Walkin' Jim Trail is a 8.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Morristown, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until May.

Distance: 8.3 miles Elevation Gain: 938 feet Route Type: Loop

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13 days ago

NOT recommended for this time of year, tons of donkey poop and bugs. We started counter-clockwise and it was easy to follow until it loops you around to go back. There are tons of smaller trails possibly for the donkeys that lead us way off trail. We did see some donkeys which was a plus. This is a gorgeous area but the weather was not a good combination even though we had plenty of food and water. Be careful, stay safe!

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no shade
1 month ago

Wonderful trail- went about half-way. Stunning wildflowers. Burros everywhere. Lots of lizards and quail. Narrow trail that is easy to follow. Very few people out. The app gets you to the trailhead- which is just a little fence with no sign.

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2 months ago

Great hike! Walked by a rattlesnake and saw a wild burro! Awesome scenery!

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2 months ago

Located west of Lake Pleasant in the Hell's Canyon Wilderness featuring the Hieroglyphic Mountains, this is a wonderful trail amidst a profusion of wildflowers right now that you can make as short or as long a hike as you like. You can make it either an EASY in-out hike of 2-3 miles roundtrip along the northern Walkin' Jim trail section, or you can make it a MODERATE hike of 7-8 miles RT by going further out the same way, about 3.5-4.0 miles out Walkin' Jim trail, and then EITHER returning the way you came or doing the full loop hike, which means bending south and then returning east along the Little Jim southern section of trail (see map). By the way, AllTrails' default map shows a clockwise loop-route, but for any hiking in the a.m., i recommend going counter-clockwise: head west from trailhead (at north end of parking area) along the Walkin' Jim northern section of the loop, which stays fairly close to the Cottonwood Creek wash. And then return along the Little Jim southern section. You'll have better lighting angles doing the loop this way, getting good views of Peak 3465 on the way in and then well-lit views of Lake Pleasant with the sun behind you as you return mid-day or in the afternoon. (NOTE: There is only one good place on the northern section, that is, the Walkin' Jim trail, to look back and view a small portion of Lake Pleasant.) If you want to make it a really long, difficult hike (roughly 12 miles RT) with much more cumulative elevation gain, you go all the way out on the northern section of Walkin' Jim trail 3.9 miles to the junction with the Big Jim trail that soon climbs 900 feet and then, after a brief dip, ascends a final 200 ft up to the summit of photogenic Peak 3465. (See the AllTrails hike named "Peak 3465 Via Walking Jim Loop.") Even just getting to near the eastern base of that peak at about the 4.5 mile mark would make for a 9-mile round-trip hike with about 750 ft of cumulative elevation gain by the time you return to the trailhead. I've come out here several times in winter and spring. Sometimes i've done the loop (northern section west along Walkin' Jim, southern section east along "Little Jim" trail back to the dirt parking area). Other times i'm happy just to do an in-out hike on that northern section (the Walkin' Jim segment). The furthest i've gone out is about 3.6 miles (making 7.2 miles RT). I find myself taking so many photos of things and vistas along the trail that i run out of time to go any further. My next hike i'm going to just put the camera away until i get near Peak 3465 and finally hike to its summit! Cottonwood Creek right now is largely dry in late March, even after a big rain two weeks ago, but there are some little and larger pools to be found at various points along the way. A nice thing about this trail: the different-colored rock outcroppings at different points. You walk right over a richly-hued red-rock section, before the big meadow about 3.5 miles into the hike as i recall (you'll think you're in Sedona!). A bit further out toward Peak 3465, look to your right (i.e., north) and there are contrasting sections of white and yellow slick-rock adjacent to each other making for a nice visual against the darker hills/buttes, blue sky and any clouds. March 2019 and now March 2020 offered a massive amount of wildflowers along the Walkin' Jim trail: --pink Owl's Clover pretty much EVERYWHERE --yellow Brittlebush also profusive. --blue Coulter's Lupine --orange Globe Mallow --yellow Fiddleneck (very tiny / dainty flowers) --occasional Desert Hyacinth (floating delicately atop their long, slender, leafless stems) --occasional richly-hued pink blooms of hedgehog cacti --a small number of poppies, desert fleabane, and other beauties I also saw 5 burros munching grass and then frolicking in the Cottonwood Creek wash near the bridge at Castle Springs Rd. It's surprising that they like congregating here so close to the road and passing vehicles above them. But every time i visit this area that seems to be their favorite gathering place. I uploaded over two dozen HQ photos, but AllTrails only shows 18 (among other things, it deleted a cute burro photo!). Click on my name and then click on photos and on the Walkin' Jim image to see all of these photos.

