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Hot / Jacks LoopSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 24 2014
joebartels
Hiking18.92 Miles 2,800 AEG
Hiking18.92 Miles   6 Hrs   12 Mns   3.14 mph
2,800 ft AEG      10 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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The Hot Loop trail is not a loop, rather named for branding cattle. Yet you can make a nice loop with Jacks Canyon Trail #55. We hit this clockwise heading up Jack's Canyon. It doesn't irk me as it did in the past. The trail is brush free save maybe a twig or two. It sports a few minor route finding moments crossing the creek. What I enjoy most is how the trees come into play after gaining only 500 feet of gain. By 850 feet up you are in a nice forest with a few of my favorites, the wicked cool Arizona Cypress. The views behind you get pretty red rock sweet as you approach the saddle.

Connecting over to the Hot Loop is a dream these days. Bomber sized caged cairns direct you over. A decade or so ago it was a live oak nightmare wade.

Believe this was my first time doing the Hot Loop Trail #94 as a through hike. It was nicer than memory served. The distant views heading down are outstanding. Last year about this time ( rainier cherry season ) we did a Jacks-Munds-Lee loop. It was cool to see the route we took down off Lee Mountain.

Started w/4 frozen quarts, using 3.75. It was overcast for the entire ascent. Clear yet breezy heading down with puffy clouds accumulating. Only got hot at the end. The humidity on the other hand would make posting this as a swim within reason.

Synopsis A most enjoyable loop. Slightly brushy for a quarter mile tops heading down #94. If Sedona didn't have such a smorgasbord of other awesome hikes I'd rate this much higher. No water anywhere as expected. jj did spot and cool off from a rancher faucet near the corral at the trailhead. Heading in I thought I was going on a fourteen mile stroll, as typical I don't research much. When I saw a sign near the trailhead stating 22 I looked over at jj and said seriously. He said about 19 which was spot on.

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