East Ash Trailhead

Area Status: Open
Trailhead sign in grassy area

East Ash Trailhead is located along the East Ash Road. East Ash Creek is located nearby. The trailhead provides non-motorized access to the Pine Ridge Trail, the Pine Ridge National Recreation Area, and West Ash Trailhead. Most of the Pine Ridge Trail leading both east and west from the trailhead burned in the 2012 fire.

Trail distances for mountain biking, hiking or horseback riding are:

Dispersed camping is available on the west side of East Ash Road off of Road 769 and nearby Road 768. No services are provided so please pack it in & pack it out and practice Leave No Trace camping.

At a Glance

Fees: No fee
  • Certified noxious weed-free hay/feed is required on national forest lands.
  • Motorized vehicles are prohibited on Pine Ridge Trail and within Pine Ridge National Recreation Area.
Closest Towns: Chadron, NE
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Pine Ridge Ranger District (308) 432-0300

General Information


From Chadron, at the intersection of Highway 385 and Highway 20, southwest on Highway 20, 9.4 miles to Eleson Road. South 3 miles, road jogs .5 miles to the west, then continue south 5.4 miles past Bethel Road to Bethel Loop Road. Turn west and south to Forest Service Road #706. South 2.4 miles to East Ash Trailhead.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Day Hiking

Access to the Pine Ridge Trail in the Pine Ridge National Recreation Area.
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Horse Riding

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