Jacks Canyon Trail is a 13.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sedona, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length13.2 miElevation gain2,211 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingHorseback ridingMountain bikingNature tripsBird watchingViewsWildflowersWildlifeRocky
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Arizona Office of Tourism, 2702 N. 3rd St., Suite 4015 , Phoenix, AZ, 85004, Phone: 888-520-3434, Fax: 602-240-5432, mfioritt@pni.com

Directions from Flagstaff: Drive south 30 miles out of Flagstaff on US 89A to the Rt. 179 intersection in Sedona. Turn left at the traffic light and drive about 7.3 miles to Jacks Canyon Road (FR 793). Follow this road about 3 miles to the trailhead.

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Carolyn Belknap
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SHELLY BOWMAN
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Dmytri Pendino
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Great!

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Ryan Stockton
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This is actually a very easy trail. You don’t even notice the elevation incline. It’s pretty in the woods .

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Jeff Voisin
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Deb Tallaksen
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Horseback ridingGreat!Rocky

Beautiful trail but it is rated hard for a reason! We were on horseback beware a lot of rocky terrain with very narrow paths with a lot of steep up and down hills but very beautiful ... we loved the adventure!

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Sammy Hernandez
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i did this one by myself and it was crazy. there’s soooo much sand. you first start out on the open desert, no trees, all exposed. then you change into the base of the canyon and hike thru all the trees. the walk thru the canyon seems long and you don’t really notice the incline. usually canyon hikes get steep near the end of the trail and this was no different. when you get to the saddle, go right to that small mountain and find a shaded seat to enjoy the view. on my way down, there was so much sand i decided to trail run and it helped, soft sand was easy on the heels. loved the hike!

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Peter Forster
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Glenn Pryor
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Poorly marked. Make sure to wear long pants because of spiny bushes. Difficult terrain. Loose rock then really deep sand. 1st and last 3 miles are completely exposed so bring sun protection and ample water.

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Nick Oman
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Awesome trail. The wife and I did it as an overnighter. We hiked in on the VOC side and topped out at Munds Mountain and camped out up there. This is a pretty rocky trail, and most of it is down in the canyon with minimal views. Personally if you’re after views, hike it from the schnebly hill side.

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Jennifer Campbell
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Great views to start; nice change of foliage through the walk; middle of the hike has a lot of loose rocks and sand.

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Bradley Barber
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Trail total: 14 miles, forgot to turn off when I got in car

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R D
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I'd rate it 3.5 stars. The upper half is certainly the highlight. If you are from somewhere lower in elevation, going from 4500' to just under 7000' will be very noticeable, even compared to many other difficult hikes around Sedona. if you're from a similar elevation, it feels much longer and a bit more overgrown than Mt.Wilson or Bear Mtn, but less technically demanding. An nice cheat is to take the I-17 exit for schnebly rd and park at the end of road 801. It's close to the best view at the top of Munds mtn and you can easily hike down and back on the best part of Jack's canyon as well.

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Nathaniel Hutchins
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Hiked this mid-January to the munds mtn trailhead, honestly not worth it. It was rugged, poorly marked, overgrown, and very challenging. Most of the trail is either soft sand or loose rocks, not easy with so much gain/loss. Also, it wasn’t very scenic, except the last half mile or so, but if you hike Schneblys Hill you get to the same munds trailhead and the jacks view anyway. I hiked schneblys back down, way better. Pluses were perfect weather and not a single person until way down the other side of Schnebly. Very quiet and peaceful.

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Sparky Harlan
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Wanted a quiet hike and this fit the bill. Unfortunately, it isn't the most exciting trail in late November. Cattle made the trail dusty; other areas are loose rocks. It is exposed until you reach the wilderness area and then the trail follows a dry creek bed in the canyon surrounded by scrub oak, mesquite and manzanita. No view here and pretty boring. I turned around at around mile 4. I recommend Hot Loop over Horse Mesa to Woods Canyon Trail instead.

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Rick Owens
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Secluded and scenic

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Mac Allister
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Took my 3 year old on this trail and was easy enough she could walk it. The views of course are awesome! Great little hike!

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Kel Bermudez
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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.

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Emily Stevens
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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.

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KA Wolfe
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I hiked up the river, starting SW of Sedona. Beautiful views of old American Indian settlements, similar to ones at Montezuma's Castle (AZ). The river can get frigid - bring extra socks, unless wearing water-proofed socks &/or boots.

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James Thompson
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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.

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Dena Molly
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James Day
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Rachel Mareb
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Derek Jenovai
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Paul Schlarman
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Scot Lloyd
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Paul Schlarman
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