Jacks Canyon Road

Munds Park, Arizona (Coconino) Technical Rating: 3-4

Last Updated: 02-24-2017

Highlight
Status: Seasonal Closure
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.0 Miles
Category: Forest, Rock
Highest Elevation: 6,500 '
Duration: about 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Go: South
Connecting Trails:
Hot Loop
Nearest Town:
Munds Park
Nearest Town w/ Service:
Sedona
Forest Service Road: # 801, 9495F, 9494F
Forest Service / Park District:
Coconino National Forest

Jacks Canyon Road Highlights

Highlights: Jacks Canyon Road - Munds Park, Arizona

Jack's Canyon Road was once a route through Jack's Canyon from the Village of Oak Creek to Schnebly Hill Road, but today is actually split in half by Munds Mountain Wilderness Area. This documented off-road trail is not about the paved road within the city, but the one at the top of the Canyon along the southern edge of Schnebly Hill. This portion of the road is a rocky dirt off-road trail with some moderate challenges. It is also becoming overgrown in some areas due to the light use it sees. Getting to the end of the road, followed by a short hike provides some excellent views of Jack's Canyon from the top of the Mogollon Rim. You'll also get a good view of Munds Mountain Wilderness Area, which provide a nice view of rock faces and green forests.

Technical rating: (3-4) Easy

Rutted and/or rocky road. No shelves but rocks to 9". Water crossings usually less than hub deep. Passable mud. Grades moderate, up to 15 degrees. Side hill moderate up to 15 degrees. 4WD under most conditions. No width problems, vehicle passing spots frequently available if less than two vehicles wide.

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Directions to Trailhead

Take Schnebly Hill Road to Forest Service Road 801; which is a trailhead for both Jacks Canyon Road and Hot Loop. Take FS 801 south.

 

Trailhead GPS Coordinates:

34° 51' 54.82"N
111° 41' 19.42"W

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Route Description

Jacks Canyon Trail is a rocky dirt forest service road that is rarely used, with parts becoming overgrown with ground cover. The most difficult section requires some mild rock crawling, and some sections are deeply rutted and may be muddy depending on the recent weather.

1: 801 & 9460T Intersection (0.0mi)

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Stay to the right ( southeast ) when heading south at this intersection. This is where Hot Loop and Jacks Canyon Road split, with Jacks Canyon Road continuing to follow 801.

2: 801 & 9499G Intersection (0.5mi)

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Head right ( west ) to continue on 801. This is where Hot loop meets back up with Jacks Canyon Rd.

3: 801 & 9495F & 9496F Intersection (1.3mi)

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Continue straight on 9495F as you continue west on both Jack Canyon Rd and Hot Loop. The 801 ends here, and the 9496F heads south towards the rim to meet up with the Hot Loop hiking trail.

4: 9494F Intersection (1.5mi)

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Turn left ( southwest) onto 9494F. The 9495F ends here, and the two other directions are both 9494F. Continuing straight is Hot Loop, while Jacks Canyon Rd heads more to the south.

5: Dead tree & sign (1.8mi)

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This is the most technical part of the trail. It's obvious the trail used to go a bit straighter, but with the large fallen tree blocking the way, the trail has been rerouted around it through some fairly large rocks.

Sign reads:

"To willfully destroy, deface, change, or remove any Government Survey Corner or Monument, or to willfully cut down any Witness Tree or Blazed Tree marking the line of a Government Survey, is punishable by a fine of $250.00 or Six Months Imprisonment or both."

6: Ditch (2.1mi)

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This is a washed out section of the trail, but still very manageable.

7: 9496T Intersection (2.2mi)

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Continue straight on Jacks Canyon Trail. To the south is a partially overgrown short trail that takes you to a small overlook.

8: Cul-da-End (2.3mi)

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This is a small overlook where you can get a good view of the eastern portion of Munds Mountain Wilderness Area.

9: Fence (2.8mi)

Jacks Canyon Road - Waypoint 9: Fence Jacks Canyon Road - Waypoint 9: Fence Jacks Canyon Road - Waypoint 9: Fence

This fence blocks motorized access to the Munds Mountain Wilderness area. If you look to the northwest you can catch a glimpse of Munds Mountain.

10: Hot Loop Hiking trail (3.0mi)

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This is the trailhead for Hot Loop Hiking Trail. It's also on the end of Munds Mountain Wilderness area, so heading any further south requires going on foot. If you head southwest a couple hundred feet, you'll find the top of Jacks Canyon.

Access Issues

This area is closed during the Winter - Dec 15 - Apr 1 - to prevent erosion as the trail can get snow and become very wet and muddy. It may also be closed at other times of year when there's inclement weather in the area. Check with the Coconino Forest Service for updates.

More Information

Camping and Lodging

Dispersed camping is allowed along Forest Service Road 801, but it is also closed in the winter time from around mid December to the first of April. You can also find a lot of camping along the eastern portion of Schnebly Hill Road.

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