Jacks Canyon

Sedona, Arizona

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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.
100 Classic Hikes Arizona

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100 Classic Hikes Arizona

by Scott S. Warren (The Mountaineers Books)

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.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sedona
Distance: 13.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 7 hours
Season: Best March to November
Trailhead Elevation: 4,360 feet
Top Elevation: 6,320 feet
Local Contacts: Coconino National Forest; Munds Mountain Wilderness Area
Local Maps: USGS Munds Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Jacks Canyon

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May 2018