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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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Blackjack Mtns Ridgeline Loop
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Camp Grasshopper - S/R Cyn Wilderness (FR346)
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Apr, Oct
Sun  7:25am - 5:45pm
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Black Mountain 4515 Ruins
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0.7 mi
359 ft
Blackjack Mtns Ridgeline Loop
Blackjack Mtns Ridgeline Loop
0.2 mi away
7.3 mi
1,963 ft
Griffin Ruins
Griffin Ruins
2.3 mi away
0.3 mi
500 ft
Jump Mountain 4878 - SRC Wilderness
Jump Mountain 4878 - SRC Wilderness
2.5 mi away
6.2 mi
1,750 ft
Blackjack Wash to Salt River - SRC Wilderness
Blackjack Wash to Salt River - SRC Wilderness
3.5 mi away
1.3 mi
536 ft
Lower Yankee Joe Canyon Loop
Lower Yankee Joe Canyon Loop
3.5 mi away
6.3 mi
2,199 ft
Camp Grasshopper - S/R Cyn Wilderness (FR346)
Camp Grasshopper - S/R Cyn Wilderness (FR346)
3.5 mi away
Hess Canyon to Salt River - SRC Wilderness
Hess Canyon to Salt River - SRC Wilderness
3.7 mi away
8.6 mi
1,638 ft
Salt River Canyon Wild - FR303 367 645 346
Salt River Canyon Wild - FR303 367 645 346
5.0 mi away
Sevenmile Mountain
Sevenmile Mountain
5.3 mi away
2.0 mi
1,630 ft
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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. 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.

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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.

    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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