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Blackjack Mtns Ridgeline Loop, AZ

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Lasso-Loop 7.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,186 feet
Elevation Gain 665 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,963 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 5-6.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 17.12
Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Historic, Seasonal Creek & Peak
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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25  2013-04-16 outdoor_lover
12  2013-04-16 Oregon_Hiker
42  2013-04-16 Grasshopper
author avatar Guides 47
Routes 492
Photos 9,105
Trips 557 map ( 5,423 miles )
Age 76 Male Gender
Location Scottsdale, AZ
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Preferred Apr, Oct, Mar, Nov → 8 AM
Seasons   Early Winter to Early Spring
Sun  5:41am - 7:15pm
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.. Peak 4 = The Highlight for Views ..
by Grasshopper

North of Globe, AZ, within the Tonto National Forest bordering the Salt River Canyon Wilderness and the Salt River, this recommended lollypop loop provides great high views with the opportunity to summit The Blackjack Mountains highest peak at 4851 feet and to summit via its connecting ridge-line, three (3) additional secondary peak summits at 4646 ft, 4797 ft, and the most scenic for distant views Blackjack Mountains peak #4 at 4831 feet.

Due to this typical high desert vegetation and high desert terrain altitude area "lack of shade" with only seasonal creeks/drainage's water flow, discretion should be considered for chosen month of visitation - "early winter to early spring recommended." Also, this 7.3-mile loop hike includes 3.1 miles of hiking in and out via a serious degraded old 4WD ranching route (unsigned FR986) and 4.2 miles of typical desert terrain "off-trail."

This hike begins at the base of Black Mountain 4515 and proceeds for 1.0 mile to an old ranching corral area, then continues down this degraded, unsigned 4WD route FR986 for a total of 1.2 miles before exiting this 4WD road west (a left turn) into a small wash drainage at waypoint coordinates 33.667201, -110.694877. Following the posted and recommend downloaded "official" GPS Route, will summit the Blackjack Mountains highpoint peak at 4851 feet (with a summit register) at 2.2 miles in with first distant high views SW, West, NW, and North to Yankee Joe Canyon, Salt River Canyon Wilderness, Salt River, the scenic White Ledges, the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, with distant views to the Sierra Ancha Wilderness (the Cherry Creek FR203 side).

Continuing along the main Blackjack Mountains Ridgeline and following the "official" GPS Route will arrive at scenic views Secondary Peak Summit #2 (4646 ft) at 3.1 miles in.. a lovely location for a planned lunch break.

Continuing along this ridgeline route will arrive at minimal views Secondary Peak Summit #3 (4797 ft) at 3.5 miles into this loop hike.

Further along, this ridgeline route passing over Peak 3/Peak 4 Saddle Area and continuing to Peak #4 via following the west to north ridge will provide the real highlight views of this loop hike at Secondary Peak Summit #4 (4831 ft). Much closer and more majestic near and distant views of all the previously mentioned named areas a-top Blackjack Mountains highpoint peak 4851 feet are now viewable along this west to north end ridge of final Peak #4.

Reversing the route over the highpoint for Secondary Peak Summit #4 to the Peak 3/Peak 4 Saddle Area at waypoint coordinates 33.681737, -110.700764 will be your loop route exit location SE for ~.83 miles to later intersect back with unsigned 4WD route FR986 at waypoint location 33.676008, -110.690752 . Please Note: This off-trail, mostly downhill, loose-rocky, with sometimes significant desert cactus vegetation route is the most difficult off-trail section of this entire 7.3 lollypop loop hike.

Water Sources
Seasonal Creek/Wash Drainages only.

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2013-04-17 Grasshopper
    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
    High Clearance possible when dry

    To hike
    From the Phoenix area: Hwy 60 east through Globe, AZ, then at the intersection of Hwy 60/Hwy70 on the east side of Globe, take Hwy 60 north for 16.3 miles; Turn left (NW) onto FR303-Haystack Butte Road and continue on FR303 for 4.6 miles; Turn left (west) onto upper FR645 and continue for a "total" of 6.3 miles to an unsigned and gated FR right turn (north); Continue north on this unsigned and high-clearance only FR986 for an additional .20 miles to the recommended "Park/TH Start" for this hike which is at the base of Black Mountain 4515. For viewing and download also see posted GPS Route- "Dive to Blackjack Mtns Ridgeline Loop";
    page created by Grasshopper on Apr 17 2013 7:38 pm
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