Southern Trailhead: Orderville Trailhead
From Jacob Lake, head east on US 89A for 2.2 miles, then turn right (south) on FR 205. The trailhead is on the left in 50 yards.
Northern Access Point: Winter Road
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
Throughout this passage the route follows Trail #101 and it begins at the Orderville Canyon Trailhead on Highway 89A. After crossing the highway the trail curves to the east and then heads north. It parallels FR 249 for a while and then crosses it. The trail heads in a northeast direction until it crosses FR 249 again. From here it heads north again and then begins a descent off the plateau. It follows a drainage and passes Government Reservoir. It continues descending and heading north-northeast, passing Summit Valley and then leveling out and coming up next to BLM road #1025. This is Winter Road and the passage ends where the trail crosses it.
Water sources are scarce and unreliable on the Kaibab Plateau. Check with the Forest Service for current conditions.
- 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.
- USGS Topographic Maps: Jacob Lake, Cooper Ridge, Buck Pasture Canyon and Coyote Buttes.
- Kaibab National Forest map.
- BLM Information Center maps.
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Current Passage Info
July 5, 2021
The Coconino and Kaibab National Forests will reopen to the public beginning 6 a.m. on Tuesday, July 6. This includes most of Passages 27 - 42 of the Arizona National Scenic Trail. The decision to reopen the forest was made based on the amount of recent rainfall that occurred across all three districts of the forest. Recreation technicians ask for patience as they work to remove gates, locks and barriers throughout the coming days. Stage 2 fire restrictions will be in effect upon reopening. Stage 2 restrictions prohibit the following: Igniting fires, campfires, charcoal, coal, smudge pots and wood stoves (except using a stove or grill that is solely fueled by pressurized liquid petroleum or pressurized liquid petroleum gas (LPG) fuels). Smoking (except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of any flammable material). During the hours of 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., operating a chainsaw or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine for felling, bucking, skidding, processing, road building and woodcutting during industrial operations or firewood gathering capable of igniting a fire. During the hours of 9...
October 7, 2020
On October 6, 2020, the District Ranger for the North Kaibab Ranger District approved the continued closure of a 2-mile segment of the Arizona National Scenic Trail in the interest of public safety. This area cuts through a narrow canyon section of the Arizona Trail that was badly burned in the Mangum Fire. This section of the Arizona Trail will likely be closed for around 2 years since the trail will need to be re-built once the soils move and are done moving significantly. Below is the approved detour map that will help Arizona Trail users safely find their way. It will be signed on the ground by the Forest Service. This summer the Arizona Trail Association completed a walk-through of the area with the USFS, and what we found were large stands of dead (and burned) trees as well as eroded and barren slopes. These hazards are still prevalent in the area, and no improvements have been made to the trail. In high winds or inclement weather, this area is likely to experience mudslides, road washouts, and falling trees. If you still plan to recreate in this area, please exercise extreme caution.
September 16, 2020
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,...
July 28, 2020
Summertime is when hundreds of hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians are planning the logistics of a long-distance trip on the Arizona National Scenic Trail (AZT). Especially since many individuals canceled their springtime AZT adventures due to COVID-19, the Arizona Trail Association (ATA) has been anticipating the busiest autumn in history. However, Arizona’s intense wildfire season – with three major wildfires burning more than 100 miles of the AZT – and a recent spike in Arizona’s COVID-19 cases has led the ATA to discourage thru-hiking and thru-riding this year. We know how disappointing this is going to be for so many people. A southbound hike or ride from Utah to Mexico along the AZT is the adventure of a lifetime, and normally we would be encouraging everyone to use these uncertain times to hit the trail. But widespread trail closures with no safe or reasonable detours combined with Arizona becoming a global hot spot for the novel coronavirus has created an unsafe situation for “thrus” in 2020. In southern Arizona, the Bighorn Fire burned 120,000 acres on the Coronado National Forest, including AZT Passages 10, 11 and 12 through the Santa Catalina Mountains, as well as the Pusch Ridge Wilderness Bypass....
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