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Happy Jack - AZT #28, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Payson > Clints Well
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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 29.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,833 feet
Elevation Gain 1,257 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,600 feet
Avg Time One Way 10-15 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 38.06
Interest Seasonal Creek
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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Likely In-Season!
This passage begins at the intersection of Highway 87 and FR 138. From here the trail heads north passing Hay Meadow Tank, Hay Meadow Draw Tank and dropping into and following Jack's Canyon. It crosses FR 82, passes Waldroup Tank and then joins FR 93. After leaving this road the route passes Fire Line Tank, turns right in Willow Valley and re-joins FR 93. It leaves FR 93 and then joins FR 93A. It climbs, goes left at a fork and heads up over a ridge and then down towards Wild Horse Tank. It continues on to a junction with another forest road and then turns to the west and into Bargaman Park. After circling around the park, the trail heads west to FR 135D. It follows this road and turns right at Shuff's Tank. It heads north past Maxie Tank, climbs up to and traverses a relatively flat plateau, and then drops down to FR 135. After crossing this forest road the trail joins FR 135C for about one mile. It becomes singletrack again and works its way across several meadows and then up to FR 92 and the Gooseberry Springs Trailhead.

Southern Trailhead
Highway 87
From the intersection of AZ 87 and AZ 260 north of Pine, drive northeast 19.5 miles on AZ 87 then turn right (south) on FR 138. (This is about 0.8 miles west of the Blue Ridge Ranger Station on AZ 87.) Signs on the highway point to Moqui Campground. The trailhead is about 100 yards south on FR 138, on the left (east) side of the road.

Northern Trailhead
Gooseberry Springs Trailhead
From the turnoff leading from Forest Highway 3 to Mormon Lake Village, continue south on Forest Highway 3 for approximately 5 miles and then turn left onto a prominent road (FR 92) on the south side of an open meadow, and drive 0.25 miles to a sharp left turn in the road; the trailhead and a steel AZT sign are on your right. You can also reach this point from AZ 87 by driving north on Forest Highway 3.

Updated 2017-07-24

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2018-07-14 HAZ_Hikebot

One-Way Notice
This hike is listed as One-Way.

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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To hike
From Payson or Flagstaff,AZ: Drive north on Hwy 87 to Clints Well OR drive 55 miles south of Flagstaff to Clints Well on Forest Highway 3 (Lake Mary Road), then drive 8.3 miles further north on Hwy 87 to FR 138; Turn east on FR 138 for approx .1 mile to the Hay Meadow trailhead(left/north side);
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