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2 months ago

Great trail. Hard to follow it sometimes. Nobody out there. Great views and flowers were awesome

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rocky
4 months ago

It was a lovely hike with some great desert and lake views. Definitely needed all trails. We’d have been lost 5-6 times without it. Marked out in parts. Nice hike on a Saturday afternoon. We did it counter clockwise. Rock was looser on second half so watch your footing.

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4 months ago

Right side of loop is better marked. watch for carns, there are lots of burro trails, but trail loops around a small hill and general direction is clear. great wildlife, easy to walk. Make sure to download maps and have adequate battery. I had GPS but no cell service.

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4 months ago

So very difficult to keep on trail. Absolutely no cell service and my alltrails app stopped tracking too so it was a little scary towards the end. I eventually bushwhacked up and over the last “mountain”’to find my direction and cut my own path back to the car. I did eventually pick it back up close to the parking lot. I did enjoy the first part of the trail. Got great pics of the burros too. I will not go back alone to this trail.

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5 months ago

Can’t wait to do the whole trail. Agree with previous reviews, path is in good shape but you do appreciate some of the cairns. Awesome views and cactus specimens. We started counter clockwise, and only able to go 1 mile in due to elderly hiker in our property, but they managed well as the first part is easy. I look forward to moderate sections.

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no shade
9 months ago

Thankfully I had my AllTrails app because it is easy to get off trail. The trail is fairly level with promises of elevation gain later. Views from the top are gorgeous and well worth the mileage it takes to get to them. Bring plenty of water/snacks since there's not much shade and you'll be out there awhile. Be sure you have a way to keep on trail since there are a lot other of paths from the donkeys - we were super grateful for the cairns. Yes, we saw wild donkeys too!

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Sun Mar 24 2019

The entire time i was on this 9 mile loop never saw any other hikers. Very green with several meadows of wild flowers. Went counter clockwise and lost the return trail after 1.4 miles. I then went cross country to pickup the trail i came in on. Lots of mountain scenery as well. Even ran into pools of running water.

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Sun Mar 10 2019

I hiked the Walkin' Jim Trail loop today with my dog Mica. I have been coming out to Cottonwood Creek in the winter for about 10 years now, and just last weekend found out the Walkin Jim Trail was a loop; talked to a guy in the parking lot who told me so. Of course there are not any hiking trail signs in the parking lot, so it is hard to even know it is an official trail. So, this weekend was clear and the high was only going to be 70 degrees, so it sounded like a good day to hike the 8.3 mile loop. It took us about 3.25 hours to complete the loop; with just a few stops to take pictures, drink water, and eat some nuts. The area was green and spotted with wildflowers from winter rains, with some water in the washes, which Mica needed. We hiked in the clockwise direction (went left from parking lot), which is more physically strenuous in the first quarter, then if going in the counterclockwise direction. The first quarter has a lot of ups and downs until you get to a bedrock seep, then the gradient eases up a little bit. This bedrock seep use to be more cienega-like, with bunch grasses and nearby mesquites and riparian trees. But all of that disappeared, likely because of ungulate grazing and the drought. Maybe a quarter mile past that bedrock seep is another one. In the second quarter of the trail (same direction), there is a hidden small cave-alcove just off the trail. I just happened on the spot a few years ago, and went to it again today. Also in the second quarter, the trail meets Little Jim trail, which you can take if you want a shorter loop. And the trail also crosses the Spring Valley jeep trail; which thankfully is not used much. About midway through the hike, is the junction of Big Jim and Walkin Jim trails; there are some great views of the mountains to the west. In the third quarter, there are good views, and at one point the trail goes partly around a red rock knoll, which has lots of lichen growing on it. Approaching the fourth quarter, you cross a wash, go up hill, and then go through a gate (or under it) in a barb wire fence. After that, the fourth quarter of the trail is very easy hiking, and easy to follow. The trail in this section is mostly on the bench to the north of Cottonwood Creek. Note that within the first half of the trail (if hiking in clockwise direction), a lot of forbs have grown over the trail, which can make it a bit hard to follow. So, pay attention to the natural trail depression, and the numerous cairns along the way. Even if you do temporarily get off the trail, you can just back track a few feet, and find it again. Overall the trail is moderate for physical exertion.

