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Arizona Trail Happy Jack Segment

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Heading north from the intersection of Highway 87 and FR 138, (Hay Meadow Trail Head)the Happy Jack passage of the Arizona Trail stretches across forests of ponderosa & pinyon pines and junipers with a drop down into Jacks Canyon for a couple miles. For opportunities to see pronghorn and elk, this passage takes you past stock ponds and springs, across rocky flats and finally works its way up to Allan Lake at Forest Highway 3.

See Arizona Trail Blue Ridge Segment

Rating: Moderate


  • All water along this passage should be purified prior to use.
  • No motor vehicles

Additiona information is available on  the Arizona Trail Association website.


At a Glance

Open Season: Spring - Fall - weather permitting
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Happy Jack, AZ
Operated By: Mogollon Rim District - 928-477-2255

General Information


Location: About 60 miles southeast of Flagstaff on paved and graveled Forest Roads and highways.

USGS Map(s): Blue Ridge Reservoir, Hay Lake, Turkey Mountain, Jaycox Mountain and Hutch Mountain.

Access: Drive 55 miles south of Flagstaff to Clints Well on Forest Highway 3 (Lake Mary Road), then 8.3 miles north on AZ 87 to FR 138 Turn east about .2 mile to the Hay Meadow trailhead.

Arizona Trail Happy Jack Segment





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