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Gaddes Canyon #110, AZ
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Difficulty 2    Route Finding
Distance One Way 2.55 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,650 feet
Elevation Gain -978 feet
Avg Time One Way 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.18
Author Abe
Descriptions 17
Routes 0
Photos 296
Trips 59 map ( 426 miles )
Age 56
Location Prescott, AZ
Rated Viewed All Mine Friends
24  2014-09-06 winotron
24  2014-08-09
South of Mingus Mtn Loop
The Eagle
27  2014-08-09
Gaddes Canyon - Ash Creek
joe bartels
6  2014-04-25
Mingus Butterfly Loop
8  2013-10-20
Mingus Butterfly Loop
21  2013-10-12
Mingus Meander - Part Deu
The Eagle
20  2013-10-12
Mingus Meander - Part Deu
joe bartels
12  2012-10-18
Mingus Butterfly Loop
joe bartels
13  2012-10-18
Mingus Butterfly Loop
Tortoise Hiker
20  2011-09-10
Mingus Butterfly Loop Tou
joe bartels
15  2011-09-10
Mingus Butterfly Loop Tou
The Eagle
4  2011-09-06 MEWhiteman
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Trailhead Forecast
Historical Weather
Forest Prescott
Backpack - Possible - Not Popular
Seasons - Spring to Autumn
Official Route
Alternative Routes
Nearby Hikes Area Water Sources
direct air miles away to trailhead
0.3  View Point-North Mingus Loop
0.4  Mingus Mountain Campground
0.4  Middle Trail #537
0.5  Coleman Trail #108
0.6  Gaddes Canyon Two Trail #9037
0.7  West Rim Trail #538
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What would I do when the water main breaks at Love Field, Prescott's Airport and the City of Prescott shuts it down for repairs? Thereby, shutting off the water at the plant I work at and then the plant shutting down, letting the employees go home for the day due to safety issues. Well I needed no prompting when I was told I could go home! I hauled it home, asked my son, Chris, if he wanted to go, changed into hiking shorts, quick packed my fanny pack, grabbed the walking stick, and then we boogied up Mingus Mountain: arriving at trail #110, the Gaddes Canyon Trail.

We were pumped when we started the hike. The trail starts out pretty level; however it is rocky pretty much the entire trip. It was like a million years ago the earth a had terrible battle, throwing rocks everywhere.

Within ten minutes the trail began its descent down into Gaddes Canyon and soon you arrive at Gaddes Spring. The spring is fenced of; however, I spotted a small PCV pipe coming out of the ground in the trail and the head down into the canyon. Peering down the side of the trail I spied a small tank full of water. Matter of fact, over flowing onto the ground. We did not venture down there at first, saving the visit as we climbed out on our way back and treated ourselves by splashing water on our faces to cool down.

Upon reaching the bottom of the canyon we started the climb out of Gaddes canyon. It is not steep, I would rate as easy, with the exception of the rocks and a total of three down trees along the entire trail.

About a mile into the hike the trail topped out on a ridge and hit a old dirt road. We hooked a left as the sign indicated and traveled this nice piece of flat land. On the way back, it would afford us a great breather.

We traveled on the ridge following the road for a short time when we hooked a right back onto the trail. And continued until we began our climb down into Burnt Canyon. The trail does not really allow for great vista's to see, but every once in awhile when you peer through the trees you will catch glimpses of Granite Mountain in Prescott, or the flats of Lonesome Valley.

This portion of the hike is a bit fast as you hike down a couple of switchbacks into the canyon through the pines and vegetation. Quite pleastant really and my son was enjoying it, hiking several paces in front of me.

After an hour and a half on the trail, give or take, the trail terminated at forest road 413. At this point Chris and I took a well deserve break before climbing back out. Snacking on treats, drinking water, and letting my feet air out and dry.

Sounds of beautiful
music, the winds caressing.
the towering pines

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Prescott FS Reports This trail is popular to campers on Mingus Mountain because it provides an easy day hike from the campground to the points overlooking Gaddes Canyon. The trail stays primarily in the ponderosa pine vegetation type and, consequently, there are not many viewing points on the trail except from the edge of the rim before the trail drops down to Forest Road 413. It is not unusual to see deer along this trail.

Maps, other resources: Prescott National Forest, east half; U.S.G.S. topographic 7.5' quad for Hickey Mountain.

Trail layout: The trail leaves the lookout road descending to Gaddes Spring and then back to the ridge overlooking Gaddes Canyon. At mile 1.75 the trail descends steeply to where it ends on FR 4123.
One-Way Notice: This hike is listed as One-Way. When you hike several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.

Map Drive
Water See Description Above
Sun5:18am - 7:34pm
Preferred Apr, May, Sep, Oct → Early
RoadFR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay
Permit $$

Prescott National Forest Pass
Only trailheads with six "amenities" have fees. Amenities are picnic tables, trash, toilet, parking, interpretive signing and security.

Directions To hike
Access and trailhead location: To access the north trailhead, traveling east from Prescott or west from Jerome on Highway 89A, at the summit north of Mingus Mountain take Forest Road 104 south for approximately 2.25 miles to the Mingus Mountain recreation area and the junction with FR 104B. Take FR 104B (lookout road) to a point about 0.1 miles below the lookout; the trailhead will be on the left of the road.

Travel time: 45 min. from Cottonwood or Prescott Road condition: Dirt, but suitable for all vehicles.

abe writes:
To access the north trailhead, traveling east from Prescott or west from Jerome on Highway 89A, at the summit north of Mingus Mountain take forest road 104 south for approximately 2.25 miles to the Mingus Mountain recreation area and the junction with FR 104B. Take 104B (lookout road to a point about 0.1 miles below the lookout; the trailhead will be on the left of the road.

Note: If you are driving a car you might want to park it in the small opening just of the road. The road directly to the trailhead is rough.
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