Robert P. on Broken Arrow 4x4 Trail
Great scenic views by traversing a pleasantly short trail. Only light suspension articulation required, but does require above average ground clearance.
At one point I heard a pink jeep guide radio to others on his mic, describing my truck as traveling the wrong way. I stopped to ask if I was in fact going the wrong way. The man politely informed me of my error and was helpful. Something to look into before diving into narrow 1 VIC wide trails like Broken Arrow.
My 16' f150 single cab 6'6" bed with 6" lift and 35" general grabbers did pretty well. Reading after the fact I noticed I had a longer wheel base than recommended, and did cause some temporary slowing for the atv's, jeeps, etc. My retracting running boards paid for themselves by not taking away ground clearance like static ones would have. Tire pressure is important for safety, traction and ride comfort. For myself, 30 psi was the sweet spot.
If you can find a spot on the street, then you can make your way down the side of the hill and hike and swim the creek. Once you start to get close to Slide Rock it smells like urine, but if you hike further down the creek a lot less people and although the water is freezing (even in summer) it's refreshing once you lay out on the rock. Pack your stuff in zip log baggies in your pack.
This is about the most fun you can have without lockers. Some fairly technical stuff surrounded by gorgeous scenery. There are great places to stop and have a picnic with the family or just take in the beauty of the region. There are also a few spots where you can either test your metal as a driver and the limits of your rig or you can bypass them. You can't get past Staircase, though, so be ready for it.
Great Moab type wheeling. Nothing there that can't be done with a stock Sahara/rubicon type vehicle. Best time to go is during the week. Weekends are fairly busy with jeep operators, although even then most of the time it's not too bad.
One of mine and my friends' favorite hikes. We frequent the slide rock area right underneath the bridge. Currently looking forward to exploring more of the trails in this system. The water is generally a little bit cold, but after the hike it feels fantastic.
Sandra L. on Jacks Canyon Trail
The trailhead is located on Jacks Canyon Rd. but is difficult to find because the signage is covered by trees. Off of Hwy 179 make a right on Jacks Canyon Rd. (if coming from Phoenix). The road begins to curve north before turning into a right again. Once you've hit that right, the trailhead will be about 1.1 miles up on the right-hand side (to the left is a drive into a residence). You will gain most of the elevation of this trail in the last 1.5 miles, after hiking along the canyon wash the entire way. It does seem like a very long journey to reach the spectacular views. To get to the views, after you've reached a small saddle where Munds Trail junction is, go right instead toward the Schnebly Road sign and continue about .25 miles. The one thing you are sure to have on this trail is solitude, and it became obvious to me why. For a Sedona trail, aside from the views at the end, there isn't much to 'wow' you along the route.
Kristina Z. on Jacks Canyon Trail
Love Oak Creek Canyon! So many different environments in one spot! Loved Slide Rock for swimming, a bit chilly but who doesn't love that in the deserts of AZ! One of my favorite places in AZ.
Jacks Canyon is on AZ 179 in Oak Creek village, onto FR 793. My son Ron and I made this trip on a fine June day. The hike began through chaparral scrub, and travel through a private ranch land. A few Brahma bulls were incountered that were intimidating. After we quickly got around them, we proceeded up a rough riparian canyon for what seemed the longest time. We thought it would never end. By the time we got about 5 miles up canyon, with 2 miles left to go, my Asthma kicked in and I could not go any further. We returned, slowly back to the car...it was a long week hiking in the Flagstaff/Sedona area. And it was time to go home to RI.