Have you seen the new picnic table on the Ash Canyon Creek Trail? Even if you ride down the Creek Trail daily, there’s a good chance you haven’t. I only saw it because I had to stop to fix a mechanical problem at the picnic table trail entrance. Jeff P had told me about the table, but I could never find it.
The picnic table is located near the top of the Creek Trail. To get there from the upper (west) entrance, drop down into the canyon from the Ash Canyon dirt road. The trail descends west into the canyon, and then makes a switchback at the bottom. The Creek Trail heads east down the canyon now. Ride a short distance through the tall grass under the shade of the big trees. The brief trail to the picnic table takes off to the south right when you’re out of the tall grass and back into the sun. You can see the table from the Creek Trail, so it’s hard to miss if you’re looking in the right direction.
The table sits in the shade just above Ash Canyon Creek, and makes a wonderful place to stop and rest. Bring along a meal, and enjoy mile-high dining at 5,482′ elevation.