Blackjack Mtns to Upper Hess Canyon is a 2.9 mile one way 4x4 trip with a 612 ft drop in elevation. Located 63 miles east-northeast of Mesa Arizona. A high clearance 4x4 vehicle and a competent driver is recommended to access the trailhead. March and November are the best months to enjoy this trip. This hike involes off trail navigation. Review triplogs, photos and the route to understand the terrain before heading out.
Overview: North of Globe, AZ, near the boundary with the Salt River Canyon Wilderness, this serious 5.8 mile "modified vehicle only" 4WD round-trip begins off of FR645 at the unmarked and gated Blackjack Mountains 4WD/Ranching Access Road to end 2.9 driving/hiking miles later at the very remote Upper Hess Canyon drainage. Scenic views of the Blackjack Mtn Range to the west and historic ranching history prevail.
Check out the Official Route.
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.
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.