Using a technique called “drifting”, miners would cut across the grain of rock until they found a gold vein which they would then follow drifting across the landscape in whatever path the gold took. Modern day hikers on Jacob’s Cross Cut Trail mimic the method of early miners, drifting as they follow the meandering path Jacob’s Cross Cut takes. The path wanders the foot of the mountain, gradually introducing its users to many treasures along the way. Many hikers report wildlife sightings ranging from mule deer to rattlesnakes, chuckwalla, hummingbirds and more. The path is strewn with loose rock which can be challenging to those with joint pains, so be sure to wear appropriate footwear.
Length: 4.8 miles
Elevation Gain: 869 feet
Type: Out and Back
Description: Jacob’s Crosscut Trail is a 4.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Apache Junction, Arizona that offers scenic views. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking and walking.