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Jack's Cyn - Munds - Lee Mtn Loop, AZ
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Jack's Cyn - Munds - Lee Mtn Loop, AZ 
Jack's Cyn - Munds - Lee Mtn Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 10 2013
joebartels
Hiking15.12 Miles 3,497 AEG
Hiking15.12 Miles   8 Hrs   36 Mns   2.14 mph
3,497 ft AEG   1 Hour   32 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Jack's Canyon is growing on me. It used to curl my nose. The lower half is just okay. Not maintained real well and better hikes are nearby. The upper end is really more of a gem with cypress and a bit more character.

Didn't spend time on Munds as Lee Mtn was the target with finding a route down to make a loop. Bruce and I stopped at the saddle separating Munds & Lee last year. Today jj and I found there is a very good trail that skirts the west. Figured as such too. We passed, shocking to myself, a group of about six seniors. They said they went to the edge of Lee as an out and back. Believe they parked up near Committee Tank.

The views out west from the saddle are special. Once on Lee we saw a small herd of five trophy rack Elk in the distance, perhaps more.

We pressed on Lee, biting our nails to the edge. Bruce can't go a week without a bad joke so bear with me.

After working our way across Lee we found an intriguing butte tagging onto the side of the mountain. The class four practice was too tempting to pass up. The views were remarkable so it was definitely time well spent.

Heading down we bombed out then found a way to make it work. Would you believe there are some amazing elk trails for a good portion. jj swears they're manicured by hikers. Apparently not good enough to keep me from making a bad turn halfway down. Which made the final leg more trouble than probably necessary... my bad

Temps held respectable. We got mini showers plus two hail storms up top which dropped the temps to almost chilly for a bit. I enjoyed and will undoubtedly be back for more in the future.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8mGkbN8zjM
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