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 & Prominence Source: Lists of John
Sonoran mountain king snake 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!
East from the summit 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.
On the summit of Jack Mountain 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
• Paved access road
• Elevation: 5,200 feet
• Season: Year-round
Weather & Seasons
|This 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.|
Jack Mountain Summit