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Blackjack Mtns to Upper Hess Canyon, AZ

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Difficulty 4 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 2.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,171 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Historic & Seasonal Creek
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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.

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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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2018-07-14 HAZ_Hikebot
    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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    Strictly 4x4

    To 4x4 trip
    From the Phoenix Area: Just east of Globe, AZ, at the intersection of Hwy60/Hwy70, take Hwy 60 north for 16.3 miles to exit left (NW) onto FR303-Haystack Butte Road. Take FR303 to FR645 and turn left (west) onto FR645. Take this FR645 Loop Road for a number of miles to the FR645/Blackjack Mtns Area 4WD Road EXIT at waypoint coordinate N33 39.277 W110 41.018; Turn left (north) to begin this 2.9 mile one way "serious, modified 4WD vehicle only" drive to end at Upper Hess Canyon Drainage (please see posted and attached 4WD GPS Route with key WPs for download and following).
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