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Wed Jan 30 2019

This trail had some great views of desert life but was very hard to follow. There were cairns to mark the trail but they were everywhere so it was hard to determine which trail to follow. Also, you had to climb under a barbed wire fence in order to get in. We think time would be better spent at some other trails around the Lake Pleasant and Phoenix area.

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Tue Jan 29 2019

No trailhead signs to mark beginning and end of trail off of Castle Hot Springs Rd. Pay attention to cairns, it is easy to lose the trail. Tacked 8.7 miles in 3 hour 30 minutes.

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rocky
Sun Jan 27 2019

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Thu Jan 10 2019

Hiked this yesterday, Jan 9. Nice trail, fair amount of loose rock. Agree with previous reviews in that it's necessary to watch for cairns because the trail has not seen a lot of use, at least by humans. Plenty of evidence of burros. Fantastic saguaro forest - huge ones in the creek beds. Some hunting activities - shotgun for quail and archers are hunting javalina, but none once we were back on the trail a ways. The beauty of this trail is that after the first 200 yards you are totally alone in the desert. I am amazed how little traffic this area gets from hikers, but they may be discouraged by the usual excess of motorized nuisances. Intend to return and continue on to the mountain summit, but abundant water will be required. Anticipating a 6 to 7 hour hike on that one.

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Mon Oct 08 2018

This definitely does deserve a hard rating just for the fact of finding the trail. Having the map was VERY helpful. Nice quite hike close to Peoria though.

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Mon Aug 27 2018

This trail is moderate in terms of effort, difficult in terms of route-finding. It's VERY easy to get off trail and begin wandering around. Adding to the challenge, there seem to be a few different ranch type properties scattered around in this backcountry, as evidenced by the livestock fencing and gates. Don't be surprised if you see packs of donkeys and horses roaming around.

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Sat Mar 03 2018

Took the turnoff to Little Jim. You really have to pay attention or you will lose the trail. It is marked with cairns but sometimes you just miss them! We logged 6 miles on map my walk. Saw a total of 4 people on a beautiful Saturday morning.

Sat Feb 10 2018

alot of flat wash tr3king. easy to miss grooved trails alot of animal views.

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Fri Dec 22 2017

This trail has lots to offer, nice views, lots of big Saguaros and wildlife in abundance. There are several springs and water seeps in the wash that attract wildlife and keep the area green even in the winter. The trail itself is not well defined or well marked, the first decision is which direction to do the loop. The fork to the left at north end of the the parking lot goes clockwise, the right fork goes counter clockwise across the wash. Hikers need to pay attention to the cairns, there are only two small signs, one at each end where the Big Jim Trail crosses the Walkin Jim trail, north and south (see map). We took the .4 mile Big Jim shortcut and logged 5.8 miles total for the round trip.

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Tue Apr 25 2017

Pretty nice trail if you are looking for solitude. Did not meet another soul during the entire hike. But the trail is barely visible at certain points and be sure to find the trail while crossing the many creeks, else you will get lost and would have to retrack your path. If you are a novice, download the GPX file and go. Turned left at the fork and did the Little Jim trail - at the beginning this was okay, but in parts the grass was hip high and scratchy. Was rewarded with a beautiful view on the top of a small hillock. Also make sure to cover the ENTIRE BODY in clothing if you dont wanna be scratched silly. Saw plenty of wild burros and other wildlife like hares, etc. Fun, but just be mindful to keep track of the trail,

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Mon Apr 03 2017

Great single track trail. Not very well traveled. Make sure to pay attention to the stacked rocks placed every so often on the trail or you might just find yourself off the trail real fast. First 4.6 miles is pretty a very nice hike. The back half of the loop is to be desired. Very rocky and a lot of dry creek bed crossings where trail can easily be lost. If I hike this trail again I will turn around at the 4.6 mile mark (the sign that say Walkin Jim and Big jim on it). Not that the back half is impossible to navigate just not worth the headache for me. Also the info indicates this sucker is 8.1 miles round trip. Not sure on their info cause I ended up with 10.1 miles round trip. Maybe taking the Lil Jim trail (which you hit at mile mark 3) this is the 8.1 mile distance. We did come across another sign with the same info (Walkin Jim and Lil Jim on the sign) on the back half of the hike so this kind of makes sense. But still no clear reason why our mileage was so much higher. With that being said it took us 4 1/2hrs to complete the 10.1 and that's was with a relatively in-experienced hiker. The views are b-e-a-utiful by the way!!

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