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Jack's Canyon Trail #55Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2011
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking17.00 Miles 2,500 AEG
Hiking17.00 Miles   6 Hrs   50 Mns   2.49 mph
2,500 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Well my weekend plans fell through so I switched gears, and after just being in Sedona decided to go back to hit a couple more trails. I mean how can you go wrong in Red Rock Country? Anyway, I did Jacks Canyon and at the Trail Head saw the big sign that showed a map. On the map was Jacks Canyon and what looked like a nice Loop back via the "Hot Loop" Trail. A little ways into the hike I see a sign stating that it is not a Loop Hike but rather a strenuous 22 mile hike of ups and downs that is over grown, etc. This intrigues me but this is not the day for such an adventure. For one I got a late start and two I am wearing shorts.

Jacks Canyon takes off from a nice spot with good parking and works its way back up into the drainage. After a ways I passed a muddy tank and then the trail got much more interesting. It followed the dry creek and crossed it many times. The trees were changing colors which was nice. The trail doesn't get very steep until the last little push up to the saddle. Even then it is very manageable. So back to this "Hot Loop" thing. At the saddle there are three trails that meet the Jacks Canyon Trail. One is the Schnebly Trail which I took out to Committee Tank and back. One is Munds Mountain Trail and the other is the Hot Loop Trail. I wanted to go up to the top of Munds but first let's see where the Hot Loop Trail goes. I followed it across the top to the rim for roughly 40 minutes. It passes a tank that was full of water and then heads for the rims edge. I took it to the edge and even went down the heavily overgrown trail for a short distance. I could quickly see that this was one for another day and for pants and a little extra water. I turned back and meandered accross the plateau which is well cairned. Once back at the saddle I went up the short but steep trail to the top of Munds Mountain. The day was starting to get away from me so time to head back. Ooops, my headlamp is in my new Camelbak and not with me. The last hour of the way out was a slow go as I was in the dark. Luckily my camera helped lead the way when I was in question. Just snap a shot with the flash and back on track.

Side note: Once back at the motel I looked up this Hot Loop/Jacks Canyon Hike and it looks like it is around 18 miles not 22. It goes up and across Horse Mesa and then up the side of the Rim to where I left it. The part going up the side of the rim is very steep and extremely overgrown according to one write up. I am not sure how but they use to take the cattle up this trail to graze. Hmmm, I think this sounds like a great day hike! Anyone interested?
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