Jackass Canyon

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 36.05720°N / 112.1375°W
Additional Information Route Type: Hike
Additional Information Time Required: A long day
Additional Information Difficulty: Walk-up/scramble
Sign the Climber's Log


From Flagstaff drive north on Highway 89. Turn left on Highway 89A towards Jacob Lake and drive a few miles and park just past mile post 532 where you see a drainage on the west side of the road. There is a parking area on the other side of the bridge where it crosses Hwy 89.

Route Description

Length: 5.5 miles one way.
Jackass Canyon is a slot canyon in the northern part of the Grand Canyon in Marble Canyon. Most people that take this route are fisherman that are looking for an easy route to get to the Colorado River. Jackass Canyon is on the Navajo Reservation and your suppose to obtain a permit to hike it. You can pic one up at Cameron on Highway 89, or call (928) 679-2303. Most people do not realize this and hike it anyway without one.

From the highway walk into the dranage to the west. There are 2 barbed wire fences you must cross. The canyon deepens quickly, but the hiking is easy. About 45 minutes later you will arrive to a 30 foot drop off with a pool below. . There are ropes left here to make you climb easier. You can down climb without them without too much difficulty. After you get down the canyon narrows down for a short while. At this point you can start to hear the Colorado River. Further on down you will have to scramble over, under large boulders and around and pools. . You will see some yellow arrows pointing the possible "best" way. Choosing the best way is not always obvious. About 1.5 hours later you will see a sign that reads, "Grand Canyon National Park (permits required for overnight camping, firearms prohibited)." Soon after you will be at the Colorado River. You will be able to see Badger Creek rapids.
Total descent on this hike is about 350 feet.

Essential Gear

The main reason people do this route is for fishing, so a Fishing rod would be quite essential here.

Miscellaneous Info

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