This tributary of Kanab Canyon, northeast of Toroweap, offers both great scenery and winter access to the Kanab Creek Wilderness. Descending the boulder-strewn dry wash from the plateau into the creek bottom is difficult, but the natural scenery is spectacular with views of the Grand Canyon Esplanade and cliffs. A trail is five miles one way, but one could turn downstream another 10.5 miles to the mouth of Jumpup Canyon or 16 miles to the Colorado River. Ideal seasons of use are spring and fall, avoiding the heat of summer and the freezing and snows of winter.
Kanab Canyon and Kanab Creek Wilderness
Access to Hack Canyon Trail is from BLM Road 1123 off of Mohave County Road 109. Road 109 takes off from Highway 389 between Pipe Springs and Fredonia. BLM Road 1123 requires a high-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicle, as some sections are very rough and may become impassable with heavy rains. The turnoff from County 109 is 30 miles southwest of Fredonia and 38 miles north of Toroweap. Head east on BLM Road 1123 and you'll see the headwall of Hack Canyon on the left after 1.1 miles. The road drops in and follows the normally dry canyon bottom with ever higher and grander walls on each side. You'll reach the wilderness boundary and road's end at 9.7 miles from County 109.
Hiking, backpacking, camping, and horseback riding.
The trial provides access to Kanab Creek Wilderness and a route down to the Colorado River within the Grand Canyon National Park.
Permits, Fees, Limitations
A backcountry permit is needed from the Grand Canyon National Park to camp below Jumpup Canyon. Motorized use is not allowed in the wilderness. Water is not available at the site; however, Black Willow Spring, a short distance down the trail on your right in Hack Canyon, is a possible, but rare source of water.
Accessible year-round, except after heavy rains. A four-wheel-drive or high clearance vehicle is recommended. Portions of the road may be washed away during heavy flooding because the road is the wash bottom. The site is not wheelchair accessible.
Camping and Lodging
Dispersed camping is available within the wilderness and on surrounding public land. Lodging can be found in the vicinity of Fredonia, Arizona.
Food and Supplies
Gasoline, food and supplies can also be found in Fredonia, Arizona.
First aid is not available on-site.The closest medical facilities can be found in Kanab, Utah approximately 3 hours drive to the north.
The area is extremely remote so bring plenty of water and emergency gear.
Arizona Strip Field Office
345 East Riverside Drive
St. George, UT 84790-6714
Phone: (435) 688-3200
Fax: (435) 688-3258
Field Manager: Lorraine Christian
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