MUNDS MOUNTAIN TRAIL
The Munds Mountain Trail is reached using the Schnebly Hill Trail.
The Schnebly Hill Trail climbs moderately and steadily up the west face of Schnebly Hill following the original alignment of Schnebly Hill Road. There are some magnificent red rock views for the first .75 miles which is unshaded. The trail enters partial shade and at 1.25 miles, where the roadbed turns sharply to the left, take the trail on the right which is signed “Munds, Jacks, Hot Loop”. It climbs moderately in shade for nearly .75 mile, passing through 2 cattle gates, and emerging on a large, open expanse near Committee Tank. There are several overlooks offering great views of Munds Mountain, Bear Wallow Canyon and the red rock formations beyond. The trail is level for the next quarter mile and then descends to a saddle separating Schnebly Hill and Munds Mountain at the head of Jacks Canyon. More nice views. Just before reaching the saddle, there is a signed trailhead on the left for Hot Loop. Continue down another 150 yards where there are two more signed trailheads. The Jacks Canyon Trail leads down to the left.
The Munds Mountain Trail begins here and continues ahead, beginning a steep, switchback ascent, climbing 500 feet in a little over a half-mile. There are fine views over Jacks Canyon and the rim country all the way to the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff. The trail flattens out as it emerges on the mountaintop’s broad, open, flat expanse. The trail continues on, but it is never close to the edge and views are limited, so this is a good place to turn around. Return by the same route.