Jack Handle

4.7/5 (6 reviews)
Florence, Arizona (Pinal County)
Last Updated: 07/07/2021
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Highlights

The Jack Handle Trail region is rich in minerals and has been a very influential and profitable region for well over a century now. There are many abandoned as well as active mines in the area. Along the route you will see a spectacular array of desert foliage. From massive saguaros, to towering cottonwoods hidden away deep in one of many secluded canyons that litter the region. But be cautious, this is a desert after all and it's not very forgiving, especially in the summer months. The entire Florence OHV area offers years of available trails to explore and challenge both man and vehicle. Also by visiting the visitors center in nearby historic Florence, AZ you can experience what early desert life was once like, through wonderful displays and a very informed staff. "The Town of Florence was founded in 1866 and is the sixth oldest European settlement in the state of Arizona. Florence is the county seat and is situated in the central portion of Pinal County, Arizona about 45 minutes away from the Phoenix and Tucson metropolitan areas. Three major transportation corridors run through Florence, which include Highway 287, Highway 79 and Hunt Highway. There are many prominent recreational landmarks and areas of interest in and around Florence. The Gila River is a prominent landmark that runs through historic Florence. The Gila River served as the northern border in the Gadsden Purchase in 1854. In addition, Box Canyon, Martinez Canyon, old Silverbell Mine, Coke Ovens and many other sites to the east of Florence provide visitors with fantastic scenic views and an opportunity to hike, explore, off-road, or otherwise enjoy the Sonoran Desert. Also in the area are the Casa Grande Ruins, Lost Dutchman State Park, Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, Tom Mix Monument, and the Superstition Mountain Wilderness Area." source: http://www.florenceaz.gov/town-history

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Trail Reviews

4.7/5 (6 reviews)
James
2200
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/07/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Really enjoyed this trail in my Gladiator. I think the obstacles were probably a little more challenging in my larger vehicle but I made it through Jack’s Crack/Jack Handle without rubbing the fenders at all even though it was super tight. The trail really is only difficult in 3-4 spots along the look part of it but it was still a lot of fun.
Bobby Nelson
Official Crew
62850
Status: Open
Visited: 07/07/2021

Arizona National Forests and State Lands are back open for travel. There are still some very important fire restrictions in place. These restrictions can often change by specific areas.
Bobby Nelson
Official Crew
62850
Status: Temporary Closure
Visited: 06/23/2021

Due to extremely high fire danger, exceptional drought conditions, resource availability, and increased fire activity, the Department of Forestry and Fire Management and the Arizona State Land Department will implement closures to State Trust Land throughout Arizona. These closures are also in conjunction with our USFS partners. As of 8am on June 25, 2021, closures will be implemented on state-owned and managed lands in all 15 counties. All state-owned and managed lands are closed to entry for recreational purposes, including hunting, camping, and off-road vehicle use. Target shooting and fireworks are prohibited year-round. AZ State Land Closures Notice
Status: Open
Visited: 03/16/2020

Short trail with few obstacles. Fun though and scenic. Jackass pass obstacle will let you test the full capability of your jeeps articulation and if you are not careful it can get pretty tippy. There are a lot of other fun trails in the area so make a day of it.
Trail Review: Jack Handle - Jeff Klaassen
Trail Review: Jack Handle - Jeff Klaassen
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/10/2020

Great trail. Short, challenging, scenic. The Jack Handle squeeze obstacle wasn't an obstacle for my TJ and friend's RZR. It would be challenging for a longer wheel base vehicle. The RZR took the steep hill climb to avoid the Jackass Bypass. The climb wasn't bad at all. There is a small v-notch squeeze just before the main obstacle, Jackass Bypass. This is a serious obstacle, very tippy even with a lot of articulation. Definitely worth going to flex the rig out. The scenery on the trail and leading up to it was amazing.
Trail Review: Jack Handle - Scott
Trail Review: Jack Handle - Scott
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