If you’re up for a long, strenuous hike, with over 2000 feet in elevation and sweeping panoramic views, this one’s for you! You’ll want to hike this trail to the end to gain access to the unique views it offers. The trail starts by skirting the boundary of a subdivision, then follows an old jeep trail to Jacks Canyon Tank where it drops into the drainage bottom and proceeds with a moderate climb to the upper end of the canyon where it leaves the streambed to switchback to a high saddle connecting to the Mogollon Rim and Munds Mountain.
Hiking Distance: Jack’s Canyon Trail, out and back, 12.4 miles. Add 2.0 miles one way to the top of the Munds Mountain Trail.
Viewing Tip: For a more spectacular view, hike the short, steep climb to the top of the Munds Mountain trail for an incredible panoramic view of Red Rock Country including the red rocks of Sedona, parts of Oak Creek Canyon and even the San Francisco peaks to the north.
Driving Directions: From the Visitor Center, 331 Forest Road, turn right on 89A. At the circle, take the 3rd exit to 179 for 7.3 miles. At the circle, take the 3rd exit onto Jacks Canyon Road for about 3.0 miles to the trailhead.
Parking: 20 + spaces
Amenities: Quiet, less-travelled trail. Pet friendly (leash required). Best November through April.