Jack Handle

Florence, Arizona (Pinal County)

Last Updated: 07/07/2021
4.7 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
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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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1. Jack Handle Trail entrance (0 mi)
At the fork with the two large water tanks, stay in the left wash, traveling north with the tanks on your right. This is considered the beginning of Jack Handle Trail. If you turn right in the wash it leads to the Coke Ovens and other areas.

Directions to Trailhead

You must access Jack Handle Trail from Martinez Canyon Road at waypoint 3. Please be aware this area is not marked with signs, the trails are not numbered. There are numerous trails throughout the area that can be quite confusing. Please stay to the trails you are prepared for and never trespass on private property.



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Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Where is Bad Medicine trail and how does it meet up with Jack Handle?
–Scott (11/30/2019)
–Bobby Nelson (12/07/2019)

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Bobby Nelson

Mapping Crew - Arizona

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