Back in the 80’s it was obvious how to access Ash Canyon, but over the years there has been much development in this area, and it’s not as apparent as it used to be. Some may just assume that the whole area is private property. Fortunately, there are still a few access points to reach the plentiful trails above the city.
The road pictured here is accessible by heading up Ash Canyon Road, turning right onto Wellington West, and following it until almost the end before turning left up the canyon.
Here’s the Google Map.
One thing to note about the climb to the water towers, is that it is very steep! I’ve been riding this hill for years now, and it never seems to get easier. I just ride it faster! The climb gets a bit easier after reaching the towers, so just hang in there.
Once at the water towers, there is the option to turn north and head downhill towards a variety of trails that terminate at the bicycle path, or continue up into the canyon to reach the upper trail network. An ambitious cyclists with a lot of time could stay on this road all the way to Hobart Reservoir, a very strenuous climb!