Situated in a beautiful canyon where water has carved the rock, Jack’s Canyon offers vertical to wildly overhanging routes on compact stone. The majority of the climbing is characterized by steep highly pocketed limestone/sandstone mix cliffs. On vertical walls, the rock can be bubbly with edges and blocks. If you want to climb at an outdoor rock gym, this is your place. Sport climbing. Often compared to an "outdoor gym" due to the amount of manufactured and chipped holds. Almost 300 routes of what some consider being some of the best sport climbing in the country. All routes are protected generously by cold shuts (even cracks).
The roll-over photos here are from the top of the rim overlooking climbing areas and at the bottom at the creek.
Camping: The camping is free and unimproved at the canyon rim, where a 10 minute trail gets you to the routes. Please camp at obvious sites.
Weather: The Weather is great year round with spring and fall offering the best conditions. In the summer you’ll be chasing the shade with temperatures rising to the 90’s F. During the winter, temperatures can get down to freezing and can be snowy, but the sun warms the rock. Chase the sun and you’ll be climbing in tee-shirt and shorts. Watch out for late spring and summer monsoon floods.
Attractions: Climbing, Hiking, Wildlife viewing
Facilities: Toilet (vault type), NO water or trash services (Pack-it-In, Pack-it-Out)
At a Glance
||Happy Jack, AZ
||Mogollon Rim District - 928-477-2255
Location: 30 miles south of Winslow. Elevation approximately 6,100 feet.
GPS (Map): 34°45'20.2"N 111°03'41.3"W
USGS Map(s): Dane Canyon, Blue Ridge Reservoir
From Winslow: Take SR 87 south from I-40 approximately 30 miles to mile marker 314. Continue 0.3 mile to dirt road on right. Close gate behind you and follow directions below.
From Phoenix: Take SR 87 north towards Payson. From Payson, continue on another 60 miles (approximately) towards Winslow to mile marker 313. Continue on 0.7 miles and turn left on dirt road. Close gate behind you and follow directions below.
Drive 0.3 mile and turn left at the obvious fork
Drive 0.2 mile and turn right
Continue 0.7 mile to trailhead and campground (total 1.2 miles from gate). You'll see gravel parking and the camping spots will be to your left (same side as toilet)
Click map image for printable view.
Some photos of Jacks Climbing Area: