Jacks Canyon
The Canyon
Rank: #10 Canyon Depth: 1,760 ft.
Rim Elevation: 6,520 ft. Stream Elevation: 4,760 ft.
Vegetation: High chaparral on canyon sides. Arizona cypress, catclaw acacia, false palo verde, prickly opear, and banana yucca on canyon floor. Alligator juniper, oaks, and ponderosa pine near rim. Frequently Seen Animals: deer, desert cottontails, black-tailed jackrabbits, top-knotted Gambels quail, road runners, cardinals.
Hiking Season: March-November.  
The Trail
Name: Jacks Canyon Trail #55 Difficulty: Strenuous
Length of Hike (r/t): 11.4 miles Trail Elevation Change: 2,150 ft.
Trail Low Point: 4,350 ft.  Trail High Point: 6,500 ft.
Water: None  
Tips: The trail, which lies within the Munds Mtn. Wilderness Area, starts by skirting the boundary of an outlying subdivision. It then follows an old jeep trail to Jacks Canyon Tank where it drops into the drainage bottom and proceeds along its climb by crisscrossing the dry streambed. At the upper end of the canyon, the trail leaves the streambed to switchback to a high saddle connecting the Mogollon Rim and Munds Mountain. The views are good here, but they're even better a short, steep climb up the Munds Mountain Trail. From the top of Munds Mountain the panorama of the Red Rocks Country is as complete as it gets, including parts of Oak Creek Canyon, all of the major rock formations around Sedona and even the San Francisco Peaks in the distance. Add another 300 feet of elevation to reach the top of Munds Mountain.
Hiking Permit Needed: None Maximum Group Size: 
Dogs Permitted: Yes, leashed Horses Permitted: Yes
Cross-country Skiing Permitted: Yes Mountain Bikes Permitted: No
Swimming: None  
Safety Tips: Bring lots of water--this is a long all-day hike. If you continue beyond the rim to the top of Munds Mountain, exercise extreme caution on exposed rock outcrops.
The Drive
General Location: 20 miles south of Flagstaff Trailhead Accessible to Low-Clearance Vehicles: Yes (except during wet weather)
Nearest Town: Sedona  
Directions: From the Y-intersection at Sedona on HWY 89A, follow Rt 179 south about 7.3 miles to Jacks Canyon Road (FR 793). Turn left and follow this road for 0.9 miles. Turn right (still on Jack's Canyon Rd.) and go about 1.2 miles, and turn right into the trailhead parking area. 
More Information
U.S.G.S. Quad Name(s): MundsMtn. Office of Tourism Region: Central Territory
County: Coconino, Yavapai Managing Agency: Red Rock Ranger District, P.O. Box 300, Sedona AZ 86336, (928) 282-4119
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