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Jackson Cabin to Hooker Cabin, AZ
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Jackson Cabin to Hooker Cabin, AZ 
Jackson Cabin to Hooker Cabin, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 22 2020
AugustWest
Hiking11.41 Miles 923 AEG
Hiking11.41 Miles   5 Hrs   2 Mns   2.42 mph
923 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
 
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The drive up Jackson Cabin Rd. is more than half the adventure. I took my stock Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 up and back without issues, but if this road was even a little wet or if you are even a little hesitant in about a dozen technical sections I am calling game over. I assume there is someone out there that will help you pick up the pieces, but who that is I do not know. Coming out from Jackson Cabin is harder than going in and the burly sections coming out go on for about 4 miles. Those 4 miles heading towards Muleshoe were 100% 4wd low for me.

I think the litmus test here is if you are coming from Muleshoe Ranch HQ and hit the very pretty BLM Redfield Canyon Wilderness sign and think it can't get much worse then turn around. If you start driving down and think it can't get much worse then turn around. Remember coming up is much rougher than going down.

The trail is the opposite. I headed into Redfield Canyon and went north. The tread can be followed for 75% of the hike. I walked in the dry creek bed when things got too brushy. There is a Galiuro Wilderness sign that was laying on the ground, but I don't think there is any official trail.

The Oaks on this trail are some of the nicest I have seen in Arizona. The Sycamores were 1-2 weeks past prime in the Canyon, but there are some views from Jackson Cabin Rd, heading south within 2-3 miles of Muleshoe HQ with some phenomenal color. Think veins of color running up the valley contrasting with the grey rock. You can reach this overlook without bashing your truck too much :lol:

The highpoint of the day were the views from Jackson Cabin Rd. of the West Side of the Galiuro's. The perspective is incredible.

Both of the cabins are in great shape. No illicit activities can be reported from Hooker Cabin. Lots of very interesting corrals, cable lines, barbed wire and evidence of ranching and mining activities from the relatively recent past.

The sign in log at Muleshoe is overflowing with hunters and riders (ATV/UTV?), but no hikers in November. There was one White Rubicon parked at Jackson Cabin, but they must have gone south because I didn't see anyone all day except 2 ATV's very close to Jackson Cabin.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Some really pretty colors close to Muleshoe Ranch HQ. Probably will peak in 1-2 weeks
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Wildflower seed in the sand and wind
May the four winds blow you home again
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