From US 89A, at House Rock Road, 13.7 miles east of Jacob Lake, turn north on House Rock Road for 15.6 miles to Winter Road (BLM Road 1025). Turn left (west) on Winter Road for 3.7 miles to the AZT, where a large metal AZT sign indicates the trailhead.
Trail Route Description
Passage 42 continues north across the Kaibab National Forest, following a downhill grade. Descending from the Kaibab Plateau to the Great Basin Conifer Woodland, the landscape changes from ponderosa pine forest to a high desert landscape covered in red dirt, big sagebrush, juniper trees, and creeping prickly pear. This section marks the final major ecosystem change along the entire AZT.
There are seasonal and almost probable water sources on this part of the Kaibab Plateau. The is a good water source at the end of the passage. Check the online Arizona Trail Water Report for current information at https://aztrail.org/explore/water-sources/.
All water along this passage should be purified prior to use.
The Arizona Trail is marked with brown fiberglass posts with a Kaibab Plateau Trail decal near the top.
During the summer of 2020, the Mangum Fire scorched 71,450 acres on the Kaibab National Forest and significantly impacted three miles of the Arizona Trail within Orderville Canyon along Passage 42 (Kaibab Plateau North). Since the trail was located within the canyon bottom and the fire burned at high intensity, this segment of AZT has been closed for two years in the interest of public safety. Trail users have been rerouted along forest roads through blackened forest nearby. But thanks to the hard work of Arizona Trail Association volunteers and staff, and our friends at Flagline Trails and the Kaibab National Forest, fresh new trail has recently been built upslope from the drainage, which is a far more sustainable location. We couldn’t be happier about this project, especially since we thought it would take four to five years for the hillsides to naturally stabilize after such a high-severity fire. While know dead trees will continue to fall and the new trail will require frequent maintenance, being able to reopen this piece of trail and keep trail users off forest roads is a grand accomplishment. The ATA is grateful for everyone who has worked so hard to make this happen, especially...
Lake Powell Life News by Halley Simpson FREDONIA, Ariz., September 16, 2020 — A significant portion of the Mangum Fire closure has been reopened to the public. The Kaibab National Forest has lifted some road closures as well as the nearly 80,000-acre area closure that spanned the northernmost part of the North Kaibab Ranger District. The Kaibab National Forest continues to analyze conditions frequently, seeking opportunities to increase public access as much as possible. However, public safety is always the top priority. Closures on Jacob Canyon Trail as well as Forest Roads 22, 462, 461, and 423 will remain in place because extreme hazards are still abundant. The public is urged to be vigilant and use good judgment while in the area. Visitors should be aware of their surroundings at all times and monitor the current and forecast weather. Potential risks in any area recently burned by wildfire include the following: Storms resulting in flash flooding that could wash out roads, initiate debris flows and entrap people at flooded stream courses. Unstable burned trees (snags) that could fall or shed large limbs. Eroded and very rough roads resulting in dangerous driving conditions. Unstable terrain with potential for rolling debris (logs, rocks,...