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Jack Mountain

 
Jack Mountain

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Arizona, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 31.69260°N / 110.8677°W

Object Title: Jack Mountain

County: Santa Cruz

Activities: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Elevation: 7460 ft / 2274 m

 

Page By: Sarah Simon

Created/Edited: Nov 23, 2010 / Nov 23, 2010

Object ID: 680794

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Overview

 
Mount Wrightson from Summit
Mount Wrightson from Jack Mountain summit


Location, location, location.

Jack Mountain is a humble little peak, and with only 200 feet of vertical prominence, not even ranked in the state of Arizona. What Jack Mountain lacks in stature, however, it makes up for in the views from its summit. Snuggled in a saddle between Mount Wrightson and Mount Hopkins, this demure mountain serves up some big, interesting scenery. The peak offers neat views of Josephine Peak, as well, south along the ridgeline from Mount Wrightson.

The summit is reached by a faint social path from the west and features a small cairn and a simple summit jar. The top is covered in scrub oak, shrubs and grasses which block some of the wind, but still allow for knock-out views of surrounding peaks. This is a summit for lounging, having lunch, chatting and enjoying the views.

Rank: Unranked
Prominence: 200 feet
USGS Quad: Mount Wrightson

Rank & Prominence Source: Lists of John

Getting There

 
Sonoran mountain king snake
Sonoran mountain king snake
 
Summit Lizard
Summit lizard


Trails converge from nearly every conceivable direction to Josephine Saddle, just ½ mile east of the summit of Jack Mountain. Most visitors to Jack Mountain will access the peak from I-19 on the west side of the Santa Rita Mountains, exiting at Continental and traveling toward Madera Canyon. The peak is roughly 50 miles south of Tucson, Arizona.

See detailed driving instructions in the Carrie Nation - Madera Loop Route!

Red Tape

 
East from the summit
East from the summit
 
Mount Hopkins
Mount Hopkins



• There is a $5 per vehicle fee to access the Coronado National Forest Recreation Area.
• Jack Mountain resides within the Mount Wrightson Wilderness. Standard wilderness restrictions apply regarding motorized vehicles (no mountain bikes), hiking party size and pet leashes.

Camping

 
On the summit of Jack Mountain
On the summit of Jack Mountain
 
Mount Hopkins in Fall Colors
Jack Mount Hopkins in Fall Colors


The Bogs Spring Campground, operated by Coronado National Forest, is the nearest camping on the west-side of the peak.

• 13 campsites with tables and fire grills
• Drinking water available
• Toilets
• Paved access road
• Elevation: 5,200 feet
• Season: Year-round

Weather & Seasons



Click for Madera Canyon, Arizona ForecastThis is a dynamite peak to visit in the fall, when the weather is cooler and the leaves are changing. In the summer, the lower reaches of any route to this peak could be brutally hot in the scorching southern Arizona sun. These mountains see cold mountain weather and snowstorms in winter and early spring, and heavy snow could mean impassible trails or even a locked road gate.
Click for Madera Canyon, Arizona Forecast





Jack Mountain Summit
Jack Mountain Summit


Los Manzanitas
Los Manzanitas


Mount Wrightson
Mount Wrightson





Images

Sonoran mountain king snakeMount Wrightson from SummitLos ManzanitasMount Hopkins in Fall ColorsEast from the summitSummit LizardOn the summit of Jack Mountain
Mount HopkinsJack Mountain SummitMount WrightsonNorth-northeast from summitJack MountainJack Mountain Summit Register