if you want something a bit more challenging, go left up the wash and hike up a steep, goat path. Great cardio workout; +600 ft. elevation. Came to an area that was vertical and impassable so turned back and found the walkaround. Steep and vertical but doable. Never did find the mine ruins but did see old timber and what looked like a structure outside a possible shaft. Didn't feel like scrambling up another 100ft on loose rock to check it out. Trail/wash got very rocky and technical after that so we only went up another 1/4 mile before deciding to call it a day. Did 4+ miles.