8738 Ranger Road
City, State, Zip:
Happy Jack, Arizona 86024
Date(s):10/01/2017 - 10/07/2017
Access:Day Hiking Up to 4 Miles Per Day
This project will be on Passage 29, Happy Jack, which travels 30+ miles on the forested Colorado Plateau. Here isn’t the desert many people imagine when they think of Arizona, but instead a vast Ponderosa woodland, rich with wildlife and human history. Unfortunately, about 18 miles of this passage currently lay on roadway. The USFS Mogollon Rim Ranger District has launched a concerted effort to remove the trail from roadway and construct new trail to National Scenic Trail standards. This project will be creating new single-track through the forest canopy, across meadows and stretches of chaparral. It may include brushing, tread work, small stone work projects and moving debris. The hike to and from the worksite will be between 1 and 4 miles each day.
This project is being hosted and crew lead by the Arizona Trail Association.
Hosting Organization:Arizona Trail Association
Area and Attractions:Arizona Trail Happy Jack Passage 29 travels through the largest continuous stand of Ponderosa Pine in the world. These majestic trees stretch out over the plateau smelling sweetly of vanilla and cinnamon and supporting a vibrant forest community under their branches. Its a kinder, gentler side of Arizona that many people never get to experience. Happy Jack is also located in the heart of Northern Arizona's wonders. To get to our site, we will travel over the Mogollon Rim, one of Arizona's defining landforms. This massive escarpment marks the southern boundary of the Colorado Plateau and supports a surprisingly diverse ecological community as well as some of the most colorful human history in Arizona. Communities like Payson, Pine and Strawberry are built around outdoor recreation and historic tourism. The northern end of this passage is at Mormon Lake, the largest natural lake in Arizona. This is still an arid region, however, and even a lake this large will disappear entirely in dry years, leaving behind spectacular meadows where elk are often found grazing. Mormon Lake Lodge has been serving up great cowboy cooking since 1924, and we'll be sure to visit for a special dinner at least once! Above Mormon Lake tower the magnificent San Francisco Peaks, a string of dormant volcanoes that emerge from the plateau just outside of Flagstaff. Humphrey's Peak, at 12,643' is the highest point in Arizona. From the peak, on a clear day, once can see clear to the Grand Canyon. And what hiker doesn't want to explore the depths of that natural wonder?! Volunteers will be provided with a guided day hike in either Grand Canyon National Park or on Humphery's Peak, the highest point in Arizona. Either hike will include transportation and a knowledgeable local guide.
Accommodations:Car Camping Tent Sites
Accommodations Description and Gear Needs:Volunteers will stay in a car camping site. The Arizona Trail Association will provide food and all cooking gear. Showers will be available at the end of the trip. Volunteers should bring their own tent, sleeping bag, pad, cup/bowl/eating utensils, and personal items.
Climate:Temperatures in the Coconino Natoinal Forest range from highs in the mid-to-lower 70's to lows lows in the 40's. As always in Arizona, temperatures can vary widely, so its always best to pack for both heat and cold and never forget your rain gear! Temperatures can dip to freezing on cooler nights this time of year.
Travel Information:Airport pickup provided from Sky Harbor International Airport
Maximum # of Volunteers:14
Number of Spots Available:0
Thanks for your interest in this trip! It is a popular destination and sold out. Contact us at LWile@AmericanHiking.org or 800-972-8608 to be put on the waitlist.