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Jacks Canyon, AZ
mini location map2018-05-15
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Jacks Canyon, AZ 
Jacks Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 15 2018
kelly14
Hiking7.23 Miles 691 AEG
Hiking7.23 Miles   4 Hrs   22 Mns   1.82 mph
691 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
 
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Hiked the Jacks Canyon area near Apache Maid Mountain. Drove past the area last year and knew that we wanted to come back and explore. With the weather absolutely perfect we knew this was our chance! Parked off fr 83 across from a spring of some sorts that had a decent sized pond? It was fenced off and supposed to be a protected natural area. Either way that's where we started our hike. Not 2 minutes after started hiking we were greeted by 2 javelina on the far side of the pond!! Was not expecting to see them this high up.

Continued on forest roads till it met up with Jacks Canyon. That's when we headed up the canyon. It was very rocky at first and dry but as we continued up the canyon it seemed to get greener and greener and before we knew it we stumbled across some nice sized pools of water and even a couple short stretches of running water! On the south banks of the shore were some beautiful oak trees(maybe?) in full bloom. The pictures don't do that area justice. We even saw some nice little fish in some of the pools which means that some of canyon holds water year round. We continued rock hopping but its worth noting that the north side of the canyon had plenty of opportunities to follow game trails if you prefer. Eventually the canyon narrowed up and was pretty much cliffed out on both sides for about 1/4 mile stretch. Here we saw two owls, and came upon more nice stretches of water. After that the canyon opened up again and we found the drainage on the north side that we wanted to climb out. Worked out perfectly with great game trails all the way up and out of the canyon. Pretty much followed some old atv trails and game trails on the way back to the truck. This area was so beautiful and remote and we had it all to ourselves. It was awesome. The forest appeared very healthy and could not tell you how many animal carcasses/animal sign we stumbled upon. (tons of signs of old hunting camps as well) Definitely on the list of places to come back to!
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Elk Javelina
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