Jacks Canyon Trail

Coconino National Forest, Arizona

Elevation Gain38ft
Trailhead Elevation4,364ft
Elevation Min/Max4364/4403ft
Elevation Start/End4364/4364ft

Jacks Canyon Trail

Jacks Canyon Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Yavapai County and Coconino County, Arizona. It is within Munds Mountain Wilderness Area and Coconino National Forest. It is 7.8 miles long and begins at 4,364 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 15.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 38 feet. The Jacks Canyon Tank (elevation 4,685 feet) reservoir can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Forest Service Road 153a, Schnebly Hill, Munds Mtn, 801 and Schnebley Hill.

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"At 18,150 acres, the Munds Mountain Wilderness encompasses some interesting terrain southeast of Sedona. The primary landmark here is the area’s 6,825-foot namesake summit, but a number of scenic canyons also highlight the wilderness. Running the length of one of these is the Jacks Canyon Trail. The drainage got its name from Jack Woods, a railroad engineer from Winslow, Arizona, who grazed sheep here in the latter part of the nineteenth century.

Except for a .3-mile section that climbs around the upper end of a housing development, the first 2.5 miles of the Jacks Canyon Trail follow an old road up a gently ascending canyon bottom. Plant life along this first stretch includes mostly pinyon pine , juniper, and shrub live oak. At the 2-mile mark the road reaches the jack Canyon Tank where it ends and the route becomes a single-track for the rest of the way. Although it usually contains water, this stock pond is not fit for consumption."

"A little-used trail into a remote portion of the Munds Mountain Wilderness. If you want an all-day hike away from the crowds, you’ll like this trail. Unlike many of the canyons in the Sedona area, Jacks Canyon is open and spacious. It also gets less use than the shorter trails.

The first mile or so of trail parallels the Jacks Canyon Road as it heads northeast to skirt a subdivision. As the canyon starts to swing north, you’ll pass an old stock tank, Jacks Canyon Tank, about 2.4 miles from the trailhead. Unlike many of the canyons in the Sedona area, Jacks Canyon is open and spacious. It also gets less use than the shorter trails. As you continue north, the canyon gradually narrows. At its head, a short, steep climb leads to the saddle between the Mogollon Rim and Munds Mountain. Turn left on the Munds Mountain Trail and climb another 0.4 mile to the summit. The best views are from the west rim of this broad mesa."

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Trail Information

Coconino National Forest
Nearby City
Munds Mountain Wilderness Area
Sedona Ranger District, Coconino National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Munds Mountain; Coconino National Forest
Local Maps