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Jack's Canyon Trail #55, AZ

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance One Way 6.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,281 feet
Elevation Gain 2,047 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,143 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 13.94
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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8  2018-07-28 BiFrost
2  2018-01-14 friendofThunderg
4  2018-01-14 carriejane
5  2017-08-12 friendofThunderg
24  2017-05-03
Woods Canyon #93 to Pine Valley Ridge - Sedona
7  2016-09-15 NoPal
2  2014-07-24
Hot / Jacks Loop
14  2013-08-10
Jack's Cyn - Munds - Lee Mtn Loop
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Preferred   Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov → Early
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  7:25am - 5:16pm
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2 Alternative
Nearby Area Water
Hot / Jacks Loop
Hot / Jacks Loop
0.1 mi away
19.0 mi
2,900 ft
Hot Loop to Woods Canyon Red Ledges
Hot Loop to Woods Canyon Red Ledges
0.6 mi away
8.0 mi
1,100 ft
Lee Mountain
Lee Mountain
0.6 mi away
Rabbit Ears
Rabbit Ears
1.2 mi away
2.8 mi
400 ft
Hot Loop Trail #94
Hot Loop Trail #94
1.6 mi away
11.3 mi
2,709 ft
Big Park Loop
1.6 mi away
2.2 mi
176 ft
Bell Rock Trail
1.7 mi away
3.6 mi
355 ft
Bell Rock
Bell Rock
1.7 mi away
2.2 mi
609 ft
Courthouse Butte - 5451 Summit
1.7 mi away
Slim Shady Trail
Slim Shady Trail
1.8 mi away
2.6 mi
343 ft
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Flora Nearby
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You'll want to hike this trail all the way to the end and then some to gain access to the unique views it offers. Jacks Canyon Trail leads up the bottom of a rocky desert gorge where the vegetation is mostly high chaparral. Watch for desert cottontails and black-tailed jackrabbits scurrying through the thorny underbrush. Most likely you'll see some top-knotted Gambels quail, too, and hear them crowing from their hiding places as you pass by. Extensive stands of Arizona cypress carpet the canyon floor along with catclaw acacia, false palo verde, and banana yucca.

The trail starts by skirting the boundary of an outlying subdivision. It then follows an old jeep trail to Jacks Canyon Tank where it drops into the drainage bottom and proceeds along its moderate climb by crisscrossing the dry streambed. At the upper end of the canyon, the trail leaves the streambed to switchback to a high saddle connecting the Mogollon Rim and Munds Mountain. The views are good here, but they're even better a short, steep climb up the Munds Mountain Trail #77. From the top of Munds Mountain the panorama of the Red Rocks Country is as complete as it gets, including parts of Oak Creek Canyon, all of the major rock formations around Sedona and even the San Francisco Peaks in the distance.

According to the 2018 FS map camping is not allowed on the lower portion of this trail but is allowed up in Munds Mountain Wilderness.

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One-Way Notice
This hike is listed as One-Way.

When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
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.

Permit $$
Red Rock Pass - may or may not be required. Go to Red Rock Pass then check "When is a Red Rock Pass Required?". If you have questions contact the Coconino forest service.

Map Drive
FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

To hike
Drive south 30 miles out of Flagstaff on US 89A to the Rt 179 intersection in Sedona. Turn left at the traffic light and drive about 7.3 miles to Jacks Canyon Road (FR 793). Follow this road about 1.9 miles, turn right and follow to the trailhead at 34.785091, -111.732759 (coordinates according to the USFS)
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