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Blackjack Point 5370 - Tonto NF, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 2.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,804 feet
Accumulated Gain 637 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.59
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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Monument Mtn/Grapevine & Cooks Mesa/The Island
17  2014-07-27 BEEBEE
author avatar Guides 13
Routes 100
Photos 1,794
Trips 372 map ( 1,808 miles )
Age 47 Male Gender
Location Mesa AZ
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Sun  5:38am - 7:29pm
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🔥 2005 Cave Creek Complex169.4 mi*

Scratchy hike with a view

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Blackjack point is the highest prominence on Cooks Mesa. The peak itself is not a very difficult off-trail hike. It is located on the southeast end of Cooks Mesa. The summit provides 360-degree views of the Mesa, Mazatzal Mountains, Seven Springs, Humboldt Mountain, and the valley below.

The road leading to the summit is strictly high clearance 4wd when dry and likely much more challenging when wet or downright dangerous during a monsoon storm. Park at FR 24 and FR 597 and hike up FR 597 to the mesa before climbing the hill.

The hike itself is unremarkable. I would recommend parking near the intersection of FR 24 and FR 597, proceeding up FR 597 to the mesa. Along the way, you will come to a closed gate and then two other open gates. After the second open gate, you will find yourself on the mesa. Go south on FR 600. You will see a fence running up to the ridge. I recommend staying on the road till after the fence and then picking your way up the hill to the point. The hill itself has lots of low brush, and pants are recommended. However, there are plenty of rocks you can hop on to stay out of it all. As you work your way along the ridge and take in the view, you will see a fence. Once you cross that fence, you are about 150 feet from the official summit area. Once you arrive at the summit, enjoy the view and relax.

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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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2014-07-28 BEEBEE
    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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    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Cave Creek.
    Take Cave Creek road past the Seven Springs area. The road is designated FR 24. Remain on FR 24 until you reach the intersection with FR 597.
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