Page Type Page Type: Canyon
Location Lat/Lon: 34.78470°N / 111.7325°W
Activities Activities: Hiking
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Overview

Jacks Canyon is a wide canyon that sits behind (to the east of) Munds Mountain and Lee Mountain near Sedona, Arizona. A trail starts to the southeast of Sedona and goes up to a saddle at the base of the summit of Minds Mountain. The lower parts of the canyon give you typical red rock scenery while the upper parts are forested with no red rock views.

 

I went through Jacks Canyon as a 14.3 mile one way hike up Schnebly Hill Trail to the top of Munds Mountain and then down Jacks Canyon as shown on the map below.

 

Getting There

Directions to Hot Loop (Jacks Canyon) Trailhead:

From the intersections of Route 179 and Jacks Canyon Road in the Village of Oak Creek just south of Sedona, drive 2 miles east on Jacks Canyon Road and turn right (south) onto a relatively rough 500 ft long dirt road to reach the trailhead. Jacks Canyon Trail starts on the north side of the parking area.

 

 

Route Info

Trailhead Elevation=4270 ft

Elevation at Saddle at base of Munds Mountain=6340 ft

One Way Hiking Distance per my GPS=7.2 miles

 

The trail heads northeast and for the first 1.5 miles, it is not far from a residential area.

Courthouse Butte from near Jacks Canyon Trailhead
Courthouse Butte from near Jacks Canyon Trailhead
Lee Mountain from near Jacks Canyon Trailhead
Lee Mountain from near Jacks Canyon Trailhead
Lee Mountain
Lee Mountain
Courthouse Butte from lower Jacks Canyon
Courthouse Butte from lower Jacks Canyon

You will go up a hill and then down into the bottom of the wide canyon where the residential area ends.

Jacks Canyon
Jacks Canyon
Lee Mountain from lower Jacks Canyon
Lee Mountain from lower Jacks Canyon
Lower Jacks Canyon
Lower Jacks Canyon
Lower Jacks Canyon
Lower Jacks Canyon
Lee Mountain
Lee Mountain

While still wide, the canyon narrows somewhat, a forest starts and you will no longer see any red rock. Lee Mountain is still visible to the west.

Jacks Canyon wilderness border
Jacks Canyon wilderness border
Lee Mountain from mid Jacks Canyon
Lee Mountain from mid Jacks Canyon
Jacks Canyon
Jacks Canyon

Farther up, the slopes of Munds Mountain appear.

Slopes of Munds Mountain
Slopes of Munds Mountain
Forest, upper Jacks Canyon
Forest, upper Jacks Canyon

You will the reach the saddle at the base of the summit of Munds Mountain. You can go to the top of Munds Mountain, onto Schnebly Hill Road/Trail or back the way you came.

Jacks Canyon from the slopes of Munds Mountain.

Jacks Canyon from the slopes of Munds Mountain
Jacks Canyon from the slopes of Munds Mountain

 

 

 